Monday, October 12, 2015

Real SPM Past Years' Exam Papers (Koleksi Kertas Soalan Peperiksaan SPM Sebenar) 2005 - 2015

Actual SPM Past Years' Papers Collection 2005 - 2015 (Koleksi Kertas Soalan Peperiksaan SPM Sebenar Tahun-Tahun Lepas)

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Geografi SPM


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English for Science and Technology SPM EST


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Bahasa Cina SPM Chinese

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Complete SPM Tips 2015 & SPM Trial Papers (Kertas Soalan Percubaan SPM 2015)

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Stop Studying, and Make Your University Life Amazing

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Stop Studying, and Make Your University Life Amazing

by Maisarah [Writing Contest 2014 ★ Winner ★]

Stop Studying and Make Your University Life Amazing

“The most wonderful years in your life will be your university and studying years.”

So do we want to spend those years drowned in books, getting sky-high CGPAs and miss out on the fun?

Heck no, of course we don’t.

So can we compromise a great CGPA for just a good one? Of course we can.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against books – or learning.

I love books. I love learning. When I was in kindergarten, I was reading at the pace of forty books per week and was my own brand of Matilda. That passion to read has not left me since, but it did die down reasonably when I stepped into university. I studied my hardest for high school because I knew getting into university depended on your grades, but once I was in, I said goodbye to books for a good four years and a half until I graduated.


I can’t remember which wise sage said it to me first, but I learned that once you’re in university, you’re pretty much safe. Keep your grades good, and as long as you know how to go through a great interview and have an interesting resume, insyaAllah you should have no problem landing a job. Companies no longer look for these book-smart kids who score so high. They look for another kind of quality. They go for street-smart. And as someone who is now in the workforce, I can certainly vouch for that.

Which is why I think it’s so important to say, again and again: Put down your books and go out there.

“Yeah, I know, I heard about it too. Companies can accept lower CGPAs for soft skills… but my grades –“


University life only happens once. Second degrees, masters and PhD aside, it only comes once. You’re at that prime age only once. You don’t want to look back, fifty years or twenty years or even ONE year down the line and think “I wish I had done more than just study”.

You don’t want that. Trust me.

Go out there. See the world. And no, I don’t mean taking a round-trip across Malaysia or overseas (though if you can land that opportunity, go for it). I’m talking about experiences. Things that maybe you want to do just once in your life because it’s fun or because you haven’t done it before. And because it’s cheap and priceless.

Like going out with friends to the hot springs and coming back late once – only once – and getting penalized for discipline. Like staying up late with a friend and missing sleep, crying over sad scenes in Battlestar Galactica even though you have an 8.30am class to attend the next day. Like signing up for martial arts without any friends only to discover you love it. Like running a 2.4km route twice to see whether you can make it into ROTU – both Navy and Ground – even though you’re not really going to sign yourself up as a reserve soldier. Like buying blue cheese with your best friend to eat with bread and apples, only to discover that you both can’t stand the taste and will never touch that stuff again. Like staying up late working on stuff to bring to an awareness campaign the next day, dressed as kids while handing out helium balloons in the middle of the day at the streets of KL for your NGO.

Can you catch my drift here? Or do we need more examples?

Like organizing events for your club and faculty and getting things wrong, so wrong, making a disaster out of the whole thing. Like playing the PSP under the table during class because you really hate the subject. Like delaying studying for weeks, and not sleeping the night before the exam because you finally have no more excuses NOT to study for what’s to come. Like making bets with your friends on who can get out of the exam hall first, regardless of how well you’re trying to answer your exam questions.

What? Still don’t get what I’m getting at here?

Like volunteering yourself as an emcee during a Japanese festival even though your Japanese sucks – and then being forced into a yukata for nine hours, not being able to sit down properly with your back so straight. Like making a legendary music video with Michael Jackson’s song for an assignment with the intent of making your lecturer spill his coffee when he sees it. Like sitting at the library until 3am to help your juniors, in denial that you need to help yourself.

Yeah. Things like that.

Those weird experiences… those are all mine, when I was in university. Now it’s time to make your own precious memories.

