Tips to Write an Essay for Directed Writing, SPM (2)

Sample Essay

No 101-67, Jalan 7/3L, 
43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, 
Selangor Darul Ehsan.

26th July 2012 

Dear Cousin Lan, 

     How are you? I hope you are in the pink of health. I am fine here. I am writing this letter to tell you about the benefits of the National Service Programme and to encourage you to go [responding to the question]. There are many reasons why you should join the programme. 

     First of all [connector], the benefit of the National Service Programme is it will develop good habits in you [stating point 1]. You have to follow strict schedule there [elaborating point 1]. For example, you have to wake up early in the morning so that you will not be late for breakfast and marching activity [giving example to support point 1]. Besides [connector], you can make new friends at the camp [stating point 2]. You are going to meet many others from all walks of life there [elaborating point 2]. For instance, you will meet people from other states in Malaysia like Sabah, Sarawak, Kelantan and so on [giving example to support point 2]. Furthermore [connector], you will also learn leadership skills and responsibility [stating point 3]. You might be given a chance to become a leader such as the marching group leader, dorm leader and so on [elaborating and giving example to support point 3]

     Apart from that [connector], another benefit of the National Service Programme is you can do many exciting activities [stating point 4]. Various activities are planned for those who join the programme such as marching, tutorial, competition and many more [elaborating and giving example to support point 4]. Next [connector], you can see different parts of Malaysia [stating point 5]. You might be sent to a camp in another state in Malaysia such as Melaka, Johor, Perak and so on [elaborating and giving example to support point 5]. Moreover [connector], you will learn to be independent [stating point 6]. At the camp, you must do your own chores [elaborating point 6]. For example, you have to wash your own clothes, do your own bed, tidy up the dorm and many more [giving example to support point 6]

     In addition [connector], another benefit of the National Service Programme is you can gain new experiences [stating point 7]. At the camp, you will meet new people and do many new things which will change your perspective towards life [elaborating and giving example to support point 7]. Besides [connector], you will practice teamwork at the camp [stating point 8]. Like it or not, you must always cooperate with your team members in the activities that you do especially in competitions or group assignments [elaborating and giving example to support point 8]. Furthermore [connector], joining this programme will strengthen your love of our country, Malaysia [stating point 9]. The programme is designed to instill the patriotism in you [elaborating point 9]. As a result, you will appreciate your country more and feel proud to be a Malaysian [giving example to support point 9]

     Other than that [connector], by joining the National Service Programme you can keep fit and healthy [stating point 10]. You will have to take part in many physical activities such as marching, jogging, wall climbing and so on [elaborating and giving example to support point 10]. Next [connector], you will learn survival skills at the camp [stating point 11]. These skills are very important in your life [elaborating point 11]. The examples of activities which will enhance your survival skills are camping, jungle trekking and night walk [giving example to support point 11]. Last but not least [connector], you will have better discipline because this programme emphasizes very much on the discipline of the participants [stating and elaborating point 12]. You will obey rules better, and have better respect for others too [giving example to support point 12]

     I have to stop writing now. Don't worry too much. Hope to hear from you soon. Bye. 

Your cousin, 
Ahmad Fahmi