Wednesday, December 12, 2018

5 signs that scream you Procrastinate too Much

5 signs that scream you procrastinate too much

You have an exam tomorrow, you had five days to cover your whole syllabus, but you “calculated” that you can complete it in five hours and decided to watch some movies instead. The calculation failed miserably, and now you know it might be your turn next; welcome to the most common end result of procrastination. Procrastination is often confused with laziness, but laziness is when you willingly don’t do anything. Procrastination is an active process of prioritizing something else over what you should really be doing at that moment. Mason Cooley said that,

“Procrastination makes easy things hard, and hard things harder.”

Where some students learn to efficiently manage delay while procrastinating, it does more harm than good to others. Here are 5 signs that might help you realize that you’re procrastinating too much, and should really start to take control of things:

1. You do Everything at the Eleventh Hour: 

We all know that bravery is good, but there’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity. You can complete your assignments at the eleventh hour? Good enough! but when you attempt to prepare for a whole exam in the same amount of time, that’s just simply irresponsible. Just start to get things done in their appropriate time and you’ll witness that positive change in your life yourself.

2.  When taking a day off turns into a week off:

We all need rest, it’s really productive in the long run to take a day off, but when that day turns into a week and your to-do list has only gotten bigger, that’s when the problem starts. Maintain that difference between resting and hibernating, it’s high time you realize that!

3. You’re suddenly interested in everything else:

That television show you never found interesting, now seems interesting, that book you always planned on reading seems so tempting now, but what doesn’t intrigue you is the task at hand, the work that’s meant to be done NOW! When you have strengthened your mind enough to fight these distractions, only then you’ll be able to escape the maze of procrastination.

4. Your Social Media News feed have completed a whole cycle:

Don’t know how much time you have been spending on social media lately? Well, when you start to see the same posts most of the time, that’s a probable indication of too much social media. You start to prioritize other people’s life interests over your own! You don’t need anyone else to tell you how wrong that is.

5. You Start to believe your procrastination is actually worth it:

When you re-evaluate if the exam that you have been preparing for in the last nick of time is even worth it, but don’t realize the huge amount of time you have wasted while doing things that could have been done any other time, this is when you think that procrastination is worth the loss you’ll probably face. This is when the danger is real, if you don’t turn back and take control of things, there’s a high chance that you never will.

Stephen King, a famous writer, said,
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and get to work.”


By: Zafar Ali Khan

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Zafar Ali Khan (ZAK) is an O/A level Computer Science Pakistani educator, entrepreneur, and former programmer. He supports a free online education platform www.zakonweb.com to impart O and A level resources. His resources include notes, video lectures, online discussion groups, an artificial intelligence based virtual assistant, upcoming Android and IOS based apps and a website.

ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 2210, 0478 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CIE is offered.

ZAK has taught in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 23 years. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CIE. ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes are very famous among the learners.

Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned public and corporate organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of the large local and international corporations both as a part of them and as a consultant. This wide array of organizations commence from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with, before opting for a teaching profession, are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.

To reap a maximum result out of Zak’s efforts it is important to understand his point of view. In simple words, he wants to showcase his research to widest possible audience, enhance subject’s reputation, fulfill social responsibility – provide education for all, share best practice locally & internationally, allow his work for peer review, maximize the use and increase availability of O/A CS educational materials, and to raise standards of educational resources by gathering more contributors.

Additional O/A Computer Science Resources: 

To save costs for students, provide access to more quality choices, help preparation for CS courses and retention of knowledge gained after course completion, more clarity and certainty regarding reuse of materials, Zak has developed few of the following resources so far:

A Detailed Website (www.zakonweb.com): For O/A level computers all of the resources possible are built, optimized and made available through this website. These resources include but not limited to notes, lectures, assignments, and topical past papers etc.

Online Subject Discussion Groups (OL www.zakonweb.com/ogroup, AL www.zakonweb.com/agroup): For good understanding of a subject, learning never ends without sharing own and contributing to others’ efforts. These groups make that possible effortlessly. With several hundred teachers and thousands of students from many countries this group will never put you behind when you are in need of CS related help.

YouTube channel (www.zakonweb.com/videos): Modern learning is half done without online lectures’ videos. Here it all ends to seal the deal.

An Artificial Intelligent Chat Bot (www.zakonweb.com/zbot): An effort to enhance 24/7 help, a virtual tutor A.I bot is on the way; not perfect though, it will keep you busy learning and may be entertaining.


Mobile Apps: Coming soon, these Apps will keep learners on toes when it comes to support seeking.

Student Encouragement & Support:

Education Fund: Not a big one though but in personal capacity and with friends’ help many students are given support for their tuition fees at schools, centers and universities.

Football Club, Karachi Intrepid FC: Zak being owner and president. Up-and-coming football club from the central region of Karachi, who soon will make in your hearts, gather your support, and will have the whole region glow with the memories it will make, and the echelon of success it will win! 

Online & Offline Tuition Classes: Reinforcement classes for school students and primary source of CS education for private students.

