Se­cret to ace­ing law

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“I started study­ing at Ad­vance Ter­tiary Col­lege (ATC) when I was tak­ing my A-Lev­els course. Ini­tially, I in­tended to go over­seas but given my com­fort level at ATC and the pos­si­bil­ity of at­tain­ing a Univer­sity of Lon­don de­gree while study­ing here, I de­cided to con­tinue at ATC it­self. Be­sides, the col­lege has al­ways been fa­mous for pro­duc­ing good stu­dents,” said Hon Yee Neng.

Cur­rently among the top three in Malaysia for the Univer­sity of Lon­don Bach­e­lor of Laws pro­gramme, Hon shares what she has learnt along the way.

“Per­son­ally, the most dif­fi­cult part about study­ing law is get­ting your answers to stand out.

“Firstly, you need to be re­ally pas­sion­ate about law if you want to em­bark upon this jour­ney. You will spend count­less hours read­ing, mem­o­ris­ing and un­der­stand­ing,” she said.

Dur­ing the exam pe­ri­ods, Hon wakes up at 8am and stud­ies till noon. Af­ter tak­ing a nap till 3pm, she re­sumes study­ing un­til night­time. This usu­ally con­tin­ues on a daily ba­sis three months prior to May, when the exam takes place.

As a law stu­dent, it is not just dur­ing univer­sity that one has to per­se­vere.

“As I am hop­ing to be­come a hu­man rights lawyer, I am cur­rently in­tern­ing at a law firm called Jer­ald Gomez and As­so­ciates. I look at their work and re­alise that it takes a lot to be a lawyer in your own right. This is why I al­ways stress the im­por­tance of per­se­ver­ance.

“Dur­ing my A-Lev­els course, I had a lec­turer who gave me a lot of moral sup­port. Even be­fore my ex­ams, if I took a photo of my es­say, he would check it.

“He is just one of the many ded­i­cated ATC lec­tur­ers. Due to the small size of the school, you tend to get close to your lec­tur­ers. They can give you the help you need in your stud­ies.

“What you need is to have men­tal strength to stay grounded. On some days, you just don’t want to study.

“That’s the prob­lem with ex­ter­nal stu­dents – we only have one exam per year, so you have to make sure to stay re­ally fo­cused through­out.

“Since it’s fully exam-based, it can get lonely with­out course­work and be­cause ev­ery­one is study­ing on their own.

“If I had the choice to do it all over again, I wouldn’t choose dif­fer­ently. ATC helped me to ex­cel and it can help you, too,” said Hon.

En­rol now at ATC to make the most of your dreams and ed­u­ca­tion – all at the right price.

Hon’s dis­ci­pline and per­se­ver­ance has led her to be among the top three stu­dents in Malaysia for the Univer­sity of Lon­don Bach­e­lor of Laws pro­gramme.

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