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Tips to score an A Grade for SPM Repeat

Published by Afterschool.my on Jan 18, 2021, 11:48 am

Failing once does not mean failing a second time or failing forever. To gain success, we must create a strategy for everything – including how we are going to tackle SPM repeat papers. Developing a strategy will help reduce the feeling of burden, increase the confidence in our abilities and curb extreme depression and stress. Even if you have failed before, remember that failure is not a barrier to success but an injector to better success. So, check out the strategies we shared to help you succeed in this repeat exam!

1. Prepare a Study Schedule

A study schedule is very important. Every relevant element must be present - namely rest time, study time, meal time, which subject should be given priority first and so on.

Plan your schedule properly so that your brain does not get too tired and there is a balance. If the brain is tired, it will not work properly. When the brain shuts down, every knowledge acquired is in vain.

Our advice, in the last days before the exam, do not refer to the reference book too much. Do more exercise and questions. Make the reference book only as a last resort when answering questions that you are confused about. Watch videos related to the chapter on Youtube to better remember the facts and facilitate understanding, especially reading subjects such as History. If the subject is Mathematics, watch a video of the easiest way to solve math problems. You can practice.

2. Mentally Prepare Yourself to Enter the Examination Hall

On the first day of the exam, you will feel a foreign feeling. Chills, abdominal pain, cold hands, and feet and – arguably the worst of all – the brain fails to function properly. You will also try to remember all the chapters briefly but the memory is hindered by an anxiety attack. Which is why you need mental preparation before stepping into the examination hall.

Our advice? Make a thorough preparation. Be sure to bring adequate examination slips, identity card and stationery during exam day. All of this is important so that it does not affect your mental state.

3. Know the Proper Techniques to Answer the Questions Correctly

This element is the most vital. This is especially important when answering subjective questions! So you need to know the method of answering the question correctly. The method are as follows:

  • Introduction (at the end of the introductory paragraph include a list of facts or a thesis statement)
  • Facts (content)
  • Description below each fact
  • Closing

4. Forget the Details in the Book

So, it is a few days before the exam, but you did not have time to read all the chapters in the book. Sweat not.  Just focus on the important point, then figure out how to "goreng" the point until it somewhat makes sense. That’s all to it, really.

5. Revise the Questions Several Times

Do not waste time scanning each chapter from the book. If it’s too late for you to master the chapter, the only way is to revise the questions religiously. From there, you can already interpret the format of the questions as well as which topic they might ask.

The book is only used as a reference if you forget the important facts. To get sample questions, refer to the video on Youtube. For instance, a Mathematics paper does not put any importance on the question itself, but the way or technique used to answer the question. So, master the technique of answering questions!

Another tip from us, try studying the questions. Study the question until you remember, so if the same question comes out you will remember better.

Finally, good luck to you all. Remember, that the most successful people are the ones who always fail and bounce back from that and are great at managing time!

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If you’re looking for any last-minute additions to your library of workbooks, why not download Afterschool’s SPM 2021 February Spot Questions right here for absolutely FREE! Covering subjects from Bahasa Malaysia and Additional Mathematics to Physics and Chemistry, these questions have been meticulously curated by dedicated teachers based on papers from previous years. The SPM 2021 February Spot Questions consists of spot questions based on a 10-year analysis of past year papers identified by teachers with 20+ years of experience. 

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