Friday, September 19, 2014

How SIM UOL works | Things to know (part 2)

Hi everyone! It has been a year since i've enrolled into UOL. I hope this piece of information helps you along the journey here.

In part 1,  i talked about getting into the school, the bridging course, the school fees and etc. In today's post, i will be focusing on things to check/look out for!!!

Click here for part 3 where i talked about my results and everything you need to know about exams in UOL. 

DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR NOTES AFTER YOUR EXAM. 

I really regretted throwing away those notes just straight after exam. Even if you think you are super confident that you will score an A, just don't throw. Keep all the lecture notes and tutorial notes first until you receive your result. This is to prevent you from having to reprint/rewrite everything IF you fail any of those subjects. I am speaking from past experience haha. I thought i would at least get a pass for Microeconomic but unfortunately i failed. My micro lecturer was the best micro lecturer in school so of course his notes are presumably the best. BUT I THREW THEM ALL AWAY.



CHECK OUT ON THE LECTURER THAT YOU ARE GETTING.

In 2015, NO STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE NAME OF  THE LECTURER ON THEIR SELECTED TIMETABLE SCHEDULE ANYMORE. Meaning to say, you don't know which lecturer you 'are getting'. Why is this so important? I assure you it is because every lecturer's teaching method is different. You may, unfortunately, get a lecturer whose teaching style is not suitable for you. Put bluntly, they don't teach that well compared to other lecturers of the same subject. There are a few lecturers teaching in same subject in the school. 

Imagine you get a lecturer who makes u get more confused in your subject while your other friends attending the other lecturer's lesson understand everything. Who is gonna get the good marks there? We all want good grades.

Then what do you do??? We crash other people's lecture lor. We simply find what is the other lecturer's timetable and then crash his/her lesson. Only thing to take note is that you have to do this EARLY because you might be off track due to different lecturer's speed and teaching method.

CHECK OUT ON HARDWAREZONE.com.sg and just search for SIM UOL

There is a forum discussing all the things you need to know in UOL. It is very good!




TIMETABLE IN UOL

Every lecture is 3 hours. THERE ARE NO TUTORIALS so there are no lessons held in classroom. Everything is in the lecture hall with a whole bunch of other lecture mates.

When you select your timetable, u get to choose 4 different time slots:

Morning class: 8.30 am to 11.30am 
Afternoon class: 12pm to 3pm 
Evening class: 3.30pm to 6.30pm 
Night class: 7pm to 10pm

As you can tell, there is a 30 minutes interval in every time slot for students to take breaks. You can squeeze all your 4 lessons in one day. You start your day from 8.30am to 10pm. So u only go school one day BUT by the 3rd lesson, i guarantee your brain is not gonna work efficiently anymore. There will be too much information going on.

Also, i don't recommend you to select a morning class and an evening class on the same day. Then what you are going to do in between 12pm to 3pm??? Usually after my morning class, i will want to go home straight. Its too tiring! haha

To make sure your understand every lesson attentively, the best is to have one lesson each day. For example: Today i have my Microeconomics lesson at morning class. Tomorrow i have my Investment Management at afternoon class. Or i can select my timetable on a Monday then another one on a Wednesday. All up to you.

You will be assigned to different enrolment timings. This is called the enrolment exercise. SIM will send you an email telling you when is your enrolment exercise. - selecting your timetable.

If you are at the second batch or so, the good timings will get taken away. But on and off they will add in new timeslots for students to choose.

There was a few times i only get to choose Friday lesson 3.30 to 6.30 or Saturday lesson 8.30 to 11.30. After a while, there were new timeslots coming in. You can always email the school admin for a switch of timings if you give them valid reason.




RECOMMENDED LECTURER (Based on the lecturers i had and the course i'm taking. I am taking Banking & Finance)

For PBF (Principles of Banking & Finance): I actually don't recommend Mervyn. His lesson is a little hard to understand. So definitely not for slow learners like me. lol. But he is very patient and he will answer your questions if you need help! So please ask him if you need any help in any concepts that you don't understand.

For CF (Corporate Finance) : I don't recommend Esther. She talks super fast and she never stops talking for straight 3 hours. So its either you get it or you don't get it. I would just say some of the concept is not well explained. As in for me, some of the things she say don't make sense to me. She was trying to explain but i just don't understand what she is talking about. Again, if you are not very academic smart, you might want to choose a lecturer who talks slower and clearer.

For Micro (Microeconomics): Derek Hui's class. HE IS AWESOME. I think it is because i have already studied Micro before (my previous micro lecturer was Mark Harris who is a very popular lecture in the school but sadly has resigned all of a sudden) so concepts were more easily absorbed. But i have to say he teaches REALLY WELL. He stressed on important words and he SPEAKS CLEARLY. He tells you the reason behind every concept. Everything is just clear and neat.

For POA (Principles of Accounting) : I was in Manek's class. Erm, i don't actually like the way he teaches because its just copying what he writes on the screen. As in, he only do one or two examples of each topic without really explaining the whole concept. You know what i mean? For e.g. this question tests you on knowledge A but this whole topic might consist of A B and C.

For IM (Investments Management) :  Pick Jonathan Peh. I was in his class. I recorded his lesson & listen it back at home. Everything is hand-written. Very good. He is the recommended lecturer for IM too.

Ok i'll stop going on this list because you can get so much more recommendations on other lecturers on hardwarezone.


