Near any big examination, we would do an all-out search for references, notes, past years questions and examination model or sample questions. I can 100% relate to that. 

These days, you can always google everything on the net. But most of the time what you are searching for are not what you want to find, or worse, you only get frustrated with all the advertisements floating and popping around on your screen. Tell me about it - I hated that the most! 

You should also beware of phishing sites as well as the site that contains viruses. These viruses are non-lethal as Covid-19 but it can definitely affect your hard drive. There are big chances that you’d go to the unverified, or non-credential site. 

Here, at Superprof, we are always trying our best to make your life easier. You are able to find out what is the best reference for SPM 2021 and where to find them. Superprof will also guide you through tips on finding a good reference paper, several authenticate sites, able to download SPM papers and we are also going to recommend a few books for you too!

Before we go to that part, you should know what the latest mathematics format is in 2021. 

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Get to Know Your SPM Mathematics Paper Latest 2021 Format 

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SPM students during these times need to adapt to new changes while staying focused on their studies. (Source: NST)

These days, students seem to easily lose their motivation. I know it isn’t their fault. Since the pandemic hit, PT3 and UPSR have been cancelled for the year 2020 and 2021. Whilst SPM 2020 has been delayed a few times before they started to commence last march. 

We never know what could happen in the near future, but this is the final examination for Malaysia High School Students. The examination will still go on despite whatever situation may arise. 

Do you know that SPM batch 2021 will be the first batch sitting for the new format of SPM? Much bigger than that, they are the first batch to use a different mathematics syllabus and textbook?

Let me show you the comparison in the previous math textbook from form 3 until form 5.  

Prior Form 3

Latest Form 3

Solid geometry

Indices

Circle theorem

Standard form

Circle theorem

Consumer mathematics: savings and investments, credit and debt (new)

Factorisation

Scale drawings

Expansion of algebraic expressions

Trigonometric ratios

Law of indices

Angles and tangents of circles

Algebraic fraction

Plans and elevations

Linear equation

Loci in two dimensions

Simultaneous linear equations

Straight lines

Algebraic formulae

Linear inequalities

Statistics

Prior Form 4

Latest Form 4

Significant figures and standard form

Quadratic functions and equations in

Quadratic expression and quadratic equations

Number bases

Set

Logical reasoning

Mathematical reasoning

Operations on sets

The straight line

Network in graph theory

Statistics

Linear inequalities in two variables

Trigonometry

Graphs of motion

Angle of elevation and depression

Measures of dispersion for ungrouped data

Lines and planes

Probability of combined events

Consumer mathematics: financial management (new)

Prior Form 5

Latest Form 5

Number bases

Variation

Graphs of functions

Matrices

Transformation

Consumer mathematics: insurance (new)

Matrices

Consumer mathematics: taxation (new)

Variations

Congruency, enlargement, and combined transformations

Gradient and area under a graph

Ratios and graphs of trigonometric functions

Probability

Mathematical modelling

Bearing

Ratios and graphs of trigonometric functions

The earth as a sphere

Mathematical modelling

Plan and elevation

Can you see how the topics have been mixed and shuffled across the year? The most apparent changes they made to the syllabus is where the finance chapters came in. 

I can say they have made a good change in the syllabus as these topics seem clearer than before. It is going to be easier for students to answer as the topics have been mixed according to the possible questions that are going to come out in the examination. 

Compared to before, the topics are basic chapters where the questions might be a mix between chapters. Can you understand my reasoning?

Even with all changes made, I’ve looked through the instruments given by the Malaysia examination board and the Ministry of Education (MOE). I believe the questions given won’t be much different from prior years. However, there will be additional finance questions and the level of questions’ intensity will be higher too. 

Here you can download from Google Drive the Mathematics KSSM Form 3, Form 4 and Form 5 textbook in English Language. 

  1. Mathematics KSSM Form 3 Textbook
  2. Mathematics KSSM Form 4 Textbook
  3. Mathematics KSSM Form 5 Textbook

How to Choose and Look for a Good SPM Mathematics Latest 2021 Reference Paper?

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There’s a lot of good references book that can help you in your studies, if you know where to look. (Source: Pexels)

Here and onward, the net will be your best friend in looking for references. But you should know that you can also dig it in books. Most of the books’ available focus more on HOTs questions, which students find it the hardest to tackle. 

