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Today was my first exam of ICMAB December 2012 exam. Today’s exam was scheduled on Intermediate Financial Accounting (IFA). It was my second attempt  of this subject. Last time I had great preparation. Last time I answered 84 out of 100. I was so sure that I will secure at least 60% marks. But as the first ever professional exam, I failed to manage the time. Moreover, luck was not in my favor. And that caused me to fail in Accounting for the first time.

This time I planned to pass the exam by any chance. But my preparation was not good at all. It was completely my fault that I didn’t pay much attention. I though my last time preparation will be enough for me. Moreover, I’m regularly in touch with the accounting processes due to audit in different clients. However, at the eleventh hour I understood that this preparation will not do. So I analyzed the total syllabus and selected to cover 13 topics. I finished revising all the 13 topics before exam. I thought my preparation will be enough to pass the exam.

During the exam, I found that I was familiar with most of the maths and terms. I didn’t know how to solve two math problems. But I figured out the way to do those maths. I was so close but I could not finish them. Moreover, I couldn’t do other maths correctly. My format and procedures were ok. But I might have mistaken during calculation. I didn’t have time to recheck whole math. So I skipped to next one. This way I answered total of 85 out of 100 marks during 3 hours time.

When I returned home, I checked my maths and the accounting processes that I didn’t know. I found that I was so much close to the answer. I could have done it if I gave some more time on those maths. Moreover, little practice of the maths would help me a lot. I don’t know what others think but I found the exam question harder than last time. My exam was terrible compared to the last time. Even though I answered 85 marks, I know that I will not be able to secure even 50% if the total marks. I’m felling sorry for the silly mistakes that I have made.

I should probably start studying this subject once again. But first I must study Cost Accounting. This exam is due on 30th December and I will appear in this exam for the first time. Moreover, I have not yer covered all the topics of the chapter. Right now I must give most of my times on this subject till the exam ends. I’m scared of this subject for a long time. Pray for me so that I can cover all the subjects and have a nice exam preparation. And ultimately pray for me so that I can pass in this subject.

 

All of my family members left me. Don’t get the wrong idea, they didn’t leave me forever but only for a day. They all went to my native village to attend several programs leaving me home alone. Though I was asked to join with them but I refused. I refused because I had my ICMAB exam after a day (now it’s due in the next afternoon). I planned to study whole day and have an excellent preparation for the exam. However, this is not actually what happened.

My family left me last night. I studied couple of hours and then went to bed. Because today was weekend and no one was home, I wake up pretty late. I had to make my own breakfast. While taking my breakfast, I started watching a TV show. It was quite interesting and I kept watching it even after I was done with my breakfast. Then I studied for an hour. It was prayer time when I finished my study session. I said my prayer and then prepared my launch. I was planning to study after launch but I felt sleepy. I slept till evening.

When I woke up, I was felling drowsy. I made a cup of tea and got back to study. When I was done with one topic, I received a phone call from my cousin. He lives nearby and was on my way to my home. He arrived shortly. I left him my laptop and continued my study. After an hour he decided to leave. I suggested to go outside and have tea. When I returned home it was almost 10:30 pm. I started preparing my dinner and I was done with dinner by 11:30.

I was happy when my family left for the day. I was planning to study hard today but couldn’t utilize the day properly. Being home alone does not mean you will get enough time. Anyway, I yet have to cover like 10 topics. I will study some time more for the night. Hopefully I will be able to cover all the topics by tomorrow afternoon. Pray for me and wish me good luck for tomorrow’s exam.

Redwan

It’s over! It’s over!! It’s finally over! 111 semester is finally over. I can’t really believe it’s finally over. The thought of “done with this semester” making me happy and laugh like a mad.

Starting of 111 semester was great. I took 5 courses but  there was no pressure till the second midterm exam. but then it became hard on me. Just before the April, I found that I have only 4/5 days without any kind of exam, quizzes, project submission, presentations or any kind of exams.

Exams were scheduled till 20th April. In general, semester break starts right after the final exam. But this time it wasn’t the case. I had 3 project submission & 1 case submission in consecutive days. First the MKT 412 (Service Marketing) project submission, Second BUS 401 (Business Ethics)  project submission, the MGT 489 (Strategic Management) case presentation & Finally MGT 489 Project submission. All these were scheduled from 25-29th of April.

It was really hard for me to work in 3 different projects at the same time. I can recall on 24th of April, I set in front of the PC at 6am and worked till 2am. This wasn’t just for day. Everyday I had to work till the late night during those project submission days. But finally I’m through with all those projects & presentations. Thanks to my group members for their cooperation, help & support.

As I said earlier, my very first project was of Service Marketing (MKT 412). For our project we selected Spitfire restaurant Dhaka at Gulshan 2. We visited the restaurant & had some meal. And then we did a service report on the restaurant. We were able to finish it up by 1 day. And thanks to Reaz for doing most of it. Other group members were Prottoy, Fahad, Fayeed & Fareez.

Business Ethics (BUS 401) was something different. We had to do some survey on emergency medical care of hospital  for the project. My group selected Bangladesh Medical College as it was closest hospital . We all group member went there and did some survey but most of the survey was done on phone. Zahid & Khushboo handled the project well.They dis most of the parts. All I can say that if they weren’t there, I might not be able to finish the report. My other two group members Jibon & Tanveer were there too. They also had great contribution in the project.