HOW TO MAKE MORE FRIENDS IN UOL? 

To make more friends, you join those subject's whatsapp chat group. Just go to hardware zone (Search SIM UOL LIP LAIS) and you will see that there are people creating whatsapp chat for a particular subject. Join it because you never know when you need help! For e.g. crashing into their class and knowing the venues & etc.

Alternatively, just be brave and say HELLO THERE! when you are in the lecture. Usually people will choose to sit one seat away from you. I don't know why but people do that. Its like saying "ok... i don't want to make friends. don't talk to me. i can't find other seats." Then they put their bag separating you and them. haha.






OK! I think i am done for now! Those are just my views so you don't have to follow if you feel otherwise.

Thanks for reading and hope this helps you on your journey in UOL and have a happy lifestyle in school!

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BTW the school's canteen is always packed with people i think Makan place from Ngee Ann Poly is a good alternative if you need lunch after class. haha.



update: Just received my final results last night, read here for part 4 last part.

174 comments:

  1. Hey Thanks for sharing! But I have a question over here. Is attendance really important? Because I have a few of morning classes that I don't find it useful and wish to skip (Not tapping for attendance). Hahaha is that actually okay for me to do that?

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  2. Hi LR, i have a friend whom didnt tap for attendance and nothing happens. haha. But i personally tap even if im not attending the class. So the timetable that u choose is really impt becuz ,say, if u dun want to attend tues's class but ur selected timetable is on tues then u have to go to sch just to tap the card - very troublesome. :)

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  3. Hi Kacey, thanks for the good posts. They are good reads. Just a question. Are all UOL modules throughout your 3 years in UOL, available in these 3 timings (8.30am-11.30am, 12pm - 3pm, 3pm - 6pm)?

    I myself would like to apply for part-time job hence would like to know more. But the school advised not to go it due to modules lecturer may only be available at 2 timings out of the 3.

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    1. Hi Alan,

      There are 4 timings 8.30am-11.30am. 12-3, 3.30-6.30pm and 7pm to 10pm. Normally only part-time students take 7-10pm slot cuz u won't want to have classes that late right? haha.

      Actually u can do a part time job while studying full-time and wouldn't mess up ur schedule. Since you won't have school everyday, u can have a part time job. For me, i only have school on Tues & Wednesday, leaving my other days free!


      hope it helps?


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  4. Hi there! I like reading your posts with regards to UOL stuffs! I'm also currently studying in UOL, but I'm from Accounting & Finance! I do agree with you that Mervyn's teaching is quite difficult difficult to understand but he seems very knowledgable and can really explain everything in depth. Anyway, what modules are you currently taking now?

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  5. Hello! Thank you for sharing, currently I'm waiting for my bridging courses in the late May. Anyway I'm from Accounting & Fiance. Would like to ask how do you study for the bridging courses? As I does not have mathematics background, kinda nervous now. What is expected of me? Is the bridging courses hard? Thank you & look forward for your favorable reply ^^

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    1. hello lynnie :) u should study right from the start of the day! The math test is based on a lot of A Math stuff that u learned in Secondary school. So if u have not studied A math before, maybe u should start from the first day and just keep practising.

      I remember i had only about 4 weeks plus to prepare for the test. But i started studying only 2 weeks before the test. I got 2 Bs haha. As long as u pass, that's all tt matters. B or A doesnt matter.

      And the course is not tough. dont worry :) .

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  6. Hello Kacey ^^ thank you for the tips.

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  7. Hi Kacey :-) Thank you for the informative post! I'm interested in b&f and e&f. I'm not proficient in maths and I'm not sure if e&f would suit me. However i do understand that there's nothing that cannot be accomplished with effort. Please advice ^^

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    1. Hi i think this is a super late reply. I was scrolling down the comments and saw an un-replied one. I'm not sure if i had replied u or not. Did i? But anw, u should have chosen your course by now already. I hope u will like the one u chose! So did u go for b&f or e&f?

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  8. hi, its abit late. but im from sim uol banking and finance too. I have exemption so I proceed to year 2 too. but im also same condition as you, im worried that I will fail econs. if I fail I have to study 3 years from the start again or just pay 1k?

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    1. If u fail, u just need to retake that subject. U dont have to study all the year one subjects.

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    2. R u taking 8 or 9 subjects after bridgin?

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  9. 9. That's why I heard some people say for exemptions student that proceed straight to year2, once you fail one subject you have to restart from year 1 and study for 3 years.

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    1. Ok if u r taking 9, it means this yr u take 4 subjects next yr u take 5 which is the max number of subjects alr. So if u fail one subject this yr, it means next yr u r taking 6 which is possible if u appeal but highly not recommended. that's y its like u have to extend one year. So if u fail, next yr u can choose to take 2 subjects (including the one u fail) and 4 the last yr. Or do 3 3. Im doing 3 3. Its more well balance. U dont have to take year 1 subjects.

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  10. how about sch fees?

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    1. Hmm there r 3 times u need to pay. First to the school, second to the London side and last is around exam time , ur exam fees. :)

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  11. So meaning i have to pay year 2 sch fees again or will it be slightly cheaper abit?

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    1. If u fail, then u only pay that subject's exam fee and that subject's tuition fee.

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  12. How do i appeal for 6 subject in a year? Whats the possiblity that will be granted?