Since you are the first batch to sit for the latest format, there won’t be any past year papers that you can refer to. But you shouldn't worry too much. The current format will likely be almost similar to the previous format. 

Besides, you can also look up at SAT Math problems. SAT is a Scholastic Assessment Test that comprises three sections in reading and writing, math, and optional essay. This test is the standardized test taken by American students to measure their college readiness. Moreover, if you have the aspiration to further your studies in the US, challenging yourself to take the SAT is the best preparation you can do. 

The questions might differ in terms of the unit used as we are using UK unit standardization while the US uses another – such as miles instead of kilometer, gallon instead of liter, feet instead of meter and many more. 

Even though the level might be quite high, why not? The harder the questions, the higher possibility of you being able to answer more difficult and complex questions. Remember, Mathematics is subjective, and what’s important is the analytical skills that you are going to get.  

BY practicing, you can reduce your fear of encountering the so-called HOTs questions that train you to solve long equations one step at a time. 

Here you can look for the SPM Mathematics Instruments paper 2021. 

  1. SPM 2021 Mathematics 1449 Instruments
  2. SPM 2021 Mathematics 1449/1 Instruments paper 1
  3. SPM 2021 Mathematics 1449/2 Instruments paper 2
  4. SPM 2021 Mathematics Formula

These SPM Sample Instruments have been compiled by MOE. These tests can be a good initial reference for you to understand the concept and format of SPM in depth. 

In the next section, Superprof will help you out in finding the best reference site for SPM examination papers. Meanwhile, you can check out the Marking Scheme of SPM Mathematics.

What is The Best 3 Books for SPM English Past Year Paper?

A book holds a house of gold

- Chinese Proverb

Even with the availability of resources on the net, a book is still the best reference. Most books published by a renowned publisher can be trusted. They have done their research and studied the KSSM Curriculum more than any other blogger. 

Math exercise books can be as low as RM1.50 with paperback cover. Usually it will contain at least 4 to 5 SPM Model Questions. Why bother to google and print when you can get it for less than RM 2? 

There are few publishers that have been in the academic industry for decades. With the latest format, Pelangi Publication has been the one publishing the mathematics textbooks for secondary school students. Thus, it is worth it to buy their reference books as well as exercise books too. This publisher must have been joining hand-in-hand with MOE to produce a good syllabus and instruments questions for examination. 

Besides Pelangi Publication, there are few other publishing companies that have a good-proven track record in helping students in preparing for their examination. 

  1. Oxford Fajar Publication
  2. Sasbadi Publication
  3. Ilmu Bakti Publication

Why don't you check out on tips to answer Paper 2 SPM Mathematics.

What is The Best TV and Online Education Sites for SPM English Past Year Paper?

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Interactive learning either through mobile apps or educational show is a fun and effective way to study. (Source: Pixabay)

During this pandemic, a whole lot of platforms that can be used to get knowledge have emerged like a mushroom after rain. You can get it from Education TV, Websites and Applications. 

I know that the study and learning session from home (PDPR) doesn't sound promising and ineffective, however, with the correct method and solution, you will be able to ace your SPM at the end of the year. 

Here are a few of the top sites that can be a good reference for you.

  1. Astro Tutor TV (Channel 603) – Astro hosts a programme related to SPM. You can also watch it through YouTube at Astro Tutor TV and look out for Pelan A+ SPM, a series of seminars for SPM candidates. They give out tips, answering techniques, and prediction topics that might come out for your SPM.
  2. Bumi Gemilang stored hundreds of trials papers dating back from 2015 to 2020 along with the marking schemes. However, the site layout is not very easy to navigate. There are quite a lot of advertisements popping out, but that’s their way to maintain their site as they give all the resources for FREE!
  3. Sistem Guru Online dot My is one of the most popular sites to get your hands on trial papers and answer schemes. They also provide notes for SPM. You can also join their facebook and telegram for updates. 

Besides these educational sites, do you know that these days, both students and parents prefer to get a personal tutor? Fret not, Superprof has everything that you need. You can browse our experienced tutor and find the latest updates on Malaysia Education from our blog. Check out the Complete Guide to SPM Mathematics 2021.

Our excellent tutors can design a specific method for you to improve in Mathematics and prepare you for the examination. Besides, they are always available at your convenience at the lowest fee of RM 30 per hour depending on the teachers’ experience and expertise. This price is yet one of the most affordable prices compared to the latest market price for tutors in Malaysia. 

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