Students by Mr. Chhour Piseth

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What are your daily study habits? “First of all, I try to concentrate in each

class. When the teacher is explaining, you must pay attention and take notes. Notes are very important. Secondly, I do a lot of reading. Reading of textbooks, research on the internet, etc. It is very important especially for the general knowledge. For example, in international trade you should look up the different agreements and try to understand what the purpose is. So if you only read the textbook alone, you may not get enough information. After class, I will type up my notes, sometimes a summary and I will add more detail as well. This helps me to review what the teacher said in class, and I always read these notes before my next class also so the information is current in my mind. I study most in the evening after work, it varies how long I study for, but usually 2 or 3 hours a day.”

Do you do anything different when studying for a quiz or exam?

“A lot of students use the one day tactic, where they just try to remember the information the day before their exam. For me, I think that is not good because you cannot remember well the information one week after the exam. I use a different tactic. I study a little bit everyday and I always review the lessons and research on them more. I always go into exams con?dently because I study the information a lot, and I also sleep and eat well so my mind is clear. Also, sometimes the quiz is a surprise one, so my tactic works well because I am always studying and learning the information throughout the class, not just before the exam.”

Do you study at another university or have a job or internship?
“I work 5 days a week in the public sector, my job is about 70km away from Phnom Penh. I study only one university because I work during the week, so I don’t have enough time for more than one university.”

How do you manage your time and schedule?
“Actually, I use my phone to mark down all the things I need to do. It is a good use of technology and helps me organize all the different tasks I must complete. I can organize my priorities, homework, assignments, meetings, etc.”

Being a student can be a very stressful and busy time, how do you manage your health?
“For my health, I like to do some kind of exercise, but I cannot do it all the time because I have to also focus on my work and studying. Every morning, I go for about a half an hour for some exercise. And somehow I play badminton with my colleagues at our workplace to release some stress.”

What are your future plans?
“Actually, I plan to apply for an overseas scholarship to obtain my Master’s Degree. The scholarship could be from a European country, the USA or Australia, because I want to discover their culture and ideas.”

What advice can you give to other students who are hoping to be more successful next term?
“Most students want to be outstanding students, and actually I think they know the strategy to become one too. But a lot of students always procrastinate and do other fun activities outside of their studies. They don’t pay attention, they use Facebook a lot. However, I suggest them to pay attention to each session, listen to your lecturer and take notes. Also, read a lot. Use the internet to search about your personal interests which helps you to improve your English as well. You can search for it on Google or even YouTube. Even for me, some-times with the lesson – I don’t understand it at all, so I just go to Google or YouTube and search for another explanation. Often this is very helpful for me to better understand the topic. You also need to be well prepared and con?dent in order to be successful. Lots of students are pessimistic, they think “I cannot do it like them” but in reality all the people are the same. You just need to be motivated and committed to be successful.”

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Outstanding By: Ms. Phlot Mlaichan

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What are your daily study habits?

“After I wake up at about 6am, I read and prepare for my morning classes at UC. Then after lunch I always try to spend some short time to relax, maybe 15 minutes to sleep or listen to music or something. After I relax, I prepare for my lessons in the afternoon. In the evening, I need to divide my time between the two universities. I will spend about 1 hour for each university. I also have to prioritize my classes where the assignment is due soon or an exam or quiz is coming up. I also like to listen to radio shows or read articles related to some-thing that is interesting to me, this helps me with my English abilities and also I can learn things that are different from my studies.”

Do you do anything different when studying for a quiz or exam? “It is a little different; mainly I just study for longer. I take really good notes from class and reading assignments, so when the time comes for exams I can just review my notes and discuss with my classmates or something to get some fresh ideas.”

Do you study at another university or have a job or internship? “Yes, I also study English Literature/Education at the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) at RUPP.”

How do you manage your time and schedule?
“I have a calendar that I use to keep track of all my assignments, exams and quizzes. I also use my phone to make lists and prioritize the work. Also, the most important thing is for me to do things right away. Like for the homework, I should do it right after class, so it is ?nished and I can move on to the next assignment.”

Being a student can be a very stressful and busy time, how do you manage your health?
“For my health, I can never forget it, even the food and exercise, it is very important. It doesn’t mean that I am always healthy, but I do try. For example, sometimes I skip lunch because I am so busy, but then I am very tired and cannot focus in my afternoon classes. Even last term, I did not do so well with my grades and I think it is partially because I did not take care of my health all the way. These days, I do not think about my studies only, I try to take time to relax and enjoy. Also, I never skip any meals. I always eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also try to stay very positive and always tell myself that I can do it and improve so long as I try my hardest. I also try to set goals for myself, I write them on my wall and when I see it there every day it pushes me to try my best even when I am tired.”

