4 October 2011 is an important date for most if not all Form 3 students, as well as to parents, in Malaysia as it marks the first day of the PMR exam. Following in roughly a month’s time, on 14 November 2011, will the SPM exam. The heat is turning on super fast especially with each school’s PMR Trial exam starting in August and all the States’ Trials in the same month also. I believe if you ask some of the students or your children about the date, some of them would still tell you they don’t know. How could we fight a battle when we do not even know when the enemy is coming?
I do hope that after reading this post, you will put the date in BLOCK LETTER on a piece of paper where you can see it everyday and make your study plan. I remember asking a student previously if he knows how many topics there are altogether which he needs to prepare for PMR Math. He had no idea and most students would tell you they do not know too. There are altogether 29 Chapters from Form 1 to Form 3 and each of this chapter will appear either in Paper 1 or Paper 2. Some topics like Statistics, Graphs of Functions and Loci in Two Dimensions have been appearing in both Paper 1 and Paper 2 so far.
In fact, Topics like Statistics, Graphs of Functions and Loci in Two Dimensions are pretty easy to score especially if either your English or BM is good. However, in Math, you can make up for the poor understanding in language by practicing; the more you practice, the more you’ll see a pattern of how the questions are asked. All you need to do is to be extra careful when you are reading the questions. Are you aware of all these? And do you know that there are only 4 Loci in the Form 2 topic of Loci in Two Dimensions. All you need to know and remember are the different ways of how to describe each of the locus.
Thus, preparing for your PMR Math involves knowing little details like these, which will make it easier for you to study. What you would still need to do, especially in Math, is still to put what you know into practice. Getting an ‘A’ in Math could be this simple.
If you didn’t do well for your mid-year Math exam, you do not really need tuition. All you need to do is to find out which topics you are not doing well, clarify all the doubts with your friends or teachers, then put the new understandings into practice.
From today to the first day of PMR exam, there are about 90 days, which is about 3 months for you to prepare to ace it and you still have a very good chance. You first level up challenge will be your school’s trial exam which will be followed closely by your state’s trial exam. These two trial exams will actually help to prepare you for the actual PMR exam so start preparing for these two challenges first.