Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pray for me

I don't know how to express all this negative thinking that I have.

Arifuddin. The old Arifuddin, who once had been so great and positive had lost its greatness.

Everything seems dark, creepy and blur.

No one will understand. No one will accept me.

I should disappear as soon as possible. There will be no more Arifuddin whom once never know the definition of giving up.

I need my power back. Oh Allah. Help me to go through all this.

Forgive my sins and give me a new heart.

Because this heart, is already shed to pieces.

Monday, November 25, 2013

How to score in IB semester exams

   Salam and greetings.

Basically, the reasons while Im updating my blog now are first, because a third quarter of IB has already been done, (Semester exam has ended. Yeay!) and secondly, since the exam has ended, I just don't have anything to do and I need to do something to keep up with the examination momentum so that I don't have to start from the scratch for the next exam. But then, the next exam will be the IB final exam :O



No more playing time, dude!

Oh yeah I forgot, since now Im having juniors, as a caring senior (really?) Im just having this responsible feeling to share every single knowledge I got since the first day im here. And my experience might differ from other seniors and might not fit into several parties since im a medical-to-be student, so my perception will be much on the view of nerd side of me.

  Talking about semester exam, I believe that some of us did worked really hard to score them. And to excel in revisions, you need resources. Knowing is a half winning of a battle. And resources will bring a continous support if the supply is adequate enough. In this case, its about study skills.

Put up your study plan

Some people prefer to do last minute study and preparations. But as for me, I can't fully wait for the last minute moment as sometimes, you ll just lose the spirit as there are LOTS of things to be covered but yet you haven't start a thing. So to avoid this, make sure you had planned your topics to be studied A MONTH earlier in case if something comes up later right before the exam, you can still have replacement time for study. Well, in my case, up to the last week before exam started, I still got Malay IOC test for IB. And I even got measles 2 weeks before exam. So I can't study well for the whole week. Painful test given by The Creator but I believe Allah had planned something better for me :D
How to make up the details of your study plan? ITS UP TO YOU. But you can just simply start with opening microsoft excel and lists out topics to be covered.

Ask Seniors

This is the crucial part. As far as in my observations, most juniors that excelled on their topic test are mainly because they are close to the seniors. I won't ask you to be close with every senior in this college, but Im suggesting that everyone should at least ask seniors on what actually being tested during the topic test. Yeah I know the seniors are busy but you can still ask anyway. ASK FOR THEIR TEST PAPER especially for semester exams because the questions won't deviate much from year to year. And most of them said 80% of the question being asked were similar to the past questions. I believe if someone to excel more, he needs to overcome the barrier and start making relationships with the seniors. By saying this, I guess there ll be no more juniors who only close with the seniors just only to ask for their exam paper. Sometimes I just feel its kinda annoying. lol.

How to spot the questions

Like I said before, most of the past questions will be used over and over again because most department will not make new questions just for internal exams. They ll just take randomly from the questions. And talking about resources that we could use especially in KMB:

1) IB Questionbanks. Especially for science subjects. Please note that there are 2 versions of question banks. 2nd edition and also 3rd edition. This is because the software developer will keep updating the questions in the database. You can ask the copies from seniors. 

2) Go to the Library/ LRC and get the files of collection of past years papers.  Somehow I just know this trick right after exam has ended. Sadly sad because I didn't know about this in the first place. Lets just say all senior's exam papers has been taken by our friends, dont feel sad. You can still get full access to the questions and print them. Try to re-do the questions. Believe me, when the questions appear exactly during  exam, you will be the most happy guy in the world. And somehow it boosts up your confidence level through out the exam. 

Resources for study and revisions.

Just to acknowledge my readers, I NEVER buy any reference books in IB because you ll never know which reference books are the best for respective subjects. Plus, the reference books are made by foreigners in which the language used is a bit vague and not much compatible with us.

1) Teacher's notes.  This is the best reference ever. Make sure you buy a long hardcover books for every subjects especially science subjects. You can also use files to compile every single notes given by teachers. But I prefer books as it is lighter to be carried around. NEVER lose the notes given or if u missed the notes, copy it from your friends.