What are your future plans?
“I would like to work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for sure.”

What advice can you give to other students who are hoping to be more successful next term?
“I think most students know what outstanding students do. They know that reading is good, and doing the assignments on time is good. But the question is whether or not they actually do those things. My advice for them is to ?rst build motivation and set goals for themselves. So even if they are tired or exhausted, they will want to push through it to reach their goal. Second is about thinking, as I mentioned earlier. When they are positive about what they are doing, I think they will achieve it easier. Third, be close with your teachers and fellow students. Lecturers here are very helpful, if we are close with them we can go and talk to them about assignments or other things as well and they are happy to help us and talk with us. Fourth, observe all things. Education is not limited to school or university, but we can learn from all things in the real world. They should open their minds and try to consider everything around them.”

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2015 UC Alumni Reunion

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The 2015 ASEAN Red Cross Youth Gathering

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The ASEAN Red Cross Youth Gathering was organized by the Thailand Red Cross and the Red Cross Youth Promotion and Development Group of the Bureau of Scout Movement Red Cross Youth and Student Affairs in the Of?ce of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education. It was held from 8-12 September 2015 at Vajiravudh Scout Camp, Siracha, Chonburi Province, Thailand. A total of 4,500 people comprising of participants from ASEAN countries such as Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos PDR, and Vietnam attended the camp. There were 12 participations from Cambodia including Ms. Kong Rathana, University Registrar and Red Cross Youth Advisor at UC, Ms. Soun Khanra, University of Cambodia Cam-bodian Red Cross Youth, two advisors and six Cambodian Red Cross Youth from Battambang and Pailin Province. The group was led by Mr. Sou Sokna, Youth Program Coordinator of the Cambodian Red Cross.

Before departure, the Cambodian delegates met and received recommendations from H.E. Sam Ko-sal, Director of HR Department at the Red Cross Headquarters in Phnom Penh, and H.E. Sao Sarath, Deputy Governor of Pailin Province and Vice President of the Red Cross Branch in Pailin.

The event began with an inaugural ritual in front of the Vajiravudh Scout Camp. The opening cer-emony followed in the evening, and was presided over by Mr. Watcharin Jumpee, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Education, Ms. Churairat Sangboonnum, Former Deputy Permanent Secretary for Education and Di-rector of the Red Cross Youth Camp, and Mr. Sachathorn Watanamongkol, Director of the Bureau of Scout Movement, Red Cross Youth and Student Affairs, Ministry of Education, Thailand. Cultural performances were presented by each group of the sub-camp and each ASEAN country as well.

In the event, there were 14 sub-camps all attended by the Red Cross Youth leaders, members from overseas, and 13 regional education of?ces under the supervision of the Thai Ministry of Education. The objective was to provide participants with knowledge and life skills, to conduct cultural exchanges among ASEAN member countries, and also to nurture their sense of responsibility and problem solving skills.

During the camps, youth delegates from ASEAN countries were divided into six groups consisting of people from different countries. Participants enjoyed learning in the ?ve in-site programs and one off-site program. Participants enjoyed activities organized by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) focusing on health, sanitation, and safety; the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) focusing on the concept of organizing Red Cross/Red Cross Youth activities on humanitarian values; the Global Development Village (GDV) focusing on technology, science, energy, natural resources

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and environment preservation, and voluntary activities; the ASEAN Community (AC) focusing on relationships and mutual understanding in ASEAN based on food, culture, music, and general knowledge; Excursion (EXC) focusing on marine-life experience enhancement (off-site program); Hiking and Adventure (HKA) focusing on in-site program trails for Red Cross Youth in uniform (walk rally, activity bases, time check, etc).

After joining the camp ASEAN Red Cross Youth Members were very happy because they have learned a lot about how to live in the camp, eat Thai food, and build their communication skills. Also, they have built many life experiences. In addition, we enjoyed the camp very much even though it was raining very heavily during our camping experience.

All participating Red Cross Youth members are highly encouraged to adapt and apply the knowledge and experience gained from the camp in their daily lives. More importantly, they should focus on unity, which is considered a great power for the nation. The gatherings motto was, “Voluntary Service Leads to Peace,” meaning that our ASEAN Community must become a caring and sharing community, which will ultimately lead to living in peace and harmony together.

