Welcome Semester 6

These are the subjects I am taking this semester. Again, I dropped the OUM English subject. Perhaps, next semester I can take up to 4 subjects. We will see how the schedule and workload is at the workplace next year first. As usual, a renewed motivation to study every time. My preparation period has not changed much from previous semesters. Just that, part of the tracking has been shifted online. Been using Google Calendar more.

These are the things I have been up to this past weekend.

LOG IN TO THE MyVLE ACCOUNT

Open University Malaysia (OUM) has this virtual learning portal where students log in to get access to their module, digital library and keep up with announcements pertaining to their study. I would double check if I have paid my semester fees and if the exam results have been published fully. Semester fees must be paid dutifully in order for the exam transcripts to be released.

ACCESS THE DASHBOARD

I would download the subject module and keep copies on my laptop and also the given Google Drive. This is so I could read them at work if I have some free time. I would also print out my assignment questions because I am a paper person.

CHECKING ON MY STATIONERIES

It is therapeutic to sort my bundles of sticky notes and loose papers. I would stock up on my foolscap paper, A4 paper and the coloured ones. I’d make sure my pens are in stock especially the refills. My current favourite is the Sarasa Gel INk Pen. I am however also eyeing the Zebra Ballpoint pens as they seem to have very sleek designs. Minci needs cool stationeries to keep the motivation running.

OUTLINING THE SUBJECTS

Before the start of the first tutorial, I’d be sure to skim through the module and get a general overview of what the subject is all about. It helps me to map out on how much time I’d need to spend for every topic of every subject. I would then write down the outline on a piece of paper. Only then I am able to delve into the details. The reference lists are a good guide on the type of resources one could use for further reading and understanding. Once you’ve gathered that information, it’ll be easier to search for it from the digital library.

I still have one more subject to outline. After that, I can start reading the modules at a glance and start my literary research for my assignments. Wish me luck for this semester.

Hobonichi Techo for 2021

If you’re a visual person, you can watch the brief unboxing video on my IGTV @hobominci. Otherwise, you can read about my purchase choice below.

This is my 4th year using Hobonichi. I have used the A6 English planner, A5 Cousin Avec and the MegaWeeks. Out of the 3, I personally love the MegaWeeks because you have just enough space to write down your To-do’s and still have room for a bit of creative journaling. It seems befitting for my busy schedule. Furthermore, it is small enough for me to carry it with me everywhere.

However

What I wasn’t expecting for the Year 2020 was the fact that I enrolled in a part time degree programme of which I found that using the MegaWeeks was not suitable. I needed something that I could journal in my most intimate feelings, thoughts and activities whilst at the same time being able to plan my day and tick things off a checklist.

I ended up buying a 5 year Hobonichi Techo and a mini weekly planner, said to be the companion to the A6 planner. If only I could have the Cousin Avec Monthly and Weekly layout but without the daily pages. Is there such a planner?? That would be useful I think for students. Or I could use the Kokuyo loose leafs instead. Surely they have a monthly and weekly template?

I am extremely excited to see if I could be consistent in my 5 year Hobonichi entry. It will probably be filled with the most mundane things in life although when you reminisce on these moments, they are quite interesting actually. It is so common yet so special. Cause regardless of what one thinks, that one moment never repeats itself the exact way it happens for the first time.

July oh July

This semester my fee is RM1297.62.

I have paid that online before I forget.

This month has been a very busy one. Full of emotions too. My father in law was admitted to hospital for a brain bleed. My aunt is also warded in Kuching for COVID-19.

As for now, we have no idea whether she is linked to a certain cluster by a certain generation of contact, a sporadic case or if it was something she contracted during her hospital stay. She initially sought treatment for a lung infection. We can only pray and hope for the best.