Wednesday, 9 October 2013


                                               How to manage your stress
                                             By:Zulhilmi Yamin,Form 5 Abu Bakar..
Being stressful is so common among the SPM students especially when the examination is around the corner.Whatmore when you want to achieve the desirable results to please your parents and teachers.Therefore it is definitely risky to carry on your stresses as the examination is getting closer.So we as SPM students must avoid this habit of carrying these unwanted stresses and must be smart in managing our stress.I would like to  suggest the following ways of overcoming these stresses.

Firstly it is very important to plan your study schedule.Ofcourse you want to give proirity for every subject but you must weigh them according to the University requirement.So I suggest you focus on the entry requirement of every University where they have stated clearly  English language,Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah as their basic requirement for entrance.In short the planning of your study must include the above three core subjects which means you must get excellent results in these subjects.Next if you have plan to continue at medical faculty at  any one of the University,then your science subjects such as Physics,Chemistry,Biology and addittional mathematics must be given one hundred percent focus with regular revisions and reviews.Only after achieving good results in these science subjects,then you may be accepted as matriculation students in any of the matriculation colleges in the country.On the other hand,if you opted for non-sciences courses such as business,architecture,hotel catering and many others,then other subjects such as in modern mathematics,general science and pengetahuan agama islam(PAI) may help to push your entrance in the university apart from getting good results in the core subjects(BM/BI/Sejarah).For those who plan to study overseas such as Egypt,Jordan and other West Asian countries,then you must have good results in your SPM(U). So basically, you decides what subjects you want to focus and where are your  priorities.Apart from that,it is advisable for you to manage your time effectively such as when to take a break and what to do during your short break.Many students will use this valuable time to read Bahasa Melayu and English essays so as to enhance their grammars and vocabulary.Secondly it is worthwhile if you can conduct study group among your close friends.Research have proven that students who learn through grouping are achieving better results than those who study alone.But the rule here remains, that no-nonsense things take place along the line.This means the time spend on group study must  be really discussing on the focus subjects not doing other things such as chit-chatting on general issues such as gossiping about your friends,discussing about your favourite soccer players or singers and then later extending to current soccer matches and results or other issues which may distract your study schedules.On top of that,it is also practical to take turn conducting the study group among your friend’s residence.This make every parents happy to see their children focussing on the study as the examination is getting closer.

Thirdly many SPM Students are so stressful because they complain of not having enough rest and sleep.Whatmore with their food intake which is not regularly checked and take care of.This may create adverse effect on their overall performances which may distract their focus,attention and mood.So give priorities to these factors by telling yourself that you must have enough sleep and rest.By doing so,you are gearing yourself to achieve more in your study.Then watch out for your food intake as this is very important to give you strength,mood and determination.Normally well balanced diet food keeps you awake,focus and you are achieving more in your knowledge.It is good that you spend some time doing a short exercises such as jogging around your house compound or at the recreational parks over the weekend.This will keep you healthy all round. Are you also  thinking of taking a short break such as picnic at a beach with your family?This is a good way of relaxing and giving you the oppurtunity to sort out whatever personal problems you may have at school,home or your sorroudings.You can feel your stresses will be much reduced and having good time with your siblings will at least make you open,cheerful and relax.Apart from that,try to catch up with your teachers after classes on subjects that you are weak at which require more explanation.Certainly the short time that you sacrifice after school hours will be worthwhile as it helps you to understand the subjects in details.

Whatever that you go through in a day will never be complete if you never recite holy verses and perform special prayers.This kind of deed is encouraged to give you the mental strength and physical power for you to wade through the day.Do ask for the Almighty fulfillment in your prayers so that you can perform well in your routine study and subsequently help you in achieving good grades in your SPM examination.

In a nutshell,by all means avoid yourself from getting stressful.You should be thankful that you are not like others who slog out day and night but fade out when the examination starts.So follow these simple rules and do not get entangle with other unneccessary problems such as having affairs with your classmates or  having too much time spend on social networks such as facebook.Remember,it is you who decides what is better for you.So keep the stresses  out and enjoy your life as student.          



