Hard work has its re­wards

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JOHN is a play­ful boy. Ev­ery day af­ter school, John would spend the af­ter­noon play­ing com­puter games.

He did not bother about home­work or his stud­ies.

“Why care? It’s just de­ten­tion class,” he rea­soned to him­self.

John’s teach­ers ad­vised him to com­plete his home­work and fo­cus on his stud­ies, but John did not lis­ten to them. He con­tin­ued to ne­glect his home­work and stud­ies. All his teach­ers were fed up with his at­ti­tude, and they de­cided to com­plain to his mother.

One day Ms Martha, the prin­ci­pal, called John’s mum to in­form her that John had been ne­glect­ing his as­sign­ments.

Mrs Lim was shocked to hear the news. She told the prin­ci­pal that she would speak to John about it.

When John got home from school that day, his mother called him into her room and asked an­grily: “Why haven’t you been do­ing your home­work?”

John was caught by sur­prise. He shuf­fled his feet and stam­mered, “Oh... umm... I for­got.”

“Don’t ever do that again. You should give top pri­or­ity to your stud­ies,” she told John.

From that day on­wards, John dili­gently worked on his as­sign­ments af­ter school. He did not waste the whole af­ter­noon play­ing com­puter games. In­stead, he used the com­puter for re­search pur­poses to as­sist him in his stud­ies.

Af­ter com­plet­ing his home­work, he would spend one hour on re­vi­sion. If he had any free time, he would read sto­ry­books to im­prove his com­mand of the English lan­guage.

John be­gan to shine in his stud­ies. His test marks im­proved by leaps and bounds.

At the end of the school year, John won the Best Stu­dent Award. He sur­prised many of his teach­ers with his win.

John re­alised the im­por­tance of study­ing hard. Hard work pays off.


– By Hazel Lim Zhan,

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