Friday, May 18, 2012

Life in Matriculation (Matrikulasi Malaysia)

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Amier Qadri
Editor's Note: Please bear with the grammar used and respect the author's sincere efforts in sharing his matriculation experience. You may share your pre-university and tertiary education life with us too!

Written by Amier Qadri

Hi, still new in this site actually just like you. I am someone who believes that can fulfill my dream in order to have wonderful life besides improving myself as 19 years old and being mature. Life can be lovely depending on how you imagine and what you dream about. That’s it. I personally like to write, reading and discover something new.

"You will miss this kind of life," this word still fresh in my mind as one of my lecturer had told me confidently when the final exam was getting to its line.

"Its horrible life had ever I feels." I shouldn't have flinched at the thought. This first time thought crossed my mind after a week having life as matriculation student. I'm not denying that, becoming a student of matriculation is kind of tiring life beside completing the assignment, tutorial and revision. But, it could be easier when you can manage your time wisely. When you come to be a matrix student, first thing you must do is get ready with physical and mental because schedule in matrix is totally different with secondary school and it is packed. I’m not denying that, it’s very tiring, 8 hours rushing to tutorial and lectures. Break is just only one hour for lunch then continuing back at 2 o’clock.  Hey it’s not a bad thing because when you’ll work, the duration is almost same, 8 hours a day. At first, maybe you feel so damn tired but finally u will be adapted by the rushing of time. But, during evening let the burden out from your mind by doing activities, such as cycling, jogging or either sleeping. For me, at the evening I prefer to sleep because I like to stay up at night, doing revision and completing the assignment. It then turn very interesting day during weekend. No books and assignment will be touch because I spent my weekend by watching movies at night. Some students prefer to play games like Dotta or other strategies games. Like hostel in secondary school, you may go for outing from 8am and back to college before 7pm and wear any attire you like.

Being a matriculation student, you have to be quick every time. You need to rush in your studies, although it just only 4 main subjects will be taken. Maybe it sound like so hard to cope, but don't worry, you will be guided with kind and helpful lecturer and yet you definitely not believe how kind they were. Once you want it, then you get it. Just stick on what you have targeted for. You should be grateful if you get the chance to be matrix student. Yes, matrix is easier than STPM. Matriculation syllabus is just the summary of what form 6 learn at school. In matrix, we still can use STPM syllabus for revision. But the content of the book is quite a lot compare to matrix. In my point of view, taking Form 6 is almost same by choosing Two Year Program (PDT) in matriculation. Now, STPM had begin the accumulation pointer by semester just same like matriculation. But, seriously I’m saying that, you will get a lot of advantage when you take PDT in matriculation since the lecturers intend to help you more. Compare and contrast PDT with Form 6, become PDT you may have a lot of time to get understand each topic you learn. In a semester, about ¼ chapters of a subject will be cover. Just imagine! You also have a lot of guided class held by the lecturers. And yet, you may have a lot of time to meet the lecturers to consult you if you not understand. Do you get it from the teachers at school?

Since there many quizzes and test will be done, you'll need to be prepare every time. A month, you'll be face approximately 2 to 3 quizzes and test. It is good for you as it can help you to know what level you are in that subject. Hey, don't worry with that. It just only covers the topic you learn recently and a lot of lecturers held consultation hour for the students to improve their understanding. The marks from the quizzes and test are required for the teacher to give their marks. For your information, matriculation had standardized the marks; 10% from UPS (Mid-Semester Test), 20% from PB (Continues Assessments) and 70% from the PSPM (Final Semester Exam).

Before I get into the college, there are so many people criticize matriculation programme. They said that 'taking matriculation program going to kill you. It’s hard to get cope with the study, with the life, everything need to be independet'. Honestly, they totally wrong. Once you become the students you will know that matriculation is the best. Seriously. Listen here boys and girls, for your information, matriculation giving you a lot of chance to get place in IPTA with >3 pointer and easy to get scholarship when you get >3.50. From my experience, there are also 2.0 students get place in USM, do you believe it! If you get sucked in your mind to what you want for course in university, the counselors in matriculation will help you. Everything going to be okay if you intend to help yourself.