A recent survey conducted in your school showed that majority of the students do not read.Your school launched a campaign to encourage students to read more.As the President of the English Language Society,you have been asked to give a talk on:

“The benefits of reading and how it helps to write better essay”.

You may use the following points to assist you in your preparation of your speech:

*reading improves knowledge
*reading improves command of language-grammars and vocabulary
*reading provides relaxation and entertainment
*reading keeps track of current issues,inventions and innovations.
*reading heightens creativity.
*reading motivates ideas and  inspirations.

When writing the talk;
Address your audience appropriately.
Give a suitable introduction.
Elaborate on the points given.

Your speech must not be less than 350 words and you are allowed to add any other interesting points.

Maximun marks shall be alloted for all the points mentioned with clarity,good use of language and presentation.

Answers to be written in paragraphs.  


Truncy has been a major issue in most secondary schools.You find some of your schoolmates often play truant.They skip classes and sometimes engage in unhealthy activities such as loafing and smoking.

Write an article,“Truancy and How to overcome  them”
Use the follwing points below to support you  in your article.

A)Causes of truancy:
1)lack of parents/guardian’s attention.
2)negative peer influence
3)financial problem
4)disinterest in learning
5)drug or alcohol abuse
6)fear of bullying

B)Effects of truancy
1)leads to juvenile deliquency-gangsterism
2)educational failure
3)school dropouts

C)Ways to curb truancy
1)warning and stern punishment
3)monitoring of students’ attendance
4)monitoring by parents
5)police patrols

When writing your article:
Give a title
Elaborate on the points
Include all the points

Your article must not be less than 350 words and you are allowed to add any other interesting points.

Maximun marks shall be alloted for all the points mentioned with clarity,good use of language and presentation.

Answers to be written in paragraphs.  


The safety of students has raised many worries among the concerned parents.The school administrators are giving top priority by holding a student safety campaign to remind the students to take various precautions.One of the activities is a writing contest.The best article will be published in the school bulletin.

Write your article and use the following indicators supporting your article:

Precautions while walking
1)always walk in pairs or groups.
2)never walk or cycle alone
3)never take short-cut through lonely deserted areas.
4)never accept a ride from a stranger

Precaution while waiting for the bus
1)Watch if there is any stranger/suspicious character around
1)wait in line to board the school bus/public bus
2)do not push or shove.
3)have more patience-wait till the bus stops before you alighted.

Precautions while waiting for parents
1)preferably stay in the school compound/canteen/along the corridors.
2)If you have to cross the road,seek help from the road inspector or wait for your parents to come down and fetch you.
3)do not run infront or behind a bus/never hide behind a bus.

When wtiring your article,
Give a title
Use the article format.
Use all the points given

Your article must not be less than 350 words and you are allowed to add any other interesting points.
Maximun marks shall be alloted for all the points mentioned with clarity,good use of language and presentation.

Answers to be written in paragraphs.  


Directed Writing-Article

You are requested by your class teacher  to submit an article entitled, “Spending  leisure time correctly” to be included in the school newsletter under the section on lifestyle.

Use the following points to assist you in the preparation of the article:

1)improve grammar,vocabulary skills and techniques of wriring.
2)improve general knowledge.
3)oppurtunity to learn many things about other countries,cultures and people.
4)exposed to many new innovations,ideas and inventions.

1) Reduce stresses.
2)Make  the body healthy.
3)Building circles of friends

C)Charity work.
1)At the homes for the diabled/blind/aged parents/orphanages.
2)Community work-cleaning drains/hall/beach cleaning

You may add two more interesting points of your own.

Maximun marks shall be alloted for all the points mentioned with clarity,good use of language and presentation.

Answers to be written in paragraphs.  


This is Ashraff of Maahad Pasir Mas.I hope you can tell me whether this essay really good.

Write a story ending with:I was so happy to see her again.

