Most Sought After Biology Notes

Most Sought After Biology Notes

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Teknik Menjawab Soalan - Describe Eutrophication Process (UPDATED FOR SPM 2017).

*This post was originally posted back in 2013. I realized one of the trial question 2017 asked about eutrophication. So, I'm digging old treasures just for you SPM 2017 sitters.


1. Eutrophication is one of the most famous question for Biology SPM.

Download the rest of the question here.
To answer the question above, I give you technique to answer it by using FADDDDD ( 1 F & 5 'D's).

2. The FADDDDD outline:
CLICK TO ENLARGE

3. The specific question for this FADDDDD would be about the process & consequence of eutrophication. Let's discuss what are the initials in the FADDDDD:

F - Fertilizers
A - Algal bloom
D - Die (submerged plants)
D - Die (aquatic life aka fishes)
D - Die (alga itself!)
D - Decomposition
D - Dead zone

4. The FADDDDD is favorable as it covers all important points needed for full marks (terms, explanations/processes, & examples - remember PEE system in my previous posts). Below is the example of a good answer from an A-list student:

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Q: Discuss the eutrophication process which leads to a high BOD in an ecosystem. 

Answer Outline:




The answer is given full marks (nearly 100%) because it contains these important points:

1. Can you see the red bold words? Those are the important terms (istilah) enlisted as FADDDDD.
2. Can you see the blue bold words? Those are the right examples.
3. Can you see the red-underlined sentences? Those are the correct explanations.

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-CH.

SPM 2017 TRIAL QUESTION ANALYSIS - Role of Exercise to Lymphatic System

1. Let's observe the pic below:


2. A typical couch potato. This prolonged state could be detrimental to his lymphatic system.

3. This is because the lymph cannot be pumped properly by the skeletal muscle contraction. We can say this since the person is not physically active. So, this person needs a regular exercise.

4. We can use this info to answer a short trial question in Paper 2:

Read/Download the rest of questions here.






























5. HINT: Read the questions carefully and find the key points (circled ones). Write down your answer in short, concise sentence. Don't forget the conjunctions! (so, as a result).

ALL THE BEST!

P/S: Excuse me while I go for a short exercise with a nunchuck:



Monday, 18 September 2017

SPM 2017 TRIAL QUESTION ANALYSIS - GMO Food

1. GMO food, they are everywhere! Just look at the big fat KFC drumsticks...


2. We all know the importance of trial questions since the real SPM questions would be based on them. Let's discuss one question from a trial paper for MRSM:

Credit goes to Bumi Gemilang.

3. The question is quite straightforward, which we need to elaborate the benefits and risks of GMO food

4. Remember, this is a discussion-type question which asks about some biotech application (in this case, genetics applied in GMO production).

5. Critical: So, you need to put intro, conclusion, PEE schema (Point-Explain-Example), and lots of conjunctions (firstly, secondly, besides, also, as a result, etc...).

6. So, here are my proposed answer outline which will guarantee you a perfect 10-mark score:


































ALL THE BEST!



P/S: This will be my last post for this month since I'm going away to schools all over M'sia for seminar tour. Take care all!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

6 Highly Useful (& Fast+Easy+Free) Tips to Improve your Biology in 1 Month.

SPM is here again. Students might feel the dread since there are too many notes to read in too little time. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your Biology score. They might not get you A, but at least your result will improve significantly if you do this. Here are the 6 tips:

1. Study with your Friends.
Plan a study group with your friends. Teach your friends one chapter and ask them to teach your another. Nothing is more motivating (and fun!) than studying together. 

2. Do Past Year Questions.
Most of SPM questions tend to repeat themselves from year to year So, it's better for you to be familiar with them. So, get yourselves some past-years questions from your nearest bookstore, pronto.  

3. Do the Trial SPM Exam Questions.
Most seminars speakers proclaimed that their forecast questions would come out in the exam. There is nothing miracle about it. This is because most SPM questions are mostly based on these trial exams from various schools/states. So, get yourselves some by downloading the questions online through various academic sites.


4. Do Topic-by-Topic Questions
SPM is all about familiarizing yourselves with the questions. Do this unceasingly. You will realize the questions tend to repeat themselves. By that time, the good results are already yours.


5.Read Compact Notes.
You no longer have the time to comprehend the whole notes. Instead, you should understand the critical points, which are frequently asked in the exam. You can read from various books/ online notes.



6. Read Biology Notes from Cikgu Heery.
What are you waiting for?

-CH

My First Free Tutorial Video Ever! - Homeostasis Overview

The blog is just getting better and better. Now you watch and listen to my posts instead of reading them. Here is the first video - the start of many videos to come. I believe you can gain a lot by watching this because I cover many subtopics in one video. Enjoy!

