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English Essay Spm 2007


Friends are people whom we turn to when our spirits need a lift. They are always by our side through thick and thin. They stand beside us even when our disposition is not perfectly right and will fight for us if we are oppressed. Therefore, it is clear that friends play a vital role in shaping who we are today. But what qualities exactly do we need to look for in a friend?

A friend should always be caring towards you. He or she should take interest in your problems no matter how big or petty your problem may be. A friend should be able to sit beside you and encourage you to keep your chin up even when everyone else is against you. A friend’s empathy and lovingness will also replenish your worn-out soul and will make you realize how important a friend really is.

Apart from that, a friend should be an honest person. An honest friend will dissipate any worries that he or she is lying towards you. A friend’s honesty will enable you to trust his or she’s opinion when it comes to telling you the truth about yourself. For example, an honest friend will remand you on your declining grades and will ask you to work harder while a dishonest friend will see it with a blind eye. Therefore, an overall improvement in yourself will be noticeable if you have an honest friend.

Moreover, a friend should be generous both emotionally and knowledge wise. A friend who is generous ought to be able to connect with you and provide emotional support. He or she should also be generous when it comes to sharing knowledge. A true friend must be ever-ready to help you when you are inept in certain subjects. A friend can easily guide you towards understanding the subject matter better as he or she is often on the same page as you. The only difference is that you can’t quite grasp the content of the page per se.

Besides that, a friend must also be able to humour you. Humour plays a quintessential role in making your day more lively and enjoyable. Friends who pull your leg and mess about will indefinitely make life seem so much better. As they say, laughter is the best medicine and a little levity on rainy days is always welcomed.

In conclusion, friends are people we spend most of our time with. Thus, we have to be selective when it comes to choosing our friends.

Source: By Manu Menon


You have been asked by your teacher to give a talk on a reference book that is useful for secondary students. You have decided to talk about a science book.

Use the following notes about the book to write your talk.

Details of the book

- Title: Science Made Simple
- Author: Sharifah Shazana
- Publisher: Bunga Publications

Reasons why the book is useful

- attractive presentation
- clear explanations
- helpful diagrams
- variety of exercises
- sample answers
- practice question papers
- useful tips

When writing the talk, you should remember:

- to use an appropriate greeting and closing
- to state the purpose of the talk
- to use all the notes given
- to give two other reasons of your own
- that the talk is for school students


Sample Answer

Good morning, dear students. I am the President of the Science Club. I would like to warmly welcome all of you here.

The reason that I stand here in front of all of you is because I would like to give a talk on a reference book that is useful for all secondary students. I am sure all of you use many different types of reference books of your studies. The reference book that I am going to talk about is a science book.

First and foremost, allow me to introduce the title of the book. It is `Science Made Simple’. The author of this book is Sharifah Shazana and the publisher is Bunga Publications.

There are many reasons as to why the book is useful for secondary students. The first reason is its attractive presentation. The cover of the book itself is so attractive that the moment we see it, our eyes will be glued onto the cover. Apart from the cover, the contents of the book are also presented in a very attractive manner.

The next reason is clear explanations. Students can easily understand the notes given in the book. Each topic is explained in details and keywords have been given to enable students to remember important facts. The explanations are simplified that even students from the weaker classes can understand well.

Of course, there are no science books without diagrams. Similarly this reference book has various helpful diagrams. The diagrams are colorful and clear picture of the processes explained. I am sure this is what most students prefer.

In addition to the above reasons, this reference book is very essential to all secondary students because there are a variety of exercises in it. Each topic is accompanied by various exercises. Students can check their understanding of the topics by attempting the exercises given. The answers for the exercises are also provided in a separate booklet foe easy reference.

There are also various practice question papers according to exam format. Students can use these question paper for revision purposes. These practice questions will also be useful for group discussions as sample answers are provided as well.

Another special reason is, each topic in this reference book starts with discussion activity with relevance to the theme of the topic. As such, students can express their ideas before actually making use of the contents of the book.

Finally, there are many special and useful tips for examination preparation in the reference book. I am sure all of you would be happy in hearing this.

I think I have given sufficient reasons to all of you regarding this science reference book. I hope all of you will buy and benefit in using this reference book. Before I end my talk, I would like to thank all of you again for listening attentively to my talk.

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