ZAKathon, Education Tomorrowland (www.zakathon.com): Initially started as a random experiment, these workshop classes in five years’ time have evolved phenomenally in strength and fame. ZAKathon are longer hours’ revision workshop classes that are held just before the CIE paper days and purpose is to help students increase their understanding of O/A level subjects, bolster knowledge gained during these classes and leave students fully prepared for their exams. Certainly it can be termed as "Education Tomorrowland".

ZAK can be reached at:
Contact Card




How Schools With No Tuition Policy can help Hobbyists, Lowering Tuition Culture and Put a Stop To The Death of Social Life. A students perspective...


Wake up at 7AM, reach school at 8AM, get home at 3PM, reach tuition center at 4PM, back home at 10PM and repeat. This is what represents the life of most O/A level students nowadays. Private tuitions murdered the social life of students and a typical family working day ends late night instead of early evening. Think about it yourself. After such a hectic routine, do you think that it is possible for a sane, normal person can enjoy with his family or friends, given that the same schedule is to repeat the next day?

Many of you would still be managing this routine along with your social interactions, but the problem lies with the majority of you who are unable to do so. Hobbies, whether sports or video games, and healthy night sleep are necessary factors in students' life.  They give you a way to take your mind off the stresses of everyday life, allowing to relax and find some time for what you love. If you do not have any hobbies, you’re a mess.

Evening tuitions are leading to a stressful life. A jinx that has been imposed by the students onto themselves. Attending classes in schools and colleges has fallen out of favor of the pupils. Bunking classes, feeling sleepy during classes and falling asleep, also carrying out pranks within the class has become common because most of the students are not ready to pay attention.

Result, no focus to the lectures at school despite the heavy amounts of money that is being paid by the parents charged by institutions. The harm that the students are inflicting upon themselves is one that they do not realize. Losing social interactions, giving up limited precious teen time and wasting their parent’s hard-earned money are not a quality life that they actually require. It may seem for the time being that they’re making most of it in education terms, but such in the longer run hampering studies, mounting stress, taking quality sleep time away, and ultimately they miss out on what they actually should be doing; going out with family, playing any sport that they love, being mentally healthy and education gains.

Many factors contribute to the half hearted education efforts at school like disliking school teachers or institution policies, not trying to study themselves, relying heavily on evening teachers efforts and thus after wasting their time for small activities that sum up to huge amounts of time, students are left with no option but to sacrifice their actual free time going to private tuitions to cover up for their loss at school and in order to make sure that they can pass with acceptable grades in their examinations.

In addition to the wastage of time, an extra sum of money is also to be paid by parents. The worrying thing is the endorsements for such institutions by influential individuals who are also a model to follow for our students. When a 36 A grades holder student in CAIE Examinations opens up a center for private tuitions, the students are further compelled to believe that this is the only way that they can succeed at this level. It is not such individuals who are to blame. Simply put, you need to earn your life back. You need to break this cycle of tiring routine and live your life as it is meant to be.

Do what is required, when it is required. Choose a school with no tuition policy as such schools are trying hard to deliver what's best in their students favour.

By: Zafar Ali Khan

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Zafar Ali Khan (ZAK) is an O/A level Computer Science Pakistani educator, entrepreneur, and former programmer. He supports a free online education platform www.zakonweb.com to impart O and A level resources. His resources include notes, video lectures, online discussion groups, an artificial intelligence based virtual assistant, upcoming Android and IOS based apps and a website.

ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 2210, 0478 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CIE is offered.

ZAK has taught in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 23 years. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CIE. ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes are very famous among the learners.

Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned public and corporate organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of the large local and international corporations both as a part of them and as a consultant. This wide array of organizations commence from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with, before opting for a teaching profession, are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.

To reap a maximum result out of Zak’s efforts it is important to understand his point of view. In simple words, he wants to showcase his research to widest possible audience, enhance subject’s reputation, fulfill social responsibility – provide education for all, share best practice locally & internationally, allow his work for peer review, maximize the use and increase availability of O/A CS educational materials, and to raise standards of educational resources by gathering more contributors.

Additional O/A Computer Science Resources: 

To save costs for students, provide access to more quality choices, help preparation for CS courses and retention of knowledge gained after course completion, more clarity and certainty regarding reuse of materials, Zak has developed few of the following resources so far:

A Detailed Website (www.zakonweb.com): For O/A level computers all of the resources possible are built, optimized and made available through this website. These resources include but not limited to notes, lectures, assignments, and topical past papers etc.

Online Subject Discussion Groups (OL www.zakonweb.com/ogroup, AL www.zakonweb.com/agroup): For good understanding of a subject, learning never ends without sharing own and contributing to others’ efforts. These groups make that possible effortlessly. With several hundred teachers and thousands of students from many countries this group will never put you behind when you are in need of CS related help.

YouTube channel (www.zakonweb.com/videos): Modern learning is half done without online lectures’ videos. Here it all ends to seal the deal.

