NUS module reviews AY19/20 Y1S2

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do note that the following modules were taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and because of that, there were numerous changes to the teaching method and assessment components. As such, I will be writing how the module should be (if not for the pandemic) and how it has changed for a more accurate review.

  1. FAS1102: Public Writing and Communication

Tutor: Dr Noelle Catherine Wee

Workload:

  • Tutorial participation: 20%
  • Individual/Group blog article: 35%
  • Group presentation: 35% –> Changed to online presentation via Zoom due to COVID-19 situation
  • Individual reflection letter: 10%

Webcast: N/A

Tutorials: Weekly two-hours

The whole course revolves just around two main things: writing a blog article and a group oral presentation. You have to form your own group (3 or 4), come up with a social issue and write/present on it. Things will be difficult at the start as you find an issue to write on but once it is settled, the other things should fall in place smoothly.

This is a compulsory public communication course for all FASS students so whether you like speaking or not, you have to do this module. As compared to FAS1101, FAS1102 definitely has a lighter workload and a more interesting scope. But, FAS1102 has weekly assignments (mostly graded as ‘tutorial participation’ only) to be submitted. While tiresome, I personally find this useful as it drills me to be focused on my topic and it does save some time when our group prepared for our blog and presentation.

My tutor was rather strict in class but in terms of marking, I think she is not very strict. Go for regular consultations and follow the rubrics well and you should be fine.

Tip: Since you can form your own groups, do this class with your friends i.e. select the same class during ModReg exercise. It would be much more convenient and comfortable for yall since this module requires plenty of after-class group discussions.

Expected grade: A-

2. GER1000: Quantitative Reasoning

Tutor: Chua Nam Chew

Tutorials: Odd/even, 5 tutorials in total

Workload (initial—>updated):

  • Class participation: 9% –> 10%
  • ExamSoft practice paper: 1% –> 0%
  • Weekly quizzes: 20% —> 25%
  • Project (Report + Presentation): 35% –> 45%
  • Finals MCQs: 35% —> 20%

GER1000 mainly focuses on teaching students how to read a research paper critically with respect to the numbers and figures used in one. Some of the topics covered are probability, hypothesis testing, types of sampling and differences between a cohort study and case-control study. While insightful, I personally do not find GER1000 relevant (yet). Good to know that there is no reading for this module.

There are quite a few calculations involved in this module and for stats major, or students who have/are taking stats-related module, GER1000 should be easy for you.

The project was surprisingly very manageable. It consists of two main parts: a 4-page summary of a research article and newspaper report, and a group presentation of it. The teaching team will release a list of questions to be covered for the report and presentation so what your team has to do is to simply answer the list of questions. Initially, the presentation was supposed to be conducted face-to-face but because of the COVID-19 situation, it was done via Zoom instead.

Weekly quizzes are manageable although it is still better if you join your cohort’s GER1000 Telegram group for further discussions of the questions. The finals for my batch only had 14 MCQs since we only had 1 hour (previously 2 hours). Because it’s all MCQs, it’s hella tricky.

FYI, the groupings are pre-allocated so there really is no point trying to do this class with your friends.

Tip: For econs students, do take EC2303 together with GER1000 since both have overlapping concepts, albeit only a little.

Expected grade: B+

3. EC2101: Microeconomic Analysis I

Lecturer: Dr. Zhang Yang

Lectures: webcasted

Tutorials: weekly, one-hour

Workload:

  • Tutorial attendance (5%)
  • Tutorial participation (5%)
  • Pair/group Homework 1 & 2 (15%)
  • Midterms (25%)
  • Finals (45%)
  • Pre-lecture quizzes (5%)

It is a core module for economics major and it basically covers four big concepts: consumer theory (preferences, budget line and optimal basket), producer theory (isoquant, isocost, cost-minimising choice of inputs), exchange economy and perfect competition in the SR and LR.

Dr. Zhang is really a funny lecturer who covers every single concepts in depth. I’m guessing it’s because she has taught this module for n number of times, she knows what misconceptions students will usually have. Ask any econs student and they will say that Dr. Zhang cracks great jokes and is a genuinely nice lecturer. I remember her telling us this joke as she was going through a lecture. So this particular slide had an empty spot on its left side and Dr. Zhang said that this was the invisible hand *face palms*.

While I find it content-heavy (maybe i feel this way because it’s my first lvl 2k mod), there’s really nothing much to memorise since the finals and midterms test you on your understanding. Good thing to know is that there is no reading, just textbook (quite light).

