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Saturday, July 5, 2014

MUET July 2014 Report Writing Sample Answer

In general, the academic essay question for July 2014 was difficult but luckily the report writing question was a clone of a question that came out in the past (about radio stations and the promotional activities they did, if I remember correctly). Therefore, it is hoped that many people will gain some marks here even if their essays were less than perfect.

A) Title
B) Introduction sentence.
(What are the stimuli?)
C) Overview/Trend 
(What is the most outstanding idea that LINKS all stimuli?)
D) Key Features 
(Most outstanding features as opposed to listing down the obvious features)
E) Conclusion sentence.
(Similar to Overview but just written from a different angle.)

Based on the format given, you could easily write 150 - 200 words.

Question: 
Study the chart and table below. Using only the information provided, analyse the sales of three fast food outlets in the first quarter of 2012. In your answer, you are to link the information presented in both visuals. You should write a report withing 150 - 200 words. 


A) Title: 
Sales of Three Fast Food Outlets in the First Quarter of 2012

B) Introduction:
The stimuli present a line graph on the sales of three fast food outlets in the first quarter of 2012 and a table on their promotional activities. 

C) Overview/Trend:
In general, the sales of fast food outlets increases in direct relation with the amount of promotional activities. 
OR
In general, Ken Burger recorded the highest amount of sales especially when they carried out promotional acitivities.  

D) Key features:
ANALYSIS (within each stimulus)

LINE GRAPH:
* According the the line graph, among the three fast food outlets, Ken Burger is the most popular choice followed by Mario Pizza and Ray's Fish & Chips. 
* The highest recorded sales was by Ken Burger in April as it rose sharply from RM3000 to more than RM4000 in sales. 
* Sales for Ken Burger dipped between February and March to an all time low of below RM1900.
* Mario Pizza achieved its highest sales of RM1500 between February and March before dropping to less than RM500 at the end of April.
* Ray's Fish & Chips was the least popular among the three fast food outlets selling less than RM500 for all four months. 

TABLE: 
* Ken Burger and Mario Pizza both carried out two promotional activities in the first quarter of 2012. 
* Ray's Fish & Chips carried out the least number of promotional activities which was to give a free drink in March. 

SYNTHESIS (Linking between stimuli)
* Ken Burger's sales increased when they carried out promotional activities in January (free drink) and April (gift voucher) whereas sales dipped when no promotions were carried out. 
*Similarly, Maria Pizza's sales also increased in February and March due to the two promo activities they held during that period. 
* Ray's Fish & Chips  had poor sales throughout the first quarter as they rarely had promotional activities. 
* Furthermore, Ray's Fish & Chips only offered a free drink in March and this resulted in only a slight increase in sales. 

E) Conclusion:
In conclusion, attractive promotional activities organised by fast food outlets can positively affect their sales. 
OR
In conclusion, fast food outlets sales are boosted when they carry out promotional activities which are attractive to customers such as offering gift vouchers or discounts. 

Basically, as I have mentioned before, a high band answer will have more synthesis than analysis because it is stated very clearly in the instructions/rubrics that you should ANALYSE the results of the survey and LINK the information presented in the two visuals. You will still get marks if you analysed the visuals correctly, but if you were to relate the data using a month to month explanation this would not award you many marks as you are merely stating the features. Therefore, a good MUET student would be able to identify which points ARE THE MOST OUTSTANDING ideas you can get from LINKING the visuals rather than merely retelling the data which everyone can see for themselves. I do hope you know the difference between FEATURES and KEY FEATURES by now.

Therefore, teachers, the challenge is for you to make students realise the difference between Key Features vs Features and Analysis vs Synthesis. Easier said than done,right?! Hence the need for higher critical thinking skills.

So, does anyone want to submit a sample answer for this report? Good luck!


Friday, July 4, 2014

July MUET Writing 800/4 paper

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!

I have just taken a look at the exam paper for writing and the report looks fine but the essay... OMG.. the essay is a KILLER!!! Even I am having a hard time trying to think of valid points... my poor students...

