Studying is overwhelming when you see it as a whole. Even the module name ‘industrial placement’ can put you in shivers as you look at the amount of information presented to you. I remembered when I started in 2020 as a 1st year student – it was a daunting feeling as I saw that I have to do a final year project to complete my degree. I was honestly hyperventilating at the thought of having to go to school while working during the pandemic.
The trick to calm my nerves at the time was
reassure me that I am not competing with anyone and that this learning journey was intended to add value to my job
take it one semester at a time
enjoy the process
Although I was able to take 4 subjects in a semester, I chose to stick to only 3 at a time because I do not want to stress myself.
This semester however I am taking 3 subjects with 12 credit points on board. This is because Industrial Placement will carry 6 credits whereas Clinical Psychology and Chinese language with 3 credits each. Online classes will start next week. I have already received my starter pack for my Industrial Placement module and yes, it’s overwhelming but I will take it one step at a time.
Exams for the January semester fall in Ramadhan. I thought it would be no biggie until I find that the format for my exam question is a take-home examination, in the format of an essay (of course). I had thought to take leave on both exam days but competition is tough to apply for it. In the end, I managed to secure one of the days and wished hard that the roster maker would put me in a zone where it is less busy the next day. At the end of Day 2, I managed to write up my essay in between patients and complete them later at night at home.
Mental note: fight for leave. use whatever means necessary to have that leave. writing an exam answer in between patients is not a good idea.
On both days, the exam questions are released by 10am. Students have 24 hours to complete and submit it online. Therefore, on Day 1 I did have time to get groceries for my empty fridge at Lotus. The rest is the battle with time. To complete the essay, fetch the kids and prepare for Iftar.
I was determined to share everything that I could regarding my studies, challenges, interesting topics and all in this semester. I underestimated how busy it is at the beginning of the year as the clinic is in full gear to outline goals to achieve by the end of the year. Although my assignment was completed promptly, there were still hiccoughs during the uploading of our assignments in the portal.
I had to resubmit my English assignment because when I double-checked my submission receipt. Turns out that only 1 out of 3 files are uploaded. Dahlah my marks for this semester is dependent on coursework only. Thankfully I had the urge to re-check my submission! If not, I would only be evaluated based on my reflection report and not my forum and video.
Lesson here – always check the submission receipt to see what files are uploaded. Don’t take for granted that when it says successful, semua dah upload.