The homework sets are done in pairs or trios and are rather manageable and it is good to find someone reliable to do it with. The average is high at 14-14.5/15 lmao so this tells you something about the bellcurve for this module.

Both finals and midterms had MCQs and short-answer questions and as usual, MCQs are tricky and very time-consuming. For my batch, our finals were held over Examplify and needless to say, the navigation and everything was bad. We were only required to type in the key equations and workings for the finals. Not blaming anyone for this but I would say my performance was rather affected because I’m simply not used to doing an examination online.

Tip: Do EC2104 WITH EC2101 or EC2104 with EC1101E. Heard that doing EC2101 and EC2102 is ok but personally won’t do so because it’s rather content-heavy.

Expected grade: B

4. MA1505: Mathematics I

Lecturer/Tutor: Dr. Ng Wee Seng

Lectures: none. Watch pre-recorded videos released by lecturer (all-at-once) OTOT

Tutorials: weekly 2-hours

Workload:

  • Class attendance (10%)
  • Class assignments (10%)
  • Lecture quiz (15%)
  • Finals (65%)

Took this module as preclusion to EC2104 simply because EC2104 was oversubscribed, so I’m guessing I’m one of the only few econs students who did not do EC2104 at all. Don’t even get me started on why I could not get EC2104. Just a friendly tip for all freshies: JUST declare your major first to secure the relevant 2k modules. You can change your major anytime (not after 5th semester if i’m not wrong, so JUST declare to have higher priority in ModReg)

Initially very very bitter over having to do this module and especially needing to do vectors again (After MA1301) but halfway through the semester, I’m glad I did this over EC2104.

To begin, MA1505 is a introductory mathematics course for ENGINEERING students. With that said, you can imagine the vast amount of vectors involved in this course and yes, that is true. The whole MA1505 centers around: partial differentiation, multiple integrals (and polar coordinates), vector functions, vector fields (calculating work done) and infinite series (Taylor, Maclaurin, Fourier series). But fortunately, this module does not require any background in engineering or physics; it only requires us to solve the questions. Simply put, it is a math exam with lots of integration, trigonometry, differentiation and vectors.

And why did I say I prefer this over EC2104?

  • NO lectures at all (except for one briefing lecture on week 1). Everything was taught via pre-recorded videos by the prof and he releases all videos at once. This means that you can really do things at your own pace although he has a recommended weekly study plan. And this brings me to my next point:
  • The whole module was very well-organised.
    • The teaching materials were very comprehensive (we had summary notes for every chapter?!). Lots of practice papers to work on.
    • The tutorial questions also had labels to tell us which example in the lecture notes we should refer to while solving.
    • Each week we were told what chapters to cover and what tutorials to do. Not gonna lie but I feel this is important for students but sadly, some other modules are rather vague on the timeline.
  • Gotta say the lecturer who was my tutor too was very patient in teaching and clearing up common misconceptions.
  • Weekly-in class assignments were effective in making us understand key concepts.
    • so basically in each tutorial, the tutor will go through the key concepts for each chapter. then he will go through every question from the tutorials.
    • afterwards, the tutor will give you this worksheet (with two questions) where you are expected to finish and submit by end of class.
    • you can consult the prof, discuss with your friends if you have any doubts.
    • and my tutor gives us the final answers for each question so in a way, you know whether you are doing it right or wrong.
  • We are allowed to bring in CHEAT SHEETS for exams LOL this will never exist for econs modules

The finals were pretty manageable and the questions required no engineering knowledge at all. It was held over LumiNUS and the exam was divided into two segments. For each segment, we had to write our workings on blank A4 papers, scan and upload to LumiNUS. Gotta say this was certainly the most logical and easiest way of conducting the examinations online. And it sure is fair too because sometimes our final answers may be wrong but with this, we can still earn some working marks.

Surprisingly, I found myself enjoying this module although the content will 99% not gonna be relevant to me in the future lmao.

Expected grade: B+

5. DAO1704X: Decision Analytics using Spreadsheets

Lecturer: Tung Yi-Liang

Lectures: webcasted (each lecture valid for only 2 weeks)

Tutorials: weekly one-hour

Workload:

  • Tutorial participation (15%)
  • Individual assignment x 2 (15%)
  • Group project (15%)
  • Weekly LumiNUS quizzes (15%)
  • Finals (40%)

This was by far the weirdest module I’ve ever taken in NUS. DAO1704/DAO1704X is something like an introductory module for the business analytics specialisation offered under the NUS Business School. But as its name suggests, this module is all about solving problems via MS Excel. For starters, it requires basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel because you will be relying heavily on it for your assignments, quizzes etc.

