How I survived degree?

DISCLAIMER : These are the things that I did to get through my degree and not practically enforced to other people. Lain orang lain cara. I just want to share with people. Thank you 🙂

Assalamualaikum to my readers especially the AS244 juniors. This post is for you. Haha.

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About a week ago, I received an email regarding the future of science students, job opportunities kinda stuff. Seriously guys? I mean like you’re literally are freshies and you already want to dig out the negativity out of your current course? Come on. Jangan kalah sebelum berperang. Hahaha. Honestly, I was like you guys. Rasa macam nak tukar course and it was just the first day of lab session.

Feels like you’re making the wrong decision also rasa macam dah tak minat Sains, it is totally normal actually. I was in your shoes. I’ve been there. Semua tu hanyalah sandiwara fikiran kamu yang sebenarnya acah-acah tak ready untuk masuk degree. Dalam kepala cuma fikir apa? Degree susah, rumah jauh, UiTM Shah Alam besar sangat so penat nak jalan kaki dan naik bas blablabla. Suka cari alasan untuk diri sendiri then kesiankan diri sendiri. I’m not blaming you guys bcs I also felt the same way in my first semester. Pathetic tak? Haha. But since I’m a diploma student so I know the drill. Semuanya bermula dengan paksaan. Squeezed out those independence and good vibes out of yourself! Believe me, you’re ready.

1. Be independent

Sounds lame but in order to survive, PAKSA diri to be independent. Tak payah sampai setiap minggu nak balik rumah ulang-alik nak basuh baju lah apa benda. Sekali-sekala takpelah. Kalau susah, take your time bcs in comparison with diploma/asasi/matrikulasi/etc, degree life agak mencabar so be prepared. Dalam kelas pun tak semua lecturer akan suap kita with notes and everything. Pandai-pandailah nak study guna internet, buku dan past year questions.

2. Score good grades in first and second semester

Tak bermakna tak perlu struggle untuk semester 3 dan ke atas but this is what I did. Alhamdulillah I got dean’s list award untuk semester 3 dan 4 (I started my degree on 3rd semester) and then I applied for JPA scholarship. Alhamdulillah after the complicated procedures, I managed to get it. You still boleh apply for JPA scholarship tajaan dalam negara tapi I’m not sure its still open or not dan kalau tak silap, application tu hanya setahun sekali and applied untuk students yang berbaki 3 semesters lagi. The amount is based on your course and your campus location so they would give the right amount untuk kos sara diri. No worries, memang cukup perbelanjaan tu. Hahaha.

Ada yang risau sangat pasal peluang kerja lepas degree nanti kan? So ni nak bagitau ni. For my JPA scholarship application, the agreement shows that I have to work with the government for 4 years (the contract duration is based on your semester in total dan jumlah tajaan). See? Right there you already have a safe place for your future. Sekurang-kurangnyalah kan? Even tak tau yang boleh dapat kerja ke tak but at least kontrak tu ada and you don’t need to worry sampai tak cukup tidur bagai.

After habis degree, boleh lapor diri tamat belajar and boleh start tengok dan apply jawatan-jawatan yang sesuai.

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Nampak tak ruangan sebelah kanan tu? Punya banyak jawatan yang boleh dipohon for science student and this is only for SPA. Belum try lagi yang lain-lain tu. So siapa yang kecoh sangat cakap kerja for Biomolecular Science students ni hanya ada kt overseas la, kt Malaysia takde kerja lah. Come on. Rezeki tu Allah yang tentukan. Kalau tak dapat kerja dalam bidang sains pun, insyaAllah dalam bidang lain ada. Don’t worry, okay? 🙂 So belajar rajin-rajin dan cuba dapatkan dekan untuk semester 1 dan 2.

3. Alone time

Masa degree ni, kadang-kadang tak perlu sangat nak ada geng. For me lah. Kalau its a group of friend yang willing to study together tak kisah. That’s a good thing but sometimes being alone is much easier. You have control of everything. Nak makan bila, kt mana, nak hantar assignment bila, nak buat projek bila, nak tidur pukul berapa all that stuff. Bukan nak halang daripada buat kawan but for me yang memang totally introverted ni, enjoying my alone time lagi best. So memang takde istilah lonely kt degree life ni. Pandai-pandailah memilih kawan.

