3 Main Differences Of IGCSE And SPM In Malaysia

3 Main Differences Of IGCSE And SPM In Malaysia by Mahkota Cheras Home Tuition Centre

Whether you’re a parent or a student, your grade should mean something to you. An A+? An A*? What does it all mean? Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia (SPM) is the final exam we all take before we leave high school. Or is it? Some parents and their children may opt for IGCSE or International General Certificate of Secondary Education. Before you grunt off assuming that one of them is better than the other, it won’t hurt to know the difference. Maybe after this, you’ll have a change of view and of heart.

SPM and IGCSE are both final examinations taken near the end of a student’s life in high school. SPM as you all know is local. IGCSE originated from the UK and Cambridge ICGSE is the world’s most popular examination here in Malaysia according to The Edge Malaysia (2018).

#1 The Grades

In Form 5, students sit for SPM and receive grades as results. These results help determine whether the student will qualify for tertiary education such as diploma, sixth form, matriculation, or foundation. The grades awarded for subjects in SPM are A+, A, A-, B+, B, C+, C, D, E and G.

As a minimum requirement to further your studies and receive your certificate of education, every student will need to receive a minimum of grade C for their Bahasa Malaysia and History. Not only that, you will also need an extra minimum of three more ‘C’s to qualify for tertiary education.

In Cambridge IGCSE, they are awarded A*, A, B, C, D, E, F or G. That’s not all, if the examiners feel your performance is below the lowest grade (G), you will be awarded a ‘U’, which stands for ungraded. The perks of IGCSE is that though you may still need a minimum of a Grade C to further your studies, certain courses do not tie you down to passing compulsory subjects like Bahasa Malaysia and History.

#2 The Fees

We all know local education in Malaysia costs close to nothing. Sure you have school fees to pay but that’s really about it. Sitting for SPM is practically free apart from buying exercise books, stationery and offerings for prayers to make sure luck is on your side. This was and is till this day to ensure that most Malaysians would have their SPM to qualify for a better lifestyle.

In contrast, some parents would opt for the more premium choice of education. IGCSE would cost parents RM24,000 to RM100,000 annually for the upper secondary level range depending on the number of subjects they take and how many extra classes they enrol for.

Worry not, there is a cheaper alternative. Private learning centres or as Malaysians call it ‘Tuition Centre’ and home-schooling charge around RM8,400 to RM24,000 annually.

Of course, it comes with its downsides. When you enrol in a school, all the paperwork is done by the administrative team and teachers. Those going under private centres would have to register as private candidates.

Also, it is obvious that sitting for SPM is free along with the different papers that you sit for. They are free of charge. However, each IGCSE paper your child sits for may cost you from RM600 to a whopping RM2,800.

#3 The Subjects

Ask anyone who has taken SPM, there’ll be at least 7 subjects that are compulsory to take. Ask the ones that strive to be the best in their class, some might have taken a maximum of 12 subjects.

The basic compulsory subjects each child will need to take are Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Inggeris, History, Mathematics, Moral Education or Islamic Education. Now if you’re in science stream, you may need to take Chemistry and Biology/Physics or both. If you are in the arts stream, you take science.

Other popular subjects taken by students sitting for SPM include Account Principle, Basic Economy, and Business. For those in science stream, they usually have Additional Mathematics, English for Science and Technology, and Information Technology.

In IGCSE, students have a wider variety of subjects to choose from. Bear in mind, Malaysian students sitting for IGCSE will have to sit for one SPM paper. Can you guess? Bahasa Malaysia. And yes, you must score a minimum C.

So, courses in IGCSE include Bahasa Malaysia, English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies, Accounting, English Literature, Accounting, History and Geography as well as Additional Mathematics.

There isn’t a minimum number of subjects but students are advised to do 6 – 8 subjects.

Hopefully, this is enough to convince you whether or not to enrol your child in IGCSE or to let them sit for SPM. If you are opting for the more costly alternative, remember to check out the school’s reputation and feedback from other parents as to ensure your child receives top notch education for the amount that you’re spending.

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How To Choose The Best Tuition Centre For You Or Your Kids In Malaysia

How To Choose The Best Tuition Centre For You Or Your Kids In Malaysia by Mahkota Cheras Home Tuition Centre

As Malaysian parents, we love seeing our children excel. And by excelling I mean performing well in school, acing each and every minor and major examinations. This phenomenon even developed into a culture, known as being ‘kiasu’, which literally means afraid of losing out.

No offence, but I have to admit that it’s rather true that Asian Malaysian parents have rather high expectations for their kids, academically. It’s okay if others misunderstand us and make fun of us, calling us egoistic and a braggart, because deep down, we know that it’s all for our children’s own good, wanting them to secure a stable life as well as a promising future. To us, good results equal a bright future.

Nevertheless, let’s face it. Not every child is like Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton or Thomas Edison. Instead, most of them are born ordinary with normal learning capabilities. To enhance one’s learning abilities, tuition is one of the most prevalent measures parents adopt. However, don’t choose a tuition centre based on your intuition. There is a myriad of factors that you have to look out for when deciding on one to make sure that it’s effective for your children and your money does not go to waste. Enough of babbling, let’s go straight to the point!

