Wednesday, 23 July 2014

STPM Baharu - Retaking, Explained!

Recently I came across a reader's comment in my 'STPM Baharu, Third Semester' article that asked me some questions about retaking :


And so, I've decided to write about this issue in this article. 

#1 - When will you retake your papers?

If there are no any big changes this year, Semester 1 & Semester 2 retake papers should be not long after Semester 3 exam. This means that straight after your Semester 3 papers, you'll still need to prepare for retakes. It went on like this for my year : Sem 3 > Sem 1 Retake > Sem 2 Retake. 

As for Semester 3 retake, it'll be a few weeks after Semester 3 results are out, probably in between March and April after you've graduated from Form 6.

#2 - When will you able to know your retake results?

For Semester 1 & Semester 2 retake, results will be out not long after you received your Semester 3 results

As for Semester 3 retake, results will be out sometime during the month of April/May. 

What does this mean? This means that unless you really did badly for your Semester 3, do not choose to retake your Semester 3 papers. Retaking Semester 3 papers will delay your university and scholarships application since you do not know your final results. In addition, most of the people lose their motivation and urge to study after a few months rest from Form 6, hence it is really, really hard to force yourself back to the library to study for your retake papers. 

#3 - How do the authority calculate the final result of a subject? 

Have you seen or heard of any friends or seniors of yours that encountered this? 

In a particular subject for all three semesters, while X and Y both got BBB- for their papers but in the end X got an overall grade of B for the subject but Y got a B- for the subject.

Sounds weird, right? Why are both students that got the same results for all 3 semesters in the end got different grade for their overall grade?

Well, this is because MPM is NOT using the accumulated grades for all 3 papers to determine the final overall grade of the subject, instead they are using the 'raw marks' (markah mentah, that means the original marks of your paper) of all 3 papers (plus some weird formulas) to determine the final grade of the particular subject. 

In this case, X might got a higher mark in the B- category that leads him to a B while Y got a lower mark in the B- category that brought him down to a B-. 

The question remains : How can I know about the raw marks thingy? No. All calculation are done internally, hence it is not possible for us to know all the details. (Sad case)

Hence, I hope I have answer Question 2 of my reader up there. 

#4 - Which result will be used in the case of weaker retake outcome?

The best result will be taken.

#5 - Retake or not?

Honestly, it really depends on yourself. It is really damn hard to cover retake papers, especially Semester 1 & 2 retakes because you need to deal with Semester 3 papers. Accumulation. This is the best word to describe retaking. If you cannot deal with 4 papers in Semester 1, how can you expect yourself to deal with more papers in your last semester? 

I have friends that screw many of his Semester 1 & 2 papers, thinking of changing the whole game with retaking the papers while mentally readied to retake all his Semester 3 papers. Well, this is a wrong mindset. Give it all out in every semester, do your best and get the best results and never bother retaking unless the outcome is really disastrous. 

So, a question to yourself before deciding to retake : Am I capable of doing this? 

As a conclusion.....

It has been sometime since I come out with an article, mainly because I was quite busy with some activities. I'll try to come out with more articles if possible in July or August because after that guess what I'll start my University life! Woohoo! Any other Form 6/STPM Baharu related issues that you want me to cover? Comment below and I'll try my best to bring the article up! Until next time, ciaoz and Selamat Hari Raya! 





Sunday, 18 May 2014

What To Do - I Am Not Selected for Interview!

Every single year, there will always be STPM students with good results that hope to be called for interview for the entrance into local public universities but in the end turned down by the authorities. 

So, what can you do if you are one of the victim? 

1. Check

First of all, check the courses you applied, are everyone of them required interview? If there are courses that do not require interview, it means that you will still have a chance to enter public universities. Every course you applied require interview? Proceed to no.2 then.

2. Rayuan

This is to the ones that failed to get any offer in the end to apply. 

"Rayuan: Hanya calon yang gagal mendapat sebarang tawaran sahaja yang layak mengemukakan permohonan rayuan.
Rayuan ke IPTA bagi Program Pengajian Lepasan STPM/Setaraf dibuka untuk capaian mulai 12 Ogos 2014 jam 12.00 tengah hari sehingga 22 Ogos 2014"

3. Local/Overseas Private Universities

Well, maybe in life when we do not get what we want it means that we are destined to be something greater, or we are destined to walk the different path. Don't you think so? Don't fret if you do not get a place in local public universities, because it is a real big world out there! There are many private universities out there and there are always financial aids if you are worried about all the financial stuffs.

