1. Studying tips- To prepare for this subject, you have to continuously improve your language skills in every day life. Try to speak and write more in English language, and read more English books, magazines and newspaper.- You are adviced to attend tuition if possible. I cannot recommend any tuition centre for English because I never attended English tuition. Try asking around to find out which tuition center is the best.- Before the exam, you mainly need to prepare for Writing, Poem and Novel.- You should know and remember the format for all kinds of formatted writing. Refer to revision books or ask your teacher if you do not know the format.- You need revision notes for literature (Poem and Novel). As far as I know, no literature revision books in the market is good. You are advised use your tuition teacher’s notes. You need to understand and remember the Theme, Settings, Plot, Characters, Moral values & Lessons as well as their examples for the Form 5 novel and all poems learnt in both Form 4 and Form 5.- To prepare for all sections in Paper 2, you have to regularly do exercises. You should also do exercises for Paper 1 occasionally but do not spend too much time on that.
2. Directed Writing- Materials will be given. Read the question and materials given carefully. The question will ask you to write an essay on a particular topic. You must use all the points in the material given when writing your essay.- There is no minimum word limit for Directed Writing. However, you are advised to write your essay longer than 120 words. If the question asks you to add in your own ideas or provide a suitable introduction/closing, you must do so. If the essay is formatted writing, make sure that the format is correct. Of the 35 marks for Directed Writing, 15 marks is for Content &Format and 20 marks is for Language.
3. Continuous Writing- There will be 5 questions. Usually the 2 questions are factual/argumentative essay,2 questions are narrative/descriptive essay(such as story) and the other 1 question is one-word topic essay. Read all the questions carefully and choose the question that you are most confident in.- For the one-word topic essay, you are free to write it as either factual/argumentative essay or narrative/descriptive essay (such as story). But, you must make sure that the entire essay/story you write is closely related to the meaning of the word given.- If you are writing factual/argumentative essay, there should be 1 Introduction, at least 4 Body and 1 Closing. Include only one main point in each Body. Make sure your essay is more than 350 words. Marks will be deducted if your essay is less than 350 words. Avoid writing exactly the whole essays that you memorised, because if you do so and as a result you score much better in Continuous Writing compared to Directed Writing, your grade for Continuous Writing may be dropped.
4. Both Directed Writing & Continuous Writing- When writing your essay, elaborate clearly on each point you write. Write some relevant examples as well. You only need to elaborate in 1 or 2 sentences for Directed Writing, but you need to elaborate longer for Continuous Writing.- Include a few idioms and phrasal verbs in your essay. Use a wide variety of words in your essay, including some more difficult words. The sentence structure should be varied. Your essay should also be interesting, especially for descriptive/narrative essay. Avoid making grammatical errors in your essay. Refer to the question often when writing your essay to avoid writing out of topic.
5. Paper 2 Section A- For Stimuli & Graphic Material, read the materials given and questions carefully. Cancel off the options that you consider as definitely wrong. Choose the most suitable answer among the 4 options, based on the materials given.- For Rational Cloze, it tests you on grammar. Read the passage given carefully. Cancel off the options that you consider as definitely wrong. Choose the most suitable word to fill in the blanks in the passage among the 4 options, based on your understanding in grammar.- For both parts, you should think carefully because sometimes the answers are close to each other.
6. Information Transfer- Read the materials and questions carefully. When answering, copy directly from the materials given and avoid using your own words. However, sometimes you may have to make some changes to suit your answer. Make sure the spelling in your answer is exactly the same as the spelling in the materials given. Your answers must be short and precise. Do not add in any unnecessary details in your answer or write extra answers, otherwise marks may be deducted due to overlifting. Also, you should not answer in full sentences.
7. Reading Comprehension- Read the questions and passage given carefully. Answer all questions based on the passage given. When answering, look for answers from the particular paragraph of the passage as stated in the question. If the question does not state that you must use your own words, you can copy directly from the passage and you need not use your own words. However, sometimes you may have to make some changes to suit your answer.- If the question states that you must use your own words, then you must answer in your own words. If the question asks for your own opinion, you should give your own ideas and do not look for answers from the passage given. Your ideas should be logical and relevant.- For all questions on Comprehension, you do not need to answer in complete sentences. Make sure that the spelling in your answer is correct. Your answers must be short and precise. Do not add in any unnecessary details in your answer or write extra answers, otherwise marks can be deducted due to over lifting.