4. Stuff you need

Bila dah degree life ni masing-masing dah tau kan nak kena ada apa as a student. Laptop, stationary, kertas, buku nota blablabla tapi kt sini nak buat penambahan sikit. For me, a student should have a printer. Tak payahlah nak beli yang mahal-mahal. Banyak je printer yang bawah RM200. Apa lah salahnya guna duit PTPTN/JPA/MARA buat beli printer sebijik. Untuk kesenangan korang jugak nanti. Tak payah nak ulang alik pergi Print Expert lah amende. Sebab nanti dah menjelang final year, korang taulah betapa pentingnya sebuah printer. Hahaha. Pendrive pun jangan lupa. Senang nak copy notes dan save kerja.

5. Leisure time

Study study jugak tapi still kena ada masa untuk enjoy. Sekali sekala pergilah tengok wayang ke main bowling ke shopping kt mall ke. Nak cakap aku banyak duit la tu. Siapa cakap? Aku pergi mall pun untuk makan dengan cuci mata je. At least dapat jugak hilang stress buat FYP. Larat ke nak mengadap bakteria 24/7 ? Haha. Siapa cakap nak hilang stress kena guna duit?

Lagi satu, aku ni kaki movie. Setiap hari wajib bukak laptop dan tengok movie. Even masa final pun time duk study tu, boleh lagi layan movie. Sebabnya aku ni jenis cepat bosan dan tak boleh buat satu kerja dalam tempoh yang lama. I get bored easily like kalau tengok movie 3 saat takde action, aku tukar tengok movie lain, that kinda bored. Hahaha. So masa study takdelah stress. Masa study tu ce enjoy-enjoy sikit tapi nasihat aku, jangan tengok drama bersiri ke sekuel ke sebab 100% sure yang korang akan lagha, lalai dan kemudian akan tidur. Haha. Tak pun, try study sambil main DOTA. Boleh? Hahahaha.

6. Makan makanan yang sedap sikit, boleh?

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Bab ni paling penting dan paling disukai ramai. Makanlah selagi boleh makan. Jangan tau nak berjimat then melantak maggie je. Nak upgrade sikit makan samyang la amende la. Makanlah nasi. Lauk kan banyak. Nasi dengan ayam ikan sayur tu semua lagi sihat. Dahlah sihat, sedap pulak tu. Haha. Bukannya apa, great minds is made up of great food consuming. When you get energy, barulah boleh study. Betul ke idok? Tapi dah duit korang so pandai-pandailah nak makan apa kan.

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7. Cara study, jawab exam

Ada jugak yang tanya cara aku study. Let me tell you. Setiap orang waktu dan cara belajar lain-lain tapi cara aku macam ni.

  • Aku suka study waktu pagi dan malam. The most efficient period for me to memorize something. Kalau nak study something yang bertulis or calculations, tengahari or petang.

 

  • Waktu study tak pernah langgar waktu makan sebab aku jenis cepat lapar. Bila dah sampai waktu makan tu, stop study dan silakan pergi melantak.

 

  • Waktu tidur depends. Kalau mengantuk, terus tidur sebab waktu tu kalau baca pun memang otak just fikir nak kira ada berapa Shawn The Sheep yang lompat pagar.

 

  • Make sure ada internet access. Bunyi macam melalaikan but for science student it is important sebab senang nak Google facts and theories yang kurang pasti kesahihannya. Gitew. Tapi jangan acah-acah cari facts kt Instagram pulak. Nampak sangat lagha.

 

  • Study based on past year questions dan buat setiap soalan tu TOPICALLY. Kalau buat sekaligus ikut tahun, sumpah bosan. Besides, kalau buat ikut topik nanti boleh nampak trend dan pattern soalan tu.

 

  • Buat simple mind maps. Aku guna pensil dan kertas A4 kosong. That’s it. Kalau ada masa, underline the key points guna colourful pens.

 

  • Aku suka menghafal dengan cara menulis berkali-kali. Tulis banyak kali nanti lama-lama boleh ingat. Trust me, it helps.

 

  • I memorize EVERYTHING. Kalau tak ingat semua pun at least make sure everything is registered in your head. Time exam nanti semua akan terlintas keluar from your head. True story.

