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Put your stand: Academic or Co-Curricular

In most writings, many would be undecided whether to go for academics or for sports and games or extra-curricular activities.
Balancing between academics and extra-curricular activities can be a tough decision.

Parents and teachers will want you to excel in academics; while coaches and trainers want you in extra-curricular activities.





Should you, who love both scholastics and additional curricular exercises, you are likely thinking about how to adjust the two.

Your definitive inquiries perpetually are in what capacity would you be able to adjust scholastics and additional curricular exercises?

Even in Malaysia, there are many forms of extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, governance, music, art, and drama. One may wonder if they are really essential.

Many would say, academic comes first. The reason for going to school is to attend classes and do well and get good grades and learning all you can from your classes, though it is not enough to just do well on the tests; you must learn the material in order to be able to apply.

This having been said, the next important venture is to excel in extracurricular activities.

Cocurricular activities are sponsored or recognized by a school or college which are not part of the academic curriculum but are acknowledged to be an essential part of the life of an educational institution. Co-curricular activities include sports, school bands, student newspaper etc.

Whereas various social and other types of activities like literary, dramatic, social services etc. which attracted the attention of the child were considered as extracurricular activities.

Can be almost anything that isn’t required for high school credit or paid employment. These activities will become very important later, such as when you are applying to colleges, because they help you develop your talents, interests, and passions. The can also teach you practical skills like time management.

Though extra-curricular activities contribute 10%-25% of your school based assessment scores, they certainly play an important role in your education, complementing what you learn in class.

You will definitely feel motivated to balance both in knowing you had done a great job in your studies as well as being excellent in an extracurricular activity. This will help you keep from getting stressed out and stay on focused.

Students known to participate in extracurricular activities have less behaviour problems.

They show discipline in drills, practices, and routines. They are responsible enough to perform those tasks correctly, whether it is sports and games, dance routines, or debates.

Students performing these things correctly are rewarded for their good behaviour and they take pride in their accomplishments.

Because of the pride they achieve, they gain self-respect, self-esteem, and self-confidence.


Students will not be doing anything between 3.00pm and 7.00pm and this is the dangerous time for bad behaviour, as working parents will also not be at home.

This is the time when they are at the most risk at doing funny, undesirable acts and unsafe behaviours plus this is a crucial time for students to be in extracurricular activities because they are under supervision and guidance.

Self-esteem can be a predictor of academic performance. Getting good grades and positive attitude toward school is another benefit that extracurricular activities give to students.

Students who dislike schooling won’t do as well as the students that do like school because they are not motivated to succeed.

Participation in extracurricular activities provides students with a chance to make a positive association with their school.

Participating in extracurricular activities students learn lessons in leadership, teamwork, organization, analytical thinking, problem solving, time management, multi-tasking and it allows them to discover their talents.

Most educational institutions look to see if students participate in activities before they are accepted and given scholarships.

Students involved in extracurricular activities from different club or sport meet many new different people in all different groups.

In different extracurricular activities students learn about group work, and learn to mix with gender stereotypes. This is an important social aspect.

To strike up a balance, you must first make a list of your priorities. You have to plan on your course schedule and base your involvement in extracurricular activities accordingly.

Organize your interests and guide your life in the right course, with the goal that you get a balanced training as well as build up your expert aptitudes and meet new people.

You can create a lot of skills and gain experiences by partaking enjoyable extra-curricular activities and it's never too soon to begin! It's an awesome approach to upgrade your applications while having a ton of fun. Besides, in additional curricular can give a feeling of your identity to a generally dry resume.

Azizi Ahmad Majalah Pendidik English Section Bilangan 133 12 March 2019

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