What I did during my university years weren’t really big things. Sure, my class went to Langkawi right before our last semester, and my scholarship friends and I went to a Tony Buzan seminar filled with only old and boring business people needing to be taught how to be creative. Those were, I guess, among the big things. But it’s not those moments that really stick with you. It’s the little things. The foolish things. The things you did and swore never to do again because it was embarrassing, or weird, or plain traumatizing. The things that you just can’t do again, even if you want to, because those years are over now. Those are the things that will matter when you reflect back to your university years.

Do you know why those things are important? Those memories?

Really, do you know why? (Apart from the fact that this is probably going to be some lame excuse to have the best time of your life).

It’s because these experiences shape who you are. They influence your thinking, and they expose you to the world. Not the whole world, mind you. I’ve yet to see the Everest, or the Grand Canyon, or the pink lakes in Australia, or the wonders of New Zealand. But I’m exposed to the little things like getting fined by the police, eating blue cheese, trying my hand at martial arts and walking along the streets of KL dressed as kids and handing out free helium balloons. I am exposed to all that. And when I answer my exam questions, and when I go for job interviews or write cover letters for my resume… I’m different. So I stand out. A bit.

And you will be, too. Because you’ll be unique.

You’ll have gone through things that others won’t have, and that will reflect in your exam questions, your interviews. It’ll reflect through your personality and confidence level, your ability to talk and relate to people. It’ll reflect all that is wonderful and unique about yourself because you’ll have invested in getting to know yourself, at a deep level. And that is something no university can teach you, even though university is the best platform to discover it.

So go ahead. Trade a great CGPA for a good one, if it means getting so much more in return.
It’ll be the best years of your life.

Maisarah AK
Maisarah, 23, is a weird child in an adult’s body who loves to read and meet new people… oh, and she likes to expose herself to weird situations to get experience, too. She graduated in 2013 from UiTM Shah Alam and won the 2013 Vice-Chancellor Gold Medal (Pingat Emas Naib Canselor) award and the silver Pingat Tunku award. She now works at PETRONAS Leadership Centre.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How to talk about books you have not read

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How to talk about books you have not read

Guest post by Justine Thomas (Share you tips with 40,000+ Malaysian students)

Stack of books

A cultural event, an environment of intellectuals, it comes to the book the content of which every respectable person has to superficially know at least. What to do if you are not familiar with this piece? How not to disgrace yourself and keep the conversation going with dignity? You’ll find out the answers in this article.

The cult of impeccable education

Library book rack

It is not necessary to open a book to express authoritative opinion about it, although experts may not like it.

Informal rule of intellectuals says: it is unacceptable to not read the book, but even more unacceptable, even indecent, to read "along the diagonal" or only superficially flip pages and admit it.

Thus for a teacher-humanist it is absolutely impossible to confess that he read Proust novel only in some places, but not from beginning to end. Yet the majority of people did so.

Sometimes non-reading can be useful. In addition, a conversation about the book you didn’t read can be extremely enthralling, even with a person who also did not read it.

Discussions about any book are a space for creativity

Coffee and book
We can get into a very awkward position when it comes to talking about unfamiliar books. However, forced conversations about the pieces whose content we do not know should not be taken as a burden, fear or remorse.

The virtual space of discussion about books is distinguished by high uncertainty that affects both participants, who cannot exactly say what they have read or not read, and a changing subject of the discussion itself.

The expressions about books are like interpretation in psychoanalysis: it entirely depends on the time that occurs, and it filled with meaning only during this period. In other words in a conversation about the book the book itself plays not as important role as direct moment of exchanging of ideas and experiences.

Using everything you know (name, text, an exact or invented quote), you can dive into the world of senses and virtual content lines, limitless space of creativity.

Some tips in case of a conversation about an unread book

Stressful lady reading book

1. Don’t be shy.

"In addition to money and intimate relationship, there are few areas of life, which is so hard to hear the truth about, as unread books."

It is always unclear which books your interlocutor has read. He may know the book not better than you do, therefore he feels just as insecure as you.

Silent sign in library

2. Convince other people in your own ideas.

It is easy to convince others of the correctness of your opinion because the book is not a frozen object. If you tie it with string and mark an ink line, this still won’t stop its movement.

