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Tips to Write a Factual Essay for Continuous Writing, SPM

Sample Essay

How can television help students in their studies? (Continuous Writing, SPM 2006)

Children and teenagers love watching television. Most of them spend more time watching television than doing other activities [general discussion]. Television can help students in their studies depending on the types of programmes watched by them [thesis statement]

First of all, there are many educational programmes on television which can help students in their studies [stating first point]. These programmes are carefully constructed by the creative producers to make them interesting. Besides, talented presenters as well as interesting visual and sound make it easier for the students to understand and retain the knowledge learned [elaborating first point]. ASTRO Tutor TV is a very good example. There are revision programmes for every subject taught in school. Students can learn many tips and do the exercises given in effort to prepare for public examinations such as UPSR, PMR and SPM [providing details and examples to support first point].

Apart from that, the students’ language skills can be improved by watching television programmes [stating second point]. Watching English movies, dramas and sitcoms will provide the students with the input which will help them improve their English Language [elaborating second point]. “Oh My English”, a popular programme on ASTRO, is a sitcom about a replacement teacher from England trying to teach English to a group of mischievous students. While watching this sitcom, students will have the opportunity to learn English in context where common errors are highlighted and corrected in a fun way [providing details and examples to support second point].

Last but not least, various documentaries shown on television can inspire the students to do well in their studies as well as in their future lives [stating third point]. Watching these documentaries can create interest in the subjects learned at school [elaborating third point]. For example, watching a scientific documentary about the stars and the universe can inspire the students to excel in science subjects. Consequently, they might become scientists when they grow up [providing details and examples to support third point].

In conclusion, watching good programmes on television including educational programmes, movies or documentaries can help students in their studies [restating main points]. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that students have watching television as one of the activities in their daily schedule [emphasize the importance of topic].