An Artificial Intelligent Chat Bot (www.zakonweb.com/zbot): An effort to enhance 24/7 help, a virtual tutor A.I bot is on the way; not perfect though, it will keep you busy learning and may be entertaining.


Mobile Apps: Coming soon, these Apps will keep learners on toes when it comes to support seeking.

Student Encouragement & Support:

Education Fund: Not a big one though but in personal capacity and with friends’ help many students are given support for their tuition fees at schools, centers and universities.

Football Club, Karachi Intrepid FC: Zak being owner and president. Up-and-coming football club from the central region of Karachi, who soon will make in your hearts, gather your support, and will have the whole region glow with the memories it will make, and the echelon of success it will win! 

Online & Offline Tuition Classes: Reinforcement classes for school students and primary source of CS education for private students.

ZAKathon, Education Tomorrowland (www.zakathon.com): Initially started as a random experiment, these workshop classes in five years’ time have evolved phenomenally in strength and fame. ZAKathon are longer hours’ revision workshop classes that are held just before the CIE paper days and purpose is to help students increase their understanding of O/A level subjects, bolster knowledge gained during these classes and leave students fully prepared for their exams. Certainly it can be termed as "Education Tomorrowland".


ZAK can be reached at:
Contact Card

You’re Who You Surround Yourself With

You’re Who You Surround Yourself With

We meet a lot of people throughout our lives, but there are a few we decide to call our friends; but as we’re advancing in time, it is witnessed that the word “Friend” has become underrated and is often misinterpreted. If students realize the huge impact that Friendship has on academics, they’ll think a thousand times before calling someone their friend. Thomas Fuller said,

“If you have one true friend, you have more than your share.” 

To understand this, we have to know the difference between a Friend, and an enabler. An enabler will allow you to do everything, let it be good or bad, as they don’t care for you; while a true friend will never allow you to harm yourself, let it be in academics, or in any other way. It is not necessary that if your friend is a high achiever, you’ll magically become one yourself, it doesn’t work like that. But, it is a fact that he will advice you to study on time, will help you whenever you’re in need of it, and will always enable you to push your limits. A better company can be judged in many ways, one judgment can be made by your habits in the company you keep, as if the company you keep enables you to indulge in healthy activities such as sports, and are not indulging in health ruining activities like drugs, you can consider yourself in good hands. But that is not the only factor, another factor can be the usual topic of discussion between you and your preferred company, as the famous Eleanor Roosevelt said,

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”

The quote itself is enough insight on defining the judgment criteria of the company you surround yourself with.  How you’re treated in good or bad times can be one of the greatest factor on judging the company you keep, as it is extremely easy to be there for someone in good times, but to be there for someone in their bad times, when they really need a helping hand and have nothing to offer in return, this is the stunt that only a true friend will pull. Lastly, if we try to simplify this whole dilemma of what a friend actually is, we can say that a friend is someone who stays, no matter what. It is as simple as that.

To find a friend that is true to you, it is easier said than done; but once achieved, it can serve as a support system in not only academics, but in every aspect of your life, through every thick and thin and through any hurdle that life throws at you, because it is a bond that transcends all barriers, and all it asks for in return is the same. Helen Keller said,

“Walking with a friend in the dark, is better than walking alone in the light.”


By: Zafar Ali Khan

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Zafar Ali Khan (ZAK) is an O/A level Computer Science Pakistani educator, entrepreneur, and former programmer. He supports a free online education platform www.zakonweb.com to impart O and A level resources. His resources include notes, video lectures, online discussion groups, an artificial intelligence based virtual assistant, upcoming Android and IOS based apps and a website.

ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 2210, 0478 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CIE is offered.

ZAK has taught in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 23 years. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CIE. ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes are very famous among the learners.

Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned public and corporate organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of the large local and international corporations both as a part of them and as a consultant. This wide array of organizations commence from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with, before opting for a teaching profession, are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.

To reap a maximum result out of Zak’s efforts it is important to understand his point of view. In simple words, he wants to showcase his research to widest possible audience, enhance subject’s reputation, fulfill social responsibility – provide education for all, share best practice locally & internationally, allow his work for peer review, maximize the use and increase availability of O/A CS educational materials, and to raise standards of educational resources by gathering more contributors.

Additional O/A Computer Science Resources: 

To save costs for students, provide access to more quality choices, help preparation for CS courses and retention of knowledge gained after course completion, more clarity and certainty regarding reuse of materials, Zak has developed few of the following resources so far:

A Detailed Website (www.zakonweb.com): For O/A level computers all of the resources possible are built, optimized and made available through this website. These resources include but not limited to notes, lectures, assignments, and topical past papers etc.

Online Subject Discussion Groups (OL www.zakonweb.com/ogroup, AL www.zakonweb.com/agroup): For good understanding of a subject, learning never ends without sharing own and contributing to others’ efforts. These groups make that possible effortlessly. With several hundred teachers and thousands of students from many countries this group will never put you behind when you are in need of CS related help.

YouTube channel (www.zakonweb.com/videos): Modern learning is half done without online lectures’ videos. Here it all ends to seal the deal.