No text has the only correct interpretation. In this case, the relevance of your thought depends on your oratorical abilities.

Newspaper and expresso coffee

3. Think up books.

Getting into a critical space, the book changes, turns on the relationship between the text and people. At any time you should be ready to formulate your views on this new moving object.

If your statement was rightly denied, there is nothing wrong to accept the fact that you made a mistake. Even the most serious book readers gradually forget the books they are familiar with.

Cool cat reading book

4. Talk about yourself

I don’t read books, which I have to review, because in this case I get under their influence.

Justine Thomas
So Oscar Wilde thought, claiming that normal reading duration is 10 minutes. If you read more, you risk forgetting that this is only an excuse for writing an autobiography.

The paradox of reading is that the way to you runs through the book. To pass it, do not linger.

Justine Thomas is a blogger and a freelance writer. Her main interests are foreign languages, psychology and fitness. Currently Justine is working at education project as a consulting editor.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

UM Ranked 146th in QS World University Rankings 2015/2016 (USM: 289, UTM: 303, UKM: 312, UPM: 331)

Malaysia Scholarship Updates

  1. 16 September 2015: Zarith Sofiah’s Initiative for Educational Financial Assistance
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  3. 3 November 2015: Chevening Master Scholarships 2016/2017
  4. 36 Scholarships for IPTA Undergraduate Students
  5. Throughout the year: Intel Malaysia Scholarships

Malaysia Universities QS World Rankings 2011 - 2015

The put the QS world university rankings of Malaysia top local public universities into perspective, we have compiled their rankings in the past five years. Based on this table, we conclude that the best university in Malaysia, University of Malaya (UM), has shown very little progress and is still far from the target of being the top 100. In 2011, former UM vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon set the target of UM achieving top 100 by 2015. He has since been fired and replaced by Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Amin Jalaludin in 2013. National University of Malaysia (UKM), which used to be the second best university in Malaysia for many years, has suffered a drastic drop in ranking this year.

University 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Universiti Malaya (UM) 146 151 167 156 167
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) 289 309 355 326 335
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) 303 294 355 358 401-450
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) 312 259 269 261 279
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) 333 376 411-420 360 358

Feel free to discuss this with other students in our student forum.

Malaysia Universities QS World Rankings 2015/16

FMT reported:
The world ranking of Malaysia’s top three universities has continued to improve, with Universiti Malaya breaking the top 150, at 146th place, according to the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016 survey and report released today on

The country’s oldest university also received a full five rating under its QS Stars rating system.

The star rating system allows students to get a wider picture of an institution’s qualities, looking at everything from the employability of graduates, to sports facilities and community engagement.
The Star Online reported:
UM 146th in QS World University Rankings  2015/2016
QS Intelligence Unit head of research Ben Sowter said UM, which is ranked 146th, is still Malaysia’s number one.

The sharpest rise is seen in USM which is up 20 places to 289 compared to 309 in 2014 and Universiti Putra Malaysia which climbed up 45 places to 331 this year.
The Malay Mail Online added:
The global firm also said that the Malaysian universities excelled in two of the five faculty areas, with UM, USM and UTM ranked among the world’s Top 100 for Engineering and Technology while UM and USM sit among the Top 100 for Social Sciences & Management.

“The strengths of Malaysian institutions shine in the technical and social sciences while the performance in the world’s ranking has been mixed, with three universities rising mostly as a consequence of the methodological reform applied in this edition, three dropping, one new entry and one unchanged,” said QS head of research Ben Sowter.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

How to Finish a School Group Project on Time?

How to finish a school group project on time?

Guest post by Alexandra Arnold (Share you education tips with 40,000+ Malaysian students)

In order to complete a group project fast, understand its requirements, divide the work, discuss problems, stay in touch and work together.

Group projects are a compulsory part of almost every academic course. Students are required to work on a single task together. It helps them in developing coordination, communication skills and being a good team player. However, group projects are beneficial for students, but due to the presence of individuals with different behavior, it sometimes becomes difficult for members to complete their project on time. Follow the guide below to know how to complete a group project fast:

How to Finish a School Group Project on Time?