2) E-books. This is my favourite type of revisions and reference. You can simply reduce your energy from carrying around a bunch of books because at the same time you can just read everything from your laptop. Or even iPad and smartphones. Oh. And just to share with you some of E-books in which you can have just for free. I compiled it from many resources and basically these are the softcopies of certain books which is too expensive for the original one.
  i) IB Books - Bio (IBID), Chemistry (IBID & Cambridge), English IRP notes, Maths book, TOK reference.
  ii) IRP Notes - Biology and Chemistry IRP notes.

Basically the most shortcut way to understand the topics is by using the IRP notes. Well, it depends ;)
Oh yeah one more thing, why I wont buy any IB reference books? Because I rarely use it. And you ll get all these books for FREE at the end of sem 2. Why? Because the seniors block will be full of unwanted books which most of them are original books $_$. Thats why I said, start making bonds with seniors and you can get other benefits such as this one. Lol.

After all, im not an honor roll student. But I believe I shall share this just to inform the juniors so that you guys won't repeat my own mistakes. Use these resources. NEVER procrastinate. Finish your assignments on time. Prioritize your works. And keep the right intention why you are here in KMB. To get Allah's blessings. Lets be a muslim and a professional whom knows how to balance world and hereafter. Anything just ask anyway.

With that. Thanks.

P/s: Ignore my grammar. Im bad in grammar. Lewls

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rant over Ramadhan 2013

In the name of Allah, the most gracious and the most merciful.

Dengan Nama Allah yang telah menurunkan kalamnya sebagai panduan bagi kita yang sering terlupa ini.

Lama tak update blog? Agaklah. Bukan taknak, tapi memang takde masa. IB life. Fuh fuh *take breath.

Life events yang agak hectic menyebabkan saya terpaksa meletakkan blog ni penuh dengan cengkerik. Cengkerik dah bergenerasi. Jadi sukalah saya untuk membersihkan cengkerik yang bergenerasi ini demi reader saya yang tersayang.

Sekadar iklan, alhamdulillah, saya telah berjaya menyelesaikan dua event besar KMB, Minggu Penghayatan Islam, dan Minggu Orientasi Tahun 1. Sounds interesting? Rasa sampai sekarang tak hilang lagi sakit pinggang ni. Haha.

   Jadi bersampena rant over ramadhan ni, taklah banyak sangat nak bebel. Cuma sedikit refleksi yang saya kira awak, awak, dan kita semua dapat sama-sama jadikan iktibar dan pengajaran.

Setelah 2 tahun, saya meninggalkan dunia sekolah menengah dan terus terang hendak dikatakan bahawa suasana di sekolah dulu dan sekarang amatlah jauh bezanya. Kalau dulu nak solat, nak puasa sunat, nak bagi tazkirah, macam takde masalah sebab kawan sekitar sangat supportive. Dan kalau anda tak buat anda akan rasa macam andalah manusia paling malang dalam sekolah tu. Sekolah mana? Dirahsiakan. Haha.

Tapi memang point kat sini adalah apabila anda sudah berada dalam situasi macam tu, ibadah menjadi sangat mudah. Belajar mudah masuk, kurangnya pengaruh luar seperti facebook dan twitter (zaman saya tak boleh bawak phone pergi sekolah) dan hanya banyak fokus kepada study, menjadi faktor kejayaan suatu masa dahulu.

Tapi, hujan tak sampai ke petang, hujan tiba-tiba. Keluar je alam persekolahan, segalanya berubah.

Indikator: Ramadhan.

Kalau dulu, nak baca quran, khatam 2 kali sebulan, nak tadarus ramai-ramai lepas asar tu bukan masalah besar. Nak qiamullail setiap hari macam petik jari. Nak solat fardu setiap waktu berjemaah, hanya sebelah mata. Bukan saya, orang lain.

Tapi kini, bila dah keluar dari suasana, segalanya menjadi kian sukar. Kian mencabar. Nak baca quran sehari kena fikir 2 3 4 5 6 kali sama ada nak baca quran, nak buat assignments, nak study atau nak topup tidur yang tak cukup semalam. Nak qiamullail, tak sempat. Sebab malam tadi tak tidur siapkan assignments macam halal je banyak. Nak tahajjud kena tidur sebentar. Tapi takut sebentar tu bangun pukul 7. Then nak solat berjemaah, blok jauh. Sesampainya di surau mungkin imam dah habis.

