11 January 2015

Habits of Highly Productive People

1. They Make Lists
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the requirements of a dream-like project. Creating a daily list of “action items” that need to be accomplished keeps successful people honest, motivated, and constantly progressing. Start small, and gradually build. (Trick: do this first thing in the morning. Make a brief list of all the things you need to accomplish to make the day a triumph)

Detail here

10 January 2015

Examiner

Tokguru pesan: 

Kalau buka tesis nak cari kesalahan, mmg akan jumpa banyak kesalahan sebab ini manusia yg tulis (hanya Al Quran saja yg tiada kesilapan).

Tapi bacalah/checklah/komenlah tesis dgn niat "to improve the thesis".InsyaAllah semua org akan happy :) :)




18 December 2014

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- The best editing if we want to submit for top 10 journals.
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Fishing 2014: Sangkar Penang 2nd Bridge

1 Nov 2014
Sangkar, Jeti Kg Changkat, Nibong Tebal, Penang.






07 December 2014

Chapter: Experimental 1

Salam, common mistakes untuk tesis sepatutnya tidak timbul bila tesis telah dihantar kepada examiners. Tapi bila dapat tesis dan hadir pada meeting viva, perkara sama berulang2.

So kita share sedikit tips utk Chapter: Experimental, harap kita boleh improve tesis kita:
  • Chapter 3 paling pendek selepas Chapter 5 (Conclusion) dan Chapter 1 (Introduction). Anda boleh guna Appendix untuk lampiran panjang yang tidak penting e.g. org yang buat modeling.
  • Short as possible, but can be reproduced.
  • Mesti straightforward kepada experimental anda.
  • No more Literature Review here (LR is in Chapter 2!).


AVOID:
  • Review ‘how the mechine works’ di sini (benda ini semua dah settle masa undergraduate tahun 1, 2 lagi).
  • Refs boleh diletakkan (cite) jika ia sangat2 penting i.e. anda follow sebijik method dia (kalau dah 2 bijik, xperlu cite lagi).
  • Letak GAMBAR components mesin yang BASIC….. i.e. utk XRD; tube x-rays, sample holder, geniometer (benda ini semua dah settle masa undergraduate tahun 1, 2 dah).
  • Letak GAMBAR MESIN (technician tengah senyum operate mesin) …. i.e. tgh click SEM, HRTEM! (tesis bukannya buku manual alat).
  • Sample name (Coded yang banyak dan panjang) dalam bentuk text/paragraphs.
  • Repeat methods in R&D!
Good:

  1. Give detail TEXT, but do not overdo.
  2. Consider using FLOWCHART to explain your experimental design. Jika ada flowchart keseluruhan kerja dalam 1 muka surat saja, mungkin pada mukasurat kedua Chapter 3 (utk bantu examiner tak faham text, mereka boleh refer terus to flowchart).
  3. Gambar dlm Chapter 3 bukan tidak boleh. PHOTO and SCHEMATIC DRAWINGS very important to imagine your experimental set-up (e.g. attachment).
  4. Buat TABLE untuk susun nama dan composition sample (coded sample). All additional details can go into appendices.



Penafian: Ini untuk level beginner/FYP saja, yang sudah expert mungkin ada methods lain. Anything pls consults with your SV and Universiti masing2. Khilaf adalah rahmat.
Good luck!