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Monday, December 8, 2014

Scholarships 101 of 2015



SPM is finally over! It's now time to take down all the post-it's, recycle them notes and compile all your reference books into one huge bonfire (just kidding, don't do that).

While your results won't be out until March, it's never too early to get a head start on scholarships! We have compiled a list of helpful links on mrsaimun.com (click here) for your reference, and the 7 tips you need to know when applying for scholarships. 

Go to mrsaimun.com to read it. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

IGCSE Grade Threshold : How to Score A*



"What are the marks needed for me to score an A* in Mathematics?"
"What are the percentages of scores for me to score an A in Biology?"

These are the questions often being asked by IGCSE students when comes to setting respective goals for their exams.
Here are the lists of latest IGCSE grade thresholds for all IGCSE students:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SPM 2014 Biology Paper 1 Answers Revealed

Updated on 9.30pm, 25 Nov 2014


yay!.. for most science students you can now enjoy your holidays

SPM 2014 results will be out in early March of 2015

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SPM 2014 Perdagangan Paper 1 Answers Revealed


Here are the Perdagangan SPM 2014 Paper Answers by Mr Sugumaran, who is a very experienced and amazing teacher shares his answer for all perdagangan students.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

IGCSE Examination Registration Date 2015


I believe there are many private candidates in Malaysia who are planning take the IGCSE Examinations on their own. You can do this by registering with British Council Malaysia and they will direct you to the nearest examination location.



A. You can check the list of registration dates here:

British Council Malaysia IGCSE Examination Registration


B. You should know:

#1. Don't Miss The Registration Deadlines
The registration date will usually be announced later and if you miss the registration dateline, you have to wait for another 6 months to take the papers. So, its good to have a gauge of the time intervals using previous registration dates. 

For May/June 2014 its from 6th January 2014 to 20th February 2014

For Oct/Nov 2014 its from 19th July 2014 to 7th August 2014


#2. How Much It Will Cost You
It ranges from RM 600 to RM 1000 per subject depending on the subjects you are taking. Its cheaper when you are taking the exam under a school. The tables below might give you a better idea of how it works:


British Council IGCSE May/June 2013 registration form 



Sri Emas Schools IGCSE Examinations Fees Oct/Nov 2014


#3. IGCSE or Ed-Excel
Most of my students from international schools throughout the city are doing IGCSE Examinations. Why? Because IGCSE has more resources in our country which include books and past years questions. The IGCSE prepares students to take the A-Level under the CIE board which is also a rather popular course offered in many Malaysian college. If students do well IGCSE Year 11, I'm sure they can do very well in A-Levels Year 12. 

Ed-Excel is the less popular choice in our country. As far as I know, only the Alice Smith International School are preparing their students under the Ed-Excel system. Ed-Excel, which is also known as Pearson, prepares students for their A-Level Ed-Excel Examinations. So if you are doing Year 11 Ed-Excel, it would be wise to do Year 12 A-Level Ed-Excel instead. Their testing approaches are similar, which is a focus on applications and explanations. 

I strongly recommend IGCSE. 

#4. Changes In The Syllabus 
One good thing about the IGCSE is that they always update and change their syllabus according to real world relevance. This makes the students better equipped to world demand, and  prepares them for the real thing by training them to think.

However, according to my observations, school teachers and tutors are not aware of the changes of the syllabus and papers. If you're a parent or student, you must be very cautious in this matter. I have heard of situations where a female student attended 2 years worth of classes only to learn that it was the wrong, outdated syllabus. She failed the exams. As to my knowledge, the Chemistry papers for 2016 are changing also.

The best way to go about doing this is to find professionals and download the latest syllabus to ensure that you're on the right track





SPM 2014 Chemistry Paper 1 Answers Revealed



The paper 1 questions are very up to standard and a good distribution of difficulty of question. Very challenging questions are about 20% of the whole paper.

Here are some questions for review

Q8. Students must have memorised clearly all the type of glass and usage.

Q18. Detergent is Petroleum and Soap is Palm oil. Must be careful with this one

Q33. The answers D... answer C is incorrect because the word 'volatile', solid are seldom volatile 

Q34. Test students with you know clearly the concept of amphoteric oxide, which can react with both acid and alkali. Many students would think of test salt instead.

Q40. They are asking only for heat released. So do not need to divide by no of moles.

Q47. With more practice you should be able to identify sulphuric acid has twice the amount of H+ ions.


