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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Revision Books From Oxford Fajar

In our previous post, we wrote about Oxford Fajar's Complete Study Solution which includes resources to help students revise, practise, assess and reinforce their learning.

This post touches on the first level of books recommended for students at the start of a school year ie Revision Books.

Revision Books by Oxford Fajar provide comprehensive notes covering the essential concepts and facts of each topic and present them in a clear manner. Examples and tips are included to bolster students' understanding.

Revision Books published by Oxford Fajar are catered to student's learning styles

Did you know that the Revision Books series published by Oxford Fajar are actually tailored to cater to student's learning styles? This insight will be useful to you when selecting books to buy for your child's revision.

For Visual Learners

The Amazing series is designed for visual learners ie students who study best with diagrams, charts, and full coloured images. These books will have more visual guides for students who study best visually. Below are examples of the Revision Series books. - Amazing Sains and Amazing Matematik Tambahan for Form 4 students.

Additional digital resources such as videos, notes, interactive quizzes help students learn more effectively.

For Comprehensive Learning

The Success Series are for learners that need full comprehensive revision books. These books are detailed with comprehensive notes for each topic including examples and tips. Below are examples of the Success Series - Success Bahasa Melayu UPSR and Success Science KSSM PT3

For Quick Revision on-the-go

The Whizz Thru Series as its name suggest is a compact guidebook with notes and exercises designed for learners on-the-go looking for a quick revision to guide them through their lessons. Below are examples of the Whizz Thru Series - Whizz Thru Matematik KSSM PT3 and Whizz Thru UPSR Express Notes English.

Did you find this information useful? We hope this knowledge of how the publication of these revision books have been done with careful design and purpose will help you choose the right revision guides for your child.

This post was brought to you by Oxford Fajar Malaysia.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

When is Chinese New Year Holidays 2020

When is Chinese New Year 2020?

It's December 2019 right now. Isn't it a bit early to talk about Chinese New Year school holidays? School hasn't even started yet! However, as most of us Malaysians know, we have to plan ahead for everything. If you are going to be travelling around this time, you need to book your flight or bus tickets and there's accommodation to take care of too.

In 2020, Chinese New Year falls on 25th and 26th January. Well, that just happens to be a Saturday and a Sunday. What about the Chinese New Year festive school holidays?

According to the Festive Holiday calendar issued by the Ministry of Education, the Chinese New Year school holidays is as follows:

22 Jan (Wed) and 23 Jan (Thur) for schools in Kumpulan A
23 Jan (Thur) and 24 Jan (Fri) for schools in Kumpulan B

What this means...

  • Schools in Kumpulan A which observe Fri and Sat as weekends ie Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu will have days off from 22 - 26 Jan 2020 (Wed to Sun). School reopens on the 3rd day of CNY for schools in Kumpulan A
*CP = Cuti Perayaan allocated to schools for CNY festive holiday

** 24th Jan is a weekend, therefore it is an off day

  • Schools in Kumpulan B which observe Sat and Sun as weekends ie Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya will have days off from 23 - 27 Jan 2020 (Thur to Mon). Schools reopen on the 4th day of CNY for schools in Kumpulan B

*CP = Cuti Perayaan allocated to schools for CNY festive holiday

** Monday, 27th January 2020 is a replacement day off for Kump B which observes Sat and Sun as weekend

Now that you know the dates, you can use these dates as a guide to plan your balik kampung trips. It's only slightly over a month away.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Books for students to Revise, Practice, Assess and Reinforce Learning

As we wind down for the year 2019, some parents are starting to plan for the new academic year 2020 by buying  reference texts and even workbooks. There are so many options in the physical as well as online bookshops that while this means that we are fortunate to be so spoilt for choice, we can also be a little bit confused.

Which books to buy? There are revision books, topical practice books (according to textbooks topics), model test papers based on past year papers, memory cards etc.