Just be chill and try to get the rhythms when you become matriculation students. Different people might have different style to how they cope with the life and study. But for me, as ex-matriculation students, it's kind of enjoyable life in matrix since I’d become Student Representative Council (JPP). Bahagian Matrikulasi, KPM intend to send the students to explore the real life. A year, not really, maybe it just 10 month, I'd get to know the life in other matrix and their people. There are so many activities held a year. One of the big events of Matriculation is KAKOM (Karnival Kokorikulum Matrikulasi). KAKOM enable you to get involve with a lot of activities in national level. It also give you advantage to get 10% marks of cocuricullum. I just got 8 because I’m not taking part in it. =)

One thing that I would not forget is about my classmate and JPP. I got very friendly classmate. Know what, it just only 4 boys and 19 girls. Well, during our batch, the number of female students is larger than male students.  What a funny moment when trying to get a group. This 4 people always be together but somehow, we need to be separate. Well, it’s not a bad thing.  It teaches us how to cope and be in a group with different gender. In fact, different opinions produce good quality of work. It is approved when, my classmate taking part in a drama fest during Science Carnival. They did it well even they didn’t get place. The cooperation given, finally produce interesting story. That’s it.

Finally, to sum up all this word, just be positive. Confident with your skill and talent that you have. If homesick is going to let you down, busy yourself with a lot of activities and be friendly. Let the people know you and avoid being alone. You won’t feel bored if you are always busy.  Don’t let the people set up of your life because you will face all of it, not them. Try to ask yourself how much benefit it will get you in return. Hope this will be interesting for you to read. Stay tuned!
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Comments
45 Comments

45 comments:

  1. The government has allowed easy way for lousy students from below-par matriculation standard to get into local universities and that ends up with inferior overall lousy ranking of our universities worldwide.

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  2. Anonymous chill the fuck out. We don't all suck. I've completed my matriculation this year as well.

    Anyway my comment is to the editor of this website. Do you even read through submissions before you publish them? Ffs, look at the language. It really makes matriculation graduates look bad.

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    1. ur english is not as good...

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    2. Look, I wasn't trying to demean the author or dismiss his efforts. I completely understand if he's not fluent and would prefer BM or whatever. It's probably not his first language anyway, so it doesn't matter. I thank him sincerely for his time.
      As I clearly stated in my comment, I was directing my criticism at the editor for not proofreading the article before publishing, THAT'S ALL.

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    3. Marc, in your memoir of Life At Matrikulasi, you commented that ".....STPM is definitely the greater challenge, but that's not saying Matriculation is terribly inadequate haha. I would place STPM on par with A-levels, and Matriculation with SAM/AUSMAT. Those are fairer comparisons I guess".

      What do you mean by "fairer comparisions"? The government has long placed the inedequate Matrik on equal par with STPM for IPTA admission but it's well recognised worldwide that STPM is of higher standard than Matrik which is "Malaysia Boleh" done on a shorter period. Each year, there're reported than more than 2,000 Matrik students scored full A's as compared to less than 200 STPM students. If all students were to sit for one unified exam i.e. Matrik or STPM, I'd say that more than half of the less competitive students (not you of course) from Matrik will not be qualified into IPTA. This is obviously a racist policy by government to allow less competitive students to have easy passage into IPTA at the expense of brighter students. Sadly, the THE and QS rankings have clearly reflected the shame of our sub-standard educational system in this country.

      Wake up!

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    4. Okay first of all, I really don't know why you're bringing this up on this comment thread lol.

      Anyway, yeah, I don't know if you misunderstood my earlier comment, but I completely agree with you. Matrics is far from equal to STPM, which is why we shouldn't compare them directly if we want to gauge a student's ability. As far as content and toughness go, matrics is only level with SAM/AUSMAT, and certainly not STPM, which is superior (but of course this is now up for debate because there's a new assessment system in place).
      I wasn't implying that it's fair at all. It's horrible to be honest. This is a shit government, happy to encourage society to view everything along racial lines. In the end, we don't get the best in our universities, instead we get the people who will give the government their votes.

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    5. Matrikulasi is one of our BN government's failed policies of rewarding mediocrity over meritocracy.

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  3. Oh bejesus, yes indeed, what attrocious grammar! And he's getting paid for that?!! Don't you peeps have quality control? This lowers the quality indeed. Ughhh

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    1. aaah, writing excellent english make you look so smart? i dont think so. i prefer this boy have high level of maturity than u.

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  4. I would like to say something about this. I believe editor has made his stand in the very beginning of the post, stating that"Please bear with the grammar used and respect the author's sincere efforts in sharing his matriculation experience."

    Despite the grammar, please look on the brighter side of his post- especially his experience.

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    1. Actually that was an edit, made after we highlighted our concern.
      Anyway, I still appreciate the effort of the writer. Language aside, it's still very helpful and informative to future Matrics students.

