Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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

SPM 2015 Trial Papers & SPM Tips 2015

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Stop Studying, and Make Your University Life Amazing

Dear SPM 2015 candidates,

Didn't do well in your SPM 2015 trial exam? It's okay, you still have chance to improve and get A+ in the actual SPM like Balqis did. Read her true story and practical advices: I almost flunked in my trials - 7 tips on keeping continuous momentum till the end of SPM.

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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 Edubirdie.com 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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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 www.topuniversities.com.

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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Friday, August 14, 2015

How to Turn SPM English / IELTS / MUET Essay Writing into a Pleasant Experience

How to Turn Essay Writing into a Pleasant Experience

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

For most of us, essay writing is as painful as pulling off our fingernails…with an ice pick…while dancing a jig. However, it does not have to be. Yes, your professor (unsuccessfully) already tried everything. Give this foolproof method a try; you (and your cat) won’t be disappointed.

Panduan MUET Guide Tips
Panduan MUET

1. Be Spontaneous!

Often we are our worst critics, which mean that there is one important element missing from our writing. Pick up your favorite piece of writing and it is highly likely you will find it in there. Spontaneity is one difficult thing to fake. When writing your first draft, dial the settings of your internal editor to mute. If you stop to cringe at every mistake you make, you’ll never be spontaneous. The mark of a good piece of writing is that it flows smoothly. Revisit for nitpicking but for now, just let the spirit move you!

Being over conscious about the mistakes will block your thinking ability. Mistakes do happen, but they can be rectified later when you proofread the content. Writing comes from passion and a strong willpower to give an opinion about an issue or enlighten everybody regarding a topic. So, don’t be harsh and write with a free mind.

2. Act On It!

A general design that will work for most essays goes something like this:
  • State your topic - be gentle and take your time to introduce it.
  • Support it – now trot out facts and pieces of evidence in support of your topic.
  • Rinse, Lather, Repeat – do #2 again.
  • Get up close and personal – now give your personal opinion regarding the topic at hand.
  • End It – summarize the first four steps to form a conclusion.
This isn’t the design, it is a design. If it does not fit your essay, remodel until it does. If it does, why fix something that isn’t broken?

Writing with a definite purpose, not just maintains the flow, but also helps impart knowledge to the readers. Keeping the right format is essential to make a spellbinding content. A wall of content never looks good, so add sub-headings and points to give the writing an attractive look.

3. Don’t Drag It Out!

So the boy elf decided that he’d go join the war against the exceptionally evil warlock and once he had him under his control, he was going to end him and then he’d have pie…lots and lots of pie.

Wait, who was going to get pie? The exceptionally evil warlock? Didn’t the elf want to kill him? Wasn’t he already dead? This is what a really long sentence does to the reader. Any reader, be it your teacher or your cat (more on that later), will be jarred by an extremely long sentence. Avoid long sentences like you would avoid the plague. They are the bane of smooth pieces of writing that take you along for the ride.

Make sure to maintain a balance in the writings because sometimes, we drag the content a bit too far, hence resulting in a confusion as to what has actually happened in the above written lines. Keeping sentences too long or short can be frustrating. A sentence continuing for three-four lines is as frustrating as a sentence of three-four words. So, make the proper use of conjunctions and punctuation marks.

4. Read Up On It!

Read what you like because it is highly probable that is what you will love writing about. Pick up a book or an article by your favorite writer and re-read it, noticing how they write. Pay attention to sentence structure and the verbosity (the lack of it) and then model your writing after it. Reading various sources will also aid you in forming your arguments while addressing that topic in a phd essay from Good English Essay Writing.

Writing about a topic calls for some prerequisite research in order to provide an unbiased view about the topic. Readers like reading content with great substance, so read a book, an article, a novel or an e-book to gather as much information as you can about the topic, so as to be able to present an in-depth information in the essay.

5. To Err Is To Be Human With Lower Grades!

Now comes the hard part. Editing puts the fear of god in world famous best-selling authors. They would rather do anything than revisit their work and dissect it like they dissected frogs in the Biology lab. Even so, they do it. So man up (or woman up) and read your work with a critical eye. Once you are done with the second draft, give it a read-over to ensure no mistakes have escaped your eagle eyes. Done? Good, I will admit I had my doubts. Moving on!

It is an arduous task to find the errors in the writing because you believe the content is fine, as you have written it. Grammar is the biggest enemy of the writers because it is perceived differently by different writers, so the grammar, which is fine to you may be wrong to someone else, so you have to take the help of a professional service in order to get the content edited and mistakes removed.

6. Let Me Hear You Say It!

Yes, editing your work is important, yet when you continue to read the same piece of text for the umpteenth time, you’re bound to miss out on some errors. How do you rectify these seemingly invisible mistakes marring the perfection of your masterpiece? Simple, you let the computer (or your pet cat) read it back to you. The change in activity and tone — your cat is not going to mimic your inflection, would it? — will help you grasp some of the errors you would have missed otherwise.

