Monday, April 3, 2017

Personal MUET Online Tutor by

Because of the demand and limited hours in a day, I have decided to accept online tutoring as one of the methods that my blog and I can help MUET candidates regardless of where you may be and what level of proficiency you have.

If you feel you need private tutoring from me, please feel free to email me at

For a nominal fee of RM30, you will get:

* latest MUET materials (handouts and powerpoints which I use for my talks)
* grammar improvement exercises including common errors
* up to 3 essays and 3 reports personally graded with feedback
* personal watsapp discussion

I am unable to mark all the essays that are sent to my email especially during exam crunch time, so please forgive me if you feel that you have been ignored. To move you straight to the top of my to-do-list, contact me by email and I will send you details. The only thing stopping you then is your own commitment and sense of urgency. Hopefully, with my help you will be able to score your desired Band or higher. Cheers!

Monday, March 13, 2017


Before you check your answers, why not look at the questions. I have scanned it here MUET Mac 2017

My students did not take this test so I have finally managed to get a hardcopy. Note that these are my 1st draft answers and teachers/students may leave a comment if they disagree with any of my suggested answers. Good luck all!

1. B (20% clearly means it does not exceed)
2. C (No preference stated)
3. B
4. C
5. A
6. A
7. A
8. B (China & Egypt)
9. A
10. C (no info)
11. C
12. C
13. A
14. A
15. A
16. A
17. B
18. C
19. B
20. B
21. B
22. C
23. B
24. A
25. C
26. A
27. A (preclude = prevent)
28. A
29. C
30. A
31. D
32. A
33. B
34. A
35. A
36. B (D is possible)
37. D
38. C
39. A
40. D
41. D
42. A
43. B
44. B
45. B

Ok, done. Open to suggestions. As always, be civil and well mannered or I will delete your comments if they are offensive/rude. Have a nice day!

p/s:  21/45 for a Band 3, 27/45 for Band 4. However, this is NOT  a guarantee as you would need to perform just as well in the other 3 papers to maintain this result.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Student's sample MUET essay.

It always impresses me how far and wide my blog has reached and how even when I do not upload as much, this blog of mine manages to reach out and help the masses. Well it is doubly impressive when a student like this ine below manages to produce a well written academic essay which warrants a high band. I wish it were this easy to transfer my skills to students. Congrats 
Wong Mee Wan for your impressive attempt. 

However, it is unlikely that a question like this will come out though as blogging may be considered a specialist subject more relevant to urban candidates. Nevertheless, kudos!

Question : Students should start their own blog. Do you agree ? Support your answer with examples. You should write at least 350 words.
     In recent years, the world has witnessed a significant rise in technological advancements across all fields. We saw science improved, mathematical questions answered, and social media flourished. The mushroom of blogs has positively correlated with the increasingly affordable price of computers and gadgets. Majority of the bloggers are students who use it for various purposes. Despite the ongoing debate on whether students should start their own blog, I strongly agree that starting a blog and constantly updating it helps develop critical thinking skills, creates a knowledgeable society and fortifies multiracial unity.
     First and foremost, starting and updating a blog helps to stimulate a critical way of thinking. Blog acts as a platform which opens up avenues for sharing and discussing ideas. Students are free to share their viewpoints with netizens all over the world and anyone can propose his or her ideas in the comment section below. Consequently, a discussion will be built up and the commenters need to analyse the arguments by considering the issue from different aspects and backgrounds. Thus, critical thinking skills develop slowly in the students’ mind without one realising it. For instance, the discussion on the economic issue can only come to an ideal conclusion through critical analysis of the current situation by viewing from different aspects, involving the countries, citizens and resources. Therefore, it is crystal clear that blogging can develop a critical thinking mind, especially among the students.
     In addition to this, blogging plays a key role in moulding a knowledgeable society. It is a universal truth that most students in this era of globalisation where technology reigns adapt better to learning via electronic media. Furthermore, most students spend more time browsing the Internet compared to reading books and newspapers. Hence, information and knowledge shared via blogs can reach more students than the traditional way of sharing through books. As an exemplification, students who have created mnemonics to ease the memorisation of difficult topics in the syllabus can share them via their blogs so that other students can learn it and even discuss to come up with a better idea. As a result, the knowledge input of students who access to the blogs will be escalated dramatically to eventually mould a knowledgeable society.
     Moreover, blogging can enhance the unity among different races. When students of different races blog about their unique cultures and traditions, students of other races who came across the articles will be well-informed about the cultures of other races and thus open their eyes to realise the existence of other cultures in one’s country. This can develop a better sense of understanding and hence maintain the precious unity among races, which is crucial to the harmony of a multiracial country such as Malaysia. For example, when a Malay student posts about their tradition of visiting one another during the Aidilfitri, Chinese, Indian as well as indigenous students will get to know more about the culture of Malays and the dos and don’ts when they join the celebration. Subsequently, students will develop a better understanding about races and unity is fortified when all sorts of misunderstandings are avoided.
     On the other hand, one may argue that blogging is time consuming and distracting for the students. This notion anchored its arguments on the common scenario that most students are very likely to get carried away when they access the Internet and eventually wasted so much time doing unbeneficial activities in the Internet. Students are also prone to the exposure towards the underlying negative influences in the Internet such as violence, gore and sexually explicit contents which are able to corrupt the students’ mind once and for all.