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  5. A big round of applause should be given to Amier for sharing his experiences during matriculation.:)Keep writing and please do ignore all the negative talks. There's a room for improvements tho in terms of grammar. Don't give up and keep movin forward Amier. All the best in your future undertakings! :)

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  6. A big round of applause should be given to Amier for sharing his experiences during matriculation.:)Keep writing and please do ignore all the negative talks. There's a room for improvements tho in terms of grammar. Don't give up and keep movin forward Amier. All the best in your future undertakings! :)==AGREEEE!

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  7. why would the government let matrik student 100% go into IPTA but stpm only 25% to go into it? matrik so no standard compare to stpm

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  8. the grammar is bullcrap... what a shame! to be honest, matriculation is kinda horrible.. that's the truth!

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    1. what kind of snobbish u are? then people in japan korea are terrible just because they are not proficient in english? you such a dumb. the truth my ass

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  9. you have no right to judge others..

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    1. u r so superficial.. mcm laa ko x judgemental. everyone is.. no need to pretend u r so kind or suci here..

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  10. My frend SPM was so-so onli but he got high mark in Matrik. He say the system helped him to get high score and he proud of it. LOL, I say if he sit for A-Level/STPM, he will flunk them. He is not bright but the dumb system actually make him dumber.

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    1. that would happen to anybody you idiot.no hardworking no success, either stpm or matriculation. your comment doesnt make sense at all.

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  11. Welcome to 1 Malaysia, 2 Systems!!!

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    1. not happy? then go fly a kite. thanks to gomen to bring this opportunity to the malaysian teenagers. :)

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  12. I pay NO respect to Matrik graduates even if they scored 4 flat. It's equivalent to 2.5 pointers only to STPM.

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    1. Not so low lah, bro. maybe around 3.0 saje!

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    2. agree.. kalau ko belajar oversea, mmg org akan respect.. tp kalau merely local uni, mmg people tend to look down upon u.. that's the truth!!!

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    3. what so important with your respect? you yourself is nothing but complain much. go get a life.

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  13. Racist, judgmental, dumb, ignorant

    Typical Malaysian~

    wake up!

    be positive

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  14. You see, this the kind of people can get into matrics. Why?? because the government so racist, n give good student do the super-hard STPM, then don't give place in university. go no quality student in matrics. all english like shit n workmanship like shit also

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    1. not all are bad. some are better than you my friend. see this :
      http://www.malaysia-students.com/2012/06/matriculation-programme-matrikulasi.html

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    2. Raja, of course not all of them are bad but most of them are worse lah. Go and check how many % of those people taking STPM and A-Level and compare their results with those deprived one lah, bro! Last few days newspaper reported that 3 top Chinese students from Ipoh Mali with SPM 12A+, 11A+ and 10A+ were rejected into KPM Matrikulasi programme because they're just too bright and acedemically excellent for Matrikulasi. This is weird like X-file lah???!!!

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    3. you sounds like a sore loser. poor u

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    4. racist? then government shuld ban non bumiputera from matriculation. and i agree

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    5. All students should sit in one unified exam for the real best of the best.

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    6. Anonymous Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:18:00 AM

      Moron, should you also tell the non-bumi to go back to China/India as your Master did before???

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    7. The only reason why their English is so bad is because the lecturers use BM in class. in this century, English is very important. so, if the lecturers use English in class, probably this boy's essay would have been much better and less mistakes,.. just saying,.. no hard feelings,.. :)

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  15. what is the requirement to get matriculation

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  16. May I know what is the language used in local matriculation? English or BM?

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    1. Books, notes etc. are in English, and lectures are also supposed to be in English, but many lecturers revert to BM because most students there prefer it. Kinda like your average secondary school.

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  17. Tak sangka ramai sangat yang benci lepasan matrikulasi.

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  18. those who commented so badly about matrics students because u all are not matrics students, right? stpm or matrics or A-levels has its own level of difficulties, it is all depend on how we look at it. A-levels students use English more than matrics and stpm, because they are going to further study outside from the country. they have to sit for IELTS while matrics, stpm students have to sit for MUET. the level of English is different. Even though u all can write and express ideas well in English,it doesn't mean u all can speak good English. We are Malaysian lah.. :)

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  19. sy dpt matrik..tp xth nk pergi kew tak..sbb rmai org ckp matrik ssh..betul ke?

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  20. really good write but you need to check on your grammar mistakes,.. there are quite a lot. Thanks anyway!

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  21. I think we should stop complaining and judging and start studying for our own better future... awareness is good,but just don't let the harsh one take over you.. you are in control of your life not the system or the government or what people think of you. Good luck guys..

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  22. oh, for god sake,....you were debating about his grammar mistakes instead of take a moral values from his story?

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