Last but not least, I would like to express our sincere thanks to Samdech Kittibrithbindt Bun Rany Hun Sen, President of the Cambodian Red Cross, for supporting and sponsoring; and H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, President of the University of Cambodia, for sending us to join this useful camp.

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Thankful Day By: Ms. Mang Laiheng

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On Sunday, 30 August 2015, the University of Cambodia Student Senate (UCSS) celebrated Thankful Day at the University of Cambodia. The event was led by Miss. Mang Laiheng, together with the help of UCSS members, and UC student volunteers. The celebration was under the title, “KOLBUT AND KATAKVETITATHOR”. Many members of UC’s management team attended the event including: Mr. Chheang Sangvath, Dean for Undergraduate Studies Division, Mr. Pay Chheng How, Associate Dean for the College of Art Humanities and Languages, Mr. Min Seiha, Associate Dean for the College of Social Sciences, Mr. Loch Vantha, Director for the Of?ce of Student Academic Affairs, Mr. Mut Samoeun, Director for the Of?ce of Admission, Registration and Information, and Mr. Khorn Sokheng, Assistant Dean for the College of Law. Also in attendance were faculty members, parents, representatives, and students.

The main objectives of this ceremony were to promote cultural spirit in the minds of students, to pay their respects to faculty members and parents, to create a love for Khmer culture and tradition, to promote UC’s involvement with the community after a rigorous academic session, and to provide fun and educational activities to celebrate Thankful Day.

Thankful Day is one of the many projects being conducted by the UCSS 9th Mandate, and is funded by the University of Cambodia. The celebration began with classical activities such as song and a message about culture code, and the value of parents. During the event, monks presented about the beliefs and cultural norms of Buddhist people. There was then a long chant by the monks. Afterwards, the monks preached about the importance of having gratitude towards parents and teachers, the speech was very educational for the participants. Additionally, there were some student performances with regards to the respect of parents and lecturers from childhood throughout one’s whole life. Next, student representatives recited a poem about parents and teachers. Furthermore, there were three performances of modern songs about gratitude as well, which were performed by University of Cambodia students. After, the event continued by showing video clips about student’s feelings towards their parents. Student representatives gave a blessing to the parents and teachers present. Moreover, faculty members and parents provided a blessing to all the students to wish them success and happiness in both learning and life.

Last, but certainly not least, Mr. Pay Chheng How gave a speech about the importance of the event, and shared his perspective on the culture code of valuing parents and lecturers. It was such a meaningful, valu-able and memorable event as there were 130 participants in attendance at the event.

 

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Outstanding by Ms. Bo Pisey

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What are your daily study habits?
“Normally I like to read books after school when I arrive home or am free at lunch time. I always read and review the lessons I just learned in class. After lunch, I will do my homework. Before I go to bed, I like to read as well. I study almost 3 hours every day.”

Do you do anything different when studying for a quiz or exam?
“For me, it depends on the subject. For example, principles of education is not really hard for me because I have read many books related to the subject, so no need to spend a lot of time on it. But for other subjects it is not the same, so I review the lessons, try to ?nd the key words and to understand. I study for more time at the night and do group study to help me prepare.”

Do you study at another university or have a job or internship?
“No. I study at the University of Cambodia only. I don’t have a job or internship. I just try to focus a lot on my studies.”

How do you manage your time and schedule?
“I use a timetable to manage my studies and homework.”

Being a student can be a very stressful and busy time, how do you manage your health?
“As a student I am always stressed with my studies. Like assignments and homework, especially when the work is not done and if the work is not done and the deadline is coming close, it is very stressful. But for me I try to have fun things also. I like to talk with friends, do something funny, and walk with my family. All these activities can help me to get over stress; when I am happy, I will not stress. Moreover, I take care of my health, like sleep well, and live in a good environment.

What are your future plans?
“When I ?nish university, I wish to become a good teacher. Actually, I plan to teach at primary school, and if possible, I want to continue to Master’s degree.

What advice can you give to other students who are hoping to be more successful next term?
“I would advise them to spend more time on their studies. For example, we go to class only for one hour, but we have to self study at least 2 hours. While we study, sometimes we don’t understand, so we can underline or highlight the sentence or the point we don’t know, so the next class we can ask the teacher. Study every day, not just before the exam. If you wait until before the exam you will be stressful and you won’t remember anything.

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