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    1. When u go to the school. Theres student service counter. Its at the basement. U can appeal there. They will give u a form to field. I don't know the chances of getting granted. Its highly not recommendable cuz 5 subjects is a lot or handle alr. When u go in u will know :)

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  13. Thanks alot for the help!

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  14. Anw, one more question. Did you finish the whole econs paper during the exam or you are unable to finish on time? If unable to finish, how many marks did you not done? Thanks

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    1. I finished it on time. Have to study as detailed as possible for me to do all the qns. Last year i had a lot uncertain answers. Hope this year i will get good results!

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  15. Hi there, did u take managerial econs or micro econs ? Which do you know is an easier subject to study ?

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    1. i took Micro. I think they say Managerial Econs is ok too. But definitely not Macro :)

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  16. If I had failed Microeconomics, instead of retaking the test, can I choose another module instead in the next year?

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    1. Hey, that i don't know. But i think u can replace that module if I'm not wrong o.o Don't give up so easily. Micro is actually not a tough paper. You just have to really understand all the concepts and try out various patterns urself. U can call the SIM UOL student service hotline to ask :) .

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  17. Hi kacey....I'll be taking uol econ and finance this year as year 1 in sim.. as there is no tutorial class for the studeNTS..so is approaching the past years questions important and it will help? I am wondering where to get those past years questions and the answer schemes for the past years questions. Btw may I know the notes will be given by lecturers or students have to photocopy it by ourselves? Tq so much

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    1. Hi, wow econs & finance is very tough! I heard its the toughest course, the next is banking & finance. haha.

      Yes doing past year questions is impt. very impt. you get to know the format and what kind of qns they ask. Must try to do as many as u can! Once u enrolled into SIM, u will login to SIM Connect and then u 'll get to access all the past year papers with examiner commentaries in the link. Don't worry. All inside SIM Connect.

      The notes are softcopy. So u must print them out yourself. They have printing stalls in the school :) .

      Hope i clarify all your doubts. Good luck!

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  18. Oh thankyou so much...and I forgotten to ask...besides pas year ques..is there any extra exercises recommended? I afraid of I can't catch up...esp maths and stATS as I didn't take maths during my sTPM time. Btw can we choose lecturer ourselves or sI'm will arrange it randomly? Tq kacey

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    1. Just need to keep practising and really understand what you are studying :) . Now you can't choose the lecturers already. The timetable that you're going to choose will not state who is the lecturer.

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  19. Hello there can I ask if you have Jonathan Peh's email? Also, if you still have his notes in soft copy and is willing to share, please let me know! thank you so much :)

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    1. Oh and also Lilibeth's, if you don't mind ^^; thank you!!

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    2. Hi, it's sim_uol_jonathan@ascentiz.com. sorry his notes is not accessible without a password! I can't download them either. He uses this website to upload his notes on it. I'm selling my own FI notes written in essay form already (it includes all external reading & diagrams and e.g.). Pm me if int!

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  20. Hi, do u by any chance have lee chin choo economic notes & zhang jian lin notes and syed mansoor math notes?

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    1. Hi so sorry for late reply. I don't have their notes :) dont take their lessons

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  21. hi thank you for sharing with us!! :) would like to ask if the recommended readings stated on the subject guide are important? like are we required to know the content or are they more for understanding?

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    1. Hi, i strongly recommend to do further readings from essential textbooks and further readings for theory modules. The examiner don't just look for copy paste type of exam answer from subject guide. That's not what they want.

      So u need to read more and know more then can score higher :)

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  22. Hi Kacey! I'm so glad I chanced upon your blog - you've packed some really good tips in one place!

    I'm actually taking the same course as you are too. And I was wondering ; from where were you able to see if there were other classes of the same module during that week? I actually missed one POA lecture and I have no idea where to find info of other lectures conducted on that same week. Could you please help me out? Thank you so much :)

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    1. Hi, thank! hmm u can either ask ur lecturer when his other classes are and where. If you don't get to see him already, u can ask on hardware zone. Otherwise, u just go to school and look at the board where they have all the timings for that day's lesson. It is at level one near the mama shop. So u look at your subject and see what timing there is and the location.

      hope it helps. :)

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  23. Hi there Kacey! its interesting to find yr blog post as i am currently contemplating between sit, unisim and sim uol for next year as i am graduating from poly soon. May i ask for the banking and finance course, does it have any projects or its 100% own effort? Also, when u mention 9 modules, is it for the whole 3 years, with bridging whats the diff in subjects n years n course fee?

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    1. Hi shuyin. I'm very happy to answer your qns! I have a friend who does his degree at unisim part time. i think he is doing quite well. I don't know much about unisim and sit. But SIT came to my polytechnic to recruit students before. I think UOL is just more prestigious than the rest.

      The rest i choose UOL over other uni is because I DO NOT WANT TO BE ANYMORE PROJECTS. haha. i had enough of projects during my poly years. So yes, UOL is 100% own effort. U only get tested ONCE for every modules at the end of your year. So say school reopens in early October, u will be attending a 3 hrs LECTURE ONLY for each chapter in each module (there are no tutorials). Then come March u can choose to take ur prelims or just MIA it. Then come May will be your one and only final exam that decides whether u r failing your subject or passing it. If you fail, (you need at least 40 marks to pass), then u just retake the next year and pay extra school fees.