The errors in your essay can easily be detected once you start hearing it from a voice software. Determining the errors will become easier and thus, you can save yourself from the embarrassments that you would have suffered in the hands of the readers.

7. Challenge Yourself!

Participate in challenges, like the NaNoWriMo. Not only will you get better at writing, regular practice will help you fall in love with the art that is writing. Do not let your newly acquired grasp at essay writing get rusty. Frequent use will polish off the rough edges.

Always stay in touch with the new writing styles and methods, and try to incorporate them in your writing. This will bring freshness into your content and will keep the readers interested as well.

Lily Wilson is a 34 year-old homestay freelance academic writer. Lily runs her personal blog AnAwfulLotofWriting and works as a contributing academic writer at ThePensters.com.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

SPM 2015 Tips: How to Score A+ in SPM Chemistry

How to Score A+ in SPM Chemistry

by Lucas Ting (Email us your SPM tips to share with 40,000 students)

SPM Tips: How to Score A+ in Chemistry
SPM 2015 Tips: How to Score A+ in SPM Chemistry

Many a time SPM Chemistry can be an absolutely interesting subject among the three science subjects namely Physics, Biology and of course, Chemistry. Unfortunately, students nowadays find Chemistry a daunting subject and thus, fail to even pass the examinations, not to mention the SPM examinations which are just around the corner. In line with the education outcomes outlined in the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025, here I have written several ways to score A+ in SPM Chemistry.

Well, the rule of thumb is to understand and master each chapter. In Chemistry, a chapter is interconnected to one another. Therefore, if you cannot understand the first few chapters, which are mostly basic knowledge in Chemistry, you will then suffer in the following chapters. It is like you have a broken chain. In other words, you ought to start understanding the earlier chapters now if you have not mastered them. It will be a helpful way too if you can ask yourself a lot of questions which in turn develop your critical thinking skills.

Chemistry is mostly about understanding. Chapters which require memorisation are only a few. It is, thus, a strict no-no for you to memorise Chemistry concepts. You can memorise the electrochemical series (ECS), the colours of salts, the names of the chemical processes, but not the rate of reaction, ionic and covalent bonds, just to name a few. If you have a hard time to understand them, immediately find someone who can lend you a helping hand!

Doing exercises is particularly important to score A+ in Chemistry. Repeated exercises ensure that you truly understand a chapter. But, in my opinion, understanding comes before exercising. Only if you understand one chapter very well, then you may proceed to exercises. This makes quality learning process occur. Someone once said that Rome was not built in a day. The point I want to make is only continuous exercises will help you in Chemistry. Besides, choose the exercises which have contents adhere to the current syllabus for Form 4 and Form 5, and target those sitting for SPM examinations.

It is no doubts that you can score an excellent result in SPM by doing past year questions. It is a fact too when it comes to scoring A+ in SPM Chemistry. Past year questions, not only shows you how the questions are set, have given you a view on how the answers are marked schematically and what the popular questions are. More often, your teacher will provide you past year questions to complete, but it will be great if it is provided topically. Such past year questions are already made available in bookstores (Analisis Bertopikal). You will have a much clearer idea on what will be tested. You can go that extra mile by going on certain websites and with their multimedia-rich contents, you can download and do trial papers too, if time allows.

In an effort to score A+ in SPM Chemistry, I can guarantee that your chemistry will improve by leaps and bounds. Bear in mind that you will only reap what you sow. Good luck!

Lucas Ting is a form 5 leaver who scored straight A's in SPM 2013 and is eager to share his learning method with everyone else out there. Now, he has completed his pre-tertiary education at Kolej Matrikulasi Labuan.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SPM 2015 Tips: How to Study Chemistry, Biology & Physics?

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How to Study Biology, Chemistry & Physics for SPM?

by Fabian Yii (Email us your exam tips to share with 40,000 students like YOU)

BONJOUR guys! I am pretty sure that there are some of you out there who are facing much trouble or difficulties when it comes to preparing these three pure science subjects for the upcoming SPM. Just CHILLAX, dude! After all, you have come to the right place to seek help!

My very first tip to you would be:

UNDERSTAND The Core Concept Of The Topic

Now, this is extremely crucial if you wish to study smart. I mean, it’s definitely more time-saving if you first comprehend the core concept of the covered topic before proceeding on to the details. This happens because you know what the topic is talking about and you got a rough idea of the entire thing. Hence, IDENTIFYING the core concept is the first step you should always start off with. After that, you have to UNDERSTAND it CLEARLY by hook or by crook, and always ask yourself: What the general idea or the logic of the topic is?

