2016 Review

Hi awesome readers,

The year 2016 is about to come to end and I’m not joking that this year just passed in a blink of an eye. I didn’t realise how much time I spent in college and I’ve been neglecting with other stuff. I was on Instagram when friends are having their own year-end review and thought to myself that it’s a great idea to review on ourselves. What we’ve done for the year and just reminisce the memories made within this year. So, I decided to do my own review. Continue reading

Assignment Procrastination?

It’s the end of the semester and there is one thing that I learned within these past 3 semesters is to not put your assignments on hold. I’ve heard from my lecturers and fellow seniors that the second year is never the same as the first year. Now I do believe them. 1st year is like a honeymoon year. Our assignments were given to us in the very first week of the semester and I’m so ashamed of myself that I started a month before the deadline. Bear in mind this is not tips in not procrastinating. It’s more to what I’ve done and what can be improved for the next semester.

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Preparing for a New Semester

A new semester is starting tomorrow. I’ve been having so many ups and downs in life for the past 5 years and I’ve finally found a sense of direction. A whole new course and a new college life.

I’m gonna be in my second semester of my first year as a business student in Laksamana College of Business in Brunei. Can’t wait to go back to college.

For these few days, I have been getting all my things prepared for this semester (also mentally prepared now…)

1. Set Alarm Clocks

I have been setting my alarm clocks. Yup! 2 alarm clocks! I have the habit of switching off my alarm clock and went to doze off again. My phone is on the study desk right next to my bed. So, I’m fully prepared to be awake by the second alarm clock which will on my bookshelf. I have to get up, switch it off and won’t be able to doze off.


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2. Get a Planner

I wasn’t able to remember any birthdate, assignment or project deadline, or any other important event. I used to think that planners are a complete waste of time and useless. For now, as a student and as a part-time tutor having a planner really helps me a lot.


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3. Making a Schedule

The college help sets what modules we’re gonna take for the semester and give us the schedule. With this, I make my own schedule, including self-study, work, reading, chores, and exercise.

I make mine by using MS-Excel from Monday to Sunday, 17 hours per day.

4. Start a Study Journal

I buy a simple ring binder notebook for this. The first few pages are sketch-noting patterns for making notes. Then, I make the journal like daily to-do lists. Whenever I’ve accomplished something, I would check them off. When the exams are a month away, I would look through them to see what I’ve been missing.

5. The Right Textbooks

The lecturers don’t usually advise which textbooks we use. They only told us that the related textbooks are all in the library. Well, I understand ’cause it’s a business college. And, I understand that there are different types of textbooks that present information differently.

During the first week, I spend more time in the library reading through all the related textbooks for a certain module then decided which presentation is suitable for me to understand. Unless there is research involved, I would just read on that textbook only.




6. Get to Know Them

Getting to know your professors is a big plus sign for any students. I always try to get to know them first for so many reasons. Firstly, I’m able to understand how they give the lecture. Secondly, when I get to know them, they get to know me. So, if there is any problem with my research papers or anything that I don’t understand in the lecture, they will be able to help me more.

7. Get Organised!

I would clean my room and my study desk first.

The next thing I do is to get essentials with me while I go to college or having a revision.

  • Planner
  • Coloured Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Writing Materials
  • Notebooks
  • Calendar
  • Post-its Notes
  • Paper Clips or Binder Clips
  • Exam Pad
  • Folders
  • Binder

8. Prepare Weekly Meal Plans

As my college is just 15 or 20 minutes away on the road from home. I want to make an effort to cook at home. This also can help ease off the burden from my mum’s shoulder. I’ve done a small meal plan list on my study journal so I know that, if I have a difficult subject study on that day, I will just cook up something nice and simple.

9. Do Something!

Get to know your college more and see if they offer part-time jobs or maybe join a club. Being in college is not just about studies, it’s also about socializing. I didn’t get a change to join a club but I’ve gotten a chance to have some free time to hang out with my friends. My part-time job is also something that I really love as it keeps my mind off from studying. Sort of like a relaxing therapy. There are just so many relaxing therapies that you can try and you can search some on the net. As for me, blogging and reading are two of the relaxing therapy.



10. Enjoy!

As mentioned, it’s not about studies only. I usually reward myself from studying by pampering myself with some at-home facial or hair treatment or with a massage. Don’t be alone. Be adventurous. Make new friends. And, most of all, I get to spend some time with my other half.


These are things that I would do to prepare for the upcoming semesters. It may or may not work out for you. You can give it a try.

Have a nice read!



2014 Wrap Up

It has been an awesome 2014. A struggle in my uni life but still awesome. Met a lot of new friends, got new experiences everyday and this blog was published a few months ago in hopes that this will be a motivation for me to keep reading. It has and it is still motivating me. Words are indescribable about 2014 and I hope that 2015 will another rocking year for me and for all of you. One post is gonna come up soon. My parents got me something for my birthday which is tomorrow (NEW YEAR!!!) and I cannot wait to tell you what it is.

I am thinking of making a twist for my book blog though. Like a twist. Still thinking but I have a clear idea on what I am doing. I am a university student so books is not the only thing that revolves around me and I am pretty sure that is the case for every university students around the world.

Just keep visiting my blog.

– Ollie –

Making Up For Monday #3: 8th December 2014

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Book Review: Phantom Wolf by Kia Carrington-Russell

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Sypnosis from Goodreads:
Sia is a Phantom Wolf. Neither dead nor alive—and rotting from the inside—she is on the edge of her curse. Once a Phantom Wolf has been created, they hunt their blood pack and slaughter all their loved ones. Except for Sia, who woke years after her death to find herself rampaging through the land on a lonely path. She continues to run from the rival pack that hunts her because she is a Phantom Wolf. Attracted to a scent, Sia finds her old best friend, who is now a grown woman. Having once saved Keeley, Sia takes the role of protector yet again, despite Keeley’s involvement with the mysterious Alpha, Kiba, and his kin brother, Saith. An ambush separates the pack and the four of them blindly fight the new warriors that attack them: desperately needing to find out where the attacks are coming from, as Sia has vowed to protect Keeley. But at what cost? Now being chased, Sia finds herself conflicted by the mortal and spirit world while trying to protect her kin. Sia must confront her fears, as well as the human lover who killed her many years before. It is not only survival Sia contends with, but her own façade that must be broken so that she may find peace within herself once more.

What are my thoughts?

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