Class Size
In school, there are approximately 30 students in a class on average. That class size is BIG. With that many students in class, teachers can only rush through the syllables. They won’t have ample time to answer each and every student’s questions. Also they’re unable to make sure that all the students followed through and understood the lesson. That’s a flaw of schools and you won’t want your children to experience the same thing in tuition centres again. Therefore, go for one with a smaller class size, preferably not more than five in a class. This provides a conducive learning environment as well as more individual attention for your children.

Experience
Tuition teachers do not necessarily possess a degree in education. For instance, a Science tuition teacher could major in Pure Biology, Chemistry or Physics and a Mathematics tuition teacher could be a graduate of Actuarial Science. Undeniably, they are equipped with the necessary knowledge. However, they certainly lack in terms of experience. This is because whatever they have studied in the university were for them to apply in their respective fields. They’ve never learnt how to communicate with students, what more imparting knowledge efficiently to them. Also, they are not well-versed with the current syllables and exam formats. Hence, they won’t know how to guide the students to strategically tackle the questions, which is important if what one wants out of tuition is to score. Ergo, look for an experienced tutor, preferably an ex-teacher.

Teaching technique
In general, there are three common learning techniques, namely visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. You should identify your children’s learning technique before sending them off to a tuition centre. Firstly, if your child is a visual learner, the tuition teacher may use colourful flash cards and creative mind maps to facilitate learning. Secondly, if he’s an auditory learner, the tuition centre may have the teachers to either read passages aloud or play interesting recordings to capture the students’ attention, rather than letting them read from their textbook and take notes directly from the whiteboard. Last but not least, if he’s a kinaesthetic learner, he would definitely prefer hands-on activities, such as carrying out science experiments rather than copying lab reports. If you’re greedy just like me, opt for one that incorporates all three! For instance, a history class may be conducted in a way whereby the teacher first makes a mind map of the historical events (visual), play recordings from the event (auditory), and then either make them act out the scenes or bring them to relevant historical buildings (kinaesthetic). This sounds so fascinating that even I feel like going back to my student years. Just kidding. But you get my point.

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4 Best Study Skills

4 Best Study Skills by I-Tuition Bandar Mahkota Cheras Home Tuition Centre

4 Best Study Skills

It’s the end of the semester and the finals are approaching. Engulfed with laziness, and surrounded by distractions, don’t you just wish that there’s a way for you to absorb all the information needed to be learnt in just a night’s time? Preferably one that works as simple as osmosis in water. Nevertheless, truth is, there is none. Desirable and effective study skills have to be acquired and applied regularly for them to work. Nothing comes by easy and without the investment of effort and time. Just like the old saying that goes, “in life, there are no free lunches”. Thus, it’s high time that you shake that thought off your mind and read the following article about the necessary study skills, in hopes of preparing you for this semester, if not the following one if it’s a tad bit too late for now.

1. Time-Table

Even though there are people out there who work well with last-minute cramming, you know that you’re not one of them and that’s why you’re here. Other than being envious of them, a better solution to that would be managing your time well by setting up a timetable for your study. Explicitly list out your exam dates and the number of topics and chapters that are ought to be covered. Then, spread them out within your study weeks accordingly. You may designate more time to heavier subjects or those that you are weaker in and vice versa. By doing so, it ensures that every subject is covered and none is left out. Remember, thriving in a single subject should not be your goal.

2. Group Study

There is a myth going around saying that study groups are merely chit-chat and catching-up sessions disguising as intellectual discussions. Undeniably, part of it is true because friends could sometimes act as a distraction when they don’t know when to zip their lips. Contrastingly, as distracting as it could be, it may be equally as effective as well because you could ask each other questions to clear up your doubts about a certain topic. You could also share information that you all know with each other. Sharing is indeed caring. Besides, studying in groups could result in a domino effect. When you see your friends studying diligently, it may elicit the industrious gene in you, driving you to study harder. And the next time when you study with another group of friends, you could act as the trigger of the domino effect rather than the one being triggered.

3. Take A Break

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. We can’t agree more to this saying, now can we? There’s a common misconception that it’s best to study for as many hours as possible. Nevertheless, the truth is this act could actually be counterproductive because it’s exhausting the brain and in the end, none of the information gets retained. Taking regular breaks could resolve this. Everyone’s break time is different. For instance, if you’re a night owl who’s more productive during the night, then go ahead taking a longer break during the day to keep you energized to pull through the night.

4. Practice, Practice and Practice

Last but not least, once you have mustered all the information in your brain, now it’s time to practice with past year papers. This helps you get used to the format of the questions. Also, do time yourself while working on the papers to help you have a grasp of how much time you should spend on each sections. This ensures that you have ample time to complete your paper and not end up submitting empty answer scripts. So heed to these advices and start studying.

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