 

  • Masa exam, make sure JAWAB SEMUA SOALAN. Jangan tinggal kosong. Percayalah. Apa yang korang tulis tu might contribute some marks jugak sebenarnya. Keep digging your brains out walaupun apa yang keluar cuma 0.01%.

These are the basic things that I can think of.  Maybe tu je kot yang aku boleh explain sedikit sebanyak apa yang aku buat time degree dulu and I managed to graduate soon, finally. If there any questions you would like to ask, boleh hantar email, pm kt FB, dm kt Twitter, Instagram. Semua boleh. I always reply ASAP. Hehe. Thanks and good luck, juniors! ❀

p/s :  If ada sesiapa yang nak hard copy notes untuk semester 6 dan buku Statistics yang masih baru dan cantik, boleh contact.

Just give me that scroll already!

Seriously, I have no idea that the result of the final exam came out today. Seems that I’ve been enjoying my post-degree life way too much. Hahaha. Before that, I would like to summarize  about my final semester.

This Semester 6 was kinda relaxing but there was a hell side of it. Relaxing in this context means that the timetable was not packed like other previous semesters due to only 3 subjects are required for class attendance. No class for the other 3 subjects.

1) BMS661 – PROTEOMICS

Need to attend classes. As usual need to complete the course work by completing the 3 tests, lab reports, assignment. Study about proteins.

2) BMS665 – BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION

This subject is an elective subject. You can take the other one which is about drugs something like that. Also, has classes, tests and assignment. The fun thing is the field trip. Study about biodiversity, flora and fauna etc.

3) STA408 – STATISTICS FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Some Biomolecular students already took this subject in Semester 2 (due to difference in diploma background). Has tests, quizzes, assignments. Focus on calculations, obviously.

4) BMS671 – ETHICAL & LEGAL ISSUES IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

NO CLASSES! Just answered online questions given by the selected lecturers BUT some lecturers might wanna do a class if they want to. NO FINAL EXAM but has debate session for the title given.

5) BMS672 – TOPICS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

NO CLASSES also! About 5 students will be monitored under a selected lecturer/supervisor to find articles and answer online questions given. NO FINAL EXAM but need to do a presentation on a selected article.

6) FSG661 – RESEARCH PROJECT II

The most important part of your degree. The only thing that I’ve been whining throughout the semester. Hahaha. Sacrifices need to be done for this. Energy, tears, sleeps and even money. You really need to put your mental and physical at the maximum level. It was a big deal for me since it took about 5 times of trial to get the desired result for my project. Not only that, after getting the result, you need to go through ‘torturing’ presentation. Its not that bad. Just make sure you’re prepared.

NOTES FOR SEMESTER 6 HERE

And as promise, for the result, …

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I think its quite okaylah, kan? Hahaha. Like seriously, I don’t even care about my grades anymore as long as my project and the thesis are completed. That’s all! I’ve done my best and alhamdulillah, I graduated in the first class degree. 3.50 is really atas pagar, you know. Hahaha. Alhamdulillah again.

It is such a relief to see the word ‘COMPLETE’ there. Road to graduation.

Degree life’s chapter done. ❀

I’m unofficially graduated!

Define satisfaction.

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A great pleasure feeling of freedom and now, I know how it feels like. Alhamdulillah. In the long run, I’ve managed to complete my Final Year Project (FYP) and my very own thesis. Basically, I’m a half way in getting my degree and by that I mean degree in Biomolecular Science in case you’re new here. Alhamdulillah again!

Frankly speaking, it was not easy. I cried like literally in every semester for different reasons. I’m extremely exhausted, the mistakes that I’ve made and the pressure that was way beyond my control. All in all, it was hell. Hahaha. It took almost a year for me to get the thesis done and the strain get more intense especially a month before the presentation. The only thing that I could describe is that NOTHING you should be terrified about unless you’re not prepared. Get it? Ah. Lemme give you a little heads up on how you should handle/manage your FYP thingy :

  • Beware of the important dates esp the due dates of submissions.
  • Get connected to your supervisor regularly.
  • Stay alert on the thesis format.
  • Do corrections right away on your free time. Procrastination kills!
  • Keep in touch with your friends on any related important information.
  • Don’t try to solve your own problems but brings it to your supervisor.

