Hello from Malaysia!

February 17, 2014

Malaysian blogger CarmenHello,

My name is Carmen Yong Kah Mun and I am currently in the first year of BSc Economics and Management at the University of London International Programmes.

Anyhow, this is my first post and thus, I am new here. As a newcomer here, I come and say, HELLO~~!

Unlike many of the bloggers here who study independently, I study in a local institution in my home country which is Malaysia.

To be honest, I find the University of London course very challenging and because of that, I respect anyone who studies independently.

Anyhow, the exam is coming closer and that stresses me up.

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University hopper @ 41, once more!

October 25, 2013

Last month, one sultry afternoon I was busy in my office finalising a particularly delicate audit report, when my wife’s SMS queued in ‘…your Fedex box is in…’

Jumping off my chair, I dashed out, hopped into my car and navigated through the busy streets of Calcutta as if my life was on fire and reached home in no time! My wife’s eyebrows narrowed as if she was staring at a ghost ‘…are you well? All okay at the office…?’ My 14-year-old daughter was smart to sense my reason for exhilaration and wasted no time bargaining for her share of the pie for giving me my ‘box’. Twenty-four years after stepping out of college, KK-Blogs1I could feel my teenage excitement once again as I leafed through the fresh pages of my newly arrived University of London International Programmes LLB study guides. True, I had seen it all a couple of weeks earlier through the highly sophisticated prism of our ‘VLE’, but the reality of the ‘oven-fresh’ pages far overwhelmed all virtues of virtuality. I was rejuvenated, almost therapeutically.

So what, on earth, my friends questioned, did a (luckily) fairly well established business professional dream of, to be motivated into a UoL degree of law all over again? Honestly, the decision was driven not so much by the brain as much it was by the heart. The story goes a year back, when one day staring at the majestic Himalayas on a rather romantic holiday, my notion of career, fame and accomplishment suddenly took an unreasoned U-turn.

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The Joy of Blogging

July 12, 2012

Last week some readers made comments that piqued my curiosity. They wrote that reading my blog inspired them to start blogging too. That’s wonderful! My first thought is brilliant! Grab a pen and start writing! Then I started thinking about what they might find rewarding about blogging, and how blogging has affected my study habits, process, and progress. You might expect that regular, weekly writing would benefit students in some predictable ways, like organization or efficiency. It does, but some of the most satisfying and relevant rewards are less predictable, and even surprising. I thought I would share…

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Prodigy or Prodigal Student?

December 23, 2011

Did you know that ‘Prodigy’ and ‘Prodigal’ are found on the same page in the ‘Oxford Dictionary Usage Guide’? They share a page, and quite nicely frame the academic dilemma that occurs around this time of year. My academic dilemma revolves around the exam time tables and marking scheme papers. Both deadlines are quickly approaching making this a time of year for nail-biting and a general student-angst.

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Easy Reading is Hard Writing

December 16, 2011

It is time to start writing for the Marking Scheme*.  The Marking Scheme is a great way to assess how my work is progressing and what my exam experience will be like. Writing is a skill, like reading, or note taking. Writing under exam conditions, writing research papers, or creative writing are very different things,  just like reading critically and reading for pleasure require a different perspective. Learning to read and write in different ways is quite an education, if you will pardon the pun.  

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E-Seminars and other Necessary Luxuries

December 9, 2011

Julia Child once called foie gras and truffles ‘necessary luxuries’. If you cook, you will appreciate the complexity a shaving of truffle can add to a dish. I like to think of my degree as a wonderfully complex sauce with many layers of flavor. For me, e-seminars and other support schemes are the foie gras and truffles in my ‘sauce study’. If you are new to distance learning or have not participated in an academic e-seminars you might wonder a bit about how an e-seminar can benefit you, what the process is like, and what you can accomplish in this learning support scheme. There are several benefits like the community of students, task coaching with a University of London faculty tutor, and engagement with learning process goals unique to the study of English & Comparative Literature. Each of these areas are very beneficial and have become, like a secret ingredient, the secret to my progress with my degree.

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Scribbling in the margins

August 26, 2011

Maybe it’s because of my day-job, but you’ll never find me with a pen in my hand if I’m reading a book. Playing every day in an orchestra means a large turnover of music with new pieces to be learnt quickly: our usual format is two days rehearsal and then a concert, although we can sometimes squeeze in one day’s rehearsal for a concert. The point is that you always need to mark your music with conductor’s directions, personal reminders or a witty anagram of the composer’s name. The golden rule is “no ink.”

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