So....
Every year we will see people angered, frustrated, disappointed over not being selected into local public universities. After so many years, nothing got better. Hence, while it is not worthy to be saddened over the flaws of our country's education system, we must all continue on with our life, our own story. Make your own story lively, something worth living for and meaningful. Get over the negativity and enjoy our journey, and hopefully one day we will be able to make great changes to our future generations. Best of luck, my friends!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

War. Codename: 2014 STPM Second Semester. Status: Start!

Anyeong! Just writing this post to wish every kawan-kawan that will be sitting for Second Semester STPM in a few days time all the best and good luck!

Be Careful - Pengajian Am

Pengajian Am for second semester is one tricky paper to score. Be very very careful while plotting your graphs/charts/tables because a small keyword that you left out will cost you your results for the paper. 

p.s. Remember to bring your colour pencils and protractor ya!

My Advice

For me, I'll not study until late night before exam, as stuff in our brain tend to go all wrong due to lack of rest. Instead of discussing with friends about the subject before the paper, I would normally prefer to find a quiet place to calm down my nerves (Keep on talking about the subject before exam will most probably cause you to be more nervous). 

Best of Luck!

So yeah this is indeed a short post dedicated to wish all STPM candidates all the best and good luck! Stay healthy and please, sleep early and please (x2), don't overslept! Jiayous! 




Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Reminders to STPM Baharu 2013 Students, Words to STPM Baharu 2014 Students, Greetings to STPM Baharu 2015 Students

Hello folks it has been some time since my last blog post 'STPM Baharu - The Form 6 College' and it actually became one of my article with the highest view! *claps claps*

STPM Baharu 2013 Students

Alright, basically I believed that many of us had already have in mind in how we did in our STPM, hence after receiving our result slip on 24/4/2014, whats next?
  • After receiving your result slip, things that you will need to pay attention of is:If you are one of the many that retake your Semester 3 paper/s, you can now update your application should you have anything that you want to change in your application during the First Phase of registration. It is called the Second Phase of registration and it will be opened to all Semester 3 retake students on 2/5/2014 - 6/5/2014. 
  • Free up your time for the month of May and June (and maybe July) because most of the procedures of the UPU/USM intake such as notice of the interview, process of interview and so on will most probably taking place in these 2 months. Hence, if you are planning some long trip, you might want to reconsider. If you are working part time, you might need to prepare to take a few day offs.
  • Lastly, if you want to do any last minute scholarship/university 'shopping', this is the last chance! Many of the dateline for scholarships and university application (especially overseas) had ended months back and if you missed them, you will now need to search around the education sites for any last minute application. 
  • Well, seems that your Form 6 journey truly ends here, and I wish everyone in our batch all the best and good luck in the future!
STPM Baharu 2014 Students

Hey! Less than 1 month more before you guys will be sitting for your Semester 2 STPM! All the best in your last preparation and this is the time to go all out! Consult your teachers if needed, try to understand the topics that you are not familiar, the key is: Don't Be Afraid to Ask!

And in the period of preparation of exams, please take care of your health!

STPM Baharu 2015 Students

Wow, if you are reading this you are either already decided to enter Form 6, or Form 6 is already one of your option. Intake should be anytime during May, and before entering Form 6, be well prepared mentally and physically. Expect nothing but a tough (and meaningful) challenge ahead. It will be tough, but it will worth it, if you hang on till the very end.

If you still need more information on Form 6, feel free to read up my previous articles!

And yeah! This is all for this article! I am just back from my backpacking trip to Taiwan (alone!) and I will definitely share my experience in this blog anytime soon, so if you are into travelling thingy, stay tune!

Jiayous, people! =)


Sunday, 23 February 2014

STPM Baharu - The Form 6 College

The plan has been talked and discussed about for years, and recently it has finally implemented officially. And yes, with this I mean the Form 6 College. What is it all about? What is the possible impacts to the students, teachers and the authorities? Know more by continue reading this article!