An Artificial Intelligent Chat Bot (www.zakonweb.com/zbot): An effort to enhance 24/7 help, a virtual tutor A.I bot is on the way; not perfect though, it will keep you busy learning and may be entertaining.


Mobile Apps: Coming soon, these Apps will keep learners on toes when it comes to support seeking.

Student Encouragement & Support:

Education Fund: Not a big one though but in personal capacity and with friends’ help many students are given support for their tuition fees at schools, centers and universities.

Football Club, Karachi Intrepid FC: Zak being owner and president. Up-and-coming football club from the central region of Karachi, who soon will make in your hearts, gather your support, and will have the whole region glow with the memories it will make, and the echelon of success it will win! 

Online & Offline Tuition Classes: Reinforcement classes for school students and primary source of CS education for private students.

ZAKathon, Education Tomorrowland (www.zakathon.com): Initially started as a random experiment, these workshop classes in five years’ time have evolved phenomenally in strength and fame. ZAKathon are longer hours’ revision workshop classes that are held just before the CIE paper days and purpose is to help students increase their understanding of O/A level subjects, bolster knowledge gained during these classes and leave students fully prepared for their exams. Certainly it can be termed as "Education Tomorrowland".

ZAK can be reached at:
Contact Card



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A rich Septennial history of signature #Zakathon events

Zafar Ali Khan & Computer Science Marathons ------ Zakathon
The marathons that you usually hear about start off with multiple candidates but only one winner. It is every man for himself and there are plenty of those who don’t make it. The marathon that I’ve been leading my students on since a span of seven years is slightly different though.

Every journey of a successful venture has fond memories attached to it. Spanning over 7 years from 2012-2018, the journey has been an incredible one for us. I came up with the concept of Zakathon —marathon sessions of Computer Science revision classes held prior to CAIE exams in the month of May. In Zakathon, we all operate as a single team. We do not run against each other, but with each other. Here there are no tracks for you to run — just O/A levels computer science lectures that you must grasp for hours on end to reach your ultimate goal. My students are athletes but of a different kind — they put in their blood, sweat and tears for a different cause—to enhance their understanding of O/A levels Computer Science to a new level altogether.

Zakathon session in progress
It was in 2015 that thing turned around for Zakathon and it became a booming success with the introduction of Zakathon webinar. Students and teachers from various schools belonging to different cities and countries were invited to live stream Zakathon webinar sessions. The innovative concept was well-received as it opened the doors of learning to many students across the CAIE world. This led to the rise of Zakathon and ultimately, it spread to 900 students locally and webinars across the globe were offered.

Zakathon session at Suffa university
The bond established with the students over these 12-hour long sessions is one that we would always cherish. From 2 schools in 2012 with 22 students to 70 schools and 900 students in 2018, the journey is one which seems improbable and magical. It all started off with me delivering the lectures in a simple way—physically standing in front of the classroom with attentive students. Now, Zakathon has progressed to a new level altogether and makes use of modern educational tools to instruct and inspire students which also includes using webinars.

Schools are offered free Zakathon sessions
To further ensure that the effects of the event were far-reached, alongside students and teachers around the country and abroad it was decided to keep the webinars free of cost around the globe for schools’ students’ collective sessions at school premises. In the commercialized world, this step was something that could not be expected to happen. However, with the grace of Almighty God, it was made sure that no one should miss out on an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills.

One of the most pleasant experiences of Zakathon has been that teachers locally at the venues and from around the world have participated in these sessions in order to get a firmer grasp over the subject of Computer Science. I must commend these teachers for not being egotistical at all and being humble enough to learn from Zakathon. Such attitude from teachers demonstrates that at the end of the day, they have the best interests of their students at heart. Hats off!


Zakathon High Achiever Prize Distribution Ceremonies
Along with providing all the participants with souvenirs and free-of-cost provision of the services for those students who are in need and those attending the session through webinars at registered schools, an extraordinary step was taken to reward those students who achieved exceptionally well results in their CAIE. So another feather in Zakathon’s cap has been the steady rise of the list of high achievers. Every year, those who tend to strive and produce excellent results are presented with awards and prizes in recognition of their best results. To encourage, embolden and boost the morale of my students, I invite industry leaders to Zakathon’s annual prize distribution ceremony where those who have achieved well in the CAIE and academic spheres are presented with awards and prizes. From 1 such high-achiever in 2013 to 20 exceptional students in 2018, the success of our efforts was speaking for itself.

Friends, Colleagues and Memories
Nothing gives me greater joy and affection than to look back over the years at the start of Zakathon and to witness where it stands today. I’ve made many friends, colleagues and memories over the years—not one which I have regretted. It is my vision to keep Zakathon up and running for as long as I can so that many can benefit from its sessions and Pakistani children are able to score stellar grades. So, if you’re fretting over your upcoming CAIE exams and seem to be grappling with Computer Science, register for the upcoming Zakathon to ensure you do justice to your preparation!