  One fine day while I was reading my favourite story book,all of sudden my beloved mother had asked me to buy her some sour plums.My mother was actually pregnant,about six months.She had this  sudden crave so she pleaded me to go to the hawker’s  stall which was quiet far away from my home.As usual,I took the short-cut which was lined with shady trees.It was a perfect choice for a hot blazing day like this.I felt a bit nervous when I walked along the narrow and deserted path but my guts feeling told me,my mum’s crave is more important than anything else.So nothing to scare me and I walked ahead.The atmosphere was tranquil and serene.Therefore,I whistled away as I gradually  walked to uplift my flagging spirits.
Suddenly,I heard a faint,feeble cry for help.The cry aroused my curiosity.I stood rooted to the ground.My heart was palpitating wildly and I could feel the  adrenaline was rushing  through  my veins.Beads of  cold sweat formed on my forehead and I tried to calm down.After a while,I decided to investigate and searched around.To my surprise,I saw an old woman with grey hair and her  face was crisscrossed with wrinkles.She was lying in a deep,filthy and smelly drains.I guessed she must be a victim of hit and run. I panicked when I saw an ugly gash on her right leg.The wound was bleeding profusely and blood was gashing out like a fountain.I dragged her out of the drain using all the strength I  had.Without wasting time,I administered first aid to stop the bleeding .I tore my sleeves and bandaged the wound up from bleeding.She was still in agony and I could hear she was muttering a few words.This  old woman needed immediate medical attention.So  I dashed to the main road with all my strength.When I reached at the main road I was totally exhausted.I quickly  raised my hands and tried to stop the passing cars.But,none of them were paying attention to me and just zoomed past me.I felt very frustrated with the selfish attitude of the drivers.As a last resort,I rushed to the middle of the road.I waved frantically to stop one incoming  car.The driver applied the emergency  brake and his car was screeched to a halt.He got out of his car and walked toward me with his anguish face.I knew I had to do this and  explained to him about  my predicament.He felt sympathy with the old woman and agreed  to send her to the hospital. On the way to the hospital,the old woman was screaming in pain.I tried to console her that everything would be fine.
Then I asked her any  phone number that she could remember.She muttered a number which I could faintly hear then I borrowed the  hand phone from the driver to call the number.Her grandson answered the call.He was aghasted and shocked beyond words.He just could not believe each word that came out from my mouth.
Soon we  reached the hospital,the old woman was immediately rushed to the emergency room.I waited at entrance of the hospital.I was hoping the old woman’s grandson would show-off.I was lucky then when I noticed a young man who was walking  briskly.I braved my heart and called him.Then  I accompanied him to the emergency unit.He cried his heart out.The touching scene reduced me to tears too.A nurse walked in a told us that the old woman needed rest.So we adjourned to the canteen hospital.He thanked me for umpteen times.
Meanwhile I remembered about the sour plum that my mother had craved for.It  was quite late to walk back again  to that narrow path so I gave a call to my mum and told her on what actually happened.Before I left the hospital,I quickly peeped at the emergency unit.I told myself that I had saved somebody’s life and I  was so happy to see  her again.....


SPM NARRATIVE ESSAY:Write a story ending with: we did not expect it to happen but it was all over….

Sir,it's me Alisya of SIS Pasir Mas.I hope my colleagues enjoy this fiction.