Hope you Paper 2 and Paper 3 did well :)
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

SPM Chemistry Tips 2014 : Spotted Questions




Focus for SPM Chem 2014
#1. Understand the chem concept clearly
#2. Write complete and long answers, in chem every single word is important
#3. More application questions such as chemical use in daily life
#4. Say thanks to your school teachers :) 


The spotted questions can only help you to focus on the popular questions this year. Questions are randomly arranged, study the answers in the states papers and all the best! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SPM 2014 Physics Paper 1 Answers Revealed

The overall paper 1 questions are set up to standard. Here are few questions up for debate

Q8. This question is good to differentiate A+ students from the rest, you must 1st know the gravity is -10, and then use v2 = u2 + 2as.

Q12. a tricky one, by moving the bottle deeper will increase the pressure. P = hpg

Q14. this question will test whether the student knows density of salt water is higher than water is higher than oil. therefore affects the distance.

Q25. Good question to test concept of optics.

Q26. another tricky one which you need to know clearly which is angle of incidence and which is angle of refraction, both are against the normal.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

SPM Physics Tips 2014 : Spotted Questions




To score A+ Physics. Here are 3 Rules..
#1. Understand the Physics Concept
#2. Know the format of questions clearly
#3. Answer like an A+ Student. 

The spotted questions can only help you to focus on the popular questions this year. Questions are randomly arranged, study the answers in the states papers and all the best! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How to Build an IGCSE Academic Centre


Step 1: Find an empty dirty lot
(preferably with leakages and water puddles).



Step 2: Make someone else clean it up.
(We did most of the hardwork)


Pro tip #1: You have the option of doing a musical number ala Singing in the Rain while doing this.





(P.S: An creepy stairwell is an added bonus.)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

All About That Matcha

Hi, it's me again! I'm Sum Sum from KL :)
Can't remember me? You can review this post: Top 8 dessert places in Kuala Lumpur

For this post, I'm gonna share with you everything and anything related to matcha, which is also known as green tea. So, if you're a huge Matcha fan, be prepared for a great time!



1. Matcha Parfait





Imagine this: a layer of kanten jelly, whipped cream, soft-served vanilla ice-cream, red bean paste, Hoji syrup and corn flakes. They give the perfect texture to this parfait! They also have roasted matcha parfaits, coffee infused matcha parfait and many other desserts. This is a must visit place for matcha lovers!


Location:
Nana's Green Tea
The Garden's Mall, Mid Valley City,
Lot 231A, LG floor,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.


2. Matcha Mille Crepe

Yeah, this is from Malacca's famous Nadeje crepe cake shop. I believe that if we had the opportunity to, most of us would be willing to drive all the way to Malacca just to have their mille crepe! Haha. Granted, there's nothing groundbreaking about it, but Nadeje is still the best! :)

Location:
Nadeje Cake Shop
B-01-01, 3 Two Square
Jalan 19/1, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya, Selangor



3. Matcha Ice-cream


What makes Kindori so special is that the ice-cream is made of 100% fresh milk. Matcha is imported from Japan and it is used to make Kindori. Macha is rated the No. 1 flavour in Japan! The strong and dense green tea makes this ice-cream really special :D

Photo credit: http://myfavouritetaste.blogspot.com/

Location:
Kindori Pavilion
Kindori Sunway Pyramid
Kindori Cheras Leisure Mall
Kindori Puchong SetiaWalk





A perfect mixture of green tea and milk, the texture is smooth! I like it so much :D
Get one @ only RM3.60 :)

Location:
Legend Of Tea Sunway Pyramid
LG 1.98



4. Matcha Swiss Roll


The swiss rolls from RT Pastry are always fresh and delicious! I personally do not like too much of cream filling. This swiss roll suits my taste buds best so far because it doesn't contain excessive creams. It also has red bean in it, giving the swiss rolls an explosion of flavor :)

Location:
RT Pastry Taman Desa
RT Pastry Subang
RT Pastry Puchong
RT Pastry Bukit Tinggi
RT Pastry Klang
RT Pastry Setia Alam

5. Matcha Souffle



Me and my friend were very unsatisfied with the portion of this dessert when this was served. 
"What? This small lil thing cost RM16++?" *grimaces*
Anyway,the souffle was steaming hot, with a delightful crust outside and spongy filling inside. It crumbles down instantly after we cracked open its crusty top. This dessert is not overly sweet, the macha flavour is a bit light. But overall, it was good. It's worth a try after all!

