Every time I feel disappointed in my other half for the little annoyances that happen in our daily lives – like not washing the dishes, making horrible jokes, not throwing out the trash etc.. I remind myself of this clip.
Cause my partner does not clip my wings.
He let me study on top of keeping a full-time job. He knows that the house will not be clean 24/7, I will not be able to cook our meals daily, the kids will need attention while I attend my classes, I will be ‘difficult’ sometimes.
I am currently studying at Open University Malaysia doing BPSY.
BPSY – Bachelor of Psychology (with honours) will be my second degree and if Allah permits, I hope to further my studies in the same field. Being a student for the second time, a more mature student, I began to discover the many advantages one could have as a learner. It is not only about the student discounts while you travel – I utilized a lot of ISIC previously.. haha. But other perks. One such thing is access to journals and other academic literature.
Google Scholar can only get you into the world of literature at the window just to peek, at some journals. Perhaps only the abstract. It is the uni’s digital library that will unlock the door for you and let you sit in and read as many articles as you want. After all, OUM has probably paid a substantial amount of money to these databases so that students can access the literature. Indeed, I am beginning to love using the TSDAS digital library once I discovered the many things it can do. Which I will elaborate on as I go in the coming semester.
I can register on Proquest using my institution access and last semester I learned that some students and tutors use Mendeley. This is something new for me and only of recent have I heard about it from some of the Facebook Academia Figures I follow.
I have heard that I could also use my uni ID to get Spotify premium with a student price tag but I don’t really have the need for it yet. I am still okay with the adverts although Dell has been on the scene for quite some time now. Need a new advert. 🙂
I enrolled in my course in January 2020. At the time, most learning methods have shifted online. Learners are no longer required to buy a hard copy of the module. Instead, we can download our module from the online portal. In a way, the fees can be lowered down and it saves the environment too (to a certain extent). Even then, I still find myself with the need to print out parts of the module because of my tendency to highlight what I read and scribble anecdotes near the paragraph.
One of the subjects I have in Semester 6 is Basic Concepts of Information Technology. This particular subject has a lot of images which leads to me being uncertain on whether I should print it out or otherwise. After mulling over the issue, I decided to find a used copy of the module.
First I searched in groups on Facebook. No one was selling the module I wanted. I then tried Shopee and voila – I found a seller that sells it alongside another subject I will be taking next semester. He was selling it for RM15 per module. I bought two. The books arrived in good condition with a CD as well. I find it easier to study with a physical book.
The module is still in good condition. Perhaps I’ll sell it later on my Shopee store – Moon Chamber.
oumh 1403 is ‘Chinese language for basic communication’
oumh 1503 is ‘Japanese language for basic communication’
Both courses are offered to OUM learners that we could choose to take by swapping them with another subject listed eligible for such exchange. I couldn’t remember which subject I swapped for oumh1403 but I submitted the request via e-CRM, their virtual help centre. I had thought that once I swapped, I could straight away take the course. Turns out, I was wrong. I have to wait until the registration for the subject is open. Hence, it is still sitting there as a 3 credit course in the Asas Wajib category.
Upon enrolment, every student gets a unique username to access their Google-OUM linked online account. This means, as students, we get a set of apps including Gmail, Drive and Calendar. During the first semester, I was not aware of these perks. I just used it as a means to join the weekly e-tutorials. It was only later towards the end of that semester did I realized that I could keep my modules, research articles and other study-related stuff on that account.
Since this is a student account, there is a possibility that this privilege will be revoked once we complete our studies. therefore, in the long term, it is best to save final assignments in an external drive.
I noticed that for this account, there are extra features associated with the uni account. One of them is the Shared Drives. We are all familiar with the Shared With Me feature. The latter is still there as I get to access recorded lectures by my tutors here. The Shared Drive seems to be a good hub for collaborative work. Perhaps a team assignment. I have yet to use that feature but it could be useful in the future.
Another feature is Priority. It’s like creating a virtual workspace where you could work on a project while sifting through various materials without creating a mess. Kinda like studying in a library with stacks of books on the side. Looking forward to discovering more features on this account.