I am a hardworking woman, very dedicated to my work and of course I do have a complete family. I have a charming husband named Wan Muhammad Zulhafizi and three little cute princesses. I do love my job as a manager at Bank Pembangunan. One day, my husband got a call from the hospital, “ Doctor Wan, there is a patient need you to do an operation right now”. Dr Wan answered unhesitatingly,“I’ll be right away”. Since the patient was in a critical stage,my husband needed  to rush to the hospital and left me a small note with a glass of milo. In the note, he said “sweetie, I have  to go earlier because I’m on call  and have  a job to complete. Wish me luck so that this patient can be saved.” I  smiled and quickly  sip a glass of warm milo.I was in a hurry too.I dashed to the porch and jumped into my car and straight drove to work. The road was  too packed  with vehicles.Usually it was not like this,so I was wondering  what went  wrong. I waited for the traffic to be slightly eased and by that time I never realized that I started to daydream about my past. I did not know how to get rid of that  ‘person’ in my life.
The story started when I was in secondary school and that person used to be my beloved boyfriend. He was a university student. We knew each other since my big brother introduced him to me at a ball room where all the seniors were there. I did notice him at the ball room but I just wanted  to be on a  low profile. But he was one of those persons who was very eye-catching. His name,Muhammad Safuan Naiem. I remembered the time when he tried to seduce me but those were histories.The first word that came out from his mouth is “Hi, would you like dance?” I was melted  with his sweet voice and without hesitation, I obliged. 
Since that ball function, we were officially couples.Many of my colleagues commented that  we both had  the same connection in our interest.I was thinking that those things were mere coincindences.Our relationship blosoomed and years flew by, he proposed to  me in front of my parents. He said that he wanted to live with me for the whole life and to have kids. I was too touched and I accepted  his proposal. My parents knew that he could be a good husband for me because he used to study in a tahfiz school. With such background,my parents and I  were assured that everything would be alright.It made me so confident that he could take care of me and to be a good daddy to my children. 
He is very caring, patient, responsible and the most I like about him are  his humorous characters. He loves to joke when I am in a sad situation. Not only when I am sad, but he is always around when I need his company. I love him so much because he knows what is the best for me and for my future. Currently, we always talks about marriage, having kids, and many other things. We have prepared a lot of things then about our upcoming wedding such as theme, dais,catering of food,decorations,guests and many more. I knew that he was sent from the Almighty to be my true love.
But one day, while I was on my way to campus, I saw him with another girl. That girl was quite familiar to me,maybe of the  same age as me.I knew her name is Lina. She also took the similar course like me and Naiem in the university. Naiem did not realize that I saw the whole episode. The next day,I bumped into Lina and asked her,“Hey, I understand that  Naiem and you are getting married soon-is this rumours or truth?” Then Lina confidently replied, “ Yes,of course I do! He is infact my my fiancee and we will be getting married next month.” As soon as I heard about that, I felt like the whole world tumbled down.I wanted to scream at the top of my voice  and cry as loudly as I can.
 But I remembered about my mom’s words who always  have this patience and reminded me of this truly good advice, “don’t judge a person by his  appearance-you have to give more time to see the real colours of him”.So I did not bother and told myself  let bygones be bygones.The next morning, he came to my house to pick me up and we went  together to fit the wedding dress. I could not  stand anymore so I made a decision and said “I want to break up with you right now.”  I never thought it was said in a haste and   I knew he would not be shocked.Then as quickly as lightning,he said “Well,if you insist,I have another girlfriend who is even better than you” I quickly told myself that this relationship should end now and there  was no way we could continue.His words were too deep for me.
Years flew by, he came to my house.He was totally a change person.With his jubah,he said “ I am so sorry for ignoring you. I shouldn’t do that to you.let us start all over again”.Again I melted and fell to him in pieces. I smiled and walked to him, “you are serious that you are coming back to me?” He nodded.The rest was history...
Then suddenly a  car  behind just  horned at me.I was truly  awakened from this sweet daydream and drove straight to office.Oh gosh! I quivered. I do hope that “the person” in my daydream just now must have enjoyed his life. Then a call came over my phone, “ sweetie,the operation is over.I am on my way home.”That was my beloved hubby,Wan.I guessed I was too choosy then.To me Wan is definitely better.
Thanks to Almighty, I had this loving husband but one thing for sure I am very confident that my daydream with Mohd Safuan never happened but both of us agreed , we did not expect it to happen but it was all over.




The SPM examination is just around the corner.Many students are feeling stressful and decided to burn the midnight oil to achieve flying colour results.This habit is so streesful and do not benefit the students on the long-term.Students may probably face black-out and may not have any chances at all to sit for their SPM Examination later.

