What students think of DidikTV...

Subject: Bahasa Melayu

Time slot: Feb 17 & 18(10–11am)

The teacher – Cikgu Haslindar Nor – seemed extremely experienced and passionate about the subject. She was humorous and entertaining in her lesson delivery, which certainly helped to increase my engagement.

However, there were many instances where I wished she was given more opportunities to elaborate on the topic, instead of being interrupted by the hosts.

Though I understand their role was to make the lesson livelier, their part was so repetitive to the point it became unnecessary and distracting. I also hope that closed captions will be included in future videos, as this is especially vital for students who have hearing problems or who live in a sound-sensitive environment.

As a student growing up in a primarily English-speaking household, I find it difficult sometimes to catch the words properly.

Having closed captions will help me focus better. Nonetheless, this is a great effort implemented by our government to increase the accessibility of education for students nationwide.

Charis Kee, 17, SMK (P) Sri Aman, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Subject: Additional Mathematics

Time slot: Feb 23 (8–9pm)

Additional Mathematics is known for being a very difficult subject to score. So, did this show actually help? It certainly did!

The teacher and the host were fantastic at carrying out their roles, and both were equally charismatic and energetic. I am, however, not in favour of the delivery format of the lesson – it was presented like a talk show, and thus may not appeal to those who are just interested in getting the important facts.

I also feel that if pre-recorded, the show could be scripted with certain parts edited out. The show could benefit from more creativity, as well, for example having animation and visual cues in the teacher’s presentation.

Additional Mathematics is easier to understand when we can visualise the concepts clearly such as what’s done on websites like brilliant.org. That said,

I have to admit that the show itself was done well and reflected our government’s commitment to online learning. I am very curious to see how the programmes on DidikTV will improve in the coming months.

Adam Bakhtiar Nazli, 16, SMK Seksyen 10 Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Subject: English language

Time slot: – (viewed on YouTube)

I have been watching DidikTV since it started airing. I watch the shows after my online classes as part of my extra learning.

The lessons have been very useful, especially since I haven’t been able to attend tuition classes due to the pandemic. I like the English language lessons the most.

My favourite teacher is Madam C.V. Renuka. I like how she always asks us, students, for our opinions. She also walks us through past SPM exam papers. Even though I’m a PT3 student, it is relevant to me, especially the part where she explains the writing format.

I like how she gives us several examples of writing sentences – from easy to complex, according to our level of proficiency. The hosts can be distracting but they help play the role of students answering the teacher’s questions, so the programme is not overly one-sided.

DidikTV is a very good platform for students like me.

Gurjit Sadu Singh Ramjit Singh, 15, SMK Air Putih, Kuantan, Pahang

The students featured here are participants of the BRATs Young Journalist Programme run by The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) team.

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