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.

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.

My assignment marks are out

I am satisfied with my marks and comments made by the examiner. I acknowledge that there are areas that needs improvement especially the formatting and referencing part. Nama pun belajar kan.. so learn we must. Awal2 memang tak perfect lagi.

My assignment for Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia, TITAS (MPU3323) on Nujum Pak Belalang scored 56.75% over a total of 70%. I did the task diligently, following the rubric guidelines attached to it. I feel that even if you are at lost at what to write, the rubric can help you. Aim for the best column mark because it seems that even in the best column, there are gradings from a weak-strong to a strong-strong point.

As you can see, my APA part needed more work.

My sources to help me for the TITAS write-up were mostly online journals but I got help with regards to the language form from books at the Melaka public library. I read on Malay literatures and proper DBPish magazines just to get a nice lenggok to the language. In a way, I can insert peribahasa, kiasan and perumpaan’s appropriately in my essay to make it a nice read. So that bila baca ada macam pantun or gurindam sikit. We want the examiner to feel intrigued and delighted to read our essay.

My other assignment is for the Learning Skills (OUMH1603) subject around Good Citizenship EDucation (GCED) and I chose the topic of Biodiversity. I have probably said it a lot of times, I really enjoyed writing about it and I made sure my examiner knew about it. Again, my guide is the rubric chart provided alongside the assignment. I achieved 50.25% over a total of 60% for this.

In this assignment, I highlighted the problem of Periuk Kera near extinction with regards to the Lemang Periuk Kera and of an individual, Jadav ‘Molai’ Payeng who replanted a forest in India. One of the most helpful sources I looked into while writing about this is the Biodiversity Course playlist on the California Academy of Sciences channel on YouTube. I understood the theories from our OUM handbook better after watching the videos. YouTube is an excellent resource for assignment write-ups. You can use the words and even some great sentences because it does not go through the similarity check unless it is written down somewhere and available on the internet.

All assignments go through a similarity check and different ranges of percentage warrants respective mark deductions. Since both of my essays had less than 30% , no marks were deducted. If say, a student has between 30.01 – 50% from the check, 5 marks are deducted and the list goes on. It is just not worth it. Do the assignments on your own, do not hire third party help. Do not copy a friends essay even though they are at a different learning centre. Write from the brain with passion. LOL.

I can’t give access to my essays at the moment.

Not until I have gotten my marks from other parts of the examination. Once I am pass that, only then I can upload my essay. Thank you for your understanding. I hope my other results are OK too. Wish me luck.

Registering for 2nd semester

My semester is supposed to start in May 2020. however, with COVID-19 still at large and CMCO ongoing, classes have yet to start. I have sat for my TITAS exam last Monday and am awaiting results for my 1st semester as a whole. No idea when it will come out. I am quite anxious to know as it will somehow help me know whether what I am doing right now is on the right path or otherwise.

These are the subjects I am taking for May 2020.

In other words, it translates into;

Sejarah dan Falsafah Psikologi

Principles of Management

English for Written Communication

Registration is still open. It is from 10 March 2020 – 07 June 2020. My fees for this semester is RM1602.00. Alhamdulilah.. I have more than enough to pay for it. Keeping the Study Fund going. Saving what I can.

I am hoping other part time students are doing OK too. It can be a challenge to work and study at the same time especially if you have other family commitments be it to your parents, siblings, partner and kid/s. Yet, there is no day in which you learn something is a complete loss. Good Luck.

2020. A new decade

I am still working in a Klinik Kesihatan setting. I still have no desk. No personal locker and what not. I still use the same car for now. A SAGA FLX.

But I have made new friends. Awesome.

One of the items in my bucket list is to enrol myself as a part time student at a local university. Today, I received a phone call that may just pave the way to it. I told my husband about it for moral support. Cause redha suami is important. The last thing I want is that when I find myself in stress, he would say things that hurt my feelings or break my confidence.

He needs to know that once I enrol, our weekend might be affected –  as it already is.