In view of the coming SPM examination,you are requested to write an article for the latest edition of your school bulletin entitled “Managing your stress” for the benefits of SPM students. You may use the following point to assist you in your preparation of your article:

1)Plan your study time effectively.Know when to take a break and what steps to take.

2)Conduct group study preferably with friends that you are comfortable with.

3)Ensure that you have good rest,enough sleep and well-balanced diet.Perform light exercises to stay healthy.

4)Have more time with family especially your  mum and dad to ask for their guidance.If there is any personal problems,tell your parents.Refer to your teachers if you need further clarifications on topics that you have problems.

5)Recite holy verses,perform special prayers.Ask for Almighty fulfillment to excel in the examination.
When wtiring your article,
Give a title
Use the article format.
Use all the points given

Your article must not be less than 350 words and you are allowed to add any other interesting points.
Maximun marks shall be alloted for all the points mentioned with clarity,good use of language and presentation.

Answers to be written in paragraphs.  

Sir,This essay is referring to your earlier question on speech by the President of Residents Association on How to prevent snatch-thefts and pick-pocketing in your neighbourhood.

A very good morning to all the residents of Taman Sejahtera.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am standing here this morning under the capacity as the President of Residents Association.Our neighbourhood lately has been struck with many cases of snatch-thefts and pick-pocketing.The recent case of our neighbour at Jalan 12/12,Halimah Abdul where her handbag was snatched by two local criminals still fresh in our mind.I was told Puan Halimah was still warded at the hospital after being coma for couple of days.Last night,there was another case of pick-pocketing at the bus-stop where one of our neighbours lost his wallet while boarding a bus.These situations were definitely worrying us and we have to come out with some counter-plans to prevent more recurrences.

May I remind the housewives and single working woman to be on the alert at all times as the police has confirmed that they are targetting this group as their victims.So I would suggest firstly  not to carry excess money in your handbag.It is appropriate at the moment just to bring enough money  to cover your regular expenses.On top of that,it is a good idea if the housewife can carry a whistle and use that when neccessary.Talking about handbag,it is better to use handbag with shorter straps.Hold it tight while you are walking to the bus stop or on the way to bank and pump station.Remember these snatch-thieves are everywhere and they are waiting to strike.

Apart from that,do not wear excessive jewelleries to show off what you have.Remember,these snatch-thieves may strike with long sword or ‘parang’ and they may slash your hands and probably cut off your hands to get the bracelets that you wear.So I think,wearing minimal jewellery is safe.In cases of wallet ,you may keep it under buttoned pockets.Ideally wallets to be placed at the front pockets.Maybe it is inconvenience but the wallet is guranteed safe.

Supposingly when the snatch-thieves strike,it is advisable that you keep your cool by not fighting back.Otherwise you may endanger your life as normally snatch-thieves are known to carry sharp weapons.What you do next is to scream after they have fled and remember to record the registration number of the vehicle,colour and make.Besides that,you are advised not to walk alone at quiet places.Never make an appointment meeting your frend at a secluded spot as snatch-thieves are eagerly waiting to strike on you.It is better to meet in an open public place.If your meeting has to be at night,then make sure your meeting place has street lights everywhere.

Ladies and gentlemen,

In conclusion,I think we need to work hand in hand to ensure our safety.Please quickly report to the police if you see any suspicious characters loitering on motorcycles and roaming our neighbourhood.I am proposing for a patrol unit to be setup in our area with the purpose of conducting week-end patrolling.On working days,we can request the police to send in their patrol cars and conduct patrolling twice a day-morning and night.

Again,I must say thank you for your presence this morning and let us work together to reduce these snatch-theft and pick-pocketting crimes in our neighbourhood.    

Thank you.


Sir,this is syafiq of Maahad Lelaki ,Kota Bharu.Does this essay meeting the criteria on the question,HOW TO CURB BULLY AND GANGSTERISM CULTURE FROM SPREADING IN SCHOOL.
I hope the SPM readers give their comments.