      For your last qns, i actually only need to study 2 years taking total of 9 subjects (because i came from tourism course in poly so i didn't have background in finance, so i take additional 1 subject which is Principles of Banking and Finance in UOL. The rest who passed bridging and is from banking & finance in poly will only need to take 8 subjects)

      Here's how the 3 years work for me:
      students can only take a max of 5 subjects in the last year.
      i am taking 4 in the first year and 5 in the last year.
      since i failed one in my first year i have to retake in my last year which makes it 6 subjects. AND, its not encouraged by the school.
      So i had to extend one more year, split my 6 subjects into 3-3 for 2 years.
      that's how i ended up studying 3 years.

      But anyway i am quite grateful i failed one in the first year or else i wouldn't be able to handle 5 subjects in a year too. Its way too stressful to be honest.

      If u take bridging, u will skip the first year (meaning u skipped away all FUNDAMENTAL subjects such as statistics, math 1 and introduction to econs) so literally u will be on ur second year when u enter the school.

      Course fee i think i mentioned before. U pay 3 times every school term. Roughly about 10k each year (splitting 3 times to pay. 1 to pay London side for registration. 1 to pay SIM for lectures. 1 to pay London side for ur year end exam fees.)

      I hope this helps!





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    2. Hi, Kacey cho, i am from Business IT in poly so i think i only need to take 8 in Banking & Accounting. is it a good thing? And i am really interested in doing masters in LSE, u have any advise. P.S. I am also happy no need to do group work. thanks in advance

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    3. Hi, i am sorry if this is a late reply. U only take 8 subjects if u pass your bridging exam in UOL! If u r interested to do your master, you should have consistent and good result. In that case, u might be able to get a scholarship :).

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  24. Hey i came from poly too with the same course as u ( tourism) are you from Singapore poly? :) anyway, i'm looking for the accounting and finance, like you which totally has no finance background as well. Is it hard to study finance for non-biz student? is there alot of math calculation in uol? actually i'm not very good with my math and was hesitating to take up the course. Last question in your opinion, which is hardest course/subject so far and why? Thank you so much

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    1. Hi, I'm from Ngee ann Poly :). As long as u're interested in this field, it won't be hard! At first it was little tough for me because suddenly i'm doing a lot of accounting & learning about banks' stuff. But i was interested in it & i asked my friends for help if i don't know some thing!

      There are a lot of math calculations if you choose subjects related to math such as Micro Macro Accounting etc. But UOL also have theory based subjects (i.e. everything is theory, u write essays during exam. no calculations at all).

      I personally am not very good with Math too. Just need to know all the contents really well! It helps to voice record lessons if u need it!

      In my opinion so far, i think macro is the toughest. I didn't choose that as my subject, i chose Micro instead. Failed my Micro the first time due to complacency & scored A the second time. So, its not really that difficult :)

      You will get to know wad u need to choose as ur subjects when u enter UOL. There are fundamental subjects that u must take compulsory. If u're looking for accounting & finance degree, mostly u will be doing more math than me.

      For my elective subjects, i choose all that r not related to Math. haha

      Welcome to UOL if u're coming!

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    2. Hi. Thanks for replying ! Actually not really scared of math. just that in the earlier days i didnt have much interest in it because my teacher made it so confusing and boring. haha. Anyway like you said, as long as you have interest in it. Every obstacles will turned into opportunities. i'm actually quite curious, what's your views about choosing your university when you just graduated? what was your choices in that time? Why out of rest, you choose uol at that time? if given a second chance will you still choose uol again? :) haha ! sorry i have asked too much !

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    3. When i graduated from Poly, my options were RMIT/UOL. I can't get into the local universities if i wanna study business. Plus i don't want to do anymore projects or mini tests, so local universities is opt out naturally. That also makes RMIT being eliminated. RMIT is easier to pass tests though. I like how UOL focuses on just 1 year 1 paper and they don't have any tutorial lessons in classroom/ projects to do. So i'm on my own & i like that!

      I will still choose UOL. It has the perfect study system i wanted. Local universities is just too troublesome for me. But if circumstances change, say i have more money, i will go overseas to study lol. That's a whole difference case.

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    4. I think for your circumstances and preferences. Uol is best choice for you and same goes to me lol ( having similar circumstances ) uol, in term of reputation and quality is quite good cos it's lead by lse and comes with affordable cost and flexible schedule. The only things you need to get a good result is just discipline and time management I think. I see that you did quite well for some paper. All my best to you kacey. Just one last question. I heard that in order to achieve first class you need to have 5 first class marks. Is 5 first class msrks meaning 5 units of marks above 70 ? Thank you so much for your patiently answering. I'm deeply appreciated. :)

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    5. Yes u r right. Need discipline and time mgt. And yes need to have at least 5 first class marks that is 70 and above or u can get 4 As and then aggregate 590. But i think getting 5 As is so much easier than the latter if say u didn't do well in the first year.

      Thank u i will try my best to score well this year too! Need 2 more As for me to get first class. haha.

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  25. Hi! Would like to know if there are any scholarships available for UOL as I do have some financial difficulties :(

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    1. Hi, yes there are. You need good grades from Poly/JC and also be active in ur CCAs. I think that is the min requirements they are looking for. Alternatively u can also apply for bursary.

      Scholarship Application:
      http://www.simge.edu.sg/gePortalWeb/appmanager/web/default?_nfpb=true&_st=&_pageLabel=pgDetailedPage&fid=StudentLife_Scholarship_SIMScholarship

      :)

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  26. Will you work in financial industry after graduation?