"The imbalance between the number of boys and girls pursuing university education creates social problems." To what extent is this statement true? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.

Step 1: Understand keywords and brainstorm
Imbalance: more girls now in uni compared to boys
creates: causes
social problems: problems related to society such as ???
Stand?? Do you agree or disagree as to what extent is this statement true?

OMG... I can foresee the quality of MUET results for this session plummeting to an all time low. Sighs...

THE PROBLEM as usual is that students will immediately jump into describing the advantages or disadvantages of an imbalanced gender scenario. THE PROBLEM is also that they will describe POSITIVE EFFECTS.
If you did any of this WITHOUT LINKING TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS... then you have NOT FULFILLED THE TASK, ie you have gone out of topic. Boohoohoo.. judging form the comments below, I can see that most of you have only touched the surface of the issue.

Right, how should this question be tackled.
A simple way would be to totally agree or totally disagree (5 paragraphs minimum).
A high band essay would agree/disagree to a certain extent and try to discuss both pros and cons.

If you were to completely AGREE that the statement is TRUE, here are my suggested stand and points. 
Stand: Completely agree that some social problems can be attributed to the imbalance of genders in university.
1. gives rise to the LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals) trend which is a serious social problem although there seems to be not much concrete evidence to support this stand. 
2. minority gender would feel oppressed or discriminated which leads to social problems like depression, eating disorders, obesity, alcoholism, drug abuse or even suicide.
3. upon graduation, the influx of graduates of a certain gender may create an imbalanced workforce that may lead to social problems like inequality, unemployment in the short term and poverty in the long term. 

If you were to completely DISAGREE that the statement is TRUE, here are my suggested stand and points.
Social problems cannot be directly linked to the imbalance of boys and girls pursuing a university education as there are a number of other external factors.
1. Imbalance cannot be directly linked to social problems like free sex, baby dumping and abortion as these problems happen in society regardless of the balance or imbalance of gender composition, therefore, social problems are not gender specific.
2. Rather than create social problems, more female uni students than males leads to the empowerment of women and recognising them for their abilities therefore breaking stereotypes and creating more women leaders in entrepreneurial and management positions. 
3. Rather than create social problems, more male uni students than females leads to the increase of skilled manpower, increased opportunity for innovation and creative thinking in a predominantly patriarchal society.

As mentioned earlier, if you want to get a high band, you should be able to discuss both sides while justifying to which side you are leaning more towards. If I were a candidate, I would definitely first agree with the statement to some extent before leaning more towards DISAGREE with the statement. Hope this makes sense.

Before I end my post, I'd like to say that even for me it took some time to generate these ideas so this clearly indicates that this July writing paper is indeed extremely challenging. The only silver lining I can share with you is that they MIGHT, just might, lower the bell graph down so that the marks can be adjusted accordingly. All you can do is keep your fingers crossed!!!

Now who would like to submit a sample essay?? Good luck!

MUET Reading 800/3 July 2014 Suggested Answers

Hi.. my students took the exam so I have a copy of the reading paper.. again, I emphasise, these are just my own answers and are up for discussion.

Here goes!

