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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Teknik Menjawab Soalan using Table Form (REVISITED & UPDATED FOR SPM 2014) - Mitosis vs Meiosis


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 Form
Most teachers don't recommend their students to do tables. This is because most students would give too simple answers not according to the analytical standard. Let's observe the example below:

Q: Compare the similarities and differences between mitosis and meiosis (10 marks):

This is the typical students' answers that frustrate most of the teachers!

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As you can see, the answers are correct. But it has no description whatsoever. Plus, the sentences are not complete! Below is the perfect answers...
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When you provide the table form, the examiners want to see how good you are in ANALYZING THE ANSWERS. So, lets' analyze them:

  • See the circled answers? That's your point. 
  • But, how good are you in describing them? See the underlined answers? That's your description/explanation.
  • Your complete sentence will ensure your analysis and confirm you perfect scores.

REMINDER

Even in full sentence, it doesn't mean that your anwer is long! You should stick to KISS (keep it short and simple), like i explained in the previous post.

Part 3: Summary
Remember PDF for Table: (P) Point - (D) Description - (F) Full sentence, for a PERFECT TABLE FORM :-)



Good luck in your study endeavour! If you get A for Biology later, let me know so I can open table at NZ Wangsa Maju :-p

RESPECTO.


18 comments:

  1. Serious ah? Open table for zouk

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  2. cikgu, sebenarnya bab apa famous (essay)

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    1. the famous would be the Big 3 - Nutrition, Dynamic Ecosystem & Endangered Ecosystem, although this is just speculation because the truth is that all chapter matters. still, if you want to focus, this 3 should be suffice :-)

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  3. Sir, what's the forecast question for this year's SPM Paper 3?

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  4. Sir ah! Can do Teknik Menjawab for Paper 2 Structure also ah? I know the facts, but the answer I get wrong!

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  5. I always write long but no point...huhuh

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  6. This year i need to focus on which chapter?

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    1. for 2015, you need to focus ALL of them. that's why we learn them all. but, i guess you can always focus the two last topics in F4 (dynamic & endangered ecosystem) sicen they are frequently asked in the Paper 2.

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  9. Hi cikgu, if i write green peas instead of green beans ( according to question) , how many marks can i get? Is it zero? :)

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  10. This 2016 SPM i need to focus on which chapter?

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  11. Cikgu..tajuk apa yang famous untuk spm and wajib masuk??

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  12. Hi teacher, which chapters do we have to really focus on for this year?

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  13. Hi teacher, i just wanna say thanks.

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  14. sirrrr, i feel so grateful and thankful when i meet your blog. it is such my life saviour. thanks sir. i pray that god will bless your entire life and reward you something big :)

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