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  27. by the way i like your quote, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" :)

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    1. Thanks! This quote gives me motivation to do things i didn't dare to do too. I don't think i will be working in th financial industry, even if i am, maybe in HR or marketing. definitely not under sales department :)

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  28. Hello Kacey! I chanced upon your blog while doing some research on UOL. I am currently a third year student, so i graduate in mid march! The eApplication states that the second closing in on 16th March. Does that mean if i miss the second application i can't apply anymore? Because i don't have my diploma transcript until May. Also, i understand that your acad year starts from aug to feb then exams in may, but in between aug to feb are there any short breaks?

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    1. Hi! I suggest u call the school to ask: http://www.simge.edu.sg/gePortalWeb/appmanager/web/default?_nfpb=true&_st=&_pageLabel=pgContactUs

      Academic year starts September to end of Feb. There are no short breaks! It is not a local school, so we don't have any short holidays. It is as though u r 'working'. The school is only closed on public holiday. So say ur lesson falls on a public holiday, that day's of lesson will be cancelled & postpone. :)

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  29. Hi kacey! I was wondering about the minimum gpa to enter this course, do u know anything about the requirements if entering from poly? Thanks!

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  30. Hmm i think its 3.3 if i'm not wrong. U can go to the sim global education website and look for the contact and ask. I think u'll get in don't worry :)

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  31. hi kacey, is attendance complusory for both enrolment talk and freshmen orientation day?

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    1. nope :) . Im not sure about enrolment talk but i remember skipping my orientation day. However, orientation day is for u to make friends so that when ur lesson starts, u won't be so lonely. its difficult to make friends during lecture in UOL.

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  32. thanks for answering my questions (: but did you attend th enrolment talk?

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    1. i have no clue whether i did or not. I don't even remember got a thing called enrolment talk! haha. Hmm... if u dun want to go then don't go. should be alright. Nothing is compulsory in UOL, except paying school fees :).

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  33. Okay, thanks for th information(:

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    1. If i'm not wrong, the min GPA to get into UOL is 3.0. But I'm not sure if you can talk to the school and ask. U should call the student service! http://www.simge.edu.sg/gePortalWeb/appmanager/web/default?_nfpb=true&_st=&_pageLabel=pgContactUs&fid=Contact+List They have all the numbers here.

      If you wanna get into year 2 straight, u must take bridging! If u take bridging and fail their test, u will not be able to go year 2. Bridging course is not compulsory unless u wanna skip year 1 modules :))

      gdluck!

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  35. hello there, do you know how does the first class aggregate of 590 works??

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    1. U count all the subjects mark altogether. if you have 9 subjects to take, each get 60 then the aggregate is 60x9=540. In that case, u can't get First class! U either need at least 5 As (70 and above) or 4As with aggregate 590 :) . i think the first one (getting just 5 A) is easier to get it.

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    2. Thank you for your reply! I actually had 12 subjects in total. So, it will be 8 mods from yr two and year three and any one from year one? Do you have any idea if year one mod will be taken into consideration of the As?

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    3. I think u must count the ones in full unit. Or the core subjects. U have 12 subjects in total? So i assume u are taking 3 years? Then maybe it is 4 4 4 each year.

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  36. Like for me when i checked i can only get exempted from one module if i pass the bridging, so do i still do two years cause i'll still have 11 modules to complete

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    1. Not possible to do two years with 11 modules. The max number of subjects u can take a year is 6, which actually is highly NOT recommended and u must apply for it. Usually students take a max of 5 subjects. :) But don't say 5, 4 subjects are quite a headache already.

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    2. So even if i take bridging i still have to do 3 years am i right? :)

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  37. Hi:)Any idea where I can obtain ans for practice?

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    1. Hi, usually we practise on the past year exam papers. Uploaded on SIMCONNECT. u click in your module lecture class and then u can see all the past year papers with examiner commentaries.

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  38. Hi kacey! Can I just ask about UOL Holidays, like will there be a break in December where we can travel?

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    1. hey! No dear, UOL is a private school hence we go school like going 'work' . Public holiday is the only school off days we get. So we don't have those 2 weeks break in December or March :) . But 25th dec, school is closed. :))

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    1. The school starts from around end of September all the way to March. No breaks in between except public holidays. After March, u are on your way revising for exam in MAY. In the meantime during end of March to April, there are revision classes. After May, u will have ur break all the way to September when school reopens.

      UOL attendence is compulsory for foreign student. For me, i don't tap for attendence even when i attend the lecture. haha. Too lazy.

      Normally, some lecturer will cancel their class during the Christmas period. But some lecturers don't. So u have to look lor. :)

      I hope i answered ur qns!

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  40. Okay! Thank you so much for the detailed reply! you definitely did! :)

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  41. Hi kacey, i'm a second year student currently studying econs and mgt, i just did my exams and im very demoralise and most likely i will fail and repeat another year and i intend switching to AnF in August because i can't handle the management module. May i ask for derek hui email or phone number because i would like to go to his class next semster? Thank you

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    1. Hi Dave, why do u feel demoralised? if this is ur last paper, then think about what u could have done to better prepare next time. If u still have unfinished exam paper to do, then just focus on the rest of the papers first.

      I know econs & mgt can be challenging. But u r already in the 2nd year! r u sure u wanna switch?

      I don't have derek hui's email. But u can't choose your lecturer when u r selecting timetables too. u can crash his class though. im not sure if he will tell u. usually i ask the students taking his class to provide me with the time and location.

