Summary English Spm Essay

The SPM English is a compulsory subject that all students must sit for. It comprises of two written papers and one oral examination. Before looking for SPM English Tips 2018, make sure you know the structure of the written paper, which is as follows.

Examination structure of SPM English 2018:

Paper 1

  • To be answered in 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Section A: Directed Writing
  • Section B: Continuous Writing

Paper 2

  • To be answered in 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Section A: 15 Multiple Choice Questions (Answer ALL)
  • Section B: 10 Short Questions (Answer ALL)
  • Section C: 5 Short Questions & 1 Essay Question (Answer ALL)
  • Section D: 1 Short Question & 1 Essay Question (Answer ALL)

The papers are marked dually by the Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (MPM) and the GCE Cambridge O Level examination board, resulting in two scores. It is harder to score an A for the GCE board and is important for anyone wishing to study in universities abroad. The oral examination is carried out by the school teacher.

SPM English Tips 2018

DO

  1. Use the correct formatting for letters. Remember where the addresses and signatories: 
  2. Formal letters on the left, Normal letters like the right!
  3. Use idioms and similes sparingly to show a good command of language. 
  4. For poems, keep your answers short and precise while trying simplify the poem’s meaning based on what the question asks.
  5. For novels, make sure you know the themes, moral values, main plot and character motivations to be able to score in this section.
  6. Do remember the difference between words like ‘your vs you’re’, ‘affect vs. effect’, ‘definitely vs defiantly’ and other similar sounding but different meaning words.

DON’T

  1. Use Manglish like “You very clever one meh?”, even if writing dialog.
  2. For formal letters, don’t use words like buddy, pal, bro, BFF, and other slangs, and try to stay away from them in general. 
  3. Don’t write sentences that are too long or don’t use proper punctuation. 
  4. Don’t write essays in point form! Make sure to use full sentences and reduce spelling errors.

MUST STUDY

  1. The novel and literature. There is no way to escape this, though you can refer to short notes and reference books that break down the stories by themes and plots. 
  2. Must memorise and be familiar with formal and informal letters.

The above are just a short summary of SPM English Tips 2018 that projects some do’s and don’ts. For more SPM Tips for all subjects, get this extremely useful SPM answering guide here.


From: *** <***@yahoo.com>
To: "nuhazyun@yahoo.com" <nuhazyun@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 7, 2012 2:15 PM
Subject: English



My reply:


Read the text below and complete the following task. [PMR 2011]

The newspaper is an extremely useful learning tool to students today. Besides being easily available and affordable, it offers them numerous benefits.

            A survey carried out on the benefits of the newspaper clearly shows that students who read the newspapers have better awareness of the world around them. This is because they are better informed of the current issues happening around the world. Hence, they become more knowledgeable.    

As language proficiency seems to be a problem amongst students these days, reading the newspaper also helps them improve their language skills. As such, they are able to put into practice what they have learnt.           

Meanwhile, once outside the classroom, students can use the newspaper to be a continuous source of education and information. For example, it can be used to obtain reference material or ideas for their school assignments.   

The newspaper today also motivates students to learn because it contains educational supplements that help them with their lessons. Besides, they also encourage students to develop their thinking skills through extensive reading.

            It is without doubt that the newspaper is beneficial to students. As such, we should encourage them to read the newspaper every day.

Write a summary on how the newspaper can be a useful tool to students.

Your summary must:

not be more than 60 words, including the 10 given words below

be in continuous writing (not note form)

be written in one paragraph

Use your own words as far as possible without changing its original meaning. Begin your summary as follows:

The newspaper is a useful tool that helps students to……

Steps to answer a summary question:

Step 1:

Read the text once to get an idea on what the text is all about.

Step 2:

Read the question. Identify the keywords.

Write a summary on HOWthe newspapercan be a useful tool to students.

Step 3:

Identify the content points. Read again the text. Read each sentence in the text one by one. Ask whether the sentence answers the question “HOWthe newspapercan be a useful tool to students”?