Ini saya lah kot. Dugaan ramadhan makin mencabar apabila usia semakin meningkat.

Itu hanyalah mindset. Alhamdulillah masih boleh memaksa diri. Tapi sakit dia ya rabb. Sampai hilang sweetnya ramadhan tu.

Bercakap mengenai sweetnya ramadhan itu. Makin lama Ramadhan dalam diri ini kian tawar rasanya. Dan mungkin bakal menjadi pahit apabila paksaan dalam diri makin tinggi dan bukannya penghayatan.

Adakah anda boleh claim diri anda sudah beriman jika anda masih belum diuji?

Ujian Ramadhan. Madrasah Ramadhan. Tarbiyah Ramadhan.

Tinggal sehari je lagi.

Sedarkah aku? *tampar diri.

Sabarlah wahai diri. Mungkin IB hendak melatih awak untuk terus istiqamah walau dalam keadaan susah macam mana pun. Kelak anda akan terasa double sweet apabila dah fly nanti.

In sha Allah.

Saya rindukan tarbiyah itu. Saya rindukan Ramadhan itu.

"Sweetness of Ramadhan"

I ll get it soon.

We ll get it soon.

Keep in faith.

Oh ya, selamat hari raya! :D



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mumbles of holidays

    Salam and greetings

Basically my life is too complicated to be squeezed down and write it up in my blog, but by having some nescafe and morning view, let's review what I had did over my holiday. 3 weeks of holiday are kinda good to hear. Off from assignments, exams, classes and all those hectic-sound-work in KMB. And that is also what I really hope I could do during this holidays. But in fact, I only have 3 days more before the college are open again, I never had a thought that "Im having a holiday".

    3 weeks are not enough to fulfill all the tasks given and the assignments which most of them are still untouched. Too much and too compact. And I hope I can finish all of them as they said "3rd sem is the scariest, hardest, and the most hectic sem in IB". Sounds like a myth. But Im the mythbuster. Keep calm and survive IB.

    So for 2 weeks of holiday, I went to UITM Shah Alam and start doing my EE. EE stands for extended essay in which we have to do a  4000 words research in any field that you interested
into. The most difficult part in doing research is to find a research question. The topic must be something you had never found anyone had done the research. You need to find a new research. And how wonderful I am for taking biology as my core topic of my research. And yeah, it feels like "hamek kau". But they said UK loves students who are intellectually motivated. You need to show how inquire you are towards biology especially for medical students. 

    So for my EE, my RQ had been rejected thrice. At the end, I just find a simple topic about investigating different type of water filter and the bacteria presence. And so we come to my story about 2 weeks of my lab work and experiment. Alhamdulillah I got this one friend of mine who has a cool parents in which both of them are professors here. They helped me sooooo much. They provide everything for free. I don't know how will I survive without their guidance. Basically what I did was we tried to culture a bacteria which came from 5 different water samples. I got all of them from my neighbourhood area. How lucky I am for getting a very helpful neighbours. 

    After few days, I managed to observe some bacteria on the plates. The colonies formed are really beautiful. Here are the examples.


Wonderful is it?

Say what? Subhanallah :)

We learnt a lot during the experiments. Actually this is not only what I did, theres a lot more, too much to write. But I just wanna simply say that what I did was also what those masters and Phd students are doing. Thanks IB for not judging my IQ based on my age. Aha.

   Oh yeah, I got the chance to go to KISAS yesterday. I went there with my debate-mates. Eventhough we had done with school about 2 years, but it feels like just yesterday I met and debated with them. The memory was just so nice. I met teachers. They were so excited when they saw me. But with this one statement: "Akhirnya, budak KMB turun pun. Ingatkan dah tak ingat sekolah lama" And I was like errr, sorry teacher, we were too busy T.T

   I also got the chance to meet the juniors! Specifically, I met with junior debaters. They were so great. I can see how their potentials are very bright. But at the same time I feel so guilty. I don't have much time to train along with them. So, since we met for the first time yesterday, we had a very long conversations I think. About 2 hours ++. But it was awesome reminiscing the memories. 

