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