1. C (no data on 'most')
2. A (2010-1 billion, 2015 - 2 billion)
3. A (It is not enough to concentrate on Gucci n Merc etc)
4. B (graph after 2010 shows a sharp increase)
5. B (spikes in near future - 2011, 2012)
6. B (affluent means rich, so the statement is false because they need to attract all levels of consumers inc. the poor)
7. C (no mention of expenditure and how many percent spent on R&D)
8. B (not the 'only' form as they also use horses and 'chiva')
9. B (not the 'main' source majority of families run subsistence farms)
10. C (no info who rears cattle or if the villagers use for own consumption)
11. C (hospitable is more appropriate than generous, because it indicates that they are being good hosts)
12. B (yes, he was confident)
13. C (definitely have to be imported and locals don't grow them, no mention of difficult to transport)
14. A (hope because if something is done, the rest of the forest could be left to grow once again)
15. A (a single reef shark can contribute almost $2 million USD)
16. A (quantified the economic benefits of shark-diving)
17. A (they bring much more money... sharks with the golden eggs which means they will bring in $$)
18. C (14% is more than 10%)
19. C (work together includes creating shark sanctuaries and ban possession, sale or distribution of shark fins)
20. A (Priceless resource because it focuses on the high economic value of sharks esp in tourism)
21. A (a solution because it lists actions taken to protect sharks)
22. A (man's capacity to alter climate is not mentioned until paragraph 4)
23. A (para 2 addresses the 'how' question, not when or why)
24. C (focus on the main point, overpopulation and industrial revolution are sub-points)
25. A (the main purpose is to describe how much man has changed the covering of the planet, up to 75%)
26. A (profound, ie, significant changes to the geology)
27. C (definitely a warning)
28. C (the writer describes the causes first then the effect to mankind if we do not replenish or use less)
29. C (use less = use sparingly, replenish is mentioned but definitely no mention of 'striking a balance')
30. B (there is a link between our intelligence and technology)
31. A (to avoid thinking things fully when there a short cut is available)
32. B (can be changed quite radically without people noticing)
33. C (minds that naturally incorporate new tools, ideas and abilities)
34. B (they would quietly divide the work up between them)
35. D (you also can rely on the people tools around us which are equally important)
36. A (enlighten is to give more information/knowledge)
37. A (I feel that the whole passage is focusing on the relationship the brain has with technology, cyborgs, change blindness and misers seem to me as sub-points only)
38. B (focus on rapid growth)
39. B (done so in a very different way from other countries. That is in large part the result of the government's historically repressive approach towards information and entertainment.)
40. D (anaphoric reference: electronic retailing is in its infancy...)
41. B (the limitation refers to the internet being so tightly controlled by govt but popularity has increased, not decreased)
42. D (by contrast, the Internet fills gaps and provides what is unavailable)
43. D (options A, B and C are clearly wrong)
44. A (regardless means if you disregard the above facts on Baidu, piracy is starting to worry the govt)
45. B (the availability of free foreign content is holding back [hamper] the development [growth] of the domestic media industry [market])


You will need to score:
(A)   21/45 – Band 3
(B)   27/45 – Band 4
(C)   33/45 – Band 5
(D)  39/45 – Band 6
(BTW this is just a forecast, you still need to do well in other papers to achieve your forecasted band)

Ok.. so how did you do? Good luck and you are free to leave a comment below.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MUET July 2014 Preparation

So MUET exams are around the corner again.. 3 days left to be specific as I write this.

I keep getting emails asking for spot question. & I keep telling ppl that I dont have any spot questions. I am as clueless as every candidate so please stop asking k! Haha..

However, for practice, try this question BEFORE you look at my sample answer.

Financial management should be taught in school. Discuss. Write at least 350 words. 

Step 1: Identify the controlling idea in the question 
A subject about how to manage your finances SHOULD be taught in school. 
Therefore, I need to write about 'WHY' the Ministry of Education must introduce this subject in schools. 
I MUST NOT go out of topic by writing about the 'ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES' of financial management. 
Instead, I MUST link all my points directly to the reasons for starting this new subject in school. 

Step 2: Brainstorm your stand, thesis statement and 3 main points (minimum 3) 
Stand: I completely agree that this subject must be introduced in school because students need to learn how to manage their finances properly to increase their investments and avoid bankruptcy. 
Thesis Statement: 
Let us analyse this issue in terms of 
1. inculcating good financial management from a young age,
2. reducing individual financial crises and 
3. creating an economic savvy society.


Here is a sample essay submitted by a blogwalker Jihan by email. What band do you think she should get? 