In order to make this clear, I would like to give you an example of Physics chapter 4.1 (Understanding the Uses of the Cathode Ray Oscilloscope). The core concept (thermionic emission) is: Electrons will be emitted from the surface of a HEATED metal. After you understand this, then only you can proceed to the mechanism of the cathode ray oscilloscope. This is just a simple example so it is rather easy for you to understand the concept. Nevertheless, there are some other complicated topics such as radioactivity which you may find them hard. Don’t panic! Ask yourself the aforementioned reddened question. It’s generally related to quantum mechanics so you are advised to first understand the nature of an atom.

(Note: I make this as the preceding tip considering the implementation of the Higher Order Thinking Skill (HOTS) which requires more cognitive processing in order to answer this type of question. As long as you clearly understand the core concept of the covered topic, this should not be a big problem.)


Get Yourself Familiar With All Of The IMPORTANT Scientific Terminologies

You have to know all of the IMPORTANT scientific terminologies out there in the syllabus in order to answer essay questions particularly BIOLOGY. By the way, what are the IMPORTANT terminologies? Well, you need not to screw yourself up in this case— they are usually those highlighted NOUNS in the reference book. However, most students find it downrightly tedious and grueling to MEMORISE those terminologies.

Hey, my piece of advice is: Don’t Memorise Them INTENTIONALLY! In fact, PLAY with the terminologies. Regard them as your fellow friends; after all, you never forget your friends’ names, and you even MOCK at certain funny names, am I right? The same goes with these terminologies. For instance, xylem tissue— I can always remember xylem tissue transports water and mineral salts as its pronunciation sounds like shishishi which gives me the impression of FLOWING WATER, and MINERAL WATER comprises MINERAL SALTS. See, isn’t it fun to learn a new word in this way?


Utilise Your Imagination To Full Extent

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

Well, Albert Einstein did tell us the importance of imagination. You might have encountered this before— getting tired of the wordiness of the reference book after an enduring time of study. Worse still, you start to lose interest in your study and get distracted easily. Why this happens? It’s because you are forcing a great deal of WORDS into your brain, and of course study gets dull after some time. Thus, don’t just read the lengthy words all the time; instead, you might as well create an image in your MIND in associating with what you are studying.

As a VERY, VERY simple illustration, imagine acid (e.g. hydrochloric acid) as a father while base (e.g. potassium hydroxide) as a mother; when they get married (reacted), a baby (product/salt) potassium chloride (notice that chloride is the surname, HAHAHAHA) is born (formed). The parents are very joyous, and they can’t manage to hold back their tears. (water is formed in the process) GUYS, look at how imagination makes the whole thing much more interesting than it was though this is just a very simple example; but it certainly gives you a rough idea on how this works!


Brush Up On Your Knowledge Frequently

“Good grief! Everyone knows this!”

I know this might be your response right now, but hold on; I am going to teach you a study hack, but the prerequisite is, you must have the knowledge fresh in your mind while doing this. NOW, come back to the topic, recall what you have studied REGARDLESS of when and where you are at the moment. It can be while you are waiting at the bus stop, strolling in a park or even when you are EATING! If you are muddled up right now, I apologise for my bad explanation; I will give you an example to make this clearer.

Let’s say you are now eating, what will be in your mind? Well, there are two possibilities— you are either thinking about how delicious your meal is, or, sad to be told, the opposite of it… HAHA!

OR, if you want to brush up on your knowledge, there is a third possibility! That is— I am chewing the rice now, so salivary amylase is helping to digest complex carbohydrate into maltose. When I swallow the chewed rice (which is now in a ball formation called bolus), it enters my stomach and so on…

YEAH, that’s how you can prevent your knowledge from getting rusty even though your REFERENCE BOOK is not with you at that moment! However, do this in an adequate manner, or else you may eventually get yourself into indigestion @.@


Be Observant

As a student who studies science, one MUST be observant.

I mean, scientific phenomena are all round us no matter you are conscious about them or not. For instance, gravitational pull is incessantly acting on every matter on the earth though you were not aware of it when you were small. Hence, be observant about the phenomena that are happening around us, and TRY to explicate the science behind them. Besides, try to explain how something (e.g. machinery etc) works based on what you have studied. To sum up this part of the article, I would just say, observe the scientific phenomena or things around us, and endeavour to explain them to yourself based on your knowledge. Through this, you will find it easy to deal with application question.

For example, ask yourself how does soap gets your oily hands clean when you are washing your hands using it.

All in all, if you want to get good grades in these 3 subjects, you have to UNDERSTAND the CONCEPTS completely. Bear in mind, it’s all about INVESTMENT— invest your time and energy WISELY and study SMARTLY!    

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Fabian Yii, a SPM 2014 candidate, got A+ in all three pure science subjects. Science never fails to tickle his fancy since small and even to date. He hopes his tips would give you much help, or if not, at least boost up your confidence level. CHEERS! Visit Fabian's personal blog to connect with him!

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