Location:
Miam Miam
Lot 146, G Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Petaling Jaya

6. Matcha Bingsu

Bene's Bingsu is the most trending dessert the market, standing out in it's taste and style by using the best premium Caffebene ingredients. Macha bingsu is served in a huge cup with macha ice cream, topped with various nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans) and red bean paste. If you are not keen with consuming so much calories, requesting for no cream will be a good idea to avoid that guilt feeling of eating too much :P

Location:
Caffe Bene Jaya Shopping Center
Caffe Bene Solaris Mont Kiara
Caffe Bene Sunway Pyramid




7. Matcha Desserts

This photo is taken from MOF's official Facebook page. A few years ago, MOF only served desserts but now they do serve main courses too. I've tried the Macha Zen, which is a low-fat Japanese gelato with hokkaido red bean paste and Japanese dumplings. It tasted relatively sweet for me but I enjoy the Macha ice-cream :P

Location:
MOF Japanese Sweets & Coffee
Lot F1.67 Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall

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8. Matcha Bread

This matcha bread from Lavender Bakery is very fresh. It is filled with a generous amount of red bean and pistachio nuts. Furthermore, the package contains two slices each, which you can just grab it for breakfast! :)

Location:
Lavender Bakery Mid Valley
Lavender Bakery One Utama Shopping Center
Lavender Bakery AEON Bukit Tinggi


9. Matcha Latte


Cafe Olle is run by a Korean owner, who specializes in coffee and healthy sandwiches. Instead of having your regular Starbucks, why not try something new like their green tea latte. Why? because this latte is Korean! It is frothy, smooth and milky :)

Cafe Olle
26-G, Jln 24/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

10. Matcha Smoothies


To be frank, I have not tried this Matcha Smoothie! A friend who know that I'm a matcha addict, tempted me with this tasty-looking picture. It is considered a highly recommended dessert. I should check it out one day!

Location:
Miam Miam
Lot 146, G Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Petaling Jaya


Thanks for reading! Share it to your friends who are a matcha lover :p

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

IGCSE 2014 Past Year Questions

Usually we go to xtremepapers.com for IGCSE and A Level Past Years Examination Questions. However, they have not uploaded the 2014 questions yet. I stumbled upon this website where you can download all the 2014 May/June IGCSE past papers at gceguide.com. Thanks for sharing.

You can also download it directly as per below while the link still works. :) Happy Downloading. Pls drop a comment if you find it useful.  

Download IGCSE
Physics (0625) May June 2014 Papers and Marking Schemes

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

7 Tips for SPM 2014

 

SPM 2014 is coming up about in less than one month. many will be asking:

What should I do now?

Where to get tips?

Is it too late to start studying now?

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DO's
 
#1. Start doing lots and lots of questions
Yes, you may know all the theories, but explaining them is an entirely different ballgame! The best way to do this is to put your knowledge to practice by doing more exercises. If you don't know the answer, flip to the back of the book, find out and learn why. Past years are the way to go!


Books to do

1. Past Year Papers

2. SBP Past Years
3. MARA Past Years

#2. Join a SPM Facebook Group
It's no secret that SPM is a pretty daunting process. There are so many things to do and it can sometimes become overwhelming. Joining a Facebook group will help you share the burden, as well as learn studying tips from other people! It can be fun, trust us!

I just joined a few facebook group 'Chemistry SPM 2014', where the students and teachers are very helpful. A student posted a question and it was answered in a matter of minutes and received 10 to 20 comments right after. Thumbs up! 

#3.  Make short notes
A girl once told me that when she sat for her SPM, she made little notes about things she couldn't remember or understand on post-its and stuck them on her wall. That way, she could read them and refresh while getting ready for school! You don't have to do it the exact same way, but do make short notes. It's less time-consuming and gets straight to the point.

#4. Ask friends and teachers for help
Some friends might influence you in a negative way, but most friends can help you go further and achieve more. If you don't know something, go ask someone! Don't just wait for answers to come by staring at the question. ASK! ASK your friends and ASK your teachers and tutors.  


DON'Ts
#1. Don't go a seminar and believe that all the tips will be coming out for SPM 2014
If those seminars actually worked, then you wouldn't have to study for two years and do so many practices. Please please please do a complete revision and study all the topics. Do not study the tips you get from Seminars only. I'm sure you have heard from your seniors and elder siblings that most seminars are just a waste of time. 

#2. Don't just read the reference book like Success.
Sure, you could spend a thousand ringgit on reference books, but what's the point if you don't actually learn from them? Study hard, but study smart too! Find state papers, past years and good quality notes that will shorten your learning time and can sharpen your answering technique.