         There’s a saying that says, money makes the world go round. Hate to point out the obvious, but it is true. In this new era, money is what it takes for the society to keep on surviving, well, except for having happiness and religion etc, but that is beside the point. The point here is that, the world is a competition and we need to educate ourselves, from young, on how to keep our financial balance on stable platform.  Thus, the Education Ministry should take note on some of the reasons why they financial education should be taught at school, namely, instilling a good financial management from a young age, reducing individual financial crises in the future and creating an economic savvy society. 
         I do agree that parents should carry a bigger role in teaching their children on things such as saving money and not spend on unnecessary things, but it is also the government’s role in further educating on the theories of having good financial management. It is vital as it actually prepares the future generation to be more aware of the harsh reality. Moreover, when we give them an education on managing their finances, it will help them in the future in terms of having the cash for further to secondary or tertiary education. Therefore, for the betterment of the future generation, is it ideal to educate them at school about having a good financial management. 
        Day in, day out, we see news on young adults has gone into bankruptcy. At the start of their young life, they have negative balance in their bank account and still owing. Having rents to pay, bills to settle, mouth to feed, etc, bankruptcy would be the last thing anyone could ever want. This is an issue we would not want our generations to have. A way to avoid this is by training them from small the benefits of saving and managing their money because at the end of the day, they will be the one who is going to enjoy that. By doing this, it will therefore reduce individual financial crises and simultaneously creating a happy living condition. 
Creating an economic savvy society does not mean society that gets involved in stock market, investment or the index. But it is a society that is capable to support their respective families and still have enough money for the future and also is able to give back to society and do well.  It also means that the society is able to comprehend and understand on the nation’s current economic background. By grasping the financial knowledge, it leads to a society that does not spend unnecessarily and therefore developing a better country.  Thus, the significance of educating young children on financial is obvious as it would benefit the advancement of the country.
        To conclude, before understanding the whole concept of financial management, it is a good idea for us to come hand in hand and educate the younger generations on having savings and such. The need to introduce these types of knowledge to them not only will widen their mind but also teach them to be prepared for the unknown future. It is hoped that the Ministry of Education take this proposal to action in order to foster a broader minded generation that will be the pride and forefront of the nation.


How can we improve on this essay? Better and more specific examples? More sequence connectors or linkers to make it flow better? 

Anyone else wants to send me a sample essay? 

Good luck!!! 




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MUET Speaking 800/2 2014 compilation of questions

Hey people... stressed that your speaking is over? Or stressed that you haven't sat for it yet? Haha.. it is a natural phenomenon to feel this way. Personally though, there are people like me who thrive on exams and tests so we can constantly push our boundaries and widen our horizons!

Anyway, here is a work in progress topics for speaking mid year 2014.

Session 1
Scholarship advertisements list selection criteria wanted by sponsors. Discuss one criterion. 
Task A:
Candidate A: Candidates must have excellent academic results
Candidate B: Candidates must be selected for programmes required by sponsors
Candidate C: Candidates must be all-rounders
Candidate D: Candidates must perform well in the interview
Task B: 
Discuss which of the following is the most important criterion for awarding scholarships. 

Session 2
Task A:
In life, people face many challenges. Discuss one of the challenges. 
Candidate A: Preparing for final exams
Candidate B: Handling a death in the family
Candidate C: Deciding on a career
Candidate D: Learning to be independent
Task B: 
Discuss which of the following is the greatest challenge in life. 

Session 3
Task A:
In the rural areas, local coffee shops are still popular. Discuss the reason for their popularity. 
Candidate A: People can easily catch up with local news
Candidate B: The prices of food are affordable
Candidate C: The food suit local tastes
Candidate D: A relaxed and friendly atmosphere
Task B: 
Discuss which of the following is the main reason for the popularity of local coffee shops. 

Session 4
Task A: 
Your friend is going to stay away from home for the first time in a college hostel. Suggest how he can cope with hostel life. 
Candidate A: He should obey the hostel rules
Candidate B: He should take part in hostel activities
Candidate C: He should make friends with others staying at the hostel
Candidate D: He should learn to be independent
Task B: 
Discuss which of the following is the best way to cope with hostel life. 

