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Your younger cousin has written to you asking for your advice on how to study. Write a letter in reply giving her some useful tips.
 
I was delighted to receive your letter this morning. It is good to know that you and your siblings are well and enjoying school again after the long break. Yes, indeed! It is hard to believe that you are in Form Five. How time flies!

You mentioned that you are rather nervous about being in Form Five. Preparing for the SPM examination is a 'major worry' you say. Well, since you want me to advise you I shall do my best to give you some tips. I used them years ago when I was in Form Five and I must say they really helped me. So here's my secret to success.

First, read through each chapter of your text book beforehand. This will prepare you for the day's lessons. Listen carefully to your teachers. Do not get distracted by chatting with friends. To ensure you are paying attention during lessons, make your own notes as the teacher teaches. Do not hesitate to ask questions when you do not understand. If possible, stay back after school to clarify whatever you do not understand. It is good to consult your teacher immediately when you encounter problems in your understanding of concepts taught. Complete all homework given on time. Do not procrastinate as homework has a way of piling up. Always be positive about homework, understanding it is given, not to burden you, but to help you. Doing homework can give you more practice with new knowledge so that you can understand and internalize it.

Sometimes it is a good idea to study with your friends, in groups. Peer teaching, where your friends teach you and you teach them makes learning fun and helps you grasp information easily. You do, however, need to be disciplined during group study. Do not engage in idle chatter, as a lot of valuable time will be wasted. It would be a good idea, when doing group study, to set goals. You could, for example, make a list of the topics or sub-topics, you intend to complete during the study. This will help you to stay focused and prevent you from wasting precious time.

Finally, you should draw up a timetable to ensure you use your time properly and allocate sufficient time to all subjects. Sometimes we tend to give more time to our favourite subjects and neglect the ones we don't like. Drawing up a timetable and adhering to it helps to avoid this problem. Needless to say, you should include in your timetable enough time for meal, exercise and sleep. Remember to eat a good, balanced diet, stay healthy, and have sufficient sleep.

Well, I hope this helps you. Do write again and let me know how you're doing. Remember diligence and hard work will surely pay off. So don't lose heart. You can do it. All the best and happy studying!

Yours cousin,

     
piling up   getting more and more
     
idle chatter   gossip
     
draw up   create
     
 
 
 

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