Understand the requirements:

Every school project, be it a writing assignment or a presentation has some requirements that need to be followed while doing the project. Know what those requirements are and then do your project accordingly. For example, if your project is to write a historical essay, then you need to know what kind of historical topic you must choose. Whether it should be any historical event, place or thing, etc. What is the word count? What are the structural and format requirements that you need to follow in writing your paper? Etc. Understanding the requirements, not just makes the task easy for you, but also provides you ideas and guidelines for completing your task easily and fast as you get a clear idea about what you have to do and how.

Divide the work:

The best way to complete a group project fast is to divide the work equally to the group members by keeping in view their interest. It is very important to assign tasks according to one’s interest and abilities. Suppose if someone is good at calculations or has interest in it, then he or she can do it more easily and happily as compared to the one who doesn’t have any interest in it and doesn’t even know how to do it. So, if you are the group leader then divide the work and assign tasks to every member. First,ask them about what they are good at and what they want to do and then assign accordingly. In this way, you can complete your task in an effective manner and on time.

Discuss problems:

Discussion helps in finding out more ways to counter a problem and solve it easily. Stay in touch with all the group members and ask them to discuss their problems with one another. You can also take help from your advisor or course instructor in case if you find something really difficult and don’t know how to deal with it. Getting an instructor or advisor’s suggestions is considered beneficial for students as they are experienced and can give a more accurate solution for the problem.

Why it is necessary?

Finding out one’s learning style is necessary in this day and age. That is because if one is not aware of the learning style that is well suited for them, they can waste a lot of their time. And students know this better than anyone that time is a luxury that they don’t have much of. So if you want to find out your learning style, then just read on.

What remains in your memory?

The best way to do this is to try to remember the details of a meeting or other event that happened a little while ago. This will help you determine your learning style by using the information as to what do you remember the most. Is it something you saw? Is it something you heard? Or is it something you did?

Try each style

If the above method doesn’t work then you can still try each of the styles to find out which style works for you. But make sure the selected style should be match with your theme otherwise your overall project look will be awful. The thing to remember is that you give each style sufficient research and time before you move to the next. You have to learn all aspects about the selected style then implement.

Stick with it

Once you have found your learning style, you should stick with it if you want to complete your project quickly and efficiently. After selection of style you have to adopt it completely and learn about style from all available sources. A main issue faced by students that they do not stick with adopted style with confidence and west a lot time in rapidly switched styles. So make sure you have to stay on your decision confidently.

Get feedback:

Get feedback from group members from time to time regarding the completion of the project. Don’t leave things to the last minute. It is seen that in groups, there are students who don’t do their work on time and as a result lead the whole groups towards facing problem. If you have any such member in your group who is laid back and doesn’t complete work on time, then keep a constant contact with them and ask them to complete their task fast. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that our fast paced life leaves little time for anything else. We have a set routine which has to be followed and if we deviate from it, our whole world can come crashing down. This is doubly true for students who have no choice but to study all the time if they want to keep their grades up. While spending most of one’s time studying isn’t a bad thing, but spending all the time doing nothing else, is. But the high competition environment leaves students with no choice. All this can be changed to a great extent if one can find out one’s learning style.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Soalan Bocor UPSR 2015 Leaked Questions

soalan bocor UPSR leaked questions
Last year UPSR questions were leaked so it is not surprising that lots of parents and UPSR candidates are actively searching online for soalan bocor UPSR 2015 leaked questions recently, particularly since the actual UPSR 2015 will happen in less than one week time from today. While we do not have any soalan bocor UPSR 2015 leaked questions or 100% kena tepat UPSR 2015 exam tips  to share with you here, we offer a list of kertas soalan percubaan UPSR 2015 trial papers as these are useful for your last minute preparation.

