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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

This Is It - Tomorrow is the Test

I know that the whole subjects are important for the SPM. But tomorrow is Biology, baby!

the final paper to mark the end of your ordeal.
indeed, it's the seal of the deal.

Go get them. If you get A for Biology, holler at me so I can personally thank you for making this blog the #1 most viewed Biology online learning experience for SPM in Malaysia :-)


Monday, 25 November 2013

Regarding the Soalan Bocor Issue - What Can We Learn From It?

Guru didakwa dalang soalan SPM bocor

1. I posted the nature and consequence of soalan bocor last year. You can read it here.

2. I know both the accusers and the suspect. In fact, I worked with the former. Their respective tuition centres are highly popular in the Setiawangsa area. The competition level between them is notoriously fierce. Worse still, they are located near to each other at the same road.

3. I heard about this soalan bocor since 2007. Hence, the suspect had been divulging for 6 years. Why then, only now the issue is being reported?

4. My students from the accusers' tuition centre shared with me the suspect's tweets. Now I realize the source of this issue.

5. The suspect kept on harassing the accuser's tuition via online.  

6. This is the consequence for having amateur teachers. He might be good in teaching but not in teaching and business ethics. 

7. He should understand that bombarding the competitor using bad words is not a good idea. It carries negative connotation. It reflects on who you really are. In a long term, it shall ruin your reputation and spell the death of your teaching career.

8. Learn from Coke VS Pepsi, Mac VS PC, or McD VS everybody else. They are in constant business tug-of-war, yet they can get along just fine.  

9. It's the job of the costumer to attack your competitor, not you. Focus on your strength. Let the customer do the bashing. 

10. I'm myself a tuition teacher in Cheras with much higher level of competition than Setiawangsa. Instead on condemning other teachers, I take Masters in Education. I polish my drawing skills. I take professional courses. I read books 4 hours daily. All to enhance my teaching professionalism.  

11. All of these go down to one important gist - Avoid documenting your term of abuse. Let this be a lesson to you. 


Saturday, 9 November 2013

INTRO PHYSICS - Archimedes Principle Made Easy

As you know already, I'm a Physics teacher too. I wish to share something about SPM questions regarding Archimedes Principle. Here is the outline - mostly involving two conditions:

1) Same object, different density of medium 

The same object here is the single ship. Let's analyze the question outline:
  • Everything is similar in the Trinity (my term) (weight = buoyancy = water displaced) regardless the medium.
  • Only volume of submerged part is different (the dark-blue part)

2) Different objects, same density of medium 

The objects differ weight. Let's analyze the question outline:
  • The Trinity is SIMILAR in an object (weight = buoyancy = water displaced)
  • The Trinity is DIFFERENT between objects (because of different weight laa...)
  • Of course, the volume of submerged part is different...

Now you can already answer the question regarding Archimedes Principle. Hope to give you more later!


Haemophilia - Tips on Essay Questions

Paper 2 Section B is the most dreaded part of them all. Here is a quick tips on how you are going to tackle them, once and for all! :-)


1) Have flow in your answers
The examiners want to see how good you are in putting down your answers. The key is the flow. That's why you should use A LOT OF CONJUNCTIONS - such as firstly, secondly, after that, besides, subsequently, finally, and so forth...

2) Short & Relevant sentence
Remember KISS? - keep it short and simple. Don't burden the examiner with long and repetitive sentence. Their job is to find points in your answer in order to reward you with marks. Help them out by writing down short and relevant sentence.

  • Short means not more than 10 words per sentence. 
  • Relevant means the sentence should answer the question by delivering at least one keyword with proper description if required (keywords are the terms with bold typeface which you can find in the textbooks)
3) 1 Mark = 1 Sentence
The examiner will find your point through sentence by sentence. So, ONE sentence is all you need to obtain one full mark. So, a 10-marks question means that you have to write at least 10 sentences. You can write more than that if you want to, providing you have the spare time to do so :-)


Remember PDF in Series 10? It is basically the same thing. Let's revise the technique:
  • P(Point) - similar with keywords  
  • D(Description) - describe the keywords
  • F(Full sentence) - short yet concise sentence


Let us analyze the answers:
  • This is a 4-marks questions, which means you should have 4 sentences
  • Can you see the blue circles? Those are the conjunctions :-)
  • Can you see the red circles? Those are the keywords :-)
  • Can you see the red lines? Those are the descriptions for the keywords.


In Paper 2 Section B, all you need to do when answering the question is to...
  • Write one short sentence to get one mark...
  • Make sure you have at least 1 (more is better) keyword in your sentence. 
  • Make sure the keywords are described (if needed).
  • Connect the sentences with conjunctions.

Full mark is rewarded if you follow this rule. Wish you the best in your study endeavour!