8. Summary- The question will usually ask you to summarise on 2 topics. Read the question and passage given carefully. Underline the relevant points in the passage that are related to any of the 2 topics.- When answering, use relevant points from the passage given. Do not take the elaborations or examples. You must begin your answer using the 10 words given in the question. You do not need to write any Introduction or Closing. You are advised to answer in your own words by replacing words taken from the passage with other words of same meaning or by rephrasing the sentences taken from the passage. You should write a total of at least 10 points. You are advised to write more points if possible. Marks will only be given for correct points and marks will not be deducted for wrong points (But, you must not exceed 130 words).- Count the total number of words and make sure that your answer is not longer than 130 words, otherwise the remaining part of your answer will not be marked, and marks may be deducted. State the exact number of words below your essay. Proper nouns, idioms and words with hyphen are counted as one word only. If your answer is longer than 130 words, try cancelling off the unnecessary words in your answer and replacing longer phrase with shorter phrase of the same meaning. If it still exceeds 130 words, cancel off some of the extra points you wrote.- You must answer in continuous writing form and not point form, otherwise marks can be deducted. You should also write the answer in complete sentences. Make sure that the grammar is correct. Of the 15 marks for Summary, 10 marks is for Content and 5 marks is for Language & Paraphrase.
9. Poem- Read the poem and questions carefully. Answer all questions based on the poem. If the question does not state that you must use your own words, you can copy directly from the poem and you need not use your own words. However, you may have to make some changes to suit your answer. If the question states that you must use your own words, then you must answer in your own words. If the question asks for your own opinion, you should give your own ideas and do not look for answers from the poem. Your answer should be logical and relevant.- You do not need to answer in complete sentences. Make sure that the spelling in your answer is correct. Your answers must be short and precise. Do not add in any unnecessary details in your answer or write extra answers, otherwise marks can be deducted due to over lifting.
10. Novel- The question will be based on the novel you studied in Form 5. You can also answer based on the novel for other states, but you should do so only if you understand that novel very well. Read the question carefully.- If the question is about facts (Theme / Settings / Plot / Characters / Moral values /Lessons), give suitable answers that you memorised from revision books. If the question is about your own opinion, you have to give your own ideas based on your understanding of the novel. Your ideas must be logical and relevant. You should also relate your ideas to the novel.- For all Novel questions, you have to elaborate clearly on every point you write. Give suitable examples from the novel. You also need to write your personal response (your own opinion about what you have discussed in your answer). You must answer in complete sentences and not point form, otherwise marks can be deducted. Make sure that the grammar is correct.- The question carries 15 marks, where 10 marks is for Content and 5 marks is for Language. Both the Content and Language marks are given by impression, so the Content marks does not actually depend on the number of points in your answer. However, you should write at least 3 elaborations and 1 personal response in your answer. You can give more facts, elaborations and personal responses if you want to, but you must be careful not to write any wrong points. For wrong points in your answer, marks will not be directly deducted, but it can affect the Content marks in overall.
Here are 6 ways on how to make preparation for your biggest examination*SPM* ;
#1 Do Not Study Last Minute for SPM Though this post is about how to study last minute, remember, try your best to avoid burning midnight oil to study. Why? This is because you might feel sleepy in the next morning while sitting for the Percubaan SPM. Subjects like Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry which need a lot of calculations require a fresh mind to brainstorm of the answer.What’s more, since the year of 2013, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia is coming up with the KBAT or HOTS question in SPM. You would really need to stay refresh in order to answer the questions.
#2 Keep Calm and Do Not worry You need to keep calm and do not worry. You won’t get anything when you are feeling anxious. You would end up too depressed about the result and can’t remember what you have learnt.It’s better to plan what you going to study next for the coming SPM examinations. Follow the plan step by step.
#3 Focus on your study Put your mind to the whole learning process. Do not be too nervous about the lack of time to prepare for your SPM examinations or Percubaan SPM. Memorize the important point only and this will help you to score with flying color in exam and it will make your brain works actively. Even if you try to calm the anxiety you experience it during SPM, but eventually the feeling will haunt you again. Now if this happens, try to divert yourself from your study table. Then, start to do some light activities like stretching your body. Next, sit down and continue your learning. This way will help you to ease the stress during preparation of SPM.
#4 Believe you can Score in SPM Always tell yourself that “I Can Do It in SPM”. Slowly, you will gain more and more confidence in answering the SPM questions. Also, write your target A+ on a paper and paste it on your study table. Each time you see this, you will motivates yourself. I used this method before too! Definitely, this method boosts my confidence to score in SPM. Motivation is the most important things to help us improve our results. We do easily give up to revise for our SPM sometimes. This study tips for SPM would be the most effective one to you, it would keep you hardworking for all the time.
#5 Rest More During the study you feel tired quickly. Take time to relax your brain completely. You are encouraged to get up and had a little walk or take a short nap. Continue your studies after that, you would feel refreshed. A reminder for you, try your best to avoid stay up late. We need a fresh mind to answer question during SPM, you won’t want your marks get deducted by careless mistakes.
#6 Focus More on SPM Important Chapter Right now, you only had time to study the important chapter only. Do not use too much time on less important chapter. Select 5 to 6 important chapter and understand it more. For example, before every year of SPM, school teachers or tuition teacher would try to analyst those past years SPM question. You would get a list of what would come up in this year SPM exam.If you really running up of time, then try to focus on those Soalan Ramalan SPM.