Related Links:
Website: www.zakathon.com
Event: www.zakathon.com/event
Prize Distribution Ceremony: 7th #Zakathon 2018 - High Achiever Awards

By: Zafar Ali Khan

--------------------------------------------------------------
Zafar Ali Khan (ZAK) is an O/A level Computer Science Pakistani educator, entrepreneur, and former programmer. He supports a free online education platform www.zakonweb.com to impart O and A level resources. His resources include notes, video lectures, online discussion groups, an artificial intelligence based virtual assistant, upcoming Android and IOS based apps and a website.

ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 2210, 0478 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CIE is offered.

ZAK has taught in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 23 years. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CIE. ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes are very famous among the learners.

Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned public and corporate organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of the large local and international corporations both as a part of them and as a consultant. This wide array of organizations commence from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with, before opting for a teaching profession, are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.

To reap a maximum result out of Zak’s efforts it is important to understand his point of view. In simple words, he wants to showcase his research to widest possible audience, enhance subject’s reputation, fulfill social responsibility – provide education for all, share best practice locally & internationally, allow his work for peer review, maximize the use and increase availability of O/A CS educational materials, and to raise standards of educational resources by gathering more contributors.

Additional O/A Computer Science Resources: 

To save costs for students, provide access to more quality choices, help preparation for CS courses and retention of knowledge gained after course completion, more clarity and certainty regarding reuse of materials, Zak has developed few of the following resources so far:

A Detailed Website (www.zakonweb.com): For O/A level computers all of the resources possible are built, optimized and made available through this website. These resources include but not limited to notes, lectures, assignments, and topical past papers etc.


Online Subject Discussion Groups (OL www.zakonweb.com/ogroup, AL www.zakonweb.com/agroup): For good understanding of a subject, learning never ends without sharing own and contributing to others’ efforts. These groups make that possible effortlessly. With several hundred teachers and thousands of students from many countries this group will never put you behind when you are in need of CS related help.

YouTube channel (www.zakonweb.com/videos): Modern learning is half done without online lectures’ videos. Here it all ends to seal the deal.

An Artificial Intelligent Chat Bot (www.zakonweb.com/zbot): An effort to enhance 24/7 help, a virtual tutor A.I bot is on the way; not perfect though, it will keep you busy learning and may be entertaining.


Mobile Apps: Coming soon, these Apps will keep learners on toes when it comes to support seeking.

Student Encouragement & Support:

Education Fund: Not a big one though but in personal capacity and with friends’ help many students are given support for their tuition fees at schools, centers and universities.

Football Club, Karachi Intrepid FC: Zak being owner and president. Up-and-coming football club from the central region of Karachi, who soon will make in your hearts, gather your support, and will have the whole region glow with the memories it will make, and the echelon of success it will win! 

Online & Offline Tuition Classes: Reinforcement classes for school students and primary source of CS education for private students.

ZAKathon, Education Tomorrowland (www.zakathon.com): Initially started as a random experiment, these workshop classes in five years’ time have evolved phenomenally in strength and fame. ZAKathon are longer hours’ revision workshop classes that are held just before the CIE paper days and purpose is to help students increase their understanding of O/A level subjects, bolster knowledge gained during these classes and leave students fully prepared for their exams. Certainly it can be termed as "Education Tomorrowland".


ZAK can be reached at:
Contact Card

Monday, October 15, 2018

Students and Stress


Student life, a stressed commodity where supposedly every thing is in chaos, but amidst that chaos, some students emerge like the knight in shining armor. The debatable point here is that how’re those students different than those who’re always stressed but are not achieving enough in their academics. It is absolutely true when Albert Einstein said that:

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” 

But it is also a fact that hard work always overcomes talent. There are a few important factors that come into play when students think that they are not achieving well because of the “Stress of education” in their lives, the most important being time management. The distinguishing line between a high achieving student and a stressed student is that the high achiever doesn’t start to study at the 11th hour. Studying before hand can be a game changer for any student, but if you prioritize your social circle and spend hours scrolling and switching between the same apps on your phone rather than studying, than you’re bound to get stressed when push comes to shove. Another factor that can be counted is the sleeping pattern of a student. This might not sound like a big deal, but an improper sleeping pattern initiates an uncontrollable chain of events, as the student who sleeps late will wake up with the mind of a zombie, a mind that is already struggling to keep the eyes open long enough for the class to end and will not be able to absorb the information that is being delivered at that time, thus failing to understand the lecture, which will ultimately lead to the student lacking behind on his studies.

Being attentive in class is another factor that can be taken into account. There is a vast amount of students who’re physically present in class, but mentally, they are in their own bliss. Students who find different activities do in class, such as using mobile phones and talking unnecessarily rather than concentrating on the lecture are the same students who stress over every course being difficult. Lastly, one of the most important factors to be stated here is that students should take responsibility for their own actions. Playing the blame game, pointing fingers on the teacher and blaming your failures on certain circumstances will never result in the betterment of the situation, it can only make things worse. Things will only change when you stand up, dust yourself off and take charge of things, because the world doesn’t owe you anything. Mark Twain said:

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” 

The game is simple, if you want something, you can either stress over it and have nothing, or you’ll have to go after it until it’s yours to possess forever. The best advice that can be given to any student is to always try one more time, because you lose only when you give up.