Finally the Strategic Management course with which I was busy during the period. Mobashra, Leon, Tonni, Nishat & Sakib was my group members. Each were unique in their own way. Sakib is the most unusual one with special ability. He is really awesome with search engine. He kept collecting kinds of projects & information related to our projects or might be helpful about the project. For this ability, we started to call him our Search Engine.

Today I, along with my BUS 401 & MGT 489 group members, resubmitted the project and ma’am accepted it. That means we are done with all our projects & presentations. And that means our semester break finally came. Everyone is already enjoying the break but till today we were busy with projects. But now we are free too.

Ending of the semester means it’s time for grade. I got only one grade of my five courses. I’m waiting to find out what my grades will be. I certainly have high expectations about the grade as I give the most effort in my whole university life during this semester.

And one thing is my MGT489 grade will be greatly contributed by Mobashra. She called me at the midnight and make me study 14 cases. Not just that, she also made to understood all the cases. And that was great help for next day’s exam. She also helped me & provided mental support throughout the semester. But I really feel sad just thinking that she won’t be with me from next semester. She won’t be around in the campus. Because she will be doing her intern in the upcoming semester. Don’t know how to put in words but I’ll miss her.

So I’m done with 111 semester. Now it’s time to take some rest. And the first plan is to sleep all day long. Tomorrow I’m going to execute the plan. Those who are reading this blog, if you are in semester break, wish you a nice break. If you are not in the break, try to have one. BREAK IS AWESOME!! 😀

At last I’m done with my final exams.From the 9th to 20th of this April, I had to attend in 5 final exams. Among them one was take home final. Also I had to attend classes till 15th of the April. It was really hard for me to maintain everything.

Every Exam was damn hard. But compare to other courses, Sociology course was easiest. But yet I had to cover 5 chapters. 2nd final exam was of “Strategic Management” (MGT489) on 16th April. This is the toughest final I had to face this semester. I had to cover 18/19 chapters and 14  cases just for the final. These 14 cases was totaled 140/150 pages. And to cover all chapters and read all the cases I got only one and a half day. During this time I was able to cover all the chapters and only 2 small cases. But thanks to my group members who came up with the idea of assigning particular cases to particular members and then sharing the case summaries. It was an effective idea.And from this process, I got somewhat of overall idea. I was happy with my preparation but Mobashra made me understood that my preparation wasn’t enough. She literally wake me up from sleep and made me  to read. Also she discussed every cases with me and made me understood all of it. Thanks to Mobashra, because only for her effort, I was able to do well in the exam.

just after a day (18th) I had my 3rd final exam. This one was “Service Marketing” (MKT412) exam. Again I had to cover 5 chapters. Don’t want to say anything about the exam. but it wasn’t that bad.

And today (20th April) I was due for two final exams. One of them was take home final and another one was “introduction to finance” (FIN254). I finished the take home final last night. But couldn’t prepare for the FIN254 exam. As I was almost done with Finance major and retaking this basic course, I had nothing to worry about. I just went through few chapters. This morning I practiced few maths. My FIN exam went extremely well. Also I finished 1 and half hour exam in just 55 minutes. And then I submitted my take home final.

So this end the final exam part. But I’m still not done with the semester. In fact I am only half done. Still I have to deal with 3 projects and presentations. These projects and presentations carries more than 50% weight of my grads. So here begins the Battle Part 2. ……

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I can’t remember when is the last time I published a post. There had been a huge gap in my writing. The reason in obvious. It’s none other than North South University (NSU). In my earliest posts I might have said that “having busiest semester” or “having the greatest amount of pressure”. But those are nothing compared to this semester. This semester is the most hectic semester I have faced at NSU.

With Service Marketing, Business Ethics, Strategic Management, Finance and Sociology course, I designed this semester. From the day I planned the courses to take, I knew that I’ll be under stream roller throughout the semester. Because I have to submit a term paper in each of this course. more over there are multiple presentations & case solving activities in each course.

I managed to pull things off till the 2nd mid-term exam. But from the beginning of this April, thing became more harder on me. I got only 5 days break in my schedule throughout the month. But the semester is very close to the end. Today is the last class of the semester. Final exam will start soon (though some faculties already started to take final exam). by 25 everyone will be done with their final exam. I have seen few friends who are planning to go on vacation right after their exam is finished. But even though I will be done with final exam by 20th April, my semester will not end. I will have to be work on 3 projects (MKT412, BUS401, MGT489) and then presentation through 25th to 29th. And then again make the corrections in the term paper and re-submit it. I won’t be able to escape from this pressure before the 30th April.

Each day passes make me happy to think semester is close to the end. But at the same time it make me feel bad. Because this semester is the last semester at NSU for some of my friends. Mobashra is one of them. It feels really hard to think that we won’t have any classes together, or hang around in the campus together. Most of all we won’t be able to see each other again regularly. They will get busy leading their life, I’ll be with mine. Well, this is how our life works. But I’m sure that our friendship will remain unchanged, and remain forever.

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