The motivation slump

This week I haven’t been reading much after a very industrious study drill a few days before. Perhaps it is the exhaustion at work creeping in. Penat tau bercakap.

I need to start my write up for my essay. It is bugging me.

I need to focus.

I need to plan my weeks again.

Friend in psychology

I am overthinking but I cannot help wondering why a certain Divine Intervention is happening right now. I just discovered that a colleague at work ( a lovely fellow occupational therapist) will be pursuing her degree in also, Psychology at my learning center.

If only I had known that she too has similar interests, I would’ve enrolled together with her so we could be in the same semester and share study notes. I rarely see her on a working day because her room is rather isolated at the back of the clinic. However, from our limited interactions with each other, she is such a lovely soul.

Perhaps Allah has planned likewise for me to be her senior of 1 semester (lol) for reasons I have yet to uncover. Mungkin nak bagi aku rajin sikit. Huhu.

The syllabus is getting more challenging. History of psychology is overwhelming as I try to fit in The Man to its time and figuring out the world events happening concurrently to give me some sort of perspective. InsyaAllah, if ever I could understand it better – I will make a video explaining it in Bahasa Melayu cause I personally think it is not easy to translate these concepts into Malay especially when some learners prefer to use Malay to write their essays and such.

I am relying a lot on our e-tutorials on GoogleMeet. My psychology tutor Mr Manimaran explained the 2nd topic well, I don’t feel very lost. Just less lost but am navigating my way through. Ha ha ha. I have less than 1 month to complete my 3 assignments unless the deadlines shifted. I really hope they do.

Semester 2. Finding the ropes

Due to COVID-19, all of our learning will be conducted online. Apart from the usual e-module, forums and virtual lectures, we now have E-tutorials conducted via GoogleMeet. Seems that my husbands gift to me of a pair of headphones will be put to good use.

I like to get a an overview or outline of the things I hope to study. This semester I hope to become more organized in my schedules. So, after downloading the OUM modules to my laptop and Google Drive, I made a list of the topics and tasks required for each subject.

Guess what?

I just realized this semester that on top of my student email (via Google), I actually get a whole new Google Drive with it too. Meaning, I could keep all my learning materials there whilst having a separate one for my personal use. Uh-may-zing.

Once I have listed down the topics, I try to plan my reading of the topics in my planner. As I am unsure of how much reading is required of each topic, I try to put 1 or 2 topics weekly for each subject over a span of at least 8 weeks. This is so I could have some time to prepare for my exams at the end of the semester. Plus, you never know what might crop up work-wise since I am still working full time.

I find that the subject of History and Philosophy of Psychology to be a challenging read because it is narrative in nature. It’s like a story. And for someone like me who needs to grasp things in point form, will need to develop skills to read between the lines and find the intended meaning. With that in mind, I need to make an effort to REMEMBER when my e-tutorials are as I tend to sleep very early at night. The recent 1st tutorial for Psychology by my e-tutor Mr Manimaran helped to put things into perspective for my learning. Too bad, all of us learners couldn’t join him for that session because of some connection glitch. I hope to join in for the 2nd session next week. It is very fruitful.

I am also actively searching for tutorial videos on Youtube to help me understand the topic better. I will share those videos if I ever find them. In a few hours, I will be having another GoogleMeet tutorial. This time with the library team with the hope to polish my skills in searching for literature and writing up my references well with the APA format style.

It is raining cats and dogs at the moment. I really hope that my internet connection will be stable.