What's the deal with Poly?
Updated: Mar 31, 2021
Recently, during our tutoring session with students from regent secondary, we invited poly students to share about their experiences in poly, and the overall culture and structure of poly. One of the sharers, Jiawen(we did a spotlight on her too, you can read it here), had her sharing recorded in the video here as well.
Here are some of the main takeaways we had from the two sharings.
Poly work can be quite different from secondary school and JC.
Most courses involve more hands on work and learning of hard skills, so that students can be equipped with the relevant skills to enter directly into the workforce. As compared to the usual physical homework, the work given in poly is largely digitalised and done as collaborative projects, making applications like google docs and other similar apps all too familiar to the students. This would push many out of their comfort zone, into something different from their previous norm, and builds on the need to understand team dynamics and how to work best with different types of people.
Self discipline is a necessity in poly.
The structure students follow in secondary school is basically thrown out the window once they enter into poly. Varying schedules, less classroom based sessions and less overbearing teachers/professors create an environment where students need to develop a sense of independence. There are no teachers to remind you what to do and when to do, and how much work you want to do is left almost completely up to you. The timetables always tend to end up such that there would be pockets of free time throughout the week. Your education is placed in your hands and it is your responsibility to plan your time and activities throughout.
Poly offers extracurricular activities that are more catered towards the various courses of study. Apart from the conventional CCAs we can find in secondary schools, poly offers a wider range of these, with quite a few with relevant activities that are linked to courses in poly. If you were to choose to take up these activities, the things you do there can definitely help to build up your portfolio and prepare you for the working world and your future. It is up to you to balance the fun and fulfilling when looking at these extracurricular activities.
Do adequate research before making the decision of poly or a course of study.
Simply looking at poly as a change from the academic rigour of secondary school and Junior College should not be the basis of the choice to go into poly. The fact that it would be that different from secondary school is already an indicator that a good understanding of what you are getting into is needed, It shouldn’t just be the course of study that is considered but also how the course is conducted, what type of work is involved. Sadly, some courses may have coursework in forms that you would not necessarily excel in so it would be good to look deeper into it. After all, you wouldn’t want to be stuck doing something you don’t want to for the next 3 years and even possibly the rest of your life
If you need any further information, feel free to DM us on our instagram account. Ultimately, what is said here is partially opinion and should not be taken as complete absolutes and may be subject to change.