Over 200 Form Five students had a fruitful time attending a one-day seminar on answering techniques for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination at WOU’s seaside main campus on 11 February 2023.
The seminar, one of WOU’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, aimed to boost students’ confidence in approaching the examination. It was organised by the Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS) in collaboration with the Chief Minister’s Office, VSchool Trend, Smart Excel Educare & Learning Centre, and Akademi J & W.
The students, who hailed from schools all over Penang, had the opportunity to gain additional knowledge, useful tips and techniques on tackling questions in Bahasa Melayu and History papers.
In his opening address, Executive Director of StudyPENANG, Dato’ Khoo Boo Lim stressed the importance of education as the basic foundation for success. He urged the students to take advantage of activities such as the seminar to help them prepare for this important academic milestone.
The seminar kicked off with a session focusing on SPM Bahasa Melayu (BM), facilitated by Mr Wong Hooi Mun, a BM subject advisor for VSchool Trend. Wong is also a language expert or Munsyi Dewan appointed by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, the government body responsible for coordinating the use of the Malay language and Malay-language literature in Malaysia.
He presented the students with effective strategies to navigate the different sections in the BM papers, in addition to advice on overcoming examination anxiety. The students also learned how to understand different types of questions and the appropriate techniques in approaching them.
Following that, students were provided with tips to tackle SPM History questions by VSchool Trend History advisor Mr Foong Seong Tuck. A renowned subject expert, Foong guided the students through a series of questions and shared important pointers on the correct way to formulate answers.
Dean of the School of Business and Administration (SBA), Prakash V Arumugam, was also present to talk about the various programmes available at WOU after SPM.
In order to pass SPM, students are required to achieve a mandatory pass (A+ to E grades) in BM and History. However, for admission to undergraduate programmes, a credit (A+ to C grades) in BM is one of the minimum entry requirements.
According to the Ministry of Education, a total of 403,637 candidates will be sitting for the SPM 2022 written tests from 20 February to 15 March.