Related article: Theory of 24 Hours of Learning


By: Zafar Ali Khan

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Zafar Ali Khan (ZAK) is an O/A level Computer Science Pakistani educator, entrepreneur, and former programmer. He supports a free online education platform www.zakonweb.com to impart O and A level resources. His resources include notes, video lectures, online discussion groups, an artificial intelligence based virtual assistant, upcoming Android and IOS based apps and a website.

ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 2210, 0478 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CIE is offered.

ZAK has taught in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 23 years. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CIE. ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes are very famous among the learners.

Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned public and corporate organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of the large local and international corporations both as a part of them and as a consultant. This wide array of organizations commence from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with, before opting for a teaching profession, are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.

To reap a maximum result out of Zak’s efforts it is important to understand his point of view. In simple words, he wants to showcase his research to widest possible audience, enhance subject’s reputation, fulfill social responsibility – provide education for all, share best practice locally & internationally, allow his work for peer review, maximize the use and increase availability of O/A CS educational materials, and to raise standards of educational resources by gathering more contributors.

Additional O/A Computer Science Resources: 

To save costs for students, provide access to more quality choices, help preparation for CS courses and retention of knowledge gained after course completion, more clarity and certainty regarding reuse of materials, Zak has developed few of the following resources so far:

A Detailed Website (www.zakonweb.com): For O/A level computers all of the resources possible are built, optimized and made available through this website. These resources include but not limited to notes, lectures, assignments, and topical past papers etc.


Online Subject Discussion Groups (OL www.zakonweb.com/ogroup, AL www.zakonweb.com/agroup): For good understanding of a subject, learning never ends without sharing own and contributing to others’ efforts. These groups make that possible effortlessly. With several hundred teachers and thousands of students from many countries this group will never put you behind when you are in need of CS related help.


YouTube channel (www.zakonweb.com/videos): Modern learning is half done without online lectures’ videos. Here it all ends to seal the deal.

An Artificial Intelligent Chat Bot (www.zakonweb.com/zbot): An effort to enhance 24/7 help, a virtual tutor A.I bot is on the way; not perfect though, it will keep you busy learning and may be entertaining.

Mobile Apps: Coming soon, these Apps will keep learners on toes when it comes to support seeking.

Student Encouragement & Support:

Education Fund: Not a big one though but in personal capacity and with friends’ help many students are given support for their tuition fees at schools, centers and universities.

Football Club, Karachi Intrepid FC: Zak being owner and president. Up-and-coming football club from the central region of Karachi, who soon will make in your hearts, gather your support, and will have the whole region glow with the memories it will make, and the echelon of success it will win! 

Online & Offline Tuition Classes: Reinforcement classes for school students and primary source of CS education for private students.

ZAKathon, Education Tomorrowland (www.zakathon.com): Initially started as a random experiment, these workshop classes in five years’ time have evolved phenomenally in strength and fame. ZAKathon are longer hours’ revision workshop classes that are held just before the CIE paper days and purpose is to help students increase their understanding of O/A level subjects, bolster knowledge gained during these classes and leave students fully prepared for their exams. Certainly it can be termed as "Education Tomorrowland".


ZAK can be reached at:
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Saturday, October 06, 2018

Computer Sciences vs Computer Engineering. What to choose?

Computer Sciences vs. Computer Engineering. What to choose?
Its nearly that time of the year, when A2 and Second Year Students are searching for options and universities to apply in for their higher education. Where many fields are clear that in what they are offering, curriculum in Computer fields are unclear to students. Students interested in the field of IT are utterly confused between Computer Engineering and Computer Sciences as the boundary between the two fields is thought to be blurred. However, this is not true, as we shall see.

You people would probably know the difference between hardware and software, right? That is simply the difference between ENGINEERING and SCIENCES.

In Computer Engineering, the main focus is towards the hardware side, such as designing new and better processors, storage mediums, etc. There is some focus towards the software side as well, though. So, it can be thought to be a mixture of Electronics Engineering and Computer Sciences, where you are required to work both in the hardware, which is actually the main area of study, and in software, which constitutes some part of the degree program.

Computer Sciences, on the other hand, focuses more towards the software side. You want to make games, you go for Computer Sciences (CS). You want to make any software for a firm, you’ll require Computer Sciences. And the list goes on. So, for all geeks out there who plan to sit in front of their laptop screens and simply change the world from there, then what are you waiting for? Simply sign up for the best CS degree you can get out there and be ready to fulfill your dreams. Kudos!

It’ll also be good to tell you a bit about the Accreditations of degrees for both the programs:
Computer Engineering, as the name suggests, is granted a degree by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) once you’ve completed the program from any of the recognized universities. So, all in all, you can go out there and boast about it without thinking about “Log Kia Kahenge” as after all, you’ll still be an ENGINEER.

