Paper 1 is easy. Paper 3 is highly technical and can be answered with specific techniques. Paper 2 especially the Section B possess quite a challenge. Plus, it carries the most marks. Hence, I receive the most inquiries about the so-called essay questions using the table. Here, I share with you the tips regarding this most dreaded question in Biology SPM...
PART 1: It is NOT strictly essay question
Most of us think that we need to write like the essays in BM & BI. It is not. It is called OPEN RESPONSE ITEMS. Not just essays, you also can construct your answers with sequence diagrams, tables, graphs, or illustrations. Just remember you can do more than just essays. If you feel comfortable with essay, then stick to the essay with paragraphs. If you are an analytical person, then go for tables. If you are an artistic guy, then go for illustrations (must have labellings). The point of having open response items is adjust to STUDENTS' DIFFERENT LEARNING STYLE. Your teachers should inform you about this during your Form 4 years. My favorite is the table form. Let's go for the table today...
Part 2: Tackling the 'Essay' Using Table FormThe key is to describe your point accurately. Write your answer in simple sentence. Example of question & schema:
Q: Compare the similarities and differences between mitosis and meiosis (6 marks):
5 years ago, this answer schema is considered incorrect because of being too simple. Recently, simple answer schema is accepted so students can easily score an A for the paper. Hooray!
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