Good Luck! : Mid year exam 2009 preparation strategy

Hi everyone,

I’m sure that most of us are quite busy with exam preparation, but if anyone haven’t started yet,

perhaps now is the best time to start thinking about exam strategy.

Here’s some powerful and effective tips to study for your exam:

1. Cover ALL of the material relevant to the exam. Make sure you have read and FULLY understand the main concept and idea of the topic.

2. Do ALL of the past years that is RELEVANT to the exam only. This is probably the best time to ask around for some model answers as well. After that, analyze the papers for similar questions that keep popping up every year, and practice them.

3. Go and SEE your lecturer straight away if you don’t understand anything. It’s better not to disturb your friends this time around as they may not have the correct answer themselves. Having said that, you can always discuss past years papers together and compare the answer and see your lecturer to mark it for you.

4. Make yourself a CHEAT SHEET covering all the major topics. This is to help you to jog your memory hours before the exam start, so that you can see the big picture.

5. SLEEP EARLY and wake up early. Have a good time management strategy. If you don’t sleep the night before, you are gonna be so tired during the exam, and your mind’s efficiency will be at its LOWEST, which is always the recipe for FAILURE. Avoid this at all cost.

6. Try not to discuss your answers with your friends after the exam. Maybe if they ask, then for politeness sake, just answer them, but don’t feel sorry for yourself if you find out that you screw up that part of the question. Then again, your marks depends on the lecturer whose marking it, not your friends’ review. So let it go and focus on what’s next.

7. Stay healthy and fit. Go for a jog, or a long walk, or a skip, or a dance, or aerobic class. You got the idea. The healthier you feel, the better your mental state during the exam is going to be. Flu symptoms? Aegrotat, aegrotat. =)

There you go. 6 powerful and effective tips to study and prepare yourself for the exam. I’m confident that you guys are going to do your best for your exam, and don’t forget to tawakkal to Allah after that.

For Muslim, amalkanlah Ayat Seribu Dinar di dalam doa. Banyak2kan lah berselawat ke atas Nabi Muhammad S.A.W. Mudah2-an beroleh keberkatan ilmu dan ketenangan hati ketika menjawab peperiksaan.

Gambatte! Chaiyuk2! Aja aja fighting! and whatever~

Good luck guys. Sijil Hijau for everyone. (I’m gonna upload the photos of Sijil Hijau recipient for 2nd Sem 2008 if I can get it from Puan Zaidah)

Thanks and all the best!

Rahim Ibrahim

Academic Officer

PETSOC 2008/2009


Step 4: Set up a weekly study schedule


  1. Write your class schedule and other permanent activites in ink. Then fill out the rest of the schedule in pencil, since you may have to make changes as the term progress. Alternatively, you can also use Google Calendar, which is an online calendar and organizer that have all sorts of fun features in it.
  2. Insert your mealtimes in the chart. Be sure to allow enough time for a leisurely meal and for travel between the place where you’re eating and your study space or classroom.
  3. Eating regular meals, including a substantial breakfast, is essential for keeping energy levels high for academic work.
  4. Brain work requires adequate calories and nutrients. If you aren’t on a proper diet, you” probably find that you lack the ability to work hard and concentrate for sufficient period of time to get the most out of your studies.

Step 3: Establish a term or quarterly schedule

  • Important to design a long-term study schedule, which should cover the entire quarter or semester.
  • It’s necessary to know all the important dates on the academic calendar, which includes deadlines for papers, scheduled quizzes, time for major test and oral presentation.
  • Most successful people, including most successful student, are usually ardent list-makers and schedule keepers.
  • Trying to juggle study, assignment, tests and exams and one or more curricular activities and a regular social life can seem overwhelming, especially to the disorganized. So it’s essential for you to learn the art of devising and sticking to a written personal schedule.
  • Written schedules are absolutely essential for a successful, well-ordered life. There’s no reason for any reason to forget a term paper deadline, overlook a homework assignment or fail to remember to study for a test. It;s just a matter of learning what the key dates and requirement are and then writing them down.


Best Study Strategy For Optimum Performance 2009

Wah, the title is already quite heavy.

But,yeah, since the uni term already started, I feel obliged to share with you guys what I’ve read in Evelyn Wood’s 7 day speed reading and learning program.

