06 July 2017

Be A Growth Mindset Person

In The Name of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful Assalamualaikum, All praise is due to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe. May His peace and blessings be upon our beloved prophet, Muhammad (PBUH), his household, companions and all followers of the right guidance till the Day of Judgment.

I first came across about ‘Growth Mindset’ when I attended Parenting Seminar by Dr Siti at USM. She introduced us to Dr Carol Dweck’s ideas on Growth Mindset, the power of ‘yet’. Then I start searching for this idea and watched her short lecture in Tedex.

Basically, this idea is about you believes that when you actually came across anything that is hard for you or any challenges that you faced, it is either you just give up or you take this difficulties and challenges to improve yourself and try harder. If you are a type of person who just give up and believes that you cannot do it, you are actually a ‘fixed’ mindset person. However, if you believes that, you are not ‘yet’ successful in overcoming the difficulties, and you are not going to give up, you are a ‘growth’ mindset person.

  

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She also has few books about this idea. Currently I only own one in Kindle but haven’t finish it yet. Laughing out loud You can understand the idea by watching her videos or interviews in youtube.

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These are the differences between having fixed or growth mindset:

“People with the fixed mindset tend to think that their intelligence or capability is fixed. For example, some ‘smart’ people think they are smart because that is the way they are born. They think they need to look smart in every situation and are very averse to taking on challenges because they do not want to fail or look foolish. They have the tendency to attach their self-worth and identity to their work or the end result and have the need to prove themselves. They do not move forward unless they are certain that they can succeed. They tend to approach everything with the attitude of ‘all or nothing’ and give up easily in the face of setbacks.

On the other hand, people with the growth mindset know that everything can be changed and different intelligence and skills can be developed. They like stretching themselves to take on new challenges and view every misstep or mistake as something that is helping them grow and becoming who they need to be to go to the next level. The have no attachment to the results that they get and focus mainly on their effort. They are grateful for the ’gradual improvements’ on the journey of learning and mastering different skills.

So, people who are successful in life tend to have the growth mindset. That is what allows them to persist and have patience while working hard to achieve their goals.”

-Productive Muslim

 

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How can you change yourself from having a fixed mindset to become a person with growth mindset.

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Having a growth mindset will help you to have a better life. Rather than having an inferior and inner battle with yourself, why dont you just move forward and give yourself a chance to improve? In this increasingly unpredictable and ambiguous world, we need to remain open-minded to new ways of thinking. Successful person is the one who accepts these challenges and changed with a ‘growth mindset’. Whether you are a student, worker, leader, parent or anyone, always appreciate the process than the outcome. It will helps you to view a world from different insight.

So, be a person with a growth mindset person!

Love, Red heart

NUR

10 December 2016

Being a Young Lecturer

In The Name of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful Assalamualaikum, All praise is due to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe. May His peace and blessings be upon our beloved prophet, Muhammad (PBUH), his household, companions and all followers of the right guidance till the Day of Judgment.

     

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"Struggle for life. Because struggle is something you doing for something you value. In our culture, it usually consider to be a bad word. But, I wanna make it to be the norm. That is, if you are not struggling for something, you are not growing, you are not living." -Carol Dweck-

    

Alhamdulillah, sudah 3 semester saya mula mengajar di Pusat Pengajian Sains Fizik, USM. Bermula 3/9/15 sebagai Pensyarah sandaran sementara menyiapkan pembetulan untuk tesis selepas viva dengan menyelia Makmal 200, praktikal makmal bagi pelajar tahun 2. 25/2/16 saya mula diamanahkan untuk mengajar dua kursus iaitu Anatomy and Physiology (Undergraduate) dan Radiation Biophysics (Master). Semester ini bermula September 2016, saya mengajar kursus Radiation Protection 1 (Master) pula. Bergelar pensyarah baru, pensyarah muda yang tidak mempunyai pengalaman mengajar sebelum ini melainkan berkerja sebagai guru sandaran selama 3 bulan di SMK Sg Nibong memerlukan saya bekerja dengan lebih kuat untuk memenuhi peranan ini.

Memulakan kerjaya ini memang memberikan satu cabaran buat saya. USM merupakan universiti penyelidikan. Ini membuatkan pensyarah di sini bukan hanya perlu mengajar tetapi dalam masa yang sama perlu menjadi seorang penyelidik. Cabaran dalam mengajar apabila saya perlu mengajar pelajar Master sedangkan ini adalah pertama kali saya mula mengajar di universiti. Saya perlu bekerja keras untuk memahami keseluruhan kursus sebelum saya boleh mengajarnya kepada pelajar. Dari sudut penyelidikan pula, saya perlu memikirkan cara untuk memulakan penyelidikan menggunakan alatan yang tersedia di makmal pusat pengajian. Penyelidikan PhD saya menggunakan laser dan sampel darah. Tiada kelengkapan yang tersedia di makmal ini untuk saya menyambung tajuk penyelidikan saya. Saya memerlukan masa untuk mengadaptasi situasi ini.  Sama ada menukar bidang atau memikirkan cara untuk membuat kolaborasi dengan makmal lain. Yang lebih merunsingkan saya, memandangkan makmal di pusat pengajian adalah makmal fizik, tiada bahan kimia tersedia atau kelengkapan yang asas pun untuk saya kendalikan sampel darah. Tanpa geran, ianya sangat sukar buat saya memandangkan banyak perkara asas saya perlu dapatkan untuk permulaan. Buat masa ini pun, banyak yang terpaksa saya dahulukan duit sendiri. Belum mengambil kira kelulusan etika manusia yang masih lagi belum selesai memandangkan saya menggunakan sampel darah untuk penyelidikan.

