Every student must have been bombarded with the phrase "Practice makes perfect" throughout their schooling life. Just when you thought that your Form Six life would be different, the principle of practising and revising pretty much remains the same.
With the introduction of the semester system and a different set of the syllabus every semester and the inclusion of coursework assessment, it would be best to make the best out of every resource from past year papers and model exercises in the form of reference books to ace your STPM Malay paper!
Why you should practise with past year papers of STPM Malay?
If you have taken any national or international level examination, you might have been given tons of reference books and past year papers to do. Most of the time, you are told that the more you complete them, the more they will help you in your final examination.
Here are some benefits of attempting past year papers while preparing for your STPM Malay paper:
a) Have a good grasp on the pattern and frequency of questions asked
With a fixed syllabus and examination sections, it is not an impossible feat to master the STPM Malay format completely. When you consistently equip yourself with STPM past year papers, you will be familiar with the structure and questioning pattern of every section in every semester.
At times, you can even do a thorough analysis of what is usually asked or present for every section. You can even "predict" and eliminate certain questions. Let's say if last year essay's question was on culture and language, there is a lower probability that the same topic will be asked again this year.
b) Gain confidence and competency while answering
One of the most famous sayings when it comes to examination preparation is this: "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Effective revision is a result of building familiarity with consistent practice. As a result, you can develop confidence when you are answering the questions.
When you are answering your paper in the real examination, your brain will let you know that this is not the first time you are looking at it/doing similar questions. Your mind will not go blank because you have the memory of practising and doing similar actions (output instead of input) within the given time frame.
c) Master the correct marking scheme and mark allocation
The best part of doing STPM past year papers is the opportunity to go through the actual questions and marking scheme. You will be able to see how the examiners mark the papers for various sections. While objective questions and answers are straightforward, structured and essay questions are very much subjected to the marking scheme and format.
Having said that, revising with STPM past year papers improve your overall accuracy to score well. It is also an active and engaging process that helps you to remember important notes clearly. For example, with objective questions, the more questions you do, you actually get to analyse the four answer selection by looking into their differences and similarities.
It will also enhance your answering speed to arrive at the right answer. You can also read more about the marking scheme for all your STPM Malay papers from the 1st semester to the 3rd semester.
Where to look for model exercises of STPM Malay?
We hope you are convinced by the benefits that we have listed above on why you should practice with STPM past year papers to score well. Apart from past year papers, you can also have an effective practice with model STPM Malay papers through local reference books. Model STPM Malay papers are written with the latest STPM format in mind by experienced subject teachers.
Here are some places and platforms that you can check out to access some good model exercises while preparing for your STPM Malay paper:
a) Physical and online stores
Local bookstores such as MPH and Popular are famous for their wide range of reference books on various subjects. You can easily buy STPM Malay reference books written by experienced subject teachers from amazing publishers such as Oxford Fajar, Sasbadi, Pelangi and so on. Be sure to check whether the reference books are following the latest STPM semester system.
To look for more affordable deals, you can also visit online shopping platforms such as Shopee, Lazada to browse the books and buy them in bulks if you are more comfortable studying at home. You can also see previous buyer's reviews to check on the delivery status and item condition. If you do not mind pre-loved reference books, you can also visit Carousell to buy STPM reference books at a lower price.
Look out for blogs that have been created by STPM Malay teachers because they normally upload many model exercises and even past year questions for free as attachments in their blog posts. You can also read their teaching tips to score well for various sections. All you need to do is just Google STPM Blog Bahasa Melayu or Soalan Lepas STPM Bahasa Melayu and you will be directed to a comprehensive list.
Some of the blog titles that you can refer to are as follows:
a) Dermaga BM STPM
b) Cikgu Khir Kassim
c) Esei STPM
c) Former seniors who have sat for STPM
Nothing beats receiving direct and first-hand experience of someone who has recently sat for their STPM Malay Paper. It is a bonus treat for you because your senior must have their own share of past year papers and model exercises that they have accumulated throughout the semesters too.
Sometimes they may even hand down some of their personal notes and internal examination papers together, so do consider this option to get affordable and useful resources for your STPM studies.
Tips to remember when you are doing STPM Malay exercises
So now you have got a mixture of STPM Malay past year papers, STPM Malay model exercise reference books, STPM Malay personal notes, it is now time to kickstart your revision and studying process!
Here are some key highlights to take note of when you are practising:
a) Make sure you have equal understanding and practice for every section
Consistently go through each section without skipping. Do not assume that any section is easier. Every section from Bahagian A, Bahagian B and Bahagian C contribute to your final grade for every semester. For the coursework section, be sure to time yourself while you are drafting and writing the essays. Practise to the point that you are well versed with the order and structure of the questions.
b) Ask for feedback after completing the STPM Malay papers or exercises
While it is possible to mark your own answers for your Bahagian A objective questions, there are also short and structured questions that may not be so straightforward. Similarly, the essay writing component requires someone to look at the overall structure, flow, language and relevance according to the real marking scheme. You certainly need proper feedback on what worked and what did not work.
c) Do not throw away your previous semesters' reference books
Many students may think that since you will be tested by semester, you can just leave your semester 1 reference books and materials or get rid of them next semester. While you may not have direct questions on previous semesters, you should not forget about the final coursework assessment in your semester 3- Penulisan Ilmiah.
The two academic essay topics can be taken from ANY topic from the first and final semester. So you certainly need them to refer to so that you can improve your STPM Malay essay writing!
How to effectively improve in STPM Malay comprehensively?
Self-revision and practising with past year papers or model exercises on your own can be a lonely and one-sided process. This is especially true when you think about repeating the same process for three semesters during your Form Six studies. Fret not, because we have a solution for you to make your journey to ace your STPM Malay more effectively and comprehensively!
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