Current Study Update

At first everything seemed manageable despite the increasing workload. Things took a different turn once Covid19 started affecting my family members in Selangor. In short, my mother got worse. She didn’t make it. I wrote about the experience in my other blog. Al-fatihah to my mom.

I have been missing my live e -tutorial sessions but am catching up via the recorded ones. The forum have been very useful.
Previously, I have been aiming for a CGPA of 3.5 and above. However, with everything that is going on at the moment, I have to say that it will be enough if I pass.

Soon, one of our primary care clinics (KK) will be open for 24 hours and converted into a green zone area for emergency cases. The nearby hospital is no longer accepting them and will only manage the yellow and red tag cases only. Other KKs will also be affected as we expand our services at the expense of managing chronic illnesses. CAC kita. vaksin kita. sekolah kita. banjir kita. apa lagi.. tapi what to do.. berkhidmat untuk negara kan..

As of now, I have managed to complete my statistics assignment. I need to touch up on my Hubungan Etnik course work and then later, concentrate on the Health and Wellness module. Exams are in August. Thankfully MCQ. Bolehlah tembak.

One paper down, 2 more to go

Hey there, it’s exam week.

I managed to squeeze in my online exam for subject ABCC1103 during my long lunch hour break today. I was worried that I couldn’t make it tonight but turns out it’s not that exhausting tonight. The format for the online exam are MCQs with a time limit of 90 minutes.

I recognized some of the questions from our online quiz a few weeks earlier. Some gave off the vibe like the questions we answer in our weekly E-lessons. It seems that Language is a popular theme. So is mass media. It took me just over an hour to answer the MCQ as I had to rush back to work. In other words, tembak je lah. After submitting my answers, I quickly prayed Zuhur and drove back to the clinic.

Next week is all about psychology. I have planned to take leave on the 20th so that I could sit for the online exam with a peace of mind. Lepas tu kita ronggenggg! Vincenzo Cassano, I cannot wait.

Study Slump

The Study Slump came.

I am disappointed that it came too early this semester. Maybe because the days have been too bright and warm cause well I prefer the dark, cold weather. Perhaps it was the unexpected extension of the MCO period that I had to cancel my AGoda hotel booking during the CNY long weekend. Thankfully, my solar lanterns are coming by mail soon. I wish this Study Slump will end by this weekend. This heavy, dragging feeling is driving me nuts.

Workwise – I will be involved in the Vaccination team. There will be busy weeks ahead as we prepare and coordinate ‘stuff’ before the megascale vaccination programme starts.

Studywise – I have been unable to keep up with writing up my personal notes. This is my first semester with 4 subjects. I am beginning to see that it is a lack of judgement on my part when I decided to sign up for all 4. I was a bit frustrated earlier this week when I realized that I did not tick as much boxes that I wanted to in my planner. I became stressed up although to be honest, no one is actually checking to see if I’ve completed my chapters.

The perfectionist in me is nagging me to start on my E-weekly lessons and the procrastinator in me is basically yelling back a “shut up”. At the end of the day, I think I should Relax, Reorganize and Remove anything that is hindering my process to study and work diligently. On top of mothering the kids.

School is postponed. Higher learning education is also postponed.

Due to MCO, school is not starting yet for the new term next week. This means online learning for my 10 year old at home under the supervision of the grandma and myself. My aim is for him not to be too left out especially when he is starting off in a fresh grade.

Apart from my own study schedule, I would need to rope in my son to be also responsible for his own study plans. I have cleaned up part of his bedroom and study desk. I should teach him how to make his study timetable. I am thinking of creating a better study space for him and the younger sister next to my personal space in our reading area. I hope it will give off some sort of studious vibe to it and encourage the kids to focus on their lessons.

I am also aware that I can have a magnificent set up but if I am not on board, it will not be a productive learning session for us. Which means cultivating better time management skills on my part. Ha ha ha.

Warming up to Year 2, Semester 4

Just like that I am already in my 2nd year of studies.

Undoubtedly the subjects are becoming more challenging. Thus, demanding a higher level of commitment and focus to the course. The assignments become more interesting with every semester too. After a brief rest period post-exams, it is time to pick up the pen, activate the brain cells and kick off the nerd mode.

I am thinking of utilizing the OUM student account google calendar more to track my study hours. All of my 4 subjects this semester carry 3 credit hours . That’s an average of 24 -36 hours of study of study time per week. On second thought, that’s like being a full time student! Now how do I squeeze in these hours into my already busy work schedule?

I definitely need to make time and block some hours of my day to study effectively.

First and foremost, I will try my best to attend all of my weekly e-tutorials LIVE. That itself should cover at least an hour for every subject. Sometimes the lectures can drag to another 30mins or so. Then the other strategies should follow.

  • Participate in forums on a certain date for at least 30 mins
  • Minimum 2 hours at night to read and make notes on my topics – excluding e tutorial hours. Hence, I will need to adjust this once the schedule comes out. These virtual classes are usually at night although this time I am anticipating that there might be sessions on a weekday night.
  • Weekend nights will follow the same rule although I may need to set some hours during the day to perhaps focus on assignments, do e-weekly lessons, listen to podcasts or read journals related to my tasks.
  • Opportunistic reading in between patients, lunch hours, waiting for food to cook etc..

Perhaps it would be clearer once I start updating my google calendar to see if I will ever achieve the total hours. This week I managed an hour for every subject as I go through chapter 1. I think that’s good enough for a warm up. After all, I still need to do my online medical CMEs on MIMS and Docquity.