Headline of Sin Chew Jit Poh on 21/2/2014, which means 'Form 6 will be gathered and study in the same place' in English

The whole issue is being reported by Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Jit Poh on their headline on 21/2/2014, and little as it'll not affect most of the people in the society, but it definitely will cause lots of question-marks and worries among those who intend to further their studies by doing STPM.  

The Form 6 College

So, what is it all about? According to the news, two out of five new Form 6 College has started to operate, both being located at Selangor and Sabah. The 5 colleges are SMK Desa Mahkota (KL), SMK Bandaraya II (Sabah), SMK Petaling Jaya (Sel), SMK Sri Bandar Pontian (Johor) and SMK Mahsuri (Kedah). 

Main aim : To create a 'Pre-U' environment for the students and prepare them for their university life, as compared to most of the Form 6 students that usually study in secondary schools.

As for now, larger schools such as SMJK Katholik, PJ that provides Form 6 classes will not be affected, but Form 6 classes at smaller schools around such as SMK Sultan Abdul Samad, SMK SS17, SMK Bukit Bintang and SMK Taman Medan have been relocated to SMK Petaling Jaya at PJS 5, PJ to continue their Form 6 journey.

And that is not all, as this Form 6 College plan is a long one, and the authority has separated the whole idea into 3 phase-

Phase 1 is basically what you've read above, which is to separate Form 6 classes from the ordinary secondary school's streamline according to the condition of the particular area, and to give you a clearer picture, refer to the figure below:

The first form of separation is the most common form, which is to completely separate Form 6 from normal secondary schools, a.k.a Form 6 College. 

The second form of separation we will be seeing Form 6 students studying in the already-built secondary school, but Form 6 students will be studying in an individual block specially for them. As an example, SMJK Katholik (PJ, Selangor).

The last form of separation, which actually not a separation, means that Form 6 students will be studying under the same already-built secondary school, but without an individual block for them. This is only planned for the schools in rural areas where there are limited Form 6 students.

Phase 2 is the phase where the authority will introduce more subjects based on the needs of the modern, constantly improving society, which I believe will be a long wait.

Phase 3 will be decided based on the outcome from Phase 2.

The Impact

The whole idea, for me is quite ideal, but in the end it still depends on how the authority implement it. Below are some of my thoughts on the people that will be affected by this plan and the 'timeline impact' that I've structured out myself:

Teachers - Without doubt, Form 6 teachers will surely be affected by this plan. under the first form of separation (refer above) in Phase 1, some teachers will be relocated to teach at the newly built Form 6 College, which might cause the original responsibilities of the particular teacher at her old school to be affected. As an example, if the teacher also teaches KH subject or she is a teacher advisor of one of the club at her old school, it'll be a problem to look for a teacher that can take over her job as I believe that every teacher has their own job on their hand already (not to mention the stupid PBS system that has been causing wrath among the teachers). 

Plus, is the teacher willing to join the Form 6 College? Which comes to more complicated issues to be solved.

Students - They are definitely the ONE that got most affected through this plan. With the implementation of the Form 6 College, most of the 2013/14 batch of Form 6 students will need to be relocated to the new Form 6 College, that might cause inconvenience among the students such as transportation. But on the bright side, the 2014/15 batch of Form 6 will be able to study in a place specially built for them. All these years, returning to secondary school has been one of the major reason why SPM graduates do not opt for Form 6, and now the students have an extra option for their Pre-U study.

In addition, I think through Form 6 College, the involvements of students in co-curricular activities will be more flexible because everything is created to suit only Form 6 students, which means earning koko marks might actually becomes easier!

Timeline Impact - 

  • Present - For now, we cannot say much whether this whole Form 6 College implementation is going to bring positive outcome or not, as there are more perspectives that we haven't discover regarding this issue, such as how exactly this whole college will be run, what subjects will be offered at each college, the fate of the 2013/14 batch of students, problems with teacher resources. In this context, people will surely focus on how the authority manage the challenges and changes with the implementation of this new plan. And this time, the authority will need to deliver and not disappoint the society, as in the previous introduction of the STPM Baharu (replacing the old STPM Terminal), the authority did poorly in bringing out the full potential of this system, causing disappointment and wrath among the students and even teachers.   
  • Near Future - My personal opinion, I think things will get better, but in the near future main issues of Form 6 students will not be solved. As an example, the placement of Form 6 students in public universities. Besides, we might also see more larger schools such as SMJK Katholik will stop providing Form 6 classes (just my opinion), because the whole Form 6 College idea is ultimately gather all the Form 6 students in a particular area. 
  • The Future - If being implemented the right way, I can see more and more SPM graduates opt for Form 6 as their Pre-U, but as I said, the way the authority implement the whole new system is the key. If everything is still causing unhappiness among the students and unfairness, it is meaningless to splash the money to do extra useless thingy. But, lets maintain a positive mindset and lets see how they will go with the whole system. 
To Conclude...........

