WITH school closures for two weeks until March 31, online or digital learning can be a solution for students sitting for national exams this year to keep on track with their learning.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Melawati 1, Kuala Lumpur pupil Ju Alysha Chong, 12, who started using the e-learning platform this year said she found FullAMark useful as a tool to study on her own at home.
“There are useful and comprehensive notes to help guide me when I am revising on my own. There are also sufficient exercises for me to practice on after I have revised the topics,” she added.
“The learning platform also labels all Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) questions, giving me practice to apply the components in answering this type of questions.”
Ju Alysha said she can check her performance on answering questions within the stipulated time by interacting with the e-Cikgu as well as peers who use the online portal.
“Science and Mathematics questions come in dual-languages – Bahasa Malaysia and English,” she added.
NSTP Education Vertical Department general manager Farah Ezrin Mohd Rashidi said FullAMark offers exercises for students of all three levels of standardised examinations in Malaysia.
“The portal has new exercises and notes every week. On Monday, content for Year 5 students and Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) candidates are uploaded. On Tuesday, Form 3 Assessment (PT3) level content is published while on Wednesday, Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) students can look forward to exercises and notes created specifically for them.
“The materials are prepared by writers of Berita Harian’s (BH) education pullouts DIDIK, MINDA and SKOR, as well as the New Straits Times’ English language pullout School Times,” explained Farah Ezrin.
She also said they have a selection of specialised writers to be the content contributors as it is important that the exercises and notes be in line with the Education Ministry’s modules, syllabus and format.
“The exercises are based on the latest assessment set by the Examination Board,” she said, adding that they vet the format internally before including them in FullAMark.
“With this digital platform, users will get used to answering examination questions, especially the HOTS questions that are tested in national exams.
HOTS questions are tested in the national-level examinations since 2014 and have gradually been increased. In 2018, 30 per cent of the items were tested, but 2019 saw 35 per cent of HOTS items in SPM.
FullAMark also gives parents the flexibility to monitor their children’s progress while preparing for the examinations.
Farah Ezrin said the platform allows students to connect with each other via chats and comments too.
“Additionally, FullAMark Class, launched in April 2019, is for school teachers to be group administrators and facilitators for their students.
“Teachers can check their students’ performance in answering examination questions. They can also use the content for quizzes and review of certain subjects,” she added.
Students can do exercises regularly, and set the time frame for students to answer questions and be exposed to the various Higher Order Thinking Skills questions.
She added that they received good response from parents on the success of their children scoring 9As and 8As after using FullAMark.
The portal offers core subjects, namely Bahasa Melayu, English, Science and Mathematics for UPSR candidates and PT3 students, while for SPM, there is Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics and History. Science and Mathematics are offered in dual languages for all levels.
FullAMark’s one-year subscription which was RM120.00 is now being reduced to RM90 until April 30, 2020.
To find out more about the e-learning portal, visit www.fullamark.com.my.