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Some years ago, graduation of high school students, both junior and senior, would become a hot topic
for people. It even generated pros and cons about it, especially about the National Examination. The debate was caused by the different point of views between the two sides, whether it was important or not to hold the National Examination. However, the government which is representend by the Culture and Education Minister still keep to hold it up to now. To overcome the pros and cons between all elements of society, there is a solution by accumulating the Final Examination score with the report scores from several semesters and the scores of school examination, as stated in National Education Regulation No. 2, 2011. It is hoped that if all sides support this program and try to do the best, based on the regulation, the quality of education will increase.

Although graduation is not merely based on Final Examination scores any longer, but it doesn’t mean that National Examination is no longer important for schools. Good Final Examination scores will be a prestige for a school. From the result of Final Examination scores, it can be seen in the rank of a school compared to other schools either in the regional, provincial, or national level. That’s why schools are still serious in preparing their students to face the Final Examination. Schools hope to get all students pass the examination successfully.

There are many things that can be done to prepare students to be successful, not only in the matter of scientific subjects but also in high moral values possessions after graduating from school. They are the students who will hopefully become good member of the society, who are sensitive to their surrounding and environment, and who are always ready to struggle for the betterment and advancement of our country.

From the students’ side, the process of preparation should not only be done at the end of the school year before the exams. The efforts should have been started since they become students of a school officially. Therefore, a school should organize good processes of teaching and learning activities if they want the students to get good achievement. All parties should be willing to cooperate and work together to create a positive learning culture and instill moral values.

But when there is not much time left because the National Examination is getting closer, then a school should do all the good efforts that might be taken. In addition to lengthen the learning hours or provide tutoring in the afternoon, it is very important to remind the students to prepare themselves both physically and mentally by doing the following:

Praying
Praying is expressing our good wishes to God in the hope that God will grant our prayers. Express our prayer in a soft and calm voice while praying, be solemn, sincere and serious. Praying is repeated to show our seriousness in order to be granted by God. Praying can also be done anytime and anywhere whenever we remember about it.

Thinking positively and expecting for the good
God give us what we think and we deserve to get, so when we think that we can do something, then we will be able to do it. In reverse, if we think that we cannot do something then that will do. Therefore, always thinking positively and being optimistic is very crucial.

Making serious efforts
As students, the effort here means that we must learn about anything that should be mastered well and fight laziness that is very bothering. We should not delay the time to learn or to do other useful things because a delay is tantamount to failure.

Having enough Sports and Eating
Facing an exam period can be a hard struggle, therefore the health of the body must be completely guarded by having enough exercise. Eating enough food with good nutritional content will be very useful in maintaining the health of our bodies. Moreover,  what cannot be forgotten is having sufficient rest so that we are not exhausted which will lead into sickness.

Avoid doing unnecessary things
It means we have to start adding a portion of our study by reducing the things that do not need to do such as watching TV, playing games, having unnecessary conversation, or wandering to and fro.

Practicing good deeds
If we really want to pass the exams, we have to do good things to our parents and always ask for their prayers and blessing, because prayer from parents for their children is really magical, powerful, and super. For relatives and other people around us, also try to do good things because it will make them pray for us.

Do not hurt others
Try to always control ourselves and avoid making other people hurt as it can make other people pray for the bad for us or even curse us.

In addition, it would be useful if we remind the students to prepare everything before the exam. In Tarmidzi Ramadan’s opinion, there are 10 things to be remembered at the time of the exam:
Make sure that you do not forget to bring the examinees card.
Ensure that you are not late to come to the exam location.
Ensure that you do not forget to bring the test equipment, such as pens, 2B pencils, ruler, eraser, or mat board.
Ensure that you do not violate rules exam. You can be removed from the exam room if you violate.
Ensure that all your identities are written correctly and completely on the answer sheet.
Work on the questions calmly.
Focus your mind to always concentrate on answering the questions.
Begin all work by praying to God.
First, solve the problems that are considered easy. And then just try to solve problems that are difficult or which cause hesitation to answer.
15 minutes before the test time expires you should have finished completing the exam, so you have time to recheck the identity and the answer.