  All my debate-mates are bounded to UK. It was kinda inspiring for the form fivers I think. Yeah. 

After All, I had a very hectic holidays. But I really enjoyed my life. Really. Alhamdulillah.

To juniors who are coming to KMB this 2nd of July, Welcome to KMB and enjoy your life here ;)


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Daie. please be wasatiyyah!

      Assalamualaikum and greetings.

Manusia sering dikaitkan dengan النسي atau lupa. Persoalannya.  Adakah kita dicipta untuk menjadi si pelupa? Adakah kita sanggup untuk dilabel digelar atau dicop orang yang terlupa?

Eh. Lemahnya manusia? Tak kan sebab kita dinamakan manusia, kita terus mengalah dengan fitrah?

Fitrah? Adakah salah untuk kita melawan fitrah? Fitrah atau sesuatu kelaziman itu perlu diteliti kembali. Kerana islam itu berasal daripada asing dan akan kembali dengan asing. Tak nak ke jadi asing? Untung tau.

Contoh. Jika berkehendak untuk makan itu adalah suatu fitrah, kenapa Allah mewajibkan kita untuk berpuasa?

Like I said, judge back your "norm"

Tapi. Tak bermakna kita kena menjadi ekstreme dalam melawan fitrah. Sebab itu wujudnya perkataan  وسطية. Wasatiyyah pada lughah adalah pertengahan. Pada konteks pula ialah bersederhana.

Eh. Kenapa kita kena jadi Wasatiyyah pulak? Sebab nabi suruh. Rasulullah tak bagi sahabat baginda untuk berpuasa berterusan selama setahun.

Sedangkan rasulullah pon berbuka, kenapa kita nak berlebih-lebihan?

Sifat Wasatiyyah ni adalah essential untuk mencapai level yang lebih tinggi. Ulul albab.
Ya. Bukan ahmad albab ye. Menurut apa yang saya tahu, Ulul albab ialah golongan yang menggunakan akal dengan sempurna bagi mengkaji sehingga mampu meletakkan segala perkara pada perspekitf yang betul. Mereka mementingkan zikir dan fikir. Dalam konteks ini mereka suka mengkaji fenomena-fenomena yang berkaitan dengan kejadian alam, mereka mengingati Allah sambil berdiri ataupun baring.

Ya. Zikir dan fikir.
Dalam Al Quran ada disebut istilah ulul albab ni. 16 kali. Nampak tak Allah nak taukidkan kat situ?

“Sesunguhnya dalam penciptaan langit dan bumi dan silih bergantinya malam dan siang terdapat tanda-tanda ulul albab. Iaitu orang-orang yang mengingati Allah sambil berdiri ataupun duduk ataupun baring dan mereka banyak berfikir mengenai penciptaan langit dan bumi kemudian berkata ‘Wahai Tuhan kami, kamu tidak menciptakan ini dengan sia-sia, maha suci engkau, maka peliharalah kami dari siksa api neraka. (Surah ali-’Imran:190-191)

Seorang Saintis yang melihat Allah dalam setiap hasil eksperimen beliau adalah lebih baik dari seorang saintis yang hanya bereksperimen demi nobel prize.

Doktor yang merawat pesakit dan menanamkan mindset "tiada kuasa melainkan Allah" pada pesakitnya lebih baik daripada doktor yang memberi beribu pil kepada pesakit dengan harapan pil itu lah yang berkuasa memulihkan.

Maha suci Allah.

Insan beginilah yang akan membangunkan islam. Kelak. Mungkin tak ramai yang ada kesedaran sebegini. Tetapi inilah tugas seorang daie. Yang mempunyai kesedaran.

 Mari kita imbas kembali. Apakah sebenarnya tugas seorang daie? Adakah hanya duduk dan berdegar-degar update status di facebook dan twitter tanpa cuba memahami mad'u?

Apa daie itu dihantar untuk mengecam orang yang tidak sefikrah dengannya?

Iman manusia itu menaik dan menurun. Tak siapa dalam dunia ni yang boleh guarantee akan imannya akan terus meningkat. Oleh itu. Bersangka baiklah. Mari kita jadi generasi wasatiyyah. Mari kita bangunkan ummah yang moderate.

Less talk but more work.

I prefer that way.



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