Path to SPM success

LESS than a month away from the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination, over 1,500 Form Five students in Kedah were given tips by The Star Education columnist Sunny Yee on the right techniques to answer the Additional Mathematics and Physics papers.

Organised by the Kedah government, the one-day ‘Bengkel Pecutan SPM Kedah e-Tutor’ was held at Dewan Sri Mentaloon in Alor Setar to help students prepare for the exam, which will be held from Nov 2 to Dec 8.

The students from about 50 schools in Kedah listened attentively as Yee delivered his presentation on four LCD screens at the hall yesterday.

Yee, who has been giving seminars for the past 30 years nationwide, delivered his points energetically and passionately, both in Bahasa Malaysia and English.

To make the workshop more interactive, Yee incorporated real life experiences in his talk.

“Many students expressed their worries about answering difficult questions.

“Many know the formulas but don’t know how to apply them.

“This is a last-minute preparation for them on the topics to take note, the proper answering techniques and the common mistakes students make in the papers,” he said.

Student Nur Syafiqah Shafie, 17, from SMK Bakar Arang in Sungai Petani, said attending the workshop had given her more confidence to sit for the exam.

“His explanation is easy to understand and we are also given a booklet by him on the topics to focus on,” she said.

She added that she hoped to score 8As out of the 10 subjects she would be sitting for.

Soon Li Jie, 17, from SMK St Michael, said that Yee’s talk was detailed and compact.

“Teachers at school have already finished the syllabus and the talk at the workshop is like an intense revision for us.

“We can understand the subjects better after listening to him,” said Soon, who feels the History paper is tougher than the Additional Mathematics and Physics papers.

Asia Memory record holder Lim Teck Hoe was also roped in for the workshop to give a motivational talk to the students.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir launched the event.

Also present were state exco member Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain, state Education Department director Datin Azuyah Hassan and TH3 Holdings Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr How Kok Choong.

TH3 Holdings, was assigned by the state government to provide contents for the Kedah e-Tutor programme, a free online education portal which would benefit more than 250,000 students from Years Four to Six and Forms One to Five in the state this year.

Kedah is the first state to offer such a portal for its students, covering at least 80 subjects.

Kedah e-Tutor is a video-based virtual learning programme, which kicked off in April, enabling students to surf the Internet for their studies anywhere and at anytime.

Mukhriz said the state government would use the necessary methods to help students score.

“I truly hope the programme will create a good impact by improving the SPM results in the state,” he said.

“We hope to be among the top five states with the best SPM results in the country,” he said.

He added that he considered the RM18mil spent on the e-Tutor programme as an investment for the students’ future.

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