Walaubagaimanapun, Alhamdulillah, syukur pada Allah atas kurniaanNya dan aturannya saya bergelar pensyarah. Saya sangat menyukai kerjaya ini. Ya, cabaran ada di mana-mana. Yang membezakan adalah bagaimana sikap kita dalam menghadapi dan mengharungi cabaran tersebut. Jika kita memandang sesuatu dari sudut positif, insyaallah perkara-perkara yang positif juga yang kita akan dapat. Pertama kali mengajar memang agak gugup dan pastinya banyak kekurangan. Pada saya, beri peluang kepada diri sendiri untuk menjadi yang lebih baik. Saya pernah bertanya kepada Prof Mushtak Al-Atabi semasa beliau datang memberikan syarahan tentang MOOC bagaimana saya dapat mengenepikan rasa tidak yakin kerana saya masih muda dan tidak berpengalaman. Nasihat beliau, mulakan langkah demi langkah. Tidak perlu terburu-buru tapi bukan maksudnya melengah-lengahkan. Tapi, kita manusia ada keterbatasan. Selesaikan satu kemudian mulakan pula yang seterusnya. Insyaallah lama-lama, kita akan mula mendapat hasilnya.

Bekerja lebih keras berbanding dengan orang lain. Kita perlu bina keyakinan dengan diri sendiri barulah orang lain akan yakin dengan kita. Apa yang saya harapkan pada masa akan datang, saya mampu berikan yang terbaik buat Ummah. Itulah impian saya pada akhirnya walau apa jua kerjaya yang saya miliki. Allah takdirkan saya bergelar pensyarah walaupun ianya tiada dalam perancangan saya sebelum ini. Tidak pernah terdetik di hati saya untuk menjadi pensyarah dan bekerja di USM. Semoga Allah melimpahkan rahmat dan kasihNya yang berterusan buat saya. Menjadikan saya seorang yang tidak sombong dan lupa diri dengan nikmat yang telah Dia berikan kepada saya.

 

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Pelajar pertama saya. Terima kasih kerana bersama-sama saya dalam memori pertama saya sebagai pensyarah. Red heart

 

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Pelajar kedua saya. Saya sangat suka kelas ini. Setiap kelas kami seperti satu diskusi. Terima kasih atas kerjasama dari anda semua. Red heart

 

P/s: Mencuba yang terbaik menulis semuanya di dalam bahasa melayu sebagai praktis memandangkan saya ada peperiksaan bahasa melayu minggu depan. Susahnya mengarang di dalam bahasa melayu berbanding bahasa Inggeris kerana dah lama tinggalkan penulisan dalam bahasa melayu secara penuh. Doakan saya! Smile

 

Looking forward for more enjoyable memories in the future. Red heart

Love,

NUR

06 October 2016

Tech Dome Penang

In The Name of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful Assalamualaikum, All praise is due to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe. May His peace and blessings be upon our beloved prophet, Muhammad (PBUH), his household, companions and all followers of the right guidance till the Day of Judgment.

My student came to see me and suggested a science centre to visit. I haven’t heard about this place before this. According to him this centre just open for few months and maybe because not enough advertisement given so many people didn’t know about this centre yet. So, I called y friend and decided to give it a try.

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Tech dome located at Komtar Building. If you park at Perangin Mall, there will be a cross bridge to go to Komtar. It is not easy for us to find this place though as we are not really familiar with Komtar. The ticket for adult is RM20 and RM16 for student. For children RM12 I think. Forgot already. Laughing out loud

 

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If you are brave enough, you can slide on this slider. =P

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When I went there, there is a group from Kings Academy. Seeing how fun there are to be here really made my day. You can find a lot of demo on science theory especially physics and also biology. Its a great place to bring your children for a play-learn day. Will definitely bring Suhail here when he grown up a bit later, insyaallah.Smile

 

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For more info about this place, please refer to:

Emailhttp://techdomepenang.org/

Mobile phonehttps://www.facebook.com/techdomepenang/?fref=ts

 

With Love,Red heart

NUR

30 March 2016

Have strength! Allah knows best!

In The Name of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful Assalamualaikum, All praise is due to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe. May His peace and blessings be upon our beloved prophet, Muhammad (PBUH), his household, companions and all followers of the right guidance till the Day of Judgment.

There’s a time in your life, you will questioned:

Why is it so hard?

