Calming the nerves – starting Semester 8

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.

Exam in Ramadhan

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.

OUM student privileges

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. 🙂