Do note that the workload is for the X-coded DAO1704X. For business students, this module is simply DAO1704. The content is the same but the assignments may slightly differ to cater to the non-business students.

The four main themes in this module are: probability, decision trees, linear programming and sensitivity analysis, and discrete optimisation. The odd part is the four main topics aren’t very linked to one another so the whole course itself just seems very out of place at times.

At the beginning, the theme of probability takes up at least 5 lectures and it covers the basic probability concepts like normal distribution, exponential distribution and joint probability distribution. While it might seem tough, it is pretty manageable because you do not have to use or apply any mathematical formula for it; you just need to write in the Excel formula e.g. =BINOM.DIST(x,n,p,TRUE/FALSE) for your final examinations. This is one reason why I found the course weird. But anyways, that’s the part on probability.

The next big topic is on decision trees and it oddly takes up just one whole chapter. This is closely linked to probability and it is one of those topic where if your first few steps are wrong, the subsequent workings will definitely be wrong and I’m guessing this was what happened to me for finals :/

Lastly, linear programming is basically about optimising a problem given a constraint. Don’t be afraid of the term though because there is literally no computer programming here. We are just using Excel’s built-in Solver to solve problems. For econs students, this is literally the case of utility maximisation and cost-minimising. There will be lots of graph drawings for this theme so you’ve gotta be comfortable with graphs, calculating gradients etc. Sensitivity analysis falls under this because it is about examining the change to an objective value and optimal solution when one of the objective coefficient or constraint coefficient changes. It is pretty intuitive once you actually understand the whole graph-drawing part. Discrete optimisation is similar to LP except that there are some decision variables that are binary (yes or no/ 1 or 0) and/or integers-only.

How was the assignments like for this module? Well for the first individual assignment, I barely passed it because it mainly covers probability concepts and I was rather confused with the different types of probability distributions at the beginning. The second one was slightly better as it did not had any probability questions.

The final for this module was very interesting. So, there are four main questions with each question dedicated to a specific theme – probability, decision tree, linear programming and sensitivity analysis, and discrete optimisation. You can just leave your answers in terms of Excel formula for this module. And as for the remaining topics involving Excel’s Solver, there will be a screenshot of the Excel cells, Solver’s Answer Report and Sensitivity Report given and you have to analyse and write your answers. I still cannot get over how weird this format is but ok.

Have very mixed feelings about this module as I was often confused by the class content. Morover, the whole semester was very disruptive to begin. We were supposed to have F2F one-hour tutorials every week but one of our TA was in Hubei and hence, she could not fly back to Singapore. In the end, our prof took over the physical tutorials for two weeks followed by another two weeks by another TA. No Zoom lessons were conducted after the whole COVID-19 situation worsened and we simply watched videos of our prof and TA explain tutorial questions and quizzes. So, our tutorial participation is essentially a given so long as you finished watching the required videos per week.

Tip: for those planning to do this for UE, do be aware that there might be seniors from other faculties who have done stats/math modules before doing this. This can kinda affect the bellcurve.

Expected grade: B+

Overall, would say that this semester was significantly better than my first semester in terms of workload. There was almost no readings or papers to read and write because everything was just math-based (Except FAS1102).

Poly to NUS/SMU/NTU

Hey there, for those of you who read my first post you would know that I have just graduated from poly and am applying to universities

What was I offered?

I was invited by both SMU and NUS for their early admissions exercise and scholarships application. NUS also send me a physical letter and booklet to apply for their University Scholars Programme (USP) , which I was offered a place in I but did not accept it , and I may explain more later or in subsequent posts. I only applied for NTU under their normal polytechnic application window period.

