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A person who influenced me

 
When I was small, I had great difficulty in school because of Mathematics. From Standard One to Standard Five, I often failed my Mathematics tests. Fortunately for me, Puan Nori was my Mathematics teacher in Standard Six. I will never forget her.

I still remember the first day Puan Nori walked into my classroom. She was tall and slim. She wore a bright green scarf on her head and a dark green baju kurung. She looked strict and did not smile at all. After introducing herself to the class, she announced that she was giving us a Mathematics test. My heart leapt into my mouth. I knew I was in trouble. As I expected, the questions were terribly hard. I did not answer half the questions.

The next day, Puan Nori returned us the test papers. I had scored only 40 per cent. She told me to see her after the class. For once, I dreaded the end of the class. When I was alone with Puan Nori, she asked me if I wanted to improve in Mathematics. I nodded miserably. To my surprise, she took hold of my hand. She tapped once on each finger and said these words, `I will never give up.' She told me to repeat after her as she tapped each finger again. I looked at her and she smiled. The smile changed her face. She looked truly beautiful. I repeated the words to her and hope filled my heart.

After that, Puan Nori made me work hard. She coached me after school. She gave me tons of exercises for practice. Whenever she saw that I was frustrated, she took my hand and tapped on each finger. That would make me grit my teeth and work harder. Gradually, I improved. I began to pass my tests. In the end, I scored A in the final exam. Everyone was astonished. So was I.

Puan Nori influenced me to keep trying and not to give up. This lesson has stayed with me even now. Puan Nori showed me that if I am determined enough, I will achieve whatever I want. Today, whenever I face difficulties, I will tap on my fingers and remind myself that I will never give up. Thank you, Puan Nori.

     
My heart leapt into my mouth   I felt very nervous or afraid
     
dreaded   feared
     
grit my teeth   to be determined to try harder
     
 
 
 

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