     In a nutshell, I still totally believe that students should start their own blog as this brings magnificent advantages to the students, society as well as our beloved country. Blogging stimulates a critical way of thinking, produces an enlightened society and strengthen the unity among races. The minor drawbacks can be prevented by careful measures such as parental control. The government through the Ministry of Education should spearhead a foolproof blueprint to instill the habit of blogging among students by providing special training and increasing incentives for the usage of technology in schools.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

4 Sample MUET Outlines for A Model Academic Essay Question

Well it is now February and one month away from the March exam. I have been getting many enquiries about how to approach academic essays. The most straightforward way is to agree 100% in 5 paragraphs (intro, 3 arguments and conclusion) but that will possibly just give you passing band. To show your flair for the language and critical thinking skills, may I suggest you follow one of the 4 sample outlines I have written out for the same single question on banning smoking. Note that in MUET, the question itself will usually have 2 parts to it so you must be smart in linking the two ideas (A &B) together in order to not veer off topic and stay within the required parametres. Anyway, have a read and leave a comment about which style you prefer.

MUETmyway Cloned Question:
Smoking should be banned (A) as it is a hazard to mankind (B). Do you agree with this statement? Give relevant examples. You should write at least 350 words.

(5 + 1 paragraphs)
100     or    75:25
1) Thesis Statement:
Smoking should be banned because it is a serious hazard to mankind in terms of health, waste of money and causes pollution.
2) Agree 1:
Firstly, smoking should be banned because it is a serious hazard to our health.
3) Agree 2:
Secondly, smoking should indeed be banned as it is a blatant waste of money.
4) Agree 3:
Last but not least, it is a hazard to mankind because it creates continuous pollution which is bad for our environment.
5 (OPTIONAL) Counter-Argument:
However, there are some benefits including a good source of income and the tax collected can be used to improve the infrastructure in our country. Nevertheless, smoking has more disadvantages and should be banned.
6) Recommendation:
The government should streamline immediate and effective action to ban smoking throughout the country by banning import and sales of cigarettes and increasing the fines and jail sentences for tobacco smuggling and distribution.

(5 + 1 paragraphs)
100     or     75:25
1) Thesis Statement:
Smoking should not be banned because there are many benefits for our country in terms of increasing profits, stimulating the economy and tax collected can improve infrastructure for everyone.
2) Disagree 1:
First and foremost, smoking should not be banned as it increases the profit for the shop owners who sell it to the public.
3) Disagree 2:
The second reason it should not be banned is because the collective sales of cigarettes can stimulate our economy due to its high demand.
4) Disagree 3:
Lastly, banning smoking is not a good idea because the tax collected can be used to improve and upgrade infrastructure such as roads, schools and hospitals.
5 (OPTIONAL) Counter-Argument:
On the contrary, there are some advantages of banning smoking as it does have some hazardous effects to smokers’ health and the environment. Nevertheless, we should not deny a person’s choice to smoke or not especially since it can still bring some benefits to our country.
6) Recommendation:
The government should draw up an effective strategy to maximise tax collection of tobacco products in order to boost the economy and use the funds to provide better quality basic facilities for everyone’s mutual benefit.

Partially Agree 
(6 paragraphs)
1) Thesis Statement: 
There are both advantages and disadvantages of banning smoking as it is a hazard to mankind. 
2) Agree 1: 
For starters, smoking should be banned because it is a serious hazard to our health.
3) Disagree 1: 
In contrast, there are many people who have smoked and lived until old age, proving that smoking is not necessarily a health hazard as there may be other factors.
4) Agree 2: 
Another advantage of banning smoking is it can stop people from wasting money whereby the money can be better used for food, transportation, daily necessities or as savings.
5) Disagree 2: 
On the other hand, although they can be said to be wasting money on an individual level but the money is contributed back into society and tax collection increases as well which is used to improve and upgrade infrastructure such as roads, schools and hospitals. 
6) Recommendation:
The government should implement a comprehensive action plan to reduce smoking in our country by increasing the price and taxes of cigarettes and organising anti-smoking talks and exhibitions in schools and hospitals. 

Agree to a Certain Extent 
(5 paragraphs)
1) Thesis Statement: 
There are always two sides to a coin so we should look into the pros and cons should smoking be banned due to its hazardous nature towards mankind. 
2) Agree 1 vs Disagree 1:
At the forefront, it is clear that smoking is a health hazard to mankind even though there are cases where it is not a hazard and smokers have been known to live healthily well into their old age. 
3) Agree 2 vs Disagree 2: 
Another significant reason it should be banned is because it is a waste of a person’s money. Conversely, if you look at the bigger picture, it is not a waste of money but it in fact stimulates the economy and increases profit due to high sales. 
4) Agree 3 vs Disagree 3: 
Ultimately, smoking is an individual’s choice and he or she should be given the right to choose to smoke or not without the government interfering. On the contrary, the government should take action in banning it if it affects the health and quality of living of society as second hand smoke is dangerous to babies and pregnant mothers and smoking causes unnecessary pollution.  
6) Recommendation: 
The government through the Ministry of Health should  spearhead an effective blueprint to ban smoking in public places by fining smokers if they smoke in restaurants or shopping malls and conducting more  anti-smoking campaign to increase awareness. 

So which do you prefer and why? Could you do 4 outlines for a single question like I just did? It would sharpen your critical thinking skills if you are able to see both sides of the coin. Cheers and happy studying!