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Ten common mistakes students make
The Star, Education Guide, 19 September 2012

Shyen Tan, a foundation student, receiving private coaching from infrastructure and marketing deputy principal Rob Scott at Canning College in Perth.

STUDYEXCEL general manager Jerry Tan Hoon Jin shares 10 common mistakes students make regarding tertiary education:

 

1. Choosing the wrong Pre-U course.
Students usually do not consider what they want to study at university before choosing a pre-university programme. Also, they do not consider the study styles required in relation to their abilities.

2. Choosing the wrong subjects.
Many students who do not consider their university courses often find that they have not taken the required subjects in Pre-U, narrowing down their choices of institutions or worse, find they do not qualify to apply for the programme.

3. Not knowing strengths and interests.
Many do not consider their strengths and interests when looking at options. For example, for those not academically inclined, taking A-Levels would be the worst choice.

4. Not checking the course structure.
Checking the course structure would ensure that students do not end up enrolling in the wrong programmes. Consult with accredited and officially-appointed education advisors to ensure that the pathways are recognised.

5. Obsession with university rankings.
A university that ranks first in one study may not necessarily be first in another. The best advice to students would be to open their eyes to what the world recognises as the best and not what the studies claim to be the best.

6. Accepting scholarships without checking the details.
Many scholarships are awarded for Pre-U programmes only, with no guarantee of a continued scholarship for the degree. Some come with the condition of maintaining a grade point average each semester, otherwise the scholarship is cancelled.

7. Not checking on the institutionsí strengths and facilities.
It is sad that many institutions do not have complete facilities to teach students.

Check on Internet accessibility and whether employers have even heard of your institution.

8. Not checking employment opportunities or requirements.
Check on the job opportunities and requirements before deciding whether to start the programme. 9. Blindly following friends One of the worst things you can do would be to blindly follow your friends. You have to look at what you want and what you are capable of.

10. Pursuing parentsí dreams instead of their own.
When you pursue someone elseís dreams, your heart and soul is not in it. Parents should guide their children in making the right decision and not make the decision for them.

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