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July 2018

7 Things to Know Before Entering University


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In a few days’ time, you’ll begin your university journey. This is also the beginning of adulthood for many. Are you ready? Here are 7 things to know before you step onto the campus!

1. Get in touch with course mates and lecturers on social media

To prepare yourself, look up social networks of student societies that you’re interested in. Start by joining in the conversations. This is a great way of getting to know your schoolmates before you’ve stepped onto campus.  Who knows, you may even find a fellow course mate or a fellow freshman who’s just as excited for school!

2. Be mentally prepared

It’s a huge transition to uni and it will not be easy. Learn to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and mentally prepare yourself. You will feel lost and intimidated, be it with navigating campus grounds, or getting used to new modules. But go in with an open mind and the willingness to learn. And you’ll learn more than you thought you would.

3. Be sure to attend Orientation

Typically held on the first week of the new semester, the orientation is a great opportunity to bond with your new çampus mates Sure, anxiety starts to creep in at the thought of being in a new environment with thousands of people you don’t know. But look at it this way – all freshmen are on the same boat. Plus, you’ll need support for the next few years of your uni life. Why not start here?

4. Get to know your lecturers

While they may seem intimidating, lecturers are really nice and may seem more like a friend than a teacher. They are there to help you and will give you extra tips. Don’t forget that lecturers are professionals from various industries as well. They could connect you to their networks, potentially opening more doors for your future career.

5. Plan your exam schedule wisely

At the start of each semester, the exam dates for every module will be released. Before selecting the modules, take a look at which days will have 2-3 exams in a day. Space out your exam dates.

6. The best study spots

Find study spots where you wouldn’t mind studying on your own. There are tons of excellent spots to study alone or in large groups. I guess it’s awesome that all universities have Instagrammable spots! Kill two birds with one stone and snap some Instagram-worthy photos during breaks.

7. Use your first semester as a gauge

It’s only your first semester. Let it be the pilot semester for trials and errors. Be it about picking a certain number of modules, finding the best places to study, or revision hacks. For example, if taking four modules is too taxing for your first semester, try taking three modules or switch it to an elective. This is a great time to find what works for you.

Wishing you all the best for your first semester!

Have Work Experience? Now You Can Apply for A Full-Time Poly Course

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Have you ever felt like you wanted to continue your studies but missed your boat when you had to start working to sustain the family? 

Adult learners and working professionals, rejoice! You can do just that from 2019 onwards. You will be eligible for a full-time diploma course based on your working experience. 

This was announced by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Education Minister, at the ITE Graduation Ceremony 2018 on 3 July. Steps have been taken by our Ministry of Education to reduce the over-emphasis on academic grades and chasing of marks. This will help working professionals deepen their skills on a formal level. 

While entrance into polytechnics based on academic qualifications have been loosened, so have the Institute of Technical Education (ITEs). Below are the changes in admission policies that will be implemented AY2019 onwards in ITEs and Polys:

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MOE will ensure sufficient places are provided for an additional segment of applicants. Polytechnics will also put in place a wider range of assessment tools to ensure that applicants have the acquired prerequisite competencies to cope with the programmes.

What great news for our lifelong learners! Seize this opportunity and grab your place, adult learners.

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