My family was very supportive of my retaking so I was lucky in that aspect. But you cannot just shrug off the embarrassment that comes with retaking. Although in the grand scheme of things, our mortification becomes a minuscule part, it really messes with your psyche. By the time August rolled around, I learned to laugh it off. The number of times I saw somebody I knew and suddenly became super interested in my phone’s home screen is just too damn high. The look of horror when you tell your juniors that you are retaking and the discomfort you’ll feel when your classmates discuss orientation camps during class gathering is all part of the experience. If you have believed everything that I have said so far, this is the most important part you need to trust me on: you will become a more mature person with higher tolerance for difficult times in life compared to most people. You will also value education a lot more than you used to.
Here is also another important piece of information. You are not the only one retaking. A LOT of people retake. They just don’t publicize it. Don’t trust people who tell you that they are taking a gap year because they are probably not. When people asked me what I was doing, I always told the truth because I was proud of retaking. That is the simple truth behind retaking A Levels in Singapore as a private candidate, it takes balls of steel to re-sit for your examinations especially with every tom, dick and harry telling you not to do it. All my classmates told me it was going to be a waste and my teachers were dead against it. But I went ahead and I did it anyway. I’ve learned to treasure the few people who stood by me all the way. So this is my last piece of advise: if you think you can improve your grades, don’t listen to anybody else, just do it.
Retaking is not for the weak hearted.
ALL THE BEST!!!