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  42. Hi Kacey, would you happen to know if joining a CCA/CCAs will have any impact on my transcripts when i pass out? Definitely not academically but perhaps in other terms?

    Also, do you know how often these CCAs go on during school season?

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    1. sorry for the late reply. was busy studying! I didn't join any CCA in school. But being active in school will sure help u in building your portfolio i guess. Besides if u r planning to take scholarships or take master, the cca will help u.

      I'm not sure how the CCAs times are. Some are very busy - those who organise camps and stuff. Investment club has a lot of benefits if u join it too.

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  43. Hi Kacey, I just graduated with a Dip in Accountancy fr NP. I applied for local unis but got rejected so I'm considering UOL AnF. Apparently I missed the bridging registration deadline, but do I still get 4 module exemptions from my diploma so i can start from year 2 straight? Or is bridging the only way to go to year 2 straight? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, i think u will have to start from year 1. (i.e. taking all the basics). Because if u dun take and u can get 4 modules exempted, then there won't be a difference for those who pay the money to take bridging to get 4 modules exempted too right? u need to take bridging to pass econs and maths to be exempted from the fundamental math modules as well as intro to econs.

      However, its better for u to check with the school! Maybe u can be exempted from math 1 stats 1 :) . U can call them! http://www.simge.edu.sg/gePortalWeb/appmanager/web/default?_nfpb=true&_st=&_pageLabel=pgContactUs

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  44. Hi Kacey!

    I jus got enrolled into UOL banking n finance here n i'm starting the bridging classes soon, can i ask if i pass the bridging, how many modules exemption do i get? I have banking n finance background btw

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    1. Hi shuyin :) Welcome to UOL! haha. If u have b&f background, i think it is only 8 modules left for u to study if u get exempted. u will be taking 3 elective modules + 5 modules (FI, IM, CF, POA, Micro/Macro)

      For those who dont take bridging, total take 12 units. so u get exempted like 4 modules haha.

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  45. Also does bsc graduate entry route means for those who get exemption?

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  46. Hello Kacey, do you know what is the minimum GPA that you need to enter UOL AnF or Bnf? (for 2016 intake)

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    1. Hi, im not sure for this year but my year was GPA 3.3. I think u can check with them. Very easy to get info from them.

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  47. Can I ask if u still sell any of yr notes?

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  48. How much are u selling them?

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  49. Hi can i check with you the academic calendar for year 1 student?

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  50. End of sept to end of may. No break periods except public holidays :) school period is standard for all students regardless of year :)

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  51. Hi Kacey!

    Do you have Derek Hui's and Lilibeth's email? :D

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    1. Hi :) i do not have Derek's email but this is lilibeth's email ortiz001@mymail.sim.edu.sg . Usually she replies a few days later :) hope it helps!

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    2. Hi Kacey! Thank you for your help! Can I have jonathan peh's email as well? :)

      Wanna ask,

      1) how does jonathan peh conduct his lessons? Does he focus more on calculations or theory or both? How is his teaching speed in e class, is it fast or slow?

      2) In addition, can I know what were your timeslot and days for IM and Micro classes?

      3) I am actually contemplating whether to choose micro or macro.. any advice? :)

      Thank you babe! Really appreciate your input!

      Regards
      Hayley

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    3. Jon Peh's email is sim_uol_jonathan@ascentiz.com :)

      1) Jon Peh teach quite fast one. He draws on the board most of the time. So while u listen, u copy down what he draw. IM has both theory and calculations. He focuses on both. While he is explaining the theory, he will draw diagrams to illustration the meaning.

      2) I didn't attend Micro when i retake this subject. I studied at home. I relied on the recorded lessons :) I got a link from my friend where the lesson is been recorded thru the camera in the lecture hall. Not many students know about this. Was a great help for me. So IM slot was in the morning session on Monday. haha

      3) Take Micro bah, if u want challenge then take Macro.

      Hope it helps! :)

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  52. Hi Kacey.

    Really thanks a lot for your inputs!:D It would help me a lot! :) Oh yeah, btw can send me the link for Micro for e recorded lessons thru my email? chiaxiuzhen@hotmail.sg

    A big thank you to you!

    && Thank you for your posts on UOL and your results, it showed me that getting first class grades are possible, UOL is not as difficult like what all other people say. Your posts greatly inspires me to put in extra effort in the upcoming years.

    & congrats on your results too! You worked hard and you deserve the good results!

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    1. Regards Hayley

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    2. Sorry babe i dont have the link anymore. haha. u can ask derek for the link when u go his class next time :). I'm not sure if this year they will record or not.

      Thanks Hayley study hard! good luck!

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  53. Hi Kacey, how do you make friends in UOL? I read the above but its not working as there isn't any groups to join this time. I am in the AF bridging program and I find it difficult to make friends, as most of the students came in together with their friends. Did you have friends during your bridging and after bridging times?
    I am also curious, if i managed to pass bridging and join the 2 years program, will I be in the same class as those year 2 students from the 3 year program? or will I be in the same class as year 1 students in the 3 year program ? Hope this question is not too confusing for you! Thank u!

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    1. Hello Kacey, do you know if bridging students start the same time as non bridging students ? I heard from my friend that bridging students starts in the later Sep after they take their bridging results, but i am not sure if its true. And will they have their orientation the same time as others as well ?