NUS

  • Applied for application and scholarships in end November; only got my results in end March
  • Turns out is is because of the special programmes – Double Major, Double Degree, Concurrent Degree, Joint Degree – that delayed my application

I indicated the following programmes and was offered this Double Major in Communications and New Media (FASS) with Management (Business). Here are my choices:

Special Programmes

  1. Economics with Business Analytics (Double Major)
  2. Business Administration & Communications and New Media (Double Degree)
  3. Business Analytics and Economics (Double Major)
  4. Communications and New Media with Management (Double Major)
  5. Economics with a Minor in Business Analytics

Single Degree programmes

  1. Arts and Social Sciences
  2. Business Administration
  3. Business Analytics

I remember being very lost and was on the hopes of giving up when I got my course as I only placed it there for fun. I honestly did not know how NUS processes its application and I assumed they look at your single degree choices first. I wanted to be in FASS, not directly into CNM, and for the past few weeks I kept waiting for NTU’s offer and ways to appeal into FASS.

It was then that I wonder: why appeal into FASS when my home faculty is FASS?! I called up the CNM Department and the person who spoke to me and emailed me assured me that I need not appeal at all since I am already a FASS student. I was so relieved back then!!! My doubts were also reassured when I asked the Dean’s Office during the FASS Open House in May.

Nobody knows how the application process works but I think it goes by the following order:

  1. Indication for any Special Programmes (As listed above)
  2. GPA/A Level Scores
  3. Order of programmes

NUS does send out rejection letters too so if you have not received your letter, don’t fret as it only means you are on the waiting list!

Come to think of it, I’m kinda lucky to got into the 4th choice instead of my 2nd & 3rd choices as my home faculty will not be FASS then.

FAQ

  1. What are the changes in Application Status?

It goes from Application Received > Application Processing > Application has been Processed. When you reach the last phase, go in to the OASF after midnight or login to the Joint Acceptance Portal to view your offer.

2. Can I drop my Double Major/Double Degree?

If you are like me and am planning to drop my second major, then the answer is yes. You will be matriculated into your HOME FACULTY (please check your offer letter, it states it clearly) as a single degree student. Aka no need to appeal during the appeal period. This is the case for FASS so for other Faculties/Schools, please check with your respective schools.

3. How will I be notified on my application outcome?

You have to check the OASF regularly. A day or two after the outcome has been released, NUS will send you a SMS.

4. Do I need to take the Qualifying English Test (QET) or Mother Tongue languages in NUS? (Read below for more info)

Unfortunately the answer for the first part is a yes. In NUS, QET is administered by its own language centres and not MOE. For polytechnic students who do not have any GCE ‘A’ Level in GP, SAT etc we MUST take the QET test before we start our first semester in NUS. This test will determine whether we need to take any English modules in NUS and if yes, how many. This system is a little bit different from NTU as from what I know, only students with grade C5 and below for their GCE ‘O’ Level English need to do the test. Not sure about SMU either.

Luckily for us though, the Mother Tongue language Requirement (MTL Requirement set out by MOE) is not applicable to poly students. That means we do not need to fulfill any MT modules.

NTU

  • Applied during the normal poly window period
  • Got offered in early April

I went for simpler programmes in NTU partially because their combinations – except for one – did not interest me as much as NUS’.

Here are what I indicated:

  1. Economics and Media Analytics (Double Major)
  2. Economics
  3. Business
  4. Business with a Minor in Strategic Communication

Unlike NUS, I was overjoyed and literally jumped when I saw my offer. It was what I wanted since poly and I told myself “NTU it is!”. That was, however, not the case :’)

I chose FASS instead and I will tell more in subsequent posts. But for now, that’s all I’m sharing about NTU.

I did not attend any interviews or do any tests for this offer, purely based on GPA.

FAQ

1. How hard is it to enter the Double Major programme by NTU COHASS?

Honestly I have no idea. This Double Major programme (DMP) is relatively new, only established in 2016, and has six different combinations under its School of Social Sciences, School of Humanities, Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information (WKWSCI) and School of Art, Design and Media. The annual intake is only 45 FOR THE SIX COMBINATIONS.

For my batch, the 10th percentile IGP for A levels were AAA/B and there was no GPA for polytechnic students as the sample size was too small. I applied with 3.88 so you can estimate it from there.

The combinations offered under this DMP are:

  1. Economics and Media Analytics
  2. Economics & Psychology (Quite popular)
  3. Economics and Public Policy and Global Affairs
  4. Psychology and Media Analytics
  5. Psychology and Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
  6. English Literature and Art History

2. Like SMU, NUS, are there any home faculty?

No. From the sharing session that I attended, the double major students belong anywhere yet they don’t really belong to anywhere (if you get what I mean).

3. What is the difference between a double major and second major in NTU?

Unlike NUS (I think), NTU does separates its double major and second major programmes well.

