Masterlist of NUS Resources!
^ As titled. Find everything you need for your NUS journey here!
Here’s a handy masterlist of NUS Links and Resources for you to bookmark and refer to when need be – it should be fairly comprehensive, and just leave a comment if you think anything’s missing!
I WANT A THREE-DAY WORK WEEK
NUS Timetable Builder: http://nusmods.com/
Use the timetable builder before you bid for your modules every semester: if the lecture/tutorial slots can be moved around, it means that there is more than one timing available. CORS will not allow you to bid for two modules with an identical exam date, but no warning will come up if your lectures have timings that clash. So do experiment with your different module combinations / timetable configurations before you bid for them on CORS!
Also: refresh for new colours before you save your timetable!
I NEED REFERENCES FOR MY TERM PAPER
Google Scholar: http://www.scholar.google.com
List of Journals and Databases that NUS subscribes to: http://libportal.nus.edu.sg/frontend/index#tab3-section; for Sociology students: http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/c.php?g=145651&p=955248
To access these journals, many of which are incredibly expensive, use the NUS Proxy Bookmarklet: http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/proxybookmarklet/installondesktop/ (Refer to my guide HERE: https://www.youth.sg/Our-Voice/Campus-Blogs/ziai/2015/12/NUS-Libraries-Guide-to-Accessing-Journal-Articles)
... DID I PLAGIARISE MY PAPER?
Actually, if you are worried that you plagiarised your paper, you probably did and are just concerned about being found out. DO NOT PLAGIARISE, AND YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BEING FOUND OUT. As long as you cited your papers properly, added quote marks for direct quotes and didn’t copy wholesale from other authors, you should be safe. if you’re still curious about your plagiarism percentage anyway, this is where you can do it: https://plagiarism.cit.nus.edu.sg/Interactive/LoginToTurnItIn.ashx
Beware: do not submit the same assignment twice. Your percentage may just turn up to be 100% because there is an identical essay in the system, and you’ll find yourself in a position with a lot of explaining to do. On this note, you can’t plagiarise from yourself either – you are not allowed to submit the same assignment to different modules.
In short? Don’t copy – not from yourself, not from others.
HELP! I NEED PRACTICE / I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL BE TESTED FOR THE FINALS
Past-year Exam Papers: http://libportal.nus.edu.sg/frontend/exam-papers
Some are available, others are not. None of them come with answers, and don’t bother asking for “model essays” if you are a FASS student; in fact, forget about model essays altogether. They don’t exist anymore. If the exam paper is an MCQ one, you can try asking for the answers from your tutor or professor, but they are under no obligation to send them to you. A better method might be to attempt the past year papers first, then consult them on whether you have understood a concept correctly – this way, you demonstrate the effort you put into your work, your reluctance for spoon-feeding, AND you also get to clear up any doubts or questions that you may have. Yay!
Reading lists differ from prof to prof, semester to semester; what is tested last term / last year may not be tested this semester. Past year papers can only serve as a reference point, so in case of doubt, clarify them with your prof directly!
CAN I STILL GET A FIRST CLASS HONOURS?
CAP Stimulator: https://inetapps.nus.edu.sg/capcalc/avg_grd_simulator.aspx
Want to know how many A’s you’d need this semester to pull your grades up? Use the CAP Stimulator. In its own words, “this program simulates the average grade you must obtain in order to move from your current CAP to your desired target CAP”. Instead of asking the NUSWhispers community on whether or not it’s still possible to get a First Class Honours, consult this Stimulator instead. If it’s technically possible, then work your damnest to turn the possibility into fact.
INTERNSHIPS, JOBS, AND TRANSCRIPTS
Look for your internships and jobs here! It’s never too early to start.
DOWNLOAD YOUR UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT (FREE) – https://myisis.nus.edu.sg (Self Service –> Academic Records –> View Unofficial Transcript –> Undergraduate unofficial);
BUY YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: https://myaces.nus.edu.sg/transcripts/
Sometimes your potential employer may request for a copy of your transcript: if they don’t need it to be official (hardcopy, stamped by NUS), download it from ISIS; if it needs to be official, you have to buy it from the Registrar’s office (request for it online, then head to the Yusof Ishak house to collect it).
Note: both are only available from the 20th day from the day of results release. That is, if your results were coming out on May 4th, you can only get your updated transcript on May 24th.
Check back for detailed guides on how to use the above resources, and drop a comment if you’re still in doubt about anything! 😀