Session 5
Task A:
If you were a parent, what would you want your children to have? 
Candidate A: A good education
Candidate B: A love for reading
Candidate C: A kind heart
Candidate D: A healthy lifestyle
Task B:
Discuss which of the following is the most important aspect for your children to have. 

Session 6
Task A: 
There is a new town council in your area. Offer some suggestions for improvement to be carried out in your area. 
Candidate A: You suggest better maintenance of roads
Candidate B: You suggest improving the welfare of senior citizens
Candidate C: You suggest better public facilities
Candidate D: You suggest improving security
Task B: 
Discuss which of the following is the best improvement to be carried out. 


Session 7
Task A:
There are many memorable moments in life. Offer some examples of memorable moments. 
Candidate A: First day at school. 
Candidate B: A birthday party
Candidate C: A trip to a special place
Candidate D: Meeting a special person
Task B: 
Discuss which of the following is the most memorable moment in life. 

Session 8
Task A:
Children should show their appreciation towards their parents. What is the best way for them to do so?
Candidate A: Send them on holidays
Candidate B: Help them to do household chores
Candidate C: Buy them valuable gifts

Candidate D: Spend quality time with them
Task B: 
Discuss which of the following is the best way for children to show appreciation towards their parents.


(My students sat for days 1 & 2 of the MUET speaking.. not sure if I can get any info about the rest of the sessions... wait n see k!  Ok I added a few more but they are probably not in order according to the sessions but it is still interesting to know which topics came out. for those who email or write to me asking me to spot questions for them, I'm sorry I dont have a crystal ball that can predict spot questions. You are better off practising writing and learning the format than spotting elusive questions that cannot pinpointed due to the sheer vastness of possibilities.. moral of the story.. STOP asking me to spot questions!!!! Read my archive!!)


Sunday, April 13, 2014

MUET Writing 800/4 Tips

Recently, an online blog walker emailed me her essay for me to comment on. It was reasonably good but did not follow the academic style per se. Therefore, to illustrate what I mean, I will post sections of her 5 paragraph essay with my revised version so that you can see the difference.

Q : The popularity of online education has increased over the years. Many working adults, housewives and school leavers prefer learning online rather than going to education institutions where they have to be physically present. The popularity of online education is also because of various other reasons. Discuss these reasons.

Fazurah's introduction:

There are many working adults wish to pursue post-secondary education for personal growth and career advancement. The Internet has given many working adults hope for a college diploma or degree, even futher tertiary education. There are many courses offered online such as diplomas, degrees and post-graduate degrees. Thus, they can now attend online education programmes. Online education can be pursued anywhere without formal setting. They are just required a computer or even a smartphone and Internet connectivity if they want to attend online educations programmes.

*Notice that there is no thesis statement. Therefore, this is a poorly organised essay and I would mark down for organisation.

My revised introduction:

There are many working adults who wish to pursue post-secondary education for personal growth and career advancement. The Internet has given many working adults hope for a college diploma or degree. There are many courses offered online such as diplomas, degrees and post-graduate degrees for a variety of fields be they business or arts. Thus, they can now attend online education programmes. Online education is becoming more attractive because it can be pursued anywhere without a formal setting. Students are just required to have access to a computer or even a smartphone and Internet connectivity if they want to attend online educations programmes. Therefore there are many reasons for online learning, namely accessibility, flexibility and cost-effectiveness. 

* Basically, a thesis statement (underlined, last sentence in an intro) is the MOST important sentence in an introduction because it lays out the essay properly and gives the reader a clear roadmap of what is to be discussed.

Fazurah's 1st Point:

First and foremost, there are many people opt for online learning rather than going to education institutions because online education can be pursued by many people anywhere and at anytime. Housewives with children can pursue an education at home without having to leave home responsibilities to others. Housewives are given opportunities to be educated. Other than that, working adults can also pursue an education after working hours, during office lunch break or free time. Thus, many working adults and housewives choose online learning rather than going to education institutions where they have to be physically present.

* Notice that the topic sentence is lengthy and does not have a tangible keyword to summarise this point. Also notice that the mini conclusion is a mere repetition of the question. It does not really concluded the idea in this paragraph.