Computer Science, on the other hand, is not an Engineering Degree. Instead, it is something much bigger. Ever heard of a scientist, guys? Those Nerdy looking, Big Spectacle people who are carrying out crazy experiments and blowing up things? That is exactly what you are called at the end of the degree program. A. COMPUTER. SCIENTIST. Though, neither are you nerdy looking, nor (expectedly) blowing things up. Instead of the PEC, you’re accredited by National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC), which, in case you are wondering, is also recognized by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

So now comes the decision of which one to choose. However, it is surprising, that the choice is fairly simple for most of the people out there, both because of the job market and the work involved in the respective fields.

Computer Engineering, due to its nature of work, offers little in innovation. Its more or less about improving the existing technologies, or producing those which are similar in functionality to the previous ones.

Computer Sciences, on the other hand, is more about innovation. You’re a scientist, that’s what you’re supposed to do right? Create new things. Whether it be a solution to any real-world problem, or a game, or even a new operating system faster than Apple’s iOS, you need to use your innovation, which, as you can see, is more polished in this direction.

So, if you believe that you want to go for something more mainstream and settled, with a clear vision of what you need to do, and of course, the title of an engineer, you may go for Computer Engineering.

But, if you believe that your innovation and ideas can change the world, then go for being a scientist. No Second Thoughts!!

Related article: Why choose Computer Science as a Career?

By: Zafar Ali Khan

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Zafar Ali Khan (ZAK) is an O/A level Computer Science Pakistani educator, entrepreneur, and former programmer. He supports a free online education platform www.zakonweb.com to impart O and A level resources. His resources include notes, video lectures, online discussion groups, an artificial intelligence based virtual assistant, upcoming Android and IOS based apps and a website.

ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 2210, 0478 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CIE is offered.

ZAK has taught in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 23 years. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CIE. ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes are very famous among the learners.

Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned public and corporate organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of the large local and international corporations both as a part of them and as a consultant. This wide array of organizations commence from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with, before opting for a teaching profession, are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.



To reap a maximum result out of Zak’s efforts it is important to understand his point of view. In simple words, he wants to showcase his research to widest possible audience, enhance subject’s reputation, fulfill social responsibility – provide education for all, share best practice locally & internationally, allow his work for peer review, maximize the use and increase availability of O/A CS educational materials, and to raise standards of educational resources by gathering more contributors.


Additional O/A Computer Science Resources: 


To save costs for students, provide access to more quality choices, help preparation for CS courses and retention of knowledge gained after course completion, more clarity and certainty regarding reuse of materials, Zak has developed few of the following resources so far:



A Detailed Website (www.zakonweb.com): For O/A level computers all of the resources possible are built, optimized and made available through this website. These resources include but not limited to notes, lectures, assignments, and topical past papers etc.


Online Subject Discussion Groups (OL www.zakonweb.com/ogroup, AL www.zakonweb.com/agroup): For good understanding of a subject, learning never ends without sharing own and contributing to others’ efforts. These groups make that possible effortlessly. With several hundred teachers and thousands of students from many countries this group will never put you behind when you are in need of CS related help.

YouTube channel (www.zakonweb.com/videos): Modern learning is half done without online lectures’ videos. Here it all ends to seal the deal.

An Artificial Intelligent Chat Bot (www.zakonweb.com/zbot): An effort to enhance 24/7 help, a virtual tutor A.I bot is on the way; not perfect though, it will keep you busy learning and may be entertaining.

Mobile Apps: Coming soon, these Apps will keep learners on toes when it comes to support seeking.

Student Encouragement & Support:

Education Fund: Not a big one though but in personal capacity and with friends’ help many students are given support for their tuition fees at schools, centers and universities.

Football Club, Karachi Intrepid FC: Zak being owner and president. Up-and-coming football club from the central region of Karachi, who soon will make in your hearts, gather your support, and will have the whole region glow with the memories it will make, and the echelon of success it will win! 

Online & Offline Tuition Classes: Reinforcement classes for school students and primary source of CS education for private students.

ZAKathon, Education Tomorrowland (www.zakathon.com): Initially started as a random experiment, these workshop classes in five years’ time have evolved phenomenally in strength and fame. ZAKathon are longer hours’ revision workshop classes that are held just before the CIE paper days and purpose is to help students increase their understanding of O/A level subjects, bolster knowledge gained during these classes and leave students fully prepared for their exams. Certainly it can be termed as "Education Tomorrowland".


ZAK can be reached at:
Contact Card

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Why choose Computer Science as a Career?

Computer Science as a Career?
Almost every teenager in Pakistan after completing their High school education goes through the stressful thought process of choosing a career path. It’s a fact that there are those who seem like they have their whole lives planned out, but the majority struggles and seeks guidance to select a field that will help them fulfill their desired goals in life. The intent of writing this article is not to tell you that selecting Computer Science (CS) as a career will suddenly fill your life with rainbows and unicorns, the intent is to tell you the hows and whats of what one can achieve by selecting this career.

