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Saturday, 14 May 2016

61. Trust Your Gut

14/5/2016 9:24PM

So I had my first paper yesterday. It was OK. Not as much as I expected. I mean, for the past five years, all seven questions are the same except for the year 2013. There is also a pattern like 2012 & 2014, 2013 & 2015. So I studied, memorised and focused on the topics based on the past year questions. But things happened...

Two days before the exam, I was searching for the topic that I wanted to revise and then the random page I opened was "information systems failure". That topic actually came out once in 2013 paper only. So I just passed it through without turning back. The next day, the same thing happened. In my mind...
"Oh, it is the failure. Why is it here? Will it come out?"
"Naahhh, don't even bother it only came out once."
"But, what if?"
"ehhh no wayyyy!"
"but it could be that the pattern of the question will be 2013 & 2016!"
"No-lah! It will be 2012,2014 & 2016"
and it ended there.

However, the day of the exam (yesterday), the morning after Subuh, I opened the book for the last time, but it doesn't happen again. But my gut feeling told me that I should at least read the topic. I was contemplating whether to read it or ignore it. After few minutes of daydreaming, I decided to read it and jot down some important points.

I had the "trust your gut" stuck on my wardrobe since last year.

Fast forward to the exam hall, as I read through each question and feel dissapointed (because they changed the pattern!), question no.6 was something along the line of...

"discuss why information systems may fail in some organisation and the strategies to handle it. (100%)"

I went literally blank as I read that. How could this happen?! I do memorise the notes that I wrote at the last minute, however, I didn't answer that question because I'm not confident spending the weighage marks of 100% in a single question. I would rather answer the question with two sub-questions where the weighage marks are 60-40%.

The main point of this post is that, trust your gut! Even if you don't like it, at least do some effort on it. If it doesn't happen, fine. but if it does happen, at least you can do something about it.

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