Tarikh UPSR 2015 Date

8 September 2015 (Tuesday) - 10 September 2015 (Thursday)

Jadual Waktu UPSR 2015 Timetable

Jadual Waktu UPSR 2015

Ujian UPSR Bocor

Kertas Soalan Percubaan UPSR 2015 Trial Papers

By subjects: By states: Trial papers include:
  • Soalan Bahasa Melayu Pemahaman
  • Soalan Bahasa Melayu Penulisan
  • Soalan Bahasa Inggeris Paper 1
  • Soalan Bahasa Inggeris Paper 1
  • Soalan Sains Bahagian A & B
  • Soalan Matematik Kertas 1
  • Soalan Matematik Kertas 2
  • Soalan Bahasa Cina SJKC Kertas 1
  • Soalan Bahasa Cina SJKC Kertas 2
  • Skema Jawapan Semua Subjek

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Friday, August 28, 2015

How to Get Band 7 or Better for All IELTS Components

Tips on Scoring Band 7 in All IELTS Components

Guest post by Jessie Yarrow (Share you education tips with 40,000+ Malaysian students)

How to Get Band 7 or Better for All IELTS Components
The International English Language Testing System, commonly known as IELTS is one of the most famous international tests in the world. It has a universal appeal and is given by students as well as professionals alike.

IELTS is not an easy nut to crack as it is concerned with the English language. Languages cannot be mastered in a day or a week. They have to be learnt phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence and sometimes, word by word.

Students who want to score as high as band 7 or above should know that preparing for the IELTS requires dedication and planned preparation. Following are some tips which can help you in preparing for the test.

1. Go beyond the study books

There is a lot of material like books and journals on how to score band 9 in IELTS. While such resources can be beneficial, depending only on them may be unwise. In order to get a good score in IELTS, students must explore all the possible ways of learning English and practise them.

Going beyond books means students must not restrict their target to the test; instead, their target should be mastering the English language. They should utilise all possible means to master it.

It includes accessing web portals which can help in learning English, interacting with people who know good English through social media. Internet can be used as a highly effective resource to learn English.

2. Prepare for all sections

There are 4 sections in the IELTS exam, listening, reading, writing and speaking. All four need good preparation and practise. It should also be remembered that different sections need different ways of preparation. For example, in order to hone listening and speaking skills, one must listen to English in its actual accent and practise speaking it.

One of the common mistakes done by students while preparing for IELTS is ignoring a particular section of the test. Some students may think that –for instance- they are good at reading or listening and may not consider it necessary to prepare for it resulting in marks lower than what they had anticipated. So, it’s necessary that students take all the four sections of the exams seriously.

While preparing for a particular section, students should focus all their energies for that particular section only. For example, if a student is preparing for reading, then they should dedicate a day or two just for reading and should not deviate to other sections during that time.

3. Previous papers are a treasure : use them

It’s very essential that students get accustomed to the test pattern of IELTS so that they can prepare accordingly. It’s always a good idea to go through previous papers of the tests to get familiarised.
IELTS British Council

Previous papers, if solved, will give students an edge and they will be able to react to the real paper much faster.

There are study resources available on the British Council’s official portal too which can be utilised to prepare for the test.

4. Get help

People who have passed the IELTS are resources themselves. Those who are attempting the test can get help from those who have passed it as they can provide insights, especially about the listening and speaking sections of the exam in which preparations cannot be done merely by studying.

By asking advice from those who have appeared for the test, students will know what kind of questions to expect in the various sections of the test. They will also get guidance as to which resources can be used during the preparation and how to use them.

Students can also avail the services of professional trainers and get trained for the test. Professional trainers have much greater expertise and experience in training and can guide the students more effectively.

Going through newspapers, reading novels and books will prove to be a huge boost to enhance the reading skills. A good reader can also become a good writer. Writing short passages and getting them reviewed will also help. It must be remembered that punctuation and grammar is very important in writing.

As far as the listening and speaking sections are concerned, students must practice speaking in English with someone who is well versed in the language. Watching English movies with subtitles, listening to English radio stations will also help.

Due to the popularity of IELTS, professionals have taken the reigns of guiding and training students for the test. Students can now get in touch with experts so that they can be guided and instructed on how to prepare for the test and how to improve on their weaknesses in all the four sections.

Jessie Yarrow is a passionate blogger from London. She writes articles on various topics such as Education, gadgets, travel...etc. As of now she is focusing on Univariety, which provides professional career guidance for school students and also connects them with admission officers of various international universities and test preparation experts.

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