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    2. I made my first few uni friends from bridging :). A girl sat beside me and started asking if she can copy my notes and started asking me questions. U can do that too. Usually we will purposely sit beside those 'alone' students and try to make friends. haha.

      U will be in the same lecture class with those studying the same subject as u, doesnt matter they are year 2 or 3.

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    3. Yes. school starts at end of september. So brigding and non-bridging will attend class the same time. However, u all will be studying different subjects.

      I think orientation time is the same for everyone? I am not sure too because i skipped my orientation :) haha.

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  54. Hey Kacey!! I'm comtemplating between business management and accounting and finance. I graduated from JC with an interest in math(numbers) but has no POA background. I dread Econs but I know it's a fundamental and its important in these 2 courses. Any opinions in which to choose?

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    1. Hey. I have friends from both business mgt and A&F. I think business mgt is more general and A&F is more niche. I know my friends are studying some full theory subjects from business mgt and they were all screaming for help cause a lot of things to memorise haha. I guess A&F has less full theory mods.

      If u are interested in numbers then u will have no problem learning POA. It is fairly simple! Anything u not sure u can always go youtube to learn, or ask lecturer or google. Google is ur best friend in UOL.

      For econs, u can choose micro and macro. I took micro cause it is easier for me. Majority would pick micro. If u like challenge, pick macro. :)

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  55. Hi Kacey! Thank you for your blogpost, it was very informative it took the enrolment anxieties out of me by a little, but i still do have a few questions and i hope you would help :)

    I am still a little lost regards to the UOL payment system. Do i have to sign any contract? or that usually SIM will inform us through email whenever payment is near? what form of payment did you use?

    About lectures in UOL, do we have to purchase any textbooks? will the lecture notes be in SIM connect and all we have to do is print it out? or that the lecturers will provide us with the notes?

    Thank you for taking your time to read and answer my enquries:)

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    1. I remember there is a contract to be signed. SIM will send u email when payment is near. They will send to ur school email. Form of payment is thru AXS machine. Can be found anywhere in malls. The school has one AXS machine too :)

      There are recommended textbooks to buy. But these textbooks are available in the library too. So if u want to save money, u can just read from the library or print the wholebook instead or find an online pdf version of the textbook!

      Purchasing textbook is not compulsory :) Many students dont buy textbooks haha.

      Lecture notes will be in SIM connect unless the lecturer give u some other links to download their slides :) Lecturer dont provide u with notes so u have to print them out.

      Hope i answer ur questions! haha

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  56. Hi Kaycey! Thanks for the post! Just wanna ask regarding the Gpa. Heard from my friends that SIM needs a Gpa above 2.0 to just get in to any course? But u stated 3.3 for yours, so how does this goes?

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    1. From my year it was 3.3 to get into my course :)

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  59. Hi Kaycey! Do you think is worth to join UOL FOC? I am in dilemma whether i should join the camp as many people say the camp is the only opportunities for you to make friends.

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    1. FOC stands for freshman orientation camp right? Haha. Yeah usually people make friends from there. Then when school starts, they will just stick together. It is difficult to make friends during lecture lesson because some may already have their group of friends and some solo one might not want to make friends with u. U have to be brave to make Friend !

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  60. Thanks for the sharing. I myself have just joined Business and Management degree in UOL. May I know if they will give us lecture notes or do we have to download it on simconnect? Because I can't seem to find where to download them on simconnect. If u would be so kind, coukd you tell me the steps on how to find and dl my course notes on simconnect? Thanks!

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    1. Lecture notes are not provided :) u have to print them out yourself! Must download on simconnect.

      U log in to simconnect -> my apps (on the left top bar) -> self service -> enrollment -> my timeable view list of class -> click into the subject that u want then at the bottom your lecturer will upload his stuff on it.

      If u havent see it now means he havent upload it yet :)

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  61. Hi Kacey, In UOL 1 module is how many subject? is it one or two?

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    1. A module means one subject. But there is also half unit subject. And u need to take two half unit subject to make a full unit. Half unit subjects are like Math 1 Stats 1 :) in year 1.

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  62. HELLO KACEY

    i heard lilibeth is the best lectuere for FI, do you have any inputs on that?
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    jon peh for IM

    im definitely not a fast learner and will always take time to absorb, will these 2 lecturers be good?

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    1. Hi, FI im not sure who is the best lecturer. But lilibeth will answer your email and also answer your question in class :). Her lecture notes requires you to fill in the blanks and attend her class.

      Jon Peh is good :) As i am not a fast learner too, i record his lessons. In his class, he draws on the board 90% of the time and he talks fairly fast. So i will copy them down and then go back home and listen again. Super good to keep track of what i learn.

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    2. thanks for your inputs kacey!

      i'd suppose lilibeth is your FI lecturer haha? personally do you find her class good, in terms of overall understanding and materials provided?

      do you have lilibeth's contact details?

      noted on IM, appreciate your help:)

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    3. ortiz001@mymail.sim.edu.sg :)

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  63. hi kacey,

    Are you from banking and finance?

    I am having some problems choosing a 100 unit mod from group f(i),f(ii),f(iii). Any way you can advise me on it?:) preferably easier to score or smthg haha

    thanks!!

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    1. Yes i am from banking and finance. Sorry i don't know what are the 100unit mods haha. Are they the fundamental subjects?

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    2. hi

      i believe its under line 5 of our banking n finance structure. its a 100 unit from the fi/fii/fiii group!