                    How to curb bully and gangsterism culture from spreading in school.
What do we do when our colleagues are being bullied in the school compound?Worst still when we see some of our junior students in lower secondary forms are threatened  to pay protection money to their seniors who act as bullies and gangsters.So do we want this cultureto spread in our school?
Certainly not because over the long term when the parents are informed of this situation,they will  withdraw their children from the school.Then,the school’s  name will be tarnished and the public will lose their confidence.The chain reaction will continue when the press put as headlines on their  daily newspapers.Ultimately,  the Ministry will  then  conduct an inquiry.So at the end of the day,the school will end up losing its name and reputation.Hence the culture of  bully and  gangsterism  activities are serious offences and must be dealt seriously by the school administration.The students who commited such offences  must be given stern warning ,suspended or at worst expelled.

If you notice incidences of bullying and gangsterism activities are happening right in front of your eyes,have no fears.You must quickly take action by reporting to the discplinary teacher,counsellor or even walk  in  straight to the Principal ‘s office.It is mandatory to act swiftly otherwise there will be elements of fears  among the students.Then,these  students will feel insecure and they  are no longer feeling  school as a conducive place to study.Apart from that  students who are directly involved in bullying and gangstrism  must be given counselling and consultation.Normally these students come from broken families and poor background.These students actually need attention as they do not have parental love.The counselling must be done regularly until the school is satisfied that the effected students have repented and ready to be together again with their other colleagues.The school administration must also punish offenders if they decide to turn back to these activities.They may either be transffered out  or expelled if the offences are too serious and heavy.  

Furthermore,the parents and teachers must work hand in hand and monitor their movements .The teachers will do their parts in school by making sure what these students do during recess time  and after school when they are coming back for the extra-curricular activities.At the same time,they can inquire through their colleagues who stay near their homes,what they normally do  at nights.On the other hand,the parents and guardians are also required  to monitor closely the activities of  their children especially during  school hours.Some play truant and absent themselves from  the classroom and instead loitering at other places such as snooker centres,shopping complexes and other vice places. Parents and teachers can also cooperate through PIBG.This can be finalised at meetings between the teachers and the parents which is held  normally once a month.

Close door dialogue such as motivational  talk is another good form of  curbing bullying and gangsterism.The experts can express their views for example  the head of police department  can speak about  topics related to  gangsterism in school and how gangsterism activities can destroy a student’s life.Thus the students will be exposed to the many facts,figures and knowledge of these cultures.So they will  have fears of  joining any gangster groups outside the school.Bullying and gangsterism are usually connected to drugs activities.So,it is appropriate to invite the experts from the drug agency and highlight to the students about the bad implications of getting involved with drugs activities.Maybe the personnels from the prison department can also brief the students what they expect to get when they are imprison for offences related to gangsterism and drug activities.
Having seen many pictures or even videos on the life in prison will make the students having second thought of getting themselves involved with  bullies  and gangsters.

In addittion, the students  must be encouraged to spend their time on recrational activities through their clubs and societies. Activities such as rock climbing, jungle trekking,beach outing and many other  forms of recreational activities help the student to get closer with their colleagues.Thus the fostering of friendship through these activities  make them flexible,understanding and patience. Students are taught to be independent,mentally strong  and building closer relationship.Hence, they have no time to be involved with gangsterism. In addition, weekend activities like football,netball and futsal  matches can be organised. I can also suggest that teachers who are  in charge of clubs and societies such as Tourism Club, Adventure Club to get their members involved with the community work. They can spend time visiting villages and conduct  gotong-royong.

I hope the measures that I have mentioned above remind the students  not to be involved with this negative activities. Remember to use our valuable time at its fullest.Focused  on  our study, maintain our good names, the school reputation, the teachers and of course our parents. Let’s join hand and say a ‘DEFINITE NO’  to the  activities of bullies and  gangsterism.