Why is it always me?

Why does it happen this way?

And a lot more of “why”.

If only I hadn’t done that.

If only I do like this and not like that.

If only I know this will happen, I will prepared myself for that.

And a lot more of “if”.

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So when Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala , in His Infinite Wisdom, tests us with a situation that we think is difficult or takes away something that in our mind was good for us, we need to remember that perhaps it may not be so. Perhaps if we had continued in our way, it might have been harmful for us and whatever Allah decreed for us is actually better for us, for He is All-Wise and All-Knowing. Allah says:

'...and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.' (Surah Baqarah: 216)

Al-Hasan al-Basri said: 'Do not resent the calamities that come and the disasters that occur, for perhaps in something that you dislike will be your salvation, and perhaps in something that you prefer will be your doom.'

Remember that we are dealing with the One who is Arham ar-Raahimeen, the Most Merciful of all that show mercy. All the mercy that we have in this world from Adam (Alaiyhi Salaam) to the Day of Judgment is only one hundredth of the Mercy of the Most Merciful. And He is Most Wise. He knows and we don't know.

Our minds, our logic and our senses cannot even begin to fathom the Wisdom, the Knowledge and the Hikmah behind Allaah's decisions and verdicts. It is He who is the Wise....it is He who is the Just and it is He who is the Knower of the unseen. If we trust in Allaah, He will suffice and it is He who will grant us goodness in any situation and under any circumstances.

'And when someone puts all his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him.' (Surah at-Talaaq:3)

The Prophet (sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: 'If you put your trust completely in Allah, He will arrange for your sustenance in the same way as He provides for the birds. They go out in the morning with their stomachs empty and return filled in the evening.' (Tirmidhi-saheeh).

'The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When Allaah loves a people He tests them. Whoever accepts that wins His pleasure but whoever is discontent with that earns His wrath.' (Saheeh al-Tirmidhi)

So have faith in Him and trust in Him and although, sometimes we may not understand the reason behind certain things, know that as long as you obey Him, whatever He will do for you is, in fact for your betterment.

     

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There´s a time in your life
When the world is on your side
You might not feel it
You might not see it
But it surrounds you like a light
Makes you stronger for the fight

Never letting go
Gotta learn to grow
Watch me as I touch the sky
Still I fly
Now I know just what I gotta do
Find the dream is new
Give it all I got this time
Still I fly

Bring it in
I´m gonna shine
It´s my moment
Gotta live it
Live it right

I´m fliyng
Flying so strong
I´m movin´
I´m movin´ on
I´m never letting go

 

Have strength!

For Allah knows what is best for you!

Keep flying high! Smile

With love,Red heart

NUR

21 January 2016

Finally, Officially Graduated!

In The Name of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

Assalamualaikum, All praise is due to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe. May His peace and blessings be upon our beloved prophet, Muhammad (PBUH), his household, companions and all followers of the right guidance till the Day of Judgment.

Alhamdulillah, I’m now officially graduated (PhD Medical Physics) on 17th November 2015 last year. Finally! Hot smile Before this, I’m not really interested in attending convocation as it is very hectic event and to me. Tapi considering this might be my last journey in formal education level. So, yeah, I’m really looking forward for this event. Alhamdulillah everything went well, yesterday. My husband booked official photographer untuk hari tersebut. Tujuannya bukan nak posing lebih-lebih pun. Just wanna have someone who can take the photo for us. Kami pun dah lama plan nak ambil gambar studio tapi langsung tak berkesempatan. So, we take this opportunity to have out small official family photo.

        

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Sebelum masuk dewan sempat bergambar dengan Ummi dulu. Insan yang banyak berkorban untuk saya… Red heart

      

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I’m here! Winking smile

    

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Sidang pertama, ijazah disampaikan oleh  Canselor USM, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin. Tuanku tetap senyum menyampaikan satu-satu scroll kepada para graduan walaupun nampak macam tak larat sangat.

         

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Sewaktu doa dibacakan di akhir majlis, doanya sungguh menyentuh hati saya. Hampir saya menangis mengaminkan doa yang dibacakan. Semoga, Ilmu yang diperolehi dimanfaatkan sesungguhnya, tidak menggunakan ilmu ke jalan yang tidak sepatutnya dan semoga ilmu yang diperolehi ini menjadikan saya orang yang semakin merendah diri dan kukuh jati diri sebagai seorang Muslim.

 

“Hindarkan Ya Allah

kejayaan hari ini

Menjadikan kami lupa diri

Tidak mengenal erti budi

Akhirnya akan membinasakan diri

Hindarkan Ya Allah kejayaan yang dikecapi

Menjadikan bongkak takbur diri

Lupa pada ikrar dan janji

Pastinya akan memudarat diri sendiri

Ya Allah

Janganlah kerna ilmu sedikit yang dimiliki

Menjadikan kami rasa tinggi diri

Sebaliknya suburkan sifat rendah diri

Dengan sentiasa memujiMu Ilahi”

 

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With Love,Red heart

NUR

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