Edited 1st Point:

First and foremost, there are many people who opt for online learning rather than going to education institutions because online education is very accessible. This means that it can be accessed by all walks of people regardless of place and time. Housewives with children can pursue an education at home without having to leave home responsibilities to others. Other than that, working adults can also pursue an education after working hours, during office lunch break or at their leisure. Thus, many working adults and housewives these days choose online learning because of its easy and convenient accessibility rather than going to education institutions where they have to be physically present.

* Note how much more effective the topic sentence and mini conclusion is here.

Fazurah's 2nd Point:

There are many people prefer online learning rather than going to education institutions because online education provides focused learning. Online education is comprehensive as any campus based education. It caters to students with varied learning styles and allows students to follow personal study routines. The students can study at night or early in the morning, whichever suits them best. The materials prepared cater to different difficulty level. So, the students can focus more on more difficult topics and skips easier ones. Therefore, many people opt for online learning rather than going to education institutions.

* Note again that the mini conclusion is not very effective. There is also a general lack of sequence to aide the flow of the ideas.

Edited 2nd Point:

Moreover, there are many people who prefer online learning rather than going to education institutions because online education provides focused learning that is flexible and suitable to each student’s needs. Online education is as comprehensive as any campus based education. It caters to students with varied learning styles and allows students to follow personal study routines. The students can study at night or early in the morning, whichever suits them best. The materials prepared cater to different difficulty levels while online tutors participating in online forums to guide students are also available. Hence, students can focus better because of the flexibility of online learning leading to more people opting for online learning rather than going to traditional education institutions.

* Note how the flow of the paragraph improves with the right logical connectors (Moreover, ...while...Hence.. etc.)


Fazurah's 3rd Point:

Other than that, online educations reduces study cost and stress which another reason of people choosing online education than going to education institutions. Online education is a cost-effective mechanism for non-traditional students and enables millions around the world to continue their education for betterment. Expensive textbooks are also not required. It is because all the material, for example lecture notes and assignments, can be obtained online or via the internet. There is no need to rush or transportation costs to go to college, so it can avoid stress. Thus, people prefer online education than going to educational institutions.

*Note again the ineffectiveness of the topic sentence and mini conclusion.

Edited 3rd Point:

Other than that, reduced study cost is another reason for choosing online education. Online education is a cost-effective mechanism for non-traditional students and enables millions around the world to continue their education without costing an arm and a leg. In addition, expensive textbooks are also not required with the advent of e-books and online journals. There is no need to rush or pay transportation costs to go to college, so stress as well as financial factors can be reduced as well. Thus, online learning is a more cost-efficient option for today’s fast paced society. 

* Note that being less wordy and using the right terms have a better impact.

Fazurah's Conclusion:

In the nutshell, there are many reason for a working adult, housewives and school leavers to get online education. This type of learning helps them learn faster, retain more information and earn a degree which otherwise would not be possible. Therefore, the popularity of online education has increased over the years because online learning can be pursued by many people anywhere and anytime, provides focused learning and reduces study costs and stress.

* Note that this conclusion does not 'reveal' much critical thinking skills but merely states the obvious. To get a higher band, you would need to demonstrate your ability to think beyond the obvious hence including recommendations is a very succinct idea to gain brownie points.

Edited Conclusion:

In a nutshell, more and more working adults, housewives and school leavers are exploring the option of online education as a means to self-development. This type of learning helps them learn faster, retain more information and earn a degree at a fraction of the cost. Therefore, the government has sanctioned this medium of education by approving institutes like Open University Malaysia where everyone can learn. It is hoped that more of such universities and learning institutes that offer online learning will mushroom around the country because education is the key to progress and prosperity. 

* Note the difference a good recommendation makes to the ending. Remember that this is the last thing the examiner reads and it is better to end with a good punch.