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    3. from group F(i), i took POA and PBF only. I heard stats 1 is very easy. but stats 2 not very sure. I think u can try POA if u like counting stuff. PBF is also relatively easy.

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  64. hi kacey

    do you have lilibeth's contact details? :)

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  65. Hi Kacey,

    For Micro, do you know Sovan? Coz i heard ppl said he is good in teaching Micro but im not a fast learner too, so am i suitable to choose Derek Hui as micro lecturer?

    On a side notes: Do you mind sharing Derek Hui's timeslots for last semester

    Thanks youu so much and your advice would be appreciated:)

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    1. Yes i watched Sovan's lesson before. It is not bad just that the accent sometimes i may not understand haha. Derek speaks slowly and focus on the key words. I would go for derek.

      Sorry i dont have lecturer's timeslot but u can go check out at hardwarezone UOL part 9 forum chat!

      :)

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  66. Thanks for replying Kacey;)
    Is it possible to let me know your previous slot and class code of Derek Hui:)
    Coz I can't find any of his timeslots in forum chat:(

    Thank youuu so much❣

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    1. Hi i don't know derek's class slot. it was 2 years ago already. And the timeslots might change overtime. right now u cant find them cuz school havent start. once start then people will list down the timings :)

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  67. Hi Kacey! Thanks so much for the informative post on uol. I'm currently considering to take micro. Do you mind sharing Derek Hui's email address with me ? my email is maxinekoh91@gmail.com if you don't want to post it publicly.

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    1. Sorry maxine, i dont have derek's email address! i tried searching on google before but cant find it. if u really need it, maybe either ask around ur friends or call the school?

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  68. hi!

    i tried to email lilibeth about the FI module but havent got a reply from her, does that mean that she wont reply as i am not her official student?

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    1. She may not be checking her email everyday. now still school holiday :)

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  69. Hi Kacey, do you have Deryck's email? :)

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  70. And may i ask is there any specific GPA requirements for your school?

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  71. Hi Kacey, thank you for writing such a wonderful post so that people like us who do not have much idea can get a clearer concept. Can i know if you're intending to sell your bridging Math 1 and Intro to Econs notes?

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    1. Hi Est! Sorry i dun those notes with me already. ><

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  72. Hi Kacey! What if you fail banking and finance only in year 1, can you still move up to year 2 but retake the paper at year 2? Thanks!

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    1. To put simply: yes u can :) just retake the failed paper in ur next year.

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  73. Hello Kacey! Grats on graduating with 2nd class honours! By the way.. How do i check the requirements for 1st class 2nd class etc? Can't seem to find the link for those requirements :(

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    1. Hi Joel, i can't rmb where to check. For first class i think either at least 4As with aggregate score above 595 or just 5As can already. If u r last year student, ur class should reflect below your result.

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  74. Hi Kacey, I failed 2/4 mods in yr2, that left me with 6 mods for final yr but sim says only max of 5 mods allowed each yr, is there ways I can still grad by taking all 6 tgt?

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    1. Hi~ why u fail 2 mods?! never study? 6 mods for final year is abit hard. U have to appeal and success rate is not high. I suggest u just split 6mods into 2 years i.e. take 3mods each year. U will have a lot of time to do a part time job + focusing on just 3 mods... If u do score all As, then u just need 2 more As in ur next year and u will get First class honor! Better than u study 6 mods chiong but in the end fail one mod and mess up not just ur school years but ur honours as well.. 6mods is too hard to focus.

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    2. You have a good point! Shall work harder then :D Thank you for replying!

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  75. Hi,

    Do you happen to have Balwant Singh's email? Thank you!

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    1. Hi :) I'm not in Balwant's class. I think u might be able to find it on hardware zone if u ask.

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  76. Hi Kacey :)

    Do you have any good PBF lecturers' email addresses? How about Ivy Cheong's email address?:)

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi! PBF.... I rmb my lecturer wasn't very good and i don't have their emails already. Never heard of Ivy Cheong too. haha. Sorry.

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  78. Hi Kacey! I'm planning to take Microecons this sem and was wondering if you have Derek Hui's email address? Or if you happen to have Manfred Ting's email? Thank you :)

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    1. Hi ! sorry i dont have both of their email addresses!

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    2. Oh, thats fine. Thanks for replying though! :)

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  80. Hi, I am looking to choose either CF or management accounting. Any advice? I also noticed that CF has only 10 chapters, is it easy to score? Qualitative or Quantitative?

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    1. Hi sorry for late reply. I have not taken management accounting before but CF is not a difficult subject ;) it is more quantitative than qualitative .

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  81. Hi Kacey!

    If u fail a paper and resit/retake it next year, is it true u only need to pay 50% of the fees? Cause i failed a unit last tear and chose to retake the unit this year since its compulsory, but when i received my fee invoice im paying the same fee for the retake unit as the rest of the "new" units im taking.

    Thanks for your help! :)

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    1. Hi ! It's not half of the cost. U will still be paying the full cost per subject. :) however for my year, I didn't pay for the lecture fees , only paid for the exam fee. But now I think it's compulsory for students to pay for lecture fees when retaking a subject.

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  82. Hi , I have a question, the degree certificate that you get at the end is it the same as the one in UK? Because I know that UOL is simply an organisation, so on your certificate what university does it states?

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  83. Hi may i know is it very easy to fail fi?

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