That shall do it. Basically, it is all ordinary stuff that you already know. Common sense. Just in case if you have any questions, send me an email. I’ll reply it ASAP. I’m unofficially graduated until the result announcement. Right now, I can finally blogging in peace without any interruption. I would like to proceed with my products’ reviews because you know it’s my jam. Hahaha. I’d bought tonnes of products especially makeup and I really want to share with my precious readers about them. Wait for it.

Thanks ❀

FYP Presentation

Assalamualaikum and hey!

I am so in the mood of writing right now because of the biggest burden has been removed from my shoulder; the FYP presentation. Alhamdulillah. Yesterday was a historical day for me. I managed to get it over with. For us the final year student, the only thing that we can think of in this last semester is this. Its all about this presentation AND it is not an ordinary one BUT it is kinda torturing. You’ll never know how your project will turns out. Positive results or negative results? You need to juggle your time management wisely.

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Facing six panels out of seven was a toughie. Seriously, I was nervous and not very well-prepared. Four hours of sleep was not enough guys. More unlikely, I’m the 4th presenter. Hahaha. There’s one thing I flabbergasted about was that I’m not shaking! Normally, I was nervous as hell and it can be seen on my hands obviously. Alhamdulillah for that. I think, I’m more into presentations now. Getting used to it. It is a good thing tho.

I was lucky this time. Dr Maslinda who is the senior lecturer for our program always asks lots of questions or giving opinions on like everything that makes her curious. Honestly, since she taught us on the third semester, we’re kinda terrified of her. Hahaha. BUT lucky me, I’m the only student that she didn’t asked and it was a miracle. Haha. Who would had thought of that? I managed to ‘escape’ from her!

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Actually, I didn’t put too much effort on my FYP (juniors, pls don’t try this at home. Haha). I know, I know. In the beginning of the semester, there’s nothing that encouraged me at that time because I feel exhausted of my previous FYP proposal writing. It was chaos. I spent a lot of time on that and I want to rest, take a chill pill. Haha.

Alhamdulillah. I can’t believe its almost over. ❀

P/S : If you want me to do a special post for the tips on this FYP stuff, leave a comment down below or send me an email.

Thanks ❀

 

Tough Thursday

Asslamualaikum.

The result came out last night thru email, a little bit late than I expected and I started to think that it is not a good sign. It was a nerve wrecking. Hahaha. As promise, I’ll be posting my results for every semesters for motivational purposes either it is good or bad.

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Taraaa! Actually, this is way beyond my expectation because I know what the hell was I had gone through for this fifth semester of my degree. You don’t know the half of it. It was extremely chaos and miserable. I’d never felt so stressed this much in my entire life but yeah, I managed to get a non-C result! Yay me 😀 Lets analyze my result, shall we?

When the semester ends, I already knew what kind of results that I’ll be getting based on my performances throughout the semester. 8 subjects including the research project? Pheww. I pay all my respects for those who managed to get Dean’s List this time, like seriously. Alhamdulillah, I’ve got an A for my research project proposal which I put SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH EFFORT ON IT! It feels like all the hard work, I mean like the tears, energy, courage, sleep-sacrifice and all that compiled together are now paid off. Thank you so much to my supervisor, Dr Aziyah Abd Aziz for all your helps and advise. Looking forward for the best on the real project next semester ❀

To Prof Ilham Adenan, you are the best lecturer I’ve ever known. Despite it was my favourite subject yet you give so much trust to us your students to do the best for every tests and assignments. It was so much fun. Thank you so much for being so generous and give me an A+. That really helps my pointers to keep in tract. ❀

As you can see, the lowest grade I got is the Immunology subject. Honestly, this is the king of killer subjects. I am so grateful even it is only a B- but still it was a relief! I was expecting a C+ or C or maybe fail? Hahaha. It was a toughie guys but seriously, I love how the lecturer approached the students. She gave all out during the lectures and she was so concerned about the perfections during the lab practical session. All in all, I’m glad that I had a learning experience with her. She also one of the panels during my proposal presentation and she was amazing. Thanks Dr Noor Hana Hussain ❀ I guess I cannot sign up for you ‘Fan Club’ kan? Hehe.