    The writer hopes this article can be useful in preparing the students in the coming National Examination. Some years ago, graduation of high school students, both junior and senior, would become a hot topic for people. It even generated pros and cons about it, especially about the National Examination. The debate was caused by the different point of views between the two sides, whether it was important or not to hold the National Examination. However, the government which is representend by the Culture and Education Minister still keep to hold it up to now. To overcome the pros and cons between all elements of society, there is a solution by accumulating the Final Examination score with the report scores from several semesters and the scores of school examination, as stated in National Education Regulation No. 2, 2011. It is hoped that if all sides support this program and try to do the best, based on the regulation, the quality of education will increase.
Although graduation is not merely based on Final Examination scores any longer, but it doesn’t mean that National Examination is no longer important for schools. Good Final Examination scores will be a prestige for a school. From the result of Final Examination scores, it can be seen in the rank of a school compared to other schools either in the regional, provincial, or national level. That’s why schools are still serious in preparing their students to face the Final Examination. Schools hope to get all students pass the examination successfully.
There are many things that can be done to prepare students to be successful, not only in the matter of scientific subjects but also in high moral values possessions after graduating from school. They are the students who will hopefully become good member of the society, who are sensitive to their surrounding and environment, and who are always ready to struggle for the betterment and advancement of our country.
From the students’ side, the process of preparation should not only be done at the end of the school year before the exams. The efforts should have been started since they become students of a school officially. Therefore, a school should organize good processes of teaching and learning activities if they want the students to get good achievement. All parties should be willing to cooperate and work together to create a positive learning culture and instill moral values.
But when there is not much time left because the National Examination is getting closer, then a school should do all the good efforts that might be taken. In addition to lengthen the learning hours or provide tutoring in the afternoon, it is very important to remind the students to prepare themselves both physically and mentally by doing the following:

Praying
Praying is expressing our good wishes to God in the hope that God will grant our prayers. Express our prayer in a soft and calm voice while praying, be solemn, sincere and serious. Praying is repeated to show our seriousness in order to be granted by God. Praying can also be done anytime and anywhere whenever we remember about it.

Thinking positively and expecting for the good
God give us what we think and we deserve to get, so when we think that we can do something, then we will be able to do it. In reverse, if we think that we cannot do something then that will do. Therefore, always thinking positively and being optimistic is very crucial.

Making serious efforts
As students, the effort here means that we must learn about anything that should be mastered well and fight laziness that is very bothering. We should not delay the time to learn or to do other useful things because a delay is tantamount to failure.

Having enough Sports and Eating
Facing an exam period can be a hard struggle, therefore the health of the body must be completely guarded by having enough exercise. Eating enough food with good nutritional content will be very useful in maintaining the health of our bodies. Moreover,  what cannot be forgotten is having sufficient rest so that we are not exhausted which will lead into sickness.

Avoid doing unnecessary things
It means we have to start adding a portion of our study by reducing the things that do not need to do such as watching TV, playing games, having unnecessary conversation, or wandering to and fro.

Practicing good deeds
If we really want to pass the exams, we have to do good things to our parents and always ask for their prayers and blessing, because prayer from parents for their children is really magical, powerful, and super. For relatives and other people around us, also try to do good things because it will make them pray for us.

Do not hurt others
Try to always control ourselves and avoid making other people hurt as it can make other people pray for the bad for us or even curse us.

In addition, it would be useful if we remind the students to prepare everything before the exam. In Tarmidzi Ramadan’s opinion, there are 10 things to be remembered at the time of the exam:
Make sure that you do not forget to bring the examinees card.

Ensure that you are not late to come to the exam location.
Ensure that you do not forget to bring the test equipment, such as pens, 2B pencils, ruler, eraser, or mat board.

Ensure that you do not violate rules exam. You can be removed from the exam room if you violate.
Ensure that all your identities are written correctly and completely on the answer sheet.
Work on the questions calmly.

Focus your mind to always concentrate on answering the questions.
Begin all work by praying to God.

First, solve the problems that are considered easy. And then just try to solve problems that are difficult or which cause hesitation to answer.

15 minutes before the test time expires you should have finished completing the exam, so you have time to recheck the identity and the answer.

    The writer hopes this article can be useful in preparing the students in the coming National Examination.


*) Dra. Kuntar Retno Rukmini,
Guru Bahasa Inggris SMKN 1 Bawen

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