Well, dear followers, does this explanation help you improve writing? I do hope so. I've blogged a lot about the theory and everyone should get the academic format by now (read my archive!).. but it is a different ballgame entirely when it comes to actually applying the theory. Good luck to all candidates especially my own students who are going to take the July MUET paper this year. Please leave a comment below if you need any clarification. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

MUET Academic Essay Sample March 2014

This is the edited version of my student's  academic essay. What band would you give him? Why?

(Tq Franky, SMK Majakir, 6A1'14)

Question 2: 
The trend today among youths is to own the latest technological gadgets such as mobile phones and other devices. Is this a healthy development among young people? Give your opinion. You should write at least 350 words.


        In this modern world of ours, technological devices such as mobile phones and other gadgets are no longer foreign to us. Most of the young people today are treating these luxuries as a necessity as they compete to own the latest devices, leading to the adults’ questioning whether this is a healthy or an unhealthy development for youths today. In my own humble opinion, this issue will be a never-ending argument because it solely depends on the user itself to determine their purpose of using these devices. Thus in this essay, this issue can be discussed in terms of both healthy and unhealthy development and some recommendations. 

      Firstly, with these newest devices, young people can access information wherever there are with just a touch of their fingers. This can help to expand their knowledge about the current issues of our world which will be a key role to take their mind to a higher level. They can also use these facilities to help them in their studies. All of these can help our country to produce more intellectual people which indeed is a healthy development by contributing to a more productive nation. 

      In the old days, we had to do a lot of work and research in order to finish our school assignment, which is time consuming and tiring. Now we can obtain any information we need for our assignment without having the need to go to the library anymore. This can help the students to save more time for them to do other things. Furthermore, students can also increase their efficiency of work. The government also supports this by launching the ‘Wireless Village’ programme so that both rural and urban people can access the internet without having to subcribe to any internet packages. Overall, students can perform better and become more productive in their work, so this is certainly a healthy development. 

      Moreover, young people that chase after these latest technological devices can help to strengthen the country’s commerce through the constant supply and demand of gadgets. This can help the government to focus more on developing this technology or subsidising companies in this industry as it can guarantee good profits. Besides, in line with the previous years’ budgets, the government is giving out ‘smart phone rebates’ to citizens above the age of 21. All of this can help to improve our economic level and lead to a more developed country, therefore another sign that it is a healthy development. 
      
       On the other hand, this trend to own the latest technology devices could lead to a waste of money. Even though these devices are useful to us, but the fact is that most young people are chasing the latest devices regardless of cost. Mind the word ‘latest’ as they only want the latest edition that is being released in the market almost once per year for different brands such as Samsung and Sony. In order to keep up with the trend, these young people are willing to waste their money or more accurately their parents’ hard-earned money. Instead, they could use the money for better purposes like buying books or stationery. 

        Furthermore, as time goes by, they might eventually become ungrateful for what they already have and keep nagging for new gadgets. This is unhealthy as it breeds materialism. In addition, if one did not have proper discipline within oneself while using these devices, one will easily become a victim to various addictions such as social networking and games. This can cause the young users to become distracted and greatly decrease their work efficiency. As for students, their performance at school might become affected. To add to the matter, young people can easily access inappropriate content such as porn and violent materials at a young age, unsupervised. All of this can retard their mind’s growth and become influenced by negative things. In the end, these devices become a bane to them instead of a boon to the development of society. 

      Hence, for us to fully utilise the advantages of technology, I humble share some of my recommendations. Firstly, parents play a big role as they spend the most time with their children thus they should watch strictly over their children’s usage of these devices per day by limiting it. Next, the government can work on preventing or blocking many harmful websites in our country so that young people have no access to it. 

         In conclusion, I believe that in the end, it depends on the user itself whether to abuse or to use the devices to their disadvantage or advantage. We can draw an analogy from guns – used by the police it enforces the law; by a criminal it abets the crime. It would be illogical to put the gun in jail instead of the person who pulls the trigger. Similarly, it is we ourselves that click the mouse or swipe the screen of our gadget so we must use it responsibly to contribute towards a happier and healthier development in society today.