Sentence from the text

Does the sentence answers the question “HOWthe newspapercan be a useful toolto students”?

What is the content point?

(highlight or underline the content point)

* yellow – main points

* blue – supporting points

The newspaper is an extremely useful learning tool to students today.

No

None

Besides being easily available and affordable, it offers them numerous benefits.

No

None

A survey carried out on the benefits of the newspaper clearly shows that students who read the newspapers have better awareness of the world around them.

Yes

have better awareness of the world around them.

This is because they are better informed of the current issues happening around the world. 

Yes.

When you see the word “because”, the sentence normally contains the supporting point for the previous sentence.

better informed of the current issues happening around the world. 

Hence, they become more knowledgeable.

Yes.

become more knowledgeable.

As language proficiency seems to be a problem amongst students these days, reading the newspaper also helps them improve their language skills.

Yes.

improve their language skills.

As such, they are able to put into practice what they have learnt. 

Yes.

When you see the phrase “as such”, the sentence normally contains the supporting point for the previous sentence.

able to put into practice what they have learnt.         

Meanwhile, once outside the classroom, students can use the newspaper to be a continuous source of education and information.

Yes.

continuous source of education and information.

For example, it can be used to obtain reference material or ideas for their school assignments.

No.

Pay attention to the words like for example, like, such as. These words indicate examples. Don’t write examples in a summary.

None

The newspaper today also motivates students to learn because it contains educational supplements that help them with their lessons.

Yes.

motivates students to learn

The phrase after the word “because” is the supporting point:

contains educational supplements that help them with their lessons

Besides, they also encourage students to develop their thinking skills through extensive reading.

Yes.

to develop their thinking skills through extensive reading.

It is without doubt that the newspaper is beneficial to students.

No.

None.

As such, we should encourage them to read the newspaper every day.

No.

None.

*C indicates content:

C1 - have better awareness of the world around them / better informed of the current issues happening around the world

C2 - become more knowledgeable

C3 - improve their language skills / able to put into practice what they have learnt

C4 - continuous source of education and information

C5 - motivates students to learn

C6 - encourage students to develop their thinking skills through extensive reading

Important:

If you are able to identify both main and supporting points, write either one in the summary.

It is not encouraged to write the supporting points. Sometimes, a supporting point is NOT accepted as the content point!

Step 4:

Write the summary. Write five (5) content points only. Begin your summary with the ten (10) words given. Copy the points EXACTLYfrom the text to avoid sentence errors and changing the meaning of the original text. Use sequence connectors like next, then, moreover, furthermore, lastly, etc.

The newspaper is a useful tool that helps students to have better awareness of the world around them.(C1)They become more knowledgeable.(C2)Moreover, reading the newspaper also helps them improve their language skills.(C3)Furthermore, students can use the newspaper to be a continuous source of education and information.(C4)Finally, the newspaper today also motivates students to learn.(C5)

Step 5:

Count the number of words and write it at the bottom right of the summary. Make sure your summary is NOT MOREthan 60 words.

The newspaper is a useful tool that helps students to have better awareness of the world around them. They become more knowledgeable. Moreover, reading the newspaper also helps them improve their language skills. Furthermore, students can use the newspaper to be a continuous source of education and information. Finally, the newspaper today also motivates students to learn.

(57 words)

Step 6:

Read your answer again. Make sure there are no spelling errors.

Marks for the above summary:

The newspaper is a useful tool that helps students to have better awareness of the world around them. They become more knowledgeable. Moreover, reading the newspaper also helps them improve their language skills. Furthermore, students can use the newspaper to be a continuous source of education and information. Finally, the newspaper today also motivates students to learn.

Content points – 5 marks

Language – 3 marks

Total marks – 8 marks

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Hi teacher my name is ***.I love your blog and it help me a lot.But my problem is I always get low marks in summary writing.Since last trial exam i often get less than five marks for summry writing.I confused coz I think I have enough content.So I hope you can help me as english PMR paper is just a few days from now.

Thank you.

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