SECONDARY students who choose to continue onwards with their tertiary education usually spend a few years in a pre-university programme that prepares them for a successful journey in higher education.
These preparational years are crucial as they help mould and nurture skills and temperament and ultimately prepares students for an experience of a lifetime.
Preparing you for success
For two Taylor’s College students who chose to matriculate with the South Australian Certificate of Education International (SACEi), they did so for its well-paced curriculum, which promotes proven learning techniques tailored to university study.
Hana Nadhirah Mohammad Kamal and Amelia Lai May Ern both graduated from SACEi this year and will soon embark on their individual educational pathways.
Hana is taking up accountancy in Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales, Australia; while Lai will pursue a law degree at Taylor’s University.
“The best part about SACEi, apart from equipping me with various skills that will benefit me in the future, is the fact that I got to grow close with my friends and lecturers, ” shared Hana.
Lai echoed the same sentiment when reflecting on what she feels is best about SACEi: “Definitely the people I’ve met, as we have been through so many all-nighters and deadline scares together.”
She added that SACEi classes tend to bring everyone together to “help each other through assignments.”
The steady flow of assignments prepares SACEi students for university life, as all students soon learn to multitask and manage their studies and life.
Inculcating core values
Lai and Hana also remarked how SACEi has helped them realise the importance of time management.
“I quickly learnt that time management is key to balancing academics, extracurriculars and social life, ” Lai shared.
She added that SACEi has also ingrained valuable hard skills on how to research and write academically, as some assignments involve producing academic reports and papers.
Hana agreed, adding that “consistency is the key with this programme and that it helps students build important soft skills.
SACEi’s unique way of instruction provides a ready hands-on approach to the subjects, which appeals to students in many ways.
Hana pointed out that the non-examination-oriented approach called for many presentations, folios and group work, which require extensive research beforehand.
“All courses will broaden your knowledge, ” explained Lai.
“SACEi’s academic syllabus is supported by real-life case studies done in assignments, showing me how to link and apply theories to real world cases.”
Through SACEi, students grow to understand, develop, and apply new knowledge and skills, as well as think critically and creatively.
They are also encouraged to discover new solutions to problems by researching significant questions and problems.
SACEi students are also taught to be more agile; by being enterprising, by thinking globally, by becoming more flexible and responding accordingly to change.
A Taylor-ed experience
Although initially unfamiliar with the SACEi programme, Hana is glad her sponsorship had her enrolling into Taylor’s College.
“Being the pioneer of this programme, Taylor’s College has an impressive experience in teaching, as well as providing a great college life for the students.”
Lai, however, had chosen to study at Taylor’s College because she said it is the best institution for SACEi in Malaysia.
She opined, “It has a proven track record of producing top scorers every year.”
She continued that she liked the campus environment and the quality of opportunities offered through its top-notch clubs and societies.
And her study experience?
“It’s fulfilling and fun! SACEi lecturers teach with such enthusiasm and vigour.”
Hana said that the lecturers in Taylor’s College would go the extra mile to help students in their coursework, especially when final examinations approches, with private consultation and counselling.
Lecturers also provide detailed feedback to ensure students score the highest grade possible.
Lai related that they would find different ways of delivering their lessons, incorporating different methods to enhance an optimal learning experience.
She said, “The resources provided by seniors and the library are top notch.”
Realise your full potential
Offered throughout Asia since 1982, the SACEi is widely regarded as Australia’s leading pre-university programme and prepares students for a successful study in the world’s leading universities.
It is the official senior secondary qualification of the Government of South Australia and is administered by the SACE Board of South Australia.
Its graduates are awarded the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) by the SACE Board of South Australia.
SACEi fosters academic excellence and helps develop capabilities that are needed to thrive in a university setting, modelling its students as enterprising workers and global citizens.
They have gone on to establish successful careers in fields such as commerce, medicine, pharmacy, engineering, arts, and law.
Taylor’s College has over 200 articulation partners in 34 countries and the University Placement Services is able to assist students with their application into prestigious universities, as well as arranging talks and workshops, and conducting mock entrance interviews.
“Since 2010, nearly a thousand of our SACEi students have gone on to study at Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight universities, ” said campus director Josephine Tan. “Hundreds more have been placed in universities around the world.
“Historically, our students have also won numerous Highest Achiever Awards.”
For details and other pre-university programmes in Taylor’s College, make an appointment to meet virtually with a counsellor and lecturer during its Digital Open Day on Dec 5,6, 12 and 13.
To find out more, visit http://university2.taylors.edu.my/digitalopenday/.
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