The other one which is also unexpected is my programming subject. At the beginning of the semester, I thought,

“What the hell I have to take this unrelated subject?”

“What’s the point?”

“Are they nuts?”

“We even don’t have any basics for this!”

“We already have 7 tormenting subjects going on and now this? It is a disaster!”

The truth is why we have to take this? It was not necessary for us science students. Not computer science but BIOLOGY science! Wow. All I know that this subject will ruined my pointers. Luckily and alhamdulillah, I managed to get B for this subject. Woahh. I was expecting a C. It was tough guys. With no basics in codings and stuff, I think B was a big comfort. Pheww.

That’s all about it guys. To recap, I must say the fifth semester of Biomolecular Science degree in UiTM was a misery. Luckily, I’m not having emotional wrecked or something. Hahaha. If you are able to get yourself under control, I bet you can get better results than mine, insyaAllah 🙂 Alhamdulillah, I’m happy with my results because it was all my efforts during the semester. ❀

Study Tips : My Study Habits

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Assalamualaikum.

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I received a few emails especially from the juniors asking me on how I study, how I get good results and stuff. The thing is different people really have their own and different method or acceptance towards any kind of learning techniques. It is all depends on how much are you willing to spend your time studying, your energy, what do you need during studying and what can makes you focus. I’m not an expert in studying but since you’re asking for it, these are the things I always do.

1) Find the right time to study

You need to find a period where you can relax and enjoy studying at the same time. You know, the perfect moment where suddenly you surrounded with good vibes cheering for you to study. For me, I can read and memorized easily if I do it in the morning and night. I guess I had found my specific and strategic time to study. What’s yours?

2) Mind maps and short notes

As usual, I always working on mind maps and short notes that can be referred to during the exam week. It doesn’t have to look nice with all colourful words unless you prefer that way. Pencil is the best. Can be erased easily and I write more faster with pencils. I only used colourful pens to underline the important points OR sometimes, for the different topics and chapters. Fyi, I just wrote them on a blank white A4 paper and divide it into a few parts by folding it so I can write more. No colour papers. I don’t fancy any colour papers or shimmering-glitters ink pen.

3) Past year questions

Past year questions is like a gold mine that you need to dig over and over again but yeah, it can be extremely boring. What did I do? Do the questions TOPICALLY. I can get really bored (also annoyed) if I do it altogether year by year. It is less complicated if I do it topically and also, I can see the questions’ pattern for each year. Honestly, I enjoyed doing it that way.

4) Read EVERYTHING

It is not a serious problem if you don’t remember everything but just read every single thing (of course it would be better if you understand them all). Make sure all the information are registered inside your brain. It would come out during the exam. I’m serious. This is actually happened to me like every time. The best thing, it will help you to goreng if you’re blank. If you’re lucky, you’ll get 1 or a half mark and its better than nothing.

5) Preparation

Always be prepared and ready for exams. I’ll make sure that I memorized everything like every single words or important points. Make sure there is nothing that can spoil your day. Remain calm for like 24/7. There’s no use if you keep panicking. No monsters in the exam hall.

6) Answered everything!

Always give the best performance during the exam. Never left any unanswered questions. You MUST write something even you did not know the answer. Keep digging inside your brain. There must be something inside that may help you with the questions even it is only 0.01%.

7) What I do during lectures?

For class, make sure you’re keeping track with what the lecturer trying to teach you about. Honestly, I don’t really pay attention in each class but I’ll make sure that I understand everything. Always, always, always write when lecturers are giving you extra notes. They are one of the most important thing that will finally help you in understanding each topics.

8) Extra stuff

Constantly looking for supplementary notes and information from the internet and books. This will help you in point elaborations. Talking the truth, seriously, I hate books but I love to dig in the internet to find everything I need to know.

9) Studying alone

All my life, I don’t really think that group discussion would worked for me so I prefer studying alone. Not that I’m full of oneself, but if I do it alone, I’m incharge in everything. I have a full control of myself; either I want to eat something while studying, take a nap or something. Hahaha.

10) Tawakal

You’ve done your best so just leave it to Allah. He knows better. He knows your struggles. Never ever regret of what you get.

Hope this helps. Thanks for dropping by ❀

New Policies

Assalamualaikum guys!