Double Major simple means two equal-weightage major: 42% to your first; 42% to your second and the balance to General Education modules. It is reflected on your degree certificate.

Second Major, if i’m not wrong, only has 25% weightage for your second major. It will NOT be reflected on the certificate, but only the transcript.

4. How will I be notified on my application outcome?

NTU will send you an email. I got mine at 7pm+ on a Monday, kinda surprised since I thought they off work at 6 LOL.

SMU

  • Applied under early admissions
  • Didn’t went for any admission interview
  • Got invited for Discovery Day 1-2 weeks after I applied but I could not make it due to urgent school event
  • Went for scholarships interview with the School of Economics instead after my last semester results were released

I applied for the following programmes:

  1. Economics
  2. Information Systems (1st major choice: Information Systems; 2nd major choice: Smart-City Management & Technology)
  3. Social Science (1st major choice: Politics, Law and Economics; 2nd major choice: Political Science, Psychology and Sociology)
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Physical offer letter from SMU

FAQ

1. What is Discovery Day? Who is it for?

It is literally an event where you go down to SMU, listen to some talks relating to admission and your major. They will present you your offer letter AT THE END OF SESSION. You MUST sit throughout the entire session, lest your offer be revoked.

Quoting from SMU’s website, Discovery Day exists because “This is because we have noticed over the years that there is a select group of students whose application material demonstrates very well the academic ability and qualities that we value. Invariably, they also excel at the traditional interview, are admitted, and thrive at SMU. We believe that we have learnt, after 15 years, how to spot these applications. Thus, for this group of students, they will be shortlisted on the basis of the quality of their submission, and be invited to visit SMU on “SMU Discovery Day”. Our engagement will then be directed at confirming that they are indeed an excellent match for the education that SMU offers, and for them to confirm that SMU is the university of choice for them. Our commitment is to work with applicants to help them make the best decisions for themselves.

We continue to be committed to the belief that we would have met and engaged with each and every student whom we choose to admit. This opportunity is valuable to us because it helps us better understand the applicants’ fit for SMU, and it helps them make an informed decision about their choice of university and programme of study.”

2. How are the admission interviews like?

I have zero idea since I did not attend one but from my friends who did, it was a casual chit-chat with the professors and some may ask you to do some tests beforehand. She waited for 1 – 2 weeks after her interview before receiving an offer letter from them.

3. How was the scholarship interview?

To be frank, I did not know why SMU even shortlisted me considering how my GPA wasn’t perfect (my friend who had 4.0 didn’t get called so I assumed they go by GPA). The interview was with two prof from your School and they asked A LOT of questions regarding the discipline e.g. why economics, what do you know about economics, discuss with me some Singapore’s economic policies.

Obviously I flunked since I was not prepared to handle such questions at all; I prep for the traditional questions such as “why should we accept you?” etc LOL.

After the interview, the prof then handed me my offer letter and other info sheet in the envelope. No rejection email/letter will be send if you failed the scholarship interview.

4. How will I be notified on my application outcome?

For Discovery Day: They will send you an email inviting you to go down campus. Then on the date itself, they will present you with your physical offer letter.

For Scholarships: They will CALL and EMAIL you your scheduled time and day. Then on the date itself, they will present you with your physical offer letter.

For regular applications: I think they will CALL and EMAIL you on your admissions interview. If you are accepted a place, they should send you an email with your e-letter. How long does it take for them to offer you? Based on my friends, it was around 1-2 weeks.

SO, WHAT DID I CHOOSE?

NUS FASS.

All the schools had their pros and cons and I shall talk about them in a later post. I hope that my sharing can help some university applicants with their application and feel free to ask any questions if need be.

FOR INCOMING POLY-TO-NUS UNDERGRADS

Firstly, welcome to NUS. As a polytechnic graduate myself, I really did not know that things will be slightly different for me. For example I actually have to take a Qualifying English Test (QET), before I commence school, which will determine if I need to do any additional English modules. If you are in FASS, this is more troublesome because your core writing modules FAS1101 or FMA and FAS1102 require you to be exempted from QET or have read and passed the relevant English modules. AKA if you need to do additional modules, it will delay the reading of FAS1101/FAS1102. But all is not lost as we are exempted from 20 MCs worth of Unrestricted Electives. Read on to find out more about the things you should take note before entering NUS.

