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8 SPM success exam tips – Exam Time
1. Budget your time and pace yourself.
a. Take off your watch and put in front of you.
b. Once you have your exam in front of you, look it
over to see how many questions there are .
This will give you an idea of how much time
you can spend on each problem.
c. Don’t rush.
3. Answer questions in a strategic order:
a. Easy questions first to build confidence.
b. Then those with the most point value.
c. On the objective exams, cross out the wrong
answers then decide on the remaining ones.
d. If you don’t understand the question, skip it first.
e. For the essay test, if your mind goes blank,
pick a question and start writing. It may trigger
the answer in your mind as you write.
f. On essay tests, write the outline of your whole essay in
point form from Introduction, Body and then Conclusion.
4. Be neat and tidy.
a. Write out the answers neatly. Don’t cross out here & there.
If it becomes too untidy, change the answer sheet.
b. Use your rubber to erase the wrong answers
on your objective questions properly.
a. Change your sitting positions to help you relax.
b. Take deep breaths.
6. Quickly look through the test for an overview.
a. Scan for keywords.
7. Check your work if you have time.
8. If you complete the exam early, don’t leave.
a. Check if you have answered all the questions,
not madeany errors or marked any answers wrongly.
2. Do some light exercise.
i. Gets your adrenaline running.
ii. Makes you alert and energetic.
iii. Taichi would be great to help you focus.
3. Have a good breakfast.
i. Don’t go to the exam on an empty stomach
because you will not get the energy to be alert
to think properly to answer the questions.
ii. Fresh fruits and vegetables are recommended
as they can reduce stress. Have some banana,
raisins and apple cut up and eat together with
4. Arrive for the exam early.
Find out where the exam will be held & settle down.
5. Go to the toilet before the exam.
6. Be focused.
i. Don’t talk to other students before the exam
as they might be stressed and it can be contagious.
ii. Talk to yourself. Tell yourself that you will do well.
8. Be comfortable but alert.
i. When you sit, don’t slouch. Sit straight.
ii. If you find yourself panicking, take a
few deep breaths or clench your fists tightly
and then let go. Do this a few times.
With your SPM coming up soon, you will need to study effectively. Memorizing would be one of the key elements for subjects such as Sejarah, Moral, etc. I came across the article below and found it useful for memorizing.
The following techniques with their exercises use associations with
letters, images, maps, etc to help you remember.
As you proceed through this list of techniques, try to think of strategies that would be useful to you!
Some people use letters, some images, even songs.
Each depends on how comfortable you are with, or how useful they are to, your way of thinking!
An acronym is an invented combination of letters.
Each letter is a cue to, or suggests, an item you need to remember.
PEMDAS, sequence in solving or evaluating math equations
Parenthesis | Exponents | Multiplication | Division | Addition | Subtraction
ROY G. BIV, the colors of the visible spectrum
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo,Violet
IPMAT, the stages of cell division
Interphase, Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telephase
Practice your acronym
An acrostic is an invented sentence or poem with a first letter cue:
The first letter of each word is a cue to an idea you need to remember.
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (PEMDAS, above)
Sequence in solving or evaluating math equations
Parenthesis | Exponents | Multiplication | Division | Addition | Subtraction
Acrostic exercise GARBAGE | Acrostic exercise EGBDF
Rhyme-Keys: (for ordered or unordered lists)
First, memorize key words that can be associated with numbers.
example: bun = one; shoe = two, tree = three, door = four, hive = five, etc.
Create an image of the items you need to remember with key words.
Four basic food groups– diary products; meat, fish, and poultry; grains; and fruit and vegetables
Think of cheese on a bun (one), livestock with shoes on (two),
a sack of grain suspended in a tree (three), a door to a room stocked with fruits and vegetables (four)
Practice your rhymes
The Method of Loci: (for approximately twenty items)
Select any location that you have spent a lot of time in and know well.
Good for kinesthetic learners!
Imagine yourself walking through the location, selecting clearly defined places–the door, sofa, refrigerator, shelf, etc. Imagine yourself putting objects that you need to remember into each of these places by walking through this location in a direct path.
Again, you need a standard direct path and clearly defined locations for objects to facilitate the retrieval of these objects.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Richard Nixon, you could imagine walking up to the door of your location and seeing a dollar bill stuck in the door; when you open the door Jefferson is reclining on the sofa and Nixon is eating out of the refrigerator.
Practice your loci
The Keyword Method: (for foreign language vocabulary)
First, after considering the foreign word you need to remember, select a key word in English that sounds like the foreign word.
Next, imagine an image which involves the key word with the English meaning of the foreign word.
For example, consider the Spanish word “cabina” which means “phone booth.” For the English keyword, you might think of “cab in a … .” You could then invent an image of a cab trying to fit in a phone booth. When you see the word “cabina” on the test, you should be able to recall the image of the cab and you should be able to retrieve the definition “phone booth.”
Practice your keywords
The Image-Name Technique: (for remembering names)
Simply invent any relationship between the name and the physical characteristics of the person. For example, if you had to remember Shirley Temple’s name, you might ingrain the name in memory by noticing that she has “curly” (rhymes with Shirley) hair around her temples.
Chaining: (for ordered or unordered lists)
Create a story where each word or idea you have to remember cues the next idea you need to recall. If you had to remember the words Napoleon, ear, door, and Germany, you could invent a story of Napoleon with his ear to a door listening to people speak in German.
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I am talking to one student who will be taking the upcoming SPM this year. He failed all his subjects for trial exam and wants to give up. However, you must not give up! You still have 5 months. To join a diploma course you need at least 3 credits in your SPM. So, just focus on 4 subjects and study every day. Forget about the other subjects, don’t bother to study them. Focus on the 4 subjects. Make sure you also pass BM.
He is now focusing on 4 subjects, namely, English, Econs, Accounts and Seni. I believe that he can make it. He is going to his accounts teacher after school as well for help. Study smart. Don’t give up, you still have a chance.