#3. Don't give up
If you've given up before you've even tried, it's a sure fire way to failure. Even if there's a 0.0001% percent chance of scoring straight A+, keep trying anyway, because you'll never know what will happen.


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Hack The Scholarship with Scholarst.com

i was going for breakfast at my favourite kopitiam and as usual, will order my 'healthy' morning meal and also order my 'Teh C Kosong Bing' and 'Barley Kosong Bing' .... 

Anyway, stumble upon a very useful site about scholarships. Immediately my mind was like, OMG this will be super useful to my students. 


What so special about this site?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

What Do You Miss Most About Your High School...


All of us have gone through 6 years of primary schools and 5 years of secondary schools.
Many of us have grown up and grown old, but the memories stays forever indirectly influencing our day to day life till we die

I missed the most:
- the young spirit we all use to have
- the stupid things you can do in high school and laugh at each other
- trying to beat the other friend exam scores
- liking a girl and not brave enough to even speak to her
- canteen food and the smiles and laughter
- the wonderful teacher that make your lesson memorable till now


Read more at mrsaimun.com:


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Malaysia Public Holidays 2015


Every Malaysian likes to travel, and thanks to Air Asia tagline 'Everyone Can Fly' now for Malaysian its like Air Asia has made 'Every Malaysian Can Fly'. Thank you very much Air Asia, they have make it possible for cheap to budget travel for us. The trick to getting cheap tickets is to book very very early. So here's Malaysia Public Holidays 2015:

I got it from my facebook group, if anyone knows who created this calendar pls drop a comment, i would really like to thank him/her for doing such a great job. 




New Year's Day 1 January 2015 Thursday


The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday 3 January 2015 Saturday

Federal Territory Day 1 February 2015 Sunday


Chinese New Year yay! 19 to 20 February 2015 Thu - Friday

Good Friday 3 April 2015 Friday

Labour Day 1 May 2015 Friday


Wesak Day 1 June 2015 Monday

Yang Di Pertuan Agong's Birthday 6 June 2015 Saturday

Hari Raya Puasa yay! 18 to 19 July 2015 Sat - Sunday


National Day 31 August 2015 Monday

Malaysia Day 16 September 2015 Wednesday


Hari Raya Haji 24 September 2015 Thursday

Awal Muharam 15 October 2015 Thursday

Deepavali 11 November 2015 Wednesday

Christmas Day 25 December 2015 Friday




Happy Holidays

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

IGCSE Chemistry Crash Course Notes

IGCSE Chemistry Crash Course Notes is finally out. 

IGCSE Chemistry Complete Crash Course Notes is the first IGCSE booklet typed prepared by Mr Sai Mun and his team.



This booklet is for students who are going for IGCSE Chemistry Exam in 12 to 1 months time.
They have compressed and condensed all the important key points for the complete igcse syllabus. ALL the 11 units are included which prepares students for IGCSE Year 10 and Year 11 school examinations.



Monday, September 8, 2014

The Malaysian Education System: It's Not All Bad



We Malaysians are always quick to complain when something is to our distaste. The education system, for example, is a frequent target of these discussions.

The common complaint is that it focuses too much on memory work and regurgitation. That it is too exam-oriented and ignores critical thinking. That we’re only taught to be photocopy machines and are, therefore, being spoon-fed instead of actively learning. You’ll often hear many dismissing the system as we believe that it puts us as a handicap, and does not fully develop our thinking skills.

Formats, formats, it’s all about formats.
My favourite example of this is Pendidikan Moral, a core subject that is dedicated completely to memorizing 36 moral definitions. Last year, there was an uproar during SPM 2013 when the exam structure was changed—without prior notification—to be more open-ended.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SPM Timetable 2014

Updated: 12 August 2014 [Final & Confirmed Timetable]

The latest SPM Timetable 2014. Here are the most popular papers date and day.


The SPM 2014 starts from 3rd November 2014 to 3rd December 2014, here's the confirmed and finalised timetable SPM 2014 or more popular known as Jadual Peperiksaan SPM 2014. 

WEEK 1
3 November 2014, Monday - Bahasa Melayu
4 November 2014, Tuesday- English
5 November 2014, Wednesday- Mathematics
6 November 2014, Thursday- Pendidikan Moral / Islam

WEEK 2
10 November 2014, Monday- Sejarah Kertas 1 Kertas 2
13 November 2014, Thursday- Sejarah Kertas 3

WEEK 3
17 November 2014, Monday-  Prinsip Perakaunan
19 November 2014, Wednesday- Additional Mathematics
20 November 2014, Thursday- Physics / Science

WEEK 4
24 November 2014, Monday - Chemistry
25 November 2014, Tuesday- Biology

WEEK 5
1 December 2014, Tuesday- Bahasa Cina / Arab / Tamil 
3 December 2014, Wednesday - EST 

Wishing you all the best! 