1. Qualifying English Test (QET)

As the name suggests, the QET is a placement test to determine the English capabilities of students who are not exempted from it. It judges your academic writing skills, your grammar and language use, as well as vocabulary. It is administered by NUS’ own Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) so the exemption criteria is different from NTU (FYI students who got C5 and below for GCE ‘O’ Level need to do the test).

The test is held twice a year – one in July before school commences and the other in November. It is highly recommended for anyone to take it in July before you start your freshman year to delay reading of any modules (especially FASS and Biz kids!!).

Who needs to do the test?

The QET is compulsory for students who do not have the necessary English qualifications. For those of us who went to a polytechnic, you must do the test unless you have taken any other qualification tests for instance GCE ‘A’ Level General Paper before or Theory of Knowledge. If you have taken any international English qualifying test before or am an international student, you might wanna check this LINK to determine if you need to do QET.

P.S. Please be diligent enough and read to see if you are exempted from the test. I only found out that I needed to do it when my friend reminded me as I assumed my GCE ‘O’ Level grades were sufficient. And your Faculty will only mass-send a reminder email to everyone so it is up to you to check if you need to do the test.
What is the test format?
You will be given two texts (non-fiction duh) and a question. From there, you have to write an argumentative essay using references from the text, your own knowledge and experiences. The good part about QET is that content is of lesser importance; they are looking for grammar mistakes instead. It does not mean that your essay does not make sense. You still must have a stand and solid content in your paper.
The test is 1 hour 45 minutes and this includes reading time, writing time etc.
FYI the test was conducted in digital format using our own laptops for my round so I’m not sure if it will differ for yours.

How did I prepare for the test?

I revised on basic Grammar such as subject-verb agreements, sentence structure, prepositions and even the differences between American and British spelling. It actually helps a lot considering the fact that QET largely focuses on grammar. Knowing more vocabulary would be advantageous and most importantly, know what is expected from an argumentative essay. That means, have an introduction, a stand, thesis statement, rebuttal etc.

There is also a sample paper for you to try when you go for the compulsory QET briefing. Please do try it under exam conditions as it will be really helpful.

What happens if you fail the test?

You don’t fail the test per se. Everyone gets a band grade from 1 – 3. If you get a Band 1, it means that you have to take two additional English modules ES1001, ES1103. Do note that ES1103 can only be taken AFTER ES1001 is read so yup, it does take up quite a number of time. If you get Band 2, you only need to read ES1103. And if you managed to get Band 3 then good for you because you need no more Queen’s England modules!

IMPORTANT FOR FASS FRESHIES: Do note that the FASS Writing modules FAS1101/FMA and FAS1102 require you to be exempted from QET or have gotten a Band 3 or have completed all the relevant English modules. So if you have a Band 1, you have to clear ES1001 in your first semester, ES1103 in your semester and consider taking both FAS1101 AND FAS1102 in your first semester of your second year. Otherwise, you can just take it easy and take one module at a time but do note that these are supposed to be foundation modules to help you in presentations and academic essay writing.

2. Advanced Placement Credits

Luckily for us poly kia we are given 20 Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) for our Unrestricted Electives (UEs). If you haven’t already know, UEs are part of the graduation requirements and we need 36 MCs to graduate. So do your math and you will realise we only need 16 MCs of UEs, which means we only need to study 4 UEs modules.

It’s good if you are not planning to take an additional language or do a second major/minor/degree because you have more free time in your senior years. It also means that, with proper planning of course, you can complete your studies sooner and head to the workforce. There is, however, nothing much worth celebrating if you are doing second major/minor/degree because you still need to take average of 5 modules per semester.

3. Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Requirement

Another good news for us poly kids, no more Mother Tongue! For some reasons, apart from polytechnic and international students, everyone else is required to have fulfill the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Requirement before they enter university or complete it during their candidature. It is set out by the Ministry of Education and I’m just thankful I do not have to do Mother Tongue because it will really take up a lot of time.

FYI I am actually bilingual in Chinese and I can speak, write and read Chinese well. It’s just that the thought of DOING Chinese again really scares me as I hate things such as comprehension and oral LOL.


That’s all for now. Other than that, I feel that polytechnic will be similar to university in terms of how lectures and tutorials are carried out. You (and I) will definitely face stiffer competition as we are now competing against JC students but do not worry as we each have our own pace and goal. Stay strong (to myself too LOL) and I hope to see you in FASS.

Feel free to leave any questions/comments below.