In it’s core definition, Computer Science is the study of the theory, experimentation, and engineering that form the basis for the design and use of computers, but to understand CS in its practical paradigms, we have to look at the bigger picture and the pathways that branch out after entering the door of CS. The first reason to choose Computer Science is simple, it’s a digital age! (if you might not have noticed), so the world will always need more Computer Scientists. Want another reason? Name one Industry which is working without the help of computers today, let it be science, health care or engineering. If they have a problem, it’s up to the Computer Scientist to design a specific software solution for them.

If you’re not a huge fan of the common 9 to 5, CS provides you with the necessary skills required to initiate your own innovative startup; it can be a website or mobile application, you won’t have to reach out to anyone else for these startup boosters. This field will not only teach you the skills that will help you land a better job, the problem solving mindset that one develops through out this field stays forever, and the value of an efficient problem solving mindset can not be stated in mere words.

Another motivator to choose CS can be the fact that this field is filled with amazing sub-fields to choose from. Who wouldn’t love to make an artificially intelligent bot to do their work for them? Who wouldn’t want to escape reality and roam around in another dimension through the power of Virtual Reality? Who wouldn’t want to develop games that can be a source of entertainment for hours? Developing Websites and Mobile Applications in your free time and earning a decent amount of money from it, who wouldn’t love that? And these are just some of the immensely large number of work areas in the magical world of Computer Science. Lastly, the point many students ponder upon; Yes! Computer Science pays excellently, but the catch is quite simple, like Confucius said:

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

It is a fact that selecting a career path is a tough decision, and I would never suggest anyone to select Computer Science as a career because they might think it’s easy, it’s unquestionably not, but if anyone is remotely interested in this field, I can claim without a doubt in my heart that it can be a long road, but it is definitely worth it. In the end, the equation is quite simple as put forward by Hamilton Holt:
“Nothing worthwhile comes easily.”

Related article: Computer Sciences vs Computer Engineering. What to choose?

By: Zafar Ali Khan

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Zafar Ali Khan [ZAK] is an O/A level Computer Science Pakistani educator, entrepreneur, and former programmer. He supports a free online education platform www.zakonweb.com to impart O and A level resources. His resources include notes, video lectures, online discussion groups, an artificial intelligence based virtual assistant, upcoming Android and IOS based apps and a website.

ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 2210 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CIE is offered.

ZAK has taught in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 18 years. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CIE. ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes are very famous among the learners.

Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned public and corporate organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of the large local and international corporations both as a part of them and as a consultant. This wide array of organizations commence from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with, before opting for a teaching profession, are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.


To reap a maximum result out of Zak’s efforts it is important to understand his point of view. In simple words, he wants to showcase his research to widest possible audience, enhance subject’s reputation, fulfill social responsibility – provide education for all, share best practice locally & internationally, allow his work for peer review, maximize the use and increase availability of O/A CS educational materials, and to raise standards of educational resources by gathering more contributors.


Additional O/A Computer Science Resources: 

To save costs for students, provide access to more quality choices, help preparation for CS courses and retention of knowledge gained after course completion, more clarity and certainty regarding reuse of materials, Zak has developed few of the following resources so far:

A Detailed Website (www.zakonweb.com): For O/A level computers all of the resources possible are built, optimized and made available through this website. These resources include but not limited to notes, lectures, assignments, and topical past papers etc.
Online Subject Discussion Groups (OL www.zakonweb.com/ogroup, AL www.zakonweb.com/agroup): For good understanding of a subject, learning never ends without sharing own and contributing to others’ efforts. These groups make that possible effortlessly. With several hundred teachers and thousands of students from many countries this group will never put you behind when you are in need of CS related help.

Topic Lecture Videos YouTube channel (www.zakonweb.com/videos): Modern learning is half done without online lectures’ videos. Here it all ends to seal the deal.

An Artificial Intelligent Chat Bot (www.zakonweb.com/zbot): An effort to enhance 24/7 help, a virtual tutor A.I bot is on the way; not perfect though, it will keep you busy learning and may be entertaining.

Mobile Apps: Coming soon, these Apps will keep learners on toes when it comes to support seeking.

Student Encouragement & Support:

Education Fund: Not a big one though but in personal capacity and with friends’ help many students are given support for their tuition fees at schools, centers and universities.

Football Club, Karachi Intrepid FC: Zak being owner and president. Up-and-coming football club from the central region of Karachi, who soon will make in your hearts, gather your support, and will have the whole region glow with the memories it will make, and the echelon of success it will win! 

Online & Offline Tuition Classes: Reinforcement classes for school students and primary source of CS education for private students.

ZAKathon, Education Tomorrowland (www.zakathon.com): Initially started as a random experiment, these workshop classes in five years’ time have evolved phenomenally in strength and fame. ZAKathon are longer hours’ revision workshop classes that are held just before the CIE paper days and purpose is to help students increase their understanding of O/A level subjects, bolster knowledge gained during these classes and leave students fully prepared for their exams. Certainly it can be termed as "Education Tomorrowland".


ZAK can be reached at:
Contact Card