Monday, June 15, 2015

Half-of-2015 Summary

Salam and hi :)

Just to update what's been happening in my life because 2015 is almost half-over.

January 2015
Final exam for my 5th semester. 3rd year.

Now I'm in the 6th semester, or 2nd semester of my 3rd year. so, it's the time for my practicum.

February-March 2015
Teaching practical in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. A total of 30 Faculty of Education students were sent to Indonesia: 9 to Jogjakarta, 9 to Semarang and 12 to Makassar. In Makassar, 6 students sent to UNISMUH (including me) and another 6 sent to UNM.

The students were very warm towards us, the Malaysian practical teachers. Alhamdulillah :)
They like listening to our BM too.

Teaching preparation at night, in the International Office. The wifi there is great.

Got to meet my relatives in South Sulawesi. This is the time where I got to know my relatives closer. Baru nak hafal nama satu-satu. Alhamdulillah all of them are very warm, kind and friendly.

Alhamdulillah got to go to many places in Makassar and even got to visit my late grandfather's hometown in Belawa, Wajo'. I sure had an amazing experience there.

Other than learning and getting many things there, I also got to know my FP-mates closer, especially those who were placed in UNISMUH like Dolly (my classmate), Santy and Saiful (both from Sports Science and they were my classmates for several classes), Kak Fiza (Kemahiran Hidup) and Kay (Electrics and Electronics). I guess if we didn't join this program, we won't know each other much. I also got to be closer to several lecturers like Cikgu Ali as the coordinator for this International Practical Programme, Dr Zainuddin Hassan as UTM's representative in UNISMUH and Dr Safarin as UTM's representative in UNM. They are all very friendly and helpful.

May Allah bless all of them.

Got a new niece. So, now, I have *counting*
Khayrat, Sayyid, Ubaydah, Adeena, Iman, Anis, Ikram, Kauthar, Yusra
4 nephews and 5 nieces!
Anis is the newborn niece, Suhaib's daughter.

Hi Anis!

March-May 2015
HARMONI. It is a convention held by IKRAM Siswa. This is the first programme I joined after almost a month without liqa' usrah because of being outside Malaysia. It's a great a booster to motivate myself to get to the mode of a students' activist again. cewah. Alhamdulillah got to meet many friends and gained new inputs from this convention.

The akhawat from UTM Skudai, Johor.

Teaching practical in SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra (STARP), Kulaijaya.



The English Teachers.
Missing kak Shikin and Mr. Chong.

I seriously had so much fun during the 2 months and 2 weeks of practical in here. Despite doing daily lesson plans and having difficulty in classroom management and delivering the teaching, the teachers and students in there had given me a lot of strengths with their support and friendliness. My teaching supervisor (lecturer and guru pembimbing) gave me a lot of advices for improvement.

I think the best part in teaching is when I could remember all my students names, so I got to manage the class easier. How do I memorize their names? Everytime before I start the class, I'd point to each students while saying their names. Macam zikir. Lol. This is actually a technique introduced by my lecturer, Dr. Abdullah. Alhamdulillah the students listened to me well. They are also very friendly towards me. Best melayan karenah mereka. Oh, and one of my students is actually my classmate from SMIH's sister.

now I'm done with the teaching practical. and my 3 months of holiday has just started.

June 2015
One of my closest cousins got married. Nabilah is officially a puan now. Congratulations!

The bride and groom with the single cousins and sisters.
Alhamdulillah the ceremony went well and the weather was great. For Nabilah and her husband, Malik, Barakallahu lakuma wa baraka 'alaikuma, wa jama'a bainakuma fi khair :)

Ramadhan is coming. Yup, in just a few days! Let's make the best out of this ramadhan! May Allah accept and bless all our deeds.

What's next?
I have lots of plans coming. Some of them includes working, organisation meetings, gathering, reunions, etc. May Allah gives strengths to accomplish all those smoothly.

and, I'll be a final year student in September! Time flies so fast.

ok. That's all. Have a great and blessed day, everyone! :D


Sunday, June 14, 2015

MEDSI Interview in UTM

Salam and hi.

After a long time of not updating this blog, someone dropped a comment asking about the interview in UTM. Then I realised I've not been updating things about my study in UTM for a very, very long time. Wonder where has the enthusiasm gone now.

Alright, so, the comment is as follows:

salam kak, i was quite curious about the utm interview because there werent quite much blog posts from the seniors about utm.. could you share with us, the juniors some of your experience interviewing? is it the same like the foundation interview?

This question reminded me of the times when I googled for interview tips for both foundation and degree interview. hihi. I hope my answer in this post will help.


I hope she's asking about the MEdSI interview. MEdSI is a test for students who are applying for any education courses in Malaysian universities. It consists of two phases: (1) Written test and (2) Interview.

I got the MEdSI interview in UTM Skudai because I live in Johor. All interviewees from Johor will have the interview in UTM Skudai regardless of the public universities they applied for in UPU. The interview is held at the Faculty of Education.

Here's an extract of my experience. When I got there, there's a simple registration and then I was seated outside a room to wait for my turn for the interview. There were several interviewees too and none of them applied for TESL like me. Sobs. There were Sejarah, Sains and KH applicants.

Because our courses were different, our interviews were a little different too although the beginning is pretty much the same. If you've experienced the interview for foundation, that's a bonus because the interview is pretty much the same too.

Here are some questions I remember:

1. Tell us about yourselves
(When they asked me, they asked in Malay. And then they noticed that I applied for TESL, so from the 2nd question onwards, the interview is held in English.)

2. Why do you want to become a teacher?

3. Why do you choose the subject?

4. Why do you choose this/these universities?

and some more questions which I don't remember much.
There were other interviewees who had to show how they will teach (so they have to 'teach' the interviewers the subject), and had to sing too! I guess I'm lucky enough because I don't have to do any of them. Alhamdulillah. but it's good to get yourself prepared for both.

Some tips:

  1. Wear clothes with bright colours. Avoid dark, dull and gloomy colours.
  2. Wear formal attire and shoes (of course).
  3. While speaking, make sure your pronunciation is clear. Don't speak too fast.
  4. Make sure your voice is loud enough to be heard. (because the chair for the interviewee is put very very far from the interviewers.)
  5. Do ask questions when they ask "Do you have any questions to ask us?" so that you'd look like you have interest in the field/university.

Well I guess that's all. Hope this helps.