Well, it is definitely a good thing to see the authority doing something to improve Form 6, albeit we cannot see the positive outcome, yet. We can only hope for the best and wish that Form 6 students will continue to work hard to strive for the best results no matter what challenges (academic or faulty system) awaiting them ahead. And ah, I almost forget, some will think that the level of Form 6 will drop, but I am pretty sure it will not, as we can already see from the syllabus under the new STPM Baharu (it is not easy). 

So, thanks for reading and until the next article, ciaoz! 


Sunday, 16 February 2014

STPM Results - The Mindset

The time has come for the STPM 2013/14's batch of STPM students to receive their First Semester's results! Here is a short article that might help you mentally on how to prepare yourself for it - and aftermath of receiving your results.

#1 Rule: Expect Nothing

This is the only way to prepare yourself mentally, because this is your First Semester's results and there are way too much of different circumstances in STPM. Don't give yourself excess stress by setting a target for yourself before receiving your results (if you wanna do so, you should have done it in the start of the semester and go all in for it anyway). Well, just tell yourself that you have did your best and leave it fate to decide. Hence, expect nothing and when the results turns out to be good then take it as a bonus, you'll definitely happier by this way. 

#2 Rule: Know That You Have a Second Chance

Well, this thought is definitely not advisable during the semester, as I would always recommend my friends or juniors to do their best in one short. But if you have received your results, and it is not that good, don't be sad, as you will have a second chance to strive for a better results. Keep going, do better, study smarter, grab the smart friend in your class, ask to get your questions answered. Life goes on! 

#3 Rule: Think Rationally

You get a sh*t result. Everything around you suddenly turns grey. It seems like there are no hope in this world anymore. Lets just qui............ Hey wait! Don't decide to end your path in Form 6 so quickly! Many wrong decisions are often done when one is under controlled by his/her mood. Hence, give yourself a few days to calm down from the incident, consult your parents and teachers, and even the school counselor (and I will definitely recommend this!). Think carefully whether it is worth it to quit your Pre-U study and opt for another course in the middle of the way, weight the consequences. Is the price of quitting enough for you to bare? Is it really the right choice? All these questions are definitely not for you to answer when you are controlled by emotions.

#4 Rule: Stay Positive

I would say that First Semester in STPM Baharu is like a trial of the whole game. After you adept to the game's environment, you will definitely be more prepared and perform better in the next 2 semesters. Hence, don't fret, buck up, and go all in for a better results! 

To Conclude....

I myself got an ok-ok 3.33 in my first semester, and I have to admit that the D for my Chinese and C for my Maths are definitely not easy to accept. But life goes on. I've adept to the highly demanding pace of life in STPM and I go all in. I got a 3.59 in my second semester and at last a not-perfect-but-still-proud-to-be 3.84 in my last semester. Don't look only to you present failures, but view on a better future, because what that have been done cannot be undo, but whats in front, it is definitely on your own favour. So, jiayous and all the best, buddy! 


Friday, 17 January 2014

2013 STPM Leaver : Time To Buy Your Pin Number for Public Universities!

For 2013's STPM leavers, it is almost time to buy your pin number for the application to local public universities! Below are the details:

Date : Starting from 20/1/2014
Venue : BSN Bank nationwide
Price : RM15.60, except for USM that takes care of their own students intake, it'll be RM40

Remark : For USM, you'll need to do your application at their own designated site (https://pohon.usm.my/)

Refer this site for more info on how to buy your pin number : http://afterschool.my/how-to-purchase-pin-for-your-upu-application-for-ipta-public-universities/

I've heard rumours saying that 2013 STPM third semester results will be coming out early February, and 10/2/2014 to be specific. Well, time will tell. 

Until next time, ciaoz!

All the best and good luck! Lets hope everyone gets their desired course and universities (although I believe it'll not going to happen *sigh*)!!!