7 Reasons Why Teaching is for You


7 Reasons Why Teaching is for You

1. Staying Younger
I had a teaching experience in 2010 in a primary school. I spent lots of time with children from 8 to 10-year old. Being around the circle of children from 8 to 10-year old made me think young as I had to be engaged with them to understand and get to know them better. Sometimes kids do have some awesome idea that pleasantly surprised you.
 
Mr. Sai Mun is a real good example because he has been teaching for 10 years. Teenagers are definitely harder to deal with. However, his passion in teaching helps to bridge the gap between him and the students. Being around teenagers definitely has kept him updated and knowledgeable about current trends and ideas. Evidence? Check out his Instagram and Facebook!


2. Building Confidence
Teaching builds one's confidence as the teachers are obliged to share the right and accurate information and knowledge. As the teachers lead the students everyday, it helps to build their confidence because they know what they are talking about.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

5 Reasons Why Do Your Children Need Tuition?


1. Learning Disabilities
Some children are diagnosed with a learning disorder such as ADHD, dyslexia, and visual processing problem. These children often have to work way  more harder than their peers to make sure they are on the same academic track. These children will have to seek for help from tutors who are experienced in teaching children with disabilities by having more time and attention needed to master subjects by the tutors. These tutors can present information in a way that is easier for a child to understand.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

IGCSE Class Schedule 2014


IGCSE Chemistry     |   Saturday   |   9.00a.m. - 10.00 a.m.

IGCSE Physics          |   Saturday   |   10.00a.m. - 11.00a.m.

IGCSE Biology          |   Saturday   |   11.00a.m. - 12.30p.m.

IGCSE Add Maths    |   Saturday   |   12.30p.m. - 2.30p.m.

IGCSE Maths            |   Wednesday   |   8.00p.m. -9.30p.m.IGCSE English 1st Language  |   Friday  |   8.00p.m. -9.30p.m.

Location is in Bandar Menjalara right next to Desa Park City.
For class booking please call Centre Manager, Ms Michelle at 0182306626

Saturday, August 2, 2014

7 Reasons Why Communication Skill is Important


Maintain Good Relationship After Marriage
For every marriage, the key to maintain a long relationship isn't just to avoid conflict between wife and husband, but to find a successful resolution for it. According to statistics, over half of all marriages ended in divorce, and one of the reasons which leads to divorce is lack of effective communications. Besides, men and women have very different ways of communication and thinking, that's why men and women must know how to communicate well so that two people can get along well for the rest of their lives.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Top 10 Reasons to Study in International School

Gain stronger English ability
In Malaysia, most students prefer to speak their mother-tongue instead of English. The situation worsens when they came from vernacular primary school and felt shy to communicate with other students from different races in English. Even if they did try to speak English, the way they speak is always improper where you can easily feel the mixed grammatical structure of Malay and Chinese (aka Malaysian English, e.g. Why you so like that one?). In International School, students are forced to communicate with international students in proper English where students abroad can’t really understand Malaysia English.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Top 9 Things You Must Know About IGCSE





Have you heard of IGCSE? Have you ever thought of sending your children to the IGCSE instead of the local school? 

Do you know that a different study environment and assessment could leave a great impact on the students’ personal and intellectual development? 



Here are the Top 9 things that you should know about IGCSE in Malaysia.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Score Biology & Mathematics with Ms. Hwa Li


Biography


Ms Tan Hwa Li is an ambitious teacher with strong academic achievements in the past. During her secondary years, she has scored straight A's for every public national examination. She was then graduated with First Class Honour in USM where she majored in Biomedicine. She was also presented with Dean's List Honors Awards for the consistent academic excellence during her undergraduate years.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Is This The Right Primary School For Your Children?


The changeover to primary school is a great bound in a child’s schooling. They go from the nurturing, tranquil atmosphere of a pre-school, nursery or kindergarten to having to actually learn numeracy, reading and writing; and to build the aptitude to process and remember information. Primary school starts between the ages of five to seven, depending on which curriculum you have chosen.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Score SPM Biology & Chemistry with Ms. Elizabeth

Biography


Ms. Elizabeth is a dedicated and empathic educator who strives to not only educated and guide but also share and inculcate her love for knowledge amongst her students. She encourage her students to challenge themselves and to hone their existing academic abilities through encouragement and motivation.