Types of Examination Paper : STPM 2009 Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics

by BerryBerryTeacher

in Berry Super Tips *SPM/STPM

Berry Berry Teacher noticed that students occasionally study too hard, without being overly smart. Of course it is good to be studying hard, but exam paper strategy is equally important. Most students have only one same technique to approach all subjects.

It is a bad strategy that will lead to low marks. Berry Berry Teacher had the privilege to compile the techniques and studying habits of quite a number of top scorers, and they agreed with me in the sense that every paper requires its own strategy.

So BerryBerryEasy will be presenting (in its simplest form), the types of exam papers, which paper fall into which category, how to tackle them (studying/exam strategies) and how BerryBerryEasy can help you. Please be noted that even papers from the same subjects sometimes can fall into different categories. The three major categories which all the young berries should take note are:

1) Berry “Practice Makes Perfect” Paper

Paper: Mathematics paper. – Mathematics T/S paper 1 & 2.

Description: There are no chances that you can try to predict or memorise any fact. This is a fully “practice makes perfect” paper. Young Berries must always follow your teacher instructions, do all the exercises and if possible do extra questions whenever you are berry berry free (throughout the whole semester). Even a genius Young Berry must not do any last minute study for this type of “Practice Makes Perfect” paper!

Strategy: The more you practise, the higher you will score. As straightforward as this.

2) Berry “Read It All” Paper

Paper: Chemistry Paper 2, Biology Paper 1

Description: Basically this is the most ideal examination paper among all the three as this really examines the student’s ability to understand the subject, at least according to the syllabus. In this category, predictions are near to useless as the paper tests nearly student’s knowledge on everything. Berry Berry good student should be extremely overwhelmed, because it is the best way to separate Berry Berry good students and merely just good students. Same like ‘Practice Makes Perfect Paper’, there is no way you can spot chapter to read.  The good thing about this paper is that, it is hard for Young Berries to fail in this type of paper unless they have really really did berry berry last minute studies. (However, it is also harder to score)

Strategy: Berries are required to understand concepts and memorise all the facts constantly. So all Young Berries must revise on all the topics/chapters that you have learned over the whole year/semester.

Special mention: Chemistry can be consider as a “general” subject that all the science stream students must take in STPM examination. Therefore, it is a good idea to put this paper in this category as this is the best way to filter berry lazy students.

3) Berry “Study Smart” Paper

Paper: Biology Paper 2

Description: This is mostly used in paper which required a berry berry big memorisation capacity. It is also usually used to test a part of students’ knowledge.

Strategy: Young Berries must study in a very smart way. How to study in smart way? Young Berries must pay attention to teacher’s explanation in every chapter and in each chapter you can find a few berry berry important topic (Young Berries can refer to the past year STPM analysis which Berry Berry Teacher has already simplified it in the site). Then you must have a set of keywords for every chapter. Young Berries do try to memorise it and draw out the concept map to make relationship between concepts. It will become berry berry handy for your final revision and before you are about to answer an essay question. And the last but not least, Young Berries must do some mini research on other state trial STPM paper. Look out which is the Berry Berry Hot topic for that particular year. (You may also use BerryBerryEasy prediction and tips as a guide, although Berry Berry Teacher still recommend that student study everything that is deemed important)

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November 26, 2010
November 27, 2010

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