This is where Oxford Fajar's Complete Study Solution come in handy. It is essential for students to practice repetitive revision by using various materials and study methods. You can use it as a buying guide to decide what types of books to buy at which stage.

The Oxford Fajar's Complete Study Solution

1. Revise Topics Learned at School.
It is recommended that at the start of school, you first select revision guides to help students REVISE. Revision guides help students to understand what they are learning at school with comprehensive notes. You can use this as a daily revision book to supplement or compliment school textbooks.

2. Practice, practice, practice!

Next, workbooks that help students go more in depth into each topic for further PRACTICE is useful to reinforce learning. These books come with exercises to help students explore each topic they have learned more thoroughly.

3. Assessment is necessary to prepare for exams
After revision and practices, it is time for assessment. Model test papers focusing on past year test papers are useful to prepare students for the next step in learning ie examinations. While Tahap 1 students ie P1 to P3 students are no longer tested at schools with exams to move away from an exam-oriented environment, it is still useful to have some sort of informal assessment at home to gauge if your child has understood what they have learned at school. Parents can get these mid-year and end of year assessments to ASSESS their knowledge at home in a safe, no exam pressure environment.

4. Reinforce with study notes
Oxford Fajar has study tools like memory booster cards to help students recall key topics of importance quickly at a glance. This is the last stage of workbooks required to REINFORCE learning before students sit for their school exams. They can be bought together with the Past Year papers or assessment workbooks to prepare for examinations.

Dear readers, we hope this post has helped you to see how workbooks are published with certain intent and purpose. Knowing this will help us to select the right kinds of books for every stage of learning from start of school to exam season.

This post was brought to you by Oxford Fajar Malaysia.

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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Learning Malay With A Good Malay Dictionary

Do you know the difference between ‘menjunjung’, ‘menggalas’, ‘mengelek’, ‘menatang’ and ‘mengandar’? These words mean ‘to carry something’ but they are used with specific objects and done in different ways. Parents in our group have been asking these types of question over and over again as even they too are confused making it a challenge to guide their kids.

Did you know that the ‘Kata Hampir Sama Makna’ on the Oxford Fajar Kamus Bahasa Melayu CW (Companion Website) will tell you exactly how they are different, with pictures! There are other words, not just about ‘carry something’. The Companion Website is available exclusively to all  owners of the Kamus Bahasa Melayu who are registered users.

A good Malay dictionary will help the learner to learn not only new vocabulary but it will also help them with grammar to a certain degree. For example, in Oxford Fajar's Kamus Bahasa Melayu (Kamus BM), there are Nota Bahasa windows containing grammar notes. 

The Kamus BM is designed to cater for student's needs. The layout is more user friendly. Apart from italics and bold font, colours (black and blue) are used to provide emphasis on different language aspects such as antonyms, 'peribahasa' and 'perkataan berimbuhan', making it easier for the learner to look for and notice them. These language aspects are included in the dictionary not only to help them to enrich their vocabulary but also to improve their language mastery.

The dictionary also provides full example sentences to assist students to understand the context of the words and help them to familiarize themselves with grammatically correct sentences. Not only does the dictionary familiarize students with grammatically correct sentences, it also helps students to build new ones by providing 'kelas kata' (part of speech) for all the words included. It is important for students to know this since parts of speech are the building blocks of sentences.

Locating 'perkataan berimbuhan' can be very challenging if you do not know the root of the word since the content of a dictionary is arranged alphabetically by root words. With that in mind Kamus BM has included Carian Pantas Kata to help users.

The CW or Companion Website also provides Carian Pantas Peribahasa to help users to locate a ‘peribahasa’ in the dictionary, very much like how Carian Pantas Kata works.

Kamus BM was reviewed by Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr. Nik Safiah Karim – a renown Malay linguist expert.

All of these extra bonuses in Kamus BM make it a useful companion for the Malay language learner.
Dictionaries help learners to learn languages, they are not mere references for improving vocabulary alone.

This post was brought to you by Oxford Fajar Malaysia.

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