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Re: Millennia Institute

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:13 am
by janet88
the purpose of going to MI to take A levels is because there are more choices to choose in local U.
his present COP cannot enter the infocomm course in ngee ann or sp. my brother & hubby have advised him not to spend precious time travelling to a poly which is far as there are lots of projects and the distance to/fro will mean less time to rest and get work done.

Re: Millennia Institute

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:00 pm
by zbear
janet88 wrote:the purpose of going to MI to take A levels is because there are more choices to choose in local U.
his present COP cannot enter the infocomm course in ngee ann or sp. my brother & hubby have advised him not to spend precious time travelling to a poly which is far as there are lots of projects and the distance to/fro will mean less time to rest and get work done.
Janet, if your DS A level results are good enuf to go to Uni, he doesn't need to do Poly right?

Since the decision has been made, move forward n work hard towards his goals. 3 years to prepare for A levels is definitely much better than in JC.

Good luck and all the best to your DS. Has he decided on subj combi?

:xedfingers:

Re: Millennia Institute

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:39 pm
by janet88
zbear wrote: Janet, if your DS A level results are good enuf to go to Uni, he doesn't need to do Poly right?

Since the decision has been made, move forward n work hard towards his goals. 3 years to prepare for A levels is definitely much better than in JC.

Good luck and all the best to your DS. Has he decided on subj combi?

:xedfingers:
yup, you're right. if his A level results are good enough, then he will have more courses to choose in local U :xedfingers: 3 years would be less stressful than an intensive 2 years.

as for subject combi, it would be first choice Science, 2nd choice Commerce.

thanks.

Re: Millennia Institute

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:57 pm
by emoh
janet88 wrote:
zbear wrote: Janet, if your DS A level results are good enuf to go to Uni, he doesn't need to do Poly right?

Since the decision has been made, move forward n work hard towards his goals. 3 years to prepare for A levels is definitely much better than in JC.

Good luck and all the best to your DS. Has he decided on subj combi?

:xedfingers:
yup, you're right. if his A level results are good enough, then he will have more courses to choose in local U :xedfingers: 3 years would be less stressful than an intensive 2 years.

as for subject combi, it would be first choice Science, 2nd choice Commerce.

thanks.
Within Science there are various subject combinations to choose:

http://millenniainstitute.moe.edu.sg/ad ... mbinations

Some has pre-requistes

Re: Millennia Institute

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:43 am
by janet88
emoh wrote:
Within Science there are various subject combinations to choose:

http://millenniainstitute.moe.edu.sg/ad ... mbinations

Some has pre-requistes
i clicked on the link and saw the subject combinations. as hubby put science stream as first choice, i would presume son can take chemistry, bio & math and probably history. does this mean these are the subjects which will follow him throughout the 3 years?

this MI thing is totally greek to me :frustrated:

Re: Millennia Institute

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:01 am
by slmkhoo
janet88 wrote:
emoh wrote:
Within Science there are various subject combinations to choose:

http://millenniainstitute.moe.edu.sg/ad ... mbinations

Some has pre-requistes
i clicked on the link and saw the subject combinations. as hubby put science stream as first choice, i would presume son can take chemistry, bio & math and probably history. does this mean these are the subjects which will follow him throughout the 3 years?

this MI thing is totally greek to me :frustrated:
MI subject choice is like for JC, only spread over 3 yrs. The subject choice is for A levels, and the same rules apply - he needs to choose 4 content subjects and one has to be a contrasting subject. GP and PW are compulsory; MT is unless he is exempted or cleared HCL in sec school. MI students only do 3 H2 and 1 H1 content subjects (no-one takes 4 H2s and no H3s are offered); he will study the 3 H2 subjects for 3 yrs and the H1 for 2 yrs. You should also look at the the prerequisites for the courses:
http://millenniainstitute.moe.edu.sg/ad ... ts-offered

The H1 subject, MT and PW exams are taken in the 2nd yr, so at the final A level exams, he only takes GP and 3 H2 subjects. He will get one cert for each year. I liked this system as it spreads out the load more. In fact, last year when my daughter took the A levels, it wasn't as hectic as we feared (although she was pretty stressed).

Re: Millennia Institute

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:13 am
by janet88
thanks for the reply slmkhoo.

since he meets the criteria for science course and also put that as first choice, what are his chances of getting into MI? is there anything he can do to prepare himself before school starts?

Re: Millennia Institute

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:21 am
by mathtuition88
janet88 wrote:thanks for the reply slmkhoo.

since he meets the criteria for science course and also put that as first choice, what are his chances of getting into MI? is there anything he can do to prepare himself before school starts?
For Mathematics preparation before school starts, it would be good to look through and do a quick review of O Level material. Since H2 Maths requires A Maths as background, and H1 Maths requires E Maths as background. (Most likely school teachers will not have time to revise O Level material in depth.) Need to know well material like quadratic formula, rules of logarithm, exponential and indices, etc.

Same for any other science subject (biology/chemistry/physics), reviewing O level material will be essential.

Also, it is a good idea to scout Popular Book store to search for a good A level guide book (not textbook) and read in advance. One time-saving and efficient method of studying is to read guide books and summaries instead of textbooks. (Quality of notes depends on school also, some school's notes are too lengthy and contain irrelevant material so are not suitable for reading).

For instance, the default textbook for Biology is Campbell, and for Physics it is Halliday, these two are highly not suitable for studying (unless one is a very advanced student who is looking to learn extra material).

Re: Millennia Institute

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:27 am
by slmkhoo
janet88 wrote:thanks for the reply slmkhoo.

since he meets the criteria for science course and also put that as first choice, what are his chances of getting into MI? is there anything he can do to prepare himself before school starts?
Since he meets the criteria and put it first, I guess he will get in. I believe that MI takes all students who meet the criteria as it's not usually full to the brim. My daughter didn't take any of the subjects your son is selecting, so I can't help on that. Anyway, school starts very soon - just wait and see. Based on my daughter's experience, the teachers in MI don't go very fast as they have 3 years to cover the material, and they are very helpful.

Re: Millennia Institute

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:34 am
by janet88
mathtuition88 wrote: For Mathematics preparation before school starts, it would be good to look through and do a quick review of O Level material. Since H2 Maths requires A Maths as background, and H1 Maths requires E Maths as background. (Most likely school teachers will not have time to revise O Level material in depth.) Need to know well material like quadratic formula, rules of logarithm, exponential and indices, etc.

Same for any other science subject (biology/chemistry/physics), reviewing O level material will be essential.

Also, it is a good idea to scout Popular Book store to search for a good A level guide book (not textbook) and read in advance. One time-saving and efficient method of studying is to read guide books and summaries instead of textbooks. (Quality of notes depends on school also, some school's notes are too lengthy and contain irrelevant material so are not suitable for reading).

For instance, the default textbook for Biology is Campbell, and for Physics it is Halliday, these two are highly not suitable for studying (unless one is a very advanced student who is looking to learn extra material).
thank you very much for the details.

as of now, i don't know 1) what are his chances of being posted to MI 2) subject combination and when will he select.

do students taking A levels buy text books? went to MI this morning to check out the subjects. if son takes history, he will be doing cold war in europe and asia. are these topics found in o level or a level text?

sorry for asking so many questions. hubby & cousins all attended poly...so A level requirements are totally new.