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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 institutions’ 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
parents’ dreams instead of their own.
When you pursue someone else’s 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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