I hope that you are now enjoying your day as usual while I’m in such a hurry packing all my stuff for the new semester. Ohh how time flies. Seriously, I’m quite regretting for this semester’s break since I did not make it well-spent and occupied BUT then, I remember something. I do make this break half utilized for a few activities like celebrating the Eid, went to the submission of my scholarship’s forms, went travel with my buddies etc. It was a lot better than other previous holidays and I’ll make sure it can be done again next time.

Alhamdulillah, I’ll be in my final year of my degree studies starting next week. I know that I have so much things to do plus the subjects would be more tough than before. Once again, I’ll take 8 subjects in total including the Project I : Proposal for my FYP. Semester 3 and 4 had been a real roller-coaster ride for me but again, alhamdulillah I nailed it.

Since that I already find my rhyme in my studies, I actually want to set some rigid rules which will be my strictly new policies. Hahaha. Joke on me. Who does this? Am I that lame? I don’t care cause I want to make some changes and it better be good. Nobody want to set up bad rules, huh?

  • Stay away from junk food and fast food & replace ’em with something healthier

Phew. Am I using such a harsh terms? Naahh. I want to set up straight that a few kg of weight loss would be a heavenly realistic event. I’m already taking things slow in my junk/fast food intake. No more chips, no more KFC, no more chicken chop whatsoever. Limitation has to be done! Assuming that I will control my eating habit as soon as possible. A cup of low fat yogurt would be nice for my supper. That’s right. I’m addicted to yogurt now.

  • Controlling my social media addiction

Well, who can? I’m having such a crazy devotion on these internet bastards. Really. It drives me crazy when I always have time to check on my FB, Twitter and Instagram. Even the emails could distracted me from doing anything. I’m not saying that I’m a lunatic in front of the computer 24/7 but seriously, it contributes to my insomnia problem thus lead to my poor eating habits; midnight snacking! Crazy enough? Yup. Cause I’m writing this at 3:48 AM.

  • Get out from Procrastination Ville

My biggest and deranged problem. I always do this whenever I go. I always keep in mind that I have other spare time to do the tasks but the truth is, I don’t. This is the only positive act that is actually bad for me. I intent myself to do any tasks right away when I have free time. Promise!

  • Saving budget : ONLY BUY THE THINGS I NEEDED AND NOT THE ONE I WANT

Girls. I cannot resist or even hesitate to buy new tudung for myself. I guess they are way more important than clothes. Hahaha. Oh please. I have to manage and save money for any other important things. New rules for me, I already start a small business. Oh just selling snacks and chewing gums at the hostels. Nothing big but guess what, I already made some money to be save. Also, me and Z had decided to do a money save plan in our emergency jar. Sounds amazing?

  • Prayers escape no more

I’m having a quite hard time to keep my prayers on track. Allahuakbar. I’ve been such a bad person. From now on, I will do my best and make sure that I would be punctual. Is there any tips that you guys can share with me on how to do this? I realized that Allah had given me such a good health, good results and everything but I’m no expressing my gratitude to Him. InsyaAllah. I’ll do better in this.

  • Talk to everybody

I know it sounds funny but I do have some problems in communication. Am I too shy or what? I guess it is what an introverts have to face. I also know that some people might think that I’m just a mysterious-passive-arrogant kinda girl but you know what, you really don’t know me well. Haha. Who am I to set up your brain to get a better impression of myself? I will brushed up my communication skills and socialize more and by that I mean, socialize in real life. Hehehe.

  • Keeping score in the right pathway

Getting a good results is a great satisfaction that I’ve ever experienced and I will keeping track, insyaAllah. I’m going to adjust my studying methodology way more better that before. They said that,

Build strategies before you go to a war.

I’m gonna calibrate and upgrade my methods to be work more efficiently. Do the past years questions for every subjects’ progress, always have time to revise everything, draw mind maps topically etc.

I hope that this new policies will be applied successfully in terms of believe and also faith. Never forget these two things. I believe I can do it. I will command and dictatoring my body as I wish. Although it may get chaotic or against its will, I’ll do it no matter how. Hahahaha.

Please pray for me and wish me luck. Best of luck to you to. Thanks for reading. Till next time. ❀