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ASTRO has launched TUTOR TV PMR (Channel 602) and TUTOR TV SPM (Channel 603) to help students revise for these examinations.

The channels which are available to all Astro customers and government schools from July 10, are Malaysia’s first exam revision channels targeted at secondary school students.

The content of both channels is fully based on the Malaysian school syllabus, and will feature model exam questions, tips and study notes to help students prepare for the exams.

TUTOR TV PMR, which is targeted at students from Forms One to Three, focuses on core subjects like Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics, History and Science.

Meanwhile, TUTOR TV SPM which is for students in Forms Four and Five will feature tutorials in Bahasa Melayu, English, Science, History, Modern Mathematics and Additional Mathematics.

All subjects will be offered in the respective language of instruction.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said technological advances had caused the traditional learning methods that may have worked in the past no longer suitable for the children and students of this generation.

“I applaud Astro for its proactive approach in developing TUTOR TV to ensure that students enjoy the learning format,” he said.

Astro chief operating officer Henry Tan said it first launched TUTOR TV in 2010, offering UPSR (Channel 601) revision programmes based on the school syllabus.

“Based on this overwhelming response, as well as the demand from PMR and SPM students, we are adding on two new channels, TUTOR TV PMR and TUTOR TV SPM.

“Close to 40,000 PMR and SPM students have already joined the TUTOR TV PMR and SPM Facebook communities, even before the launch of the channels,” he said.

Tan said what makes these channels unique is that they were developed with the help of the students themselves.

“We sought input from secondary school students through interviews and social networks in order to understand the specific needs of students taking the PMR and SPM exams.

“Then we incorporated their feedback and ideas into the TUTOR TV content with the help of a panel of experts comprising teachers, academics, language consultants and producers,” he said.

The Astro TUTOR TV channels are designed to support and complement classroom teaching, and will feature a balance of academic lessons as well as holistic advice on time management, motivation and health, revision strategies and even humorous parody videos to help students de-stress.

Videos, interactive assessments and notes are available on Students may also choose to join the TUTOR TV PMR ( or TUTOR TV SPM ( Facebook groups, which provide a supportive community packed with exam tips and motivational advice.

“With three TUTOR TV channels, Astro now offers complete exam revision solutions for UPSR, PMR and SPM students.

“We are making TUTOR TV UPSR, PMR and SPM available to all Astro customers as well as to government schools, so that parents and teachers alike will be able to support their children and students,” said Tan.

Student Lim Chee Soon said, “TUTOR TV is something new and motivational to students.” Another student Nor’ain Fauzana said it is easier to remember the information from the subjects by watching the channels.

TUTOR TV PMR and SPM are available from July 10 to Oct 11 and Nov 25 respectively.

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