*sorry for the low-res and slightly shaky cam :-p


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

My Upcoming Biology SPM 2017 Seminar at Desa Pandan

Latest Biology SPM seminar @MBSS KL

1. The seminar is on! More details outlined here:

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Date: 14 October 2017 (Saturday) OR 15 October 2017 (Sunday). Choose either date.
Time: 11am to 3pm.
Location: SmartMaths Desa Pandan Learning Centre. (CLICK FOR DIRECTION).
Address: 37-1, Jalan 1/76, Desa Pandan 55100, Kuala Lumpur (beside Bank Rakyat and above Mamak Bistro).
Fee: RM70 per person.

FREE: After-seminar personal tutoring and Cikgu Heery's customized notes.
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2. Register by making online payment on Maybank account 1640 2586 9677 under ZULHEERY ISMAIL. Payment should be made at the latest ONE DAY before seminar.

3. Call/WhatsApp/Message Cikgu Heery directly at 012-2455797 for more details and confirming your registration.

4. The 4-hours seminar shall be packed with discussion of forecast questions and answering techniques.

5. Alternatively, if you cannot attend the seminar, you can still order the seminar notes for the same fees RM70 and it shall be sent to you. You can study them in the comfort of your home and contact me through WhatsApp for inquiries.

You learnt my notes. You know my style. Now it's time to meet the master. See you all guys later!

-Cikgu Heery

Monday, 4 September 2017

TEKNIK MENJAWAB : Gastric Bypass Procedure (UPDATED FOR SPM 2017)

KBAT question is not about new, hard, difficult, or unusual topics. It's about text-book topics being asked in different perspectives. Here, we shall discuss the GBP, which the basic features we already learnt  in F4 in Nutrition chapter:

Let's revise the concept from Nick and Singer below...



Easy enough. Now we can go straight to the KBAT question examples:




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Let's analyse the answers:

Question 1: Full marks are given because the student has given the answer according to the question (physiological and physical). (That's why you need to read the question carefully!).

Question 2: Full marks are given due to relevant (logical) answers.

Question 3: Again, full marks are given because the student has given the answer according to the question (regarding the digestion system).

Question 4: Again, full marks are given due to relevant (logical) answers + relevant reason.


REMINDER:

If you see my answers, they are rather short and concise. Yup, that's the gist of SPM essay writing. So, keep your answer short and simple. Just remember this : One sentence = one relevant point = one full mark.

ALL THE BEST ALL!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Must-Know Notes - 8 Points of Faeces Formation


Here are the 8 points you should know about faeces formation in Nutrition topic in F4.



















You should also know the list of KBAT questions they might ask in Paper 2:



















ALL THE BEST!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Forecast Question Analysis (SPM 2017) - Maize and Paddy Interspecies Competition

Let's discuss one question asked by one student:


QUESTION: Both maize and paddy plants are planted in the same area. The area is given a small amount of fertilizer. Discuss their growth pattern as shown in the diagram above (10 marks)


In order to understand their relation, observe the comic below:

















Since they are grown in the same area, competition occurs between them. We can see that initially paddy has higher growth rate, but eventually taken over by maize due to their larger adult size. So, the perfect answer scheme can be outlined as below:






















All the best ya!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Seminar Biology SPM bersama Sekolah-sekolah Daerah Kota Tinggi, Johor

April lepas saya berpeluang ke SMK Air Tawar untuk berkongsi ilmu dalam seminar Biologi SPM bersama pelajar dari sekolah-sekolah daerah Kota Tinggi, Johor. Terima kasih kepada semua terutamanya guru-guru, pihak PPD Kota Tinggi, dan terutamanya sekali Cikgu Min dari SMK Air Tawar yang menganjurkan seminar ini :-)











SEMOGA BERJAYA SEMUA!


EXTRA: Contoh soalan KBAT (berserta jawapan) yang dibincangkan berkenaan perentak buatan.

Friday, 7 July 2017

3 Characteristics of Plasma Membrane Explained Using SPM Method

We know that plasma membrane is a SPM (semi-permeable membrane). Now we are going to explain the characteristics of PM using SPM again, according to the model by Singer and Nicholson:









































All the best, and good luck!

P/S:


Monday, 3 July 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT! - Cikgu Heery Cool Notes for Chemistry F4 SPM

I'm in the process of finalizing my cool notes Chemistry F4 SPM. Take a look of them and tell me what do you think:

Cover page (Malay version)
Isotope (Eng version)

Halogen (Eng version)

Metal purification note (Eng version)

- Easy reading and full colour for memorization and quick comprehension. I believe that reading and studying should be a pleasant journey for the students to attain excellent result.

- Affordable price (RM20). I believe the price should be kept low. Especially during this hard times when most Malaysian families are extremely frugal with their spending endeavor. 

- I shall inform you all if it's ready for sale. Take care!

CIKGU HEERY.
  

Sunday, 2 July 2017

COMIC NOTE - Testing the Presence of Reducing Sugar in Food Sample (ABC Step)

Question about testing the presence of reducing sugar is very popular in school tests and SPM exam. The procedure is outlined using ABC step:






















Looks simple enough. But you know Cikgu Heery's note will not be complete without some visual aid along the way...






Now you really can memorize them all. All the best in your study!