10.05pm. Woke up really early that day to attend my sister's graduation at Ngee Ann Poly. She finished her course with a merit award and a GPA 4.0. I'm so proud of her! Suddenly i am looking forward to receiving my result in August. I can't wait! Will i be able to score 3 As out of the 4 subjects i took? If i can score 3 As, then a first class honor will be in my favor! I just need a total of 5As to get a First Class Honor in UOL. I wonder how difficult it is to get first class honor because i heard from a lot of students about the exam being too tough and etc. I find it rather approachable though.
So i have one conclusion from the comments i heard and that is that they DIDN'T STUDY HARD ENOUGH. haha. Well, perhaps the marking criteria is very high and therefore it explains why so many students fail the exam. Anyhow, I just hope for 3As now.
Let's talk about school today. In a blink of an eye, i will be graduating from University next year! How fast time pass. It feels like just yesterday when i ended my Bridging Exam.
Here is how SIM University of London works: Click here for (part 2)
BEFORE ENROLLING TO SIM
Ok first and foremost, you will get to choose which private university you would like to enroll to in SIM. There are quite a few options and the tuition fee aren't cheap too. Cut short u can just go to the open house to know it all. RMIT requires students to do projects and you have tests and exams. In UOL, University of London, it is just a 100% exam paper. This means that you only take one exam paper in the whole year for that particular subject.
In other words, if you fail that paper you have to pay $1000 to retake that subject. This is not the bad news, the bad news is that you won't be graduating in the same year with your friends. Now this is sad right?! lol. Imagine you are the only one left behind and your friends are already graduating. So my suggestion is to work hard and study hard.
AFTER YOU CHOOSE UOL / BRIDGING COURSE
If you graduate from JC, you take a 3 year path in UOL.
If you graduate from Polytechnic taking the related course, you can pay $2000 to take a Bridging Course. If you pass with a minimum grade of B, you will skip the first year and proceed to the second year. In this case, you will be taking either 8 or 9 subjects in the 2 year path. 8 subjects if your polytechnic course is directly related to the degree you're getting. and 9 subjects if you are studying in a related field. For example, if you studied banking & finance in your poly & also doing the same for your degree then you only study 8. If, however, you studied business admin in your poly but is choosing banking & finance for your degree you will take 9 subjects.
The Bridging Course takes slightly more than a month and you will have your exam shortly after that. Basically what this bridging course does is to prep you in your Math and Economics. For me, i had to take AMath and Introduction to Econs. I am taking Banking and Finance degree.
The Bridging Course is easy. There were a lot of hints here and there and the lecturers were great. However, you can still fail if you DON'T STUDY.
Ok, now that you have passed your Bridging Test, you are ready for second year course!! You will select your timetable and subjects in the school's web. There will be instructions to guide you along.
Also, my suggestion is to take something that interests you and is easy to pass. LOL. I mean seriously, nobody is gonna care what you studied in University. What is the most important thing is the Certificate and that's it.
Don't get me wrong but it is always better to take something that is useful for your future too. Just don't be an idiot and choose a tough subject just cause you wanna show it off but have a higher chance of failing!
Do it the right way.
AFTER PASSING BRIDGING COURSE/ GETTING ENROLLED
Ok, now that you have selected the subjects you will be waiting for school to start.
You will be asked to join the enrolment talk and orientation. This is to welcome you!!! Is it a must to go? Well, i'm pretty sure there is one person who didn't attend. Yeap. It is the writer here. Hello (smile & waving). They won't scold you or punish you. Don't worry. As long as you pay money to the school, you are fine. They leave you alone. But honestly i would recommend you to go if you know you're going in alone. It is really difficult to find friends in UOL due to the little/almost minimal interaction between school mates.
The school term starts around late September to the following year end of MAY.
Once school starts, you have around 5 months to 6 months of school and then it is final examination time! Yay, time passes really quickly here.
Just prepare about 20k for your WHOLE DEGREE PROGRAM. And if you fail any paper, just get another 1k plus FOR EACH PAPER. You don't pay 20k lump sum straight away. Each year, you will PAY 3 TIMES.
First is the continuation registration fee - S$370 to London side. This payment is usually done early before school starts. You will receive email on your school email account asking you to pay money... haha.
If you are first year student you pay about $700 for the new registration fee, subsequently u pay S$370 for each school year (the continuation registration fee).
Second is the tuition fee to SIM side. This is the fee that you pay to lecturers. Should be about S$1280 per module. Inclusive of GST. So if you're taking 4 modules this year, it will be $1280x4. This payment is done in the near the end of the year. (remember your school starts in late September. you pay this around November/December).
Lastly you wait till January to pay for your exam fees to London side. S$580 per module!
ALL PAYMENTS ARE PAID THOUGH AXS MACHINE!!!!
Then, you can go for final exam in May. You also have prelims in early March okay!!!
ok i will stop here now. Please read part 2 and part 3 for more details. There are just so much to talk about. I will be going deeper into school life & what to expect in those posts.
Talk to you all soon! Thanks for reading.