It is actually longer than what I wrote for you guys in this subpage I made under the Academic section of this blog, but I’ll do my best to share the gist of the lessons thought in this e-book.

Here it is. How to study for optimum performance in 2009.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment about it.

“Quality, Professionalism, Unity”

Academic Department, PETSOC 2009

Pet Talk 1

Pet Talk First Session Report

On the 17th of November 2008, PETSOC have organized the first ever Pet Talk, an easy relaxing yet full of knowledge and interesting facts session of talks and discussions. This activity is aimed to equip scholars with interesting and important general facts and keep them up to date with recent global event. More than 20 members joined the discussion including our beloved student advisor, En Ezidy Abdul Aziz.

As planned the first Pet Talk are more focused on Oil and Gas issue. Many interesting issues regarding Oil and Gas are touched during the discussion. Abdul Rahim Ibrahim, our hardworking Academic Officer was first to talk on economic aspect of Oil and Gas. Among the points are how oil price are determined and how oil price influence the daily lifestyle of the earth population.


Discussions then continued with the argument bring by Amir Syakireen under an important keyword Petrodollar Warfare. He explained the term petrodollar and how US used it to make a profit for them. The topic becomes more interesting when he started to relate global events such as Iraq war and Iran economy blockade to Petrodollar. There are supporting points from Lam Ka Mun adding to complete our understanding for the topic later on the discussion.

Some also touched on the technical part regarding Oil and Gas. Alia Haryati, our final year Chemical Engineering student shared on processes on how we turn crude oil to its usable form. It is very interesting for all to know about the detail of process like oil desulphurization process. Here we learned that this process is very significant as this is where oil and its sulphur content are separated.


There are also question and answer session where exciting questions from scholars are answered by those who know. There are also some questions remain unanswered such as question on how an Oilrig is constructed far offshore as there are only one civil engineering student in Petsoc community. En Ezidy gave an astonishing closing where he touched a bit of all aspect on Oil and Gas before commented on the session and praised Petsoc for organizing this activity.

We hope in future more and more knowledge can be shared trough this activity. Petsoc aimed to open this activity to all University of Canterbury students as a platform for them to deliver their knowledge and ideas publicly. As it also support public speaking and leadership development for scholars, Petsoc hope that every party will give their support and contribution to further improve this informative and useful activity.

“Quality, Professionalism, Unity”

Amir Syakireen Ramli

“Quote of the Day” (3 days left to Final Exam!)

Let’s share some exam preparation tips:

1. Do your past years and tutorials. Don’t just read the answers and say “It all makes sense”. You must do it first, then check for answers. If the answer is not given, go and see your lecturer and they will be glad to mark it for you.

“One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.”

– Aristotle-

2. Practice doing a hard question or problem until you get used to it. The more you practice, the better. Reading study material alone won’t help that much.

“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”

– Colin Powell-

3. If you stuck on anything, just ask anyone who knows it. Be it your friends, seniors, tutors and lecturers. You can make new friends by doing that too.

” He who is ashamed of asking is ashamed of learning.”

-Danish proverb-

4. Believe in yourself. Increase your self-esteem. You are not a loser. You are a successful person yet to be unleashed. Exams are meant to assess how successful you are. If you think that you can, you are more likely to be able to do it. If you think you can’t, you are more likely to fail.

“Only the strongest egos escape the trap of perfectionism. To solve problems successfully, you must believe you can, must feel capable enough to improvise. Yet too many adults have been schooled away from their ability to experiment freely.”

-Marsha Sinetar-

Good luck. All the best in your examination. “Sijil Hijau” for everyone.

Abdul Rahim Ibrahim

Academic Officer

PETSOC 2008/2009

“Quote of the Day”

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.”

Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.”

“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. ”

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, a Spanish playwright, novelist and poet.  His legendary success, the novel “Don Quixote”, first published in 1605, has been released in 700 editions and translated in major languages.

Moral of the story:

Be a hardworking and diligent person so that you have more luck to achieve success; Do not delay your work or your study and do not dwell in your misfortune for long, move on quickly.

EXAM STRESS?? click here

“Quality, Professionalism, Unity”

Abdul Rahim Ibrahim

Academic Officer PETSOC

“6 days left to final exam”