Shop around for the right partner

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.

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.

Kokuyo Campus Planner – a short review

I was attracted to buy the Kokuyo Campus Planner Weekly Layout because I wanted to emulate those K-studygrams where they record how much time they put in into their lessons and assignments. It was thrilling to use at first but later I discovered that it doesn’t fit my study pattern.

I am a part time student. I work from 8 – 5 from Monday to Friday. Although I try to study within the designated hours at night and during weekends, I do find that a bulk of my independent study periods are done during opportunistic minutes and hours of the day. This means in between patients on a less busy day, lunch hours, before clinic starts, in the car (rarely) etc. Hence, it does look a little blank, perhaps too sporadic if I highlight the mins/hours in the tracker slots.

I ended up using the Kokuyo Weekly Campus Planner for only 7 weeks. I am thinking of repurposing it to plan my children’s homeschooling syllabus. Have yet to find one.

Never the less, the paper quality and layout is good – just that it doesn’t fit into my study lifestyle (gitteww). Perhaps full time students can benefit more from it including students who don’t have other study planners at hand. On second thought, maybe it is because I was already fully utilizing my hobonichi megaweeks resulting in this Kokuyo planner being redundant.

Ideal desk setup

As a student who needs to be at a table to do revision and complete assignments, I am always finding ways to vamp up that Study Vibe.

My ideal setup would be

  • Near the window for natural light during the day. And to enjoy the city’s skyline at night with a desk lamp of course. There’d be a big moon at a distance. So this space would be a few storeys high.
  • Everything I need is within a hands reach.
  • Surrounded by bookshelves
  • A room that smells nice, fresh, vibrant
Minci’s desk area

My desk space is much more spacious now as I have moved some of my stuff on the metal shelf. I also created a small space there to put my camera in case I want to film a study vlog. This is like a side thing I am planning to do (hopefully) consistently by early of next year. The shelf becomes a partition between my study space and the mini lounge/ prayer area. Trying to be creative and purposeful with limited space.

I have recently submitted an application to my State Health Office for a transfer to a nearby Primary Care facility. This decision is partly driven by my husbands pending placement for his specialist job post. Once he receives his letter, it’ll be just me and the kids. With my in laws as my support and backup team. Praying for the best.