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|As I often get questions on what makes a good background for a successful final-year project: Personally, I noticed that good predictors (in general; of course every specific case might be different) in getting a good FYP grade are the passion/interest a student brings for a topic (this one is hardly surprising) but I also noticed a relation with the level of proficiency in English (I'm not sure what the reason for this one is). The level of grades are not much important - unluckily, the Singaporean education system is a lot based on memorization and the like, which is very different from what you will need to make your FYP happen. And check all the great comments below from previous students! Once you are in the group, many more resources, like a Wiki and so on, will become available to you. There will be weekly one-on-one meetings with me, and usually, many other events.|
|If one of the topics sounds exciting to you and you are not just looking for a good grade but also to actually learn something out of the FYP experience, cast your vote and I'll be happy to supervise you on a hopefully very rewarding and exciting FYP journey!|
"Prof Alex dedicates a lot of time and effort to his FYP students. His weekly schedule is packed with hourly meetings with each FYP student. Having a fixed weekly meeting really helped us get on the right track and move efficiently with the project. Furthermore, he is friendly and approachable, and organizes monthly meet-ups for all his FYP students for bonding purposes.
Always keep a schedule, and keep up with it. Time management and proper planning is very important. It is good to aim to finish tasks even before your schedule's deadline, as you'll never know when something crops up and causes a delay in your work. Keep reviewing what you have written, and try to find loopholes in it to improve on it. Remember to give explanations for every step taken in your project."
"Prof. Alex is the ideal supervisor who can well facilitate with your academic research. Through the entire FYP period, he continuously provided me useful feedback and kind guidance. Prof. Alex is very rigorous to academic study, you may even find that he correct your syntax in your thesis. However this is very important and good to you because this can train you to be rigorous to yourself and become successful in the future. Besides the academic stuff, the gathering breakfast on every Tuesday morning is a very interactive network session for students to share both life and academic experience with each other. In a word, he is not just a very good supervisor, but also a very good friend.
The first thing is that for the several week immediately you start your FYP, you must be clear what you will be exactly doing for your FYP topic. You can do this by hot discussion with Prof. Alex - this can be very useful and crucial for your entire FYP process. May be at first you feel a bit lost of your topic, but more discussion and reading can help you find your direction. Research is very different from purely study courses. You should read and try as much as possible to make your research comprehensive and meaningful. You have to be proactive which means that you need to book the meeting session with him every week to discuss with him and give him what you have done in the past. This can ensure that you are on the correct track and spend your efforts on the right thing instead of wasting your energy. Another very important thing is that you have to be persistent with your FYP study. Do not leave everything to the end of the FYP, this can be very detrimental and you will struggle a lot at the end. A final word, all the best to the following FYP students!"
"Alex is a nice and highly responsible professor. It is really nice to work with him. He really taught me lots during the FYP.
Always plan the work carefully before you start working on your FYP. It will save you a lot of time and prevent you spending too much time on some minor problems and missing out other more important parts."
"Dr Alex knows what examiners will look out for in FYP presentations, so having him as a supervisor helps a lot in preparations for every CA. He even held a rehearsal session before each presentations (which would make up 60% of the CA) - how good is that!
Do look out for time management throughout FYP... you'll need to pay a lot for one-two weeks of slack. If you really want to make sure everything goes smoothly, DON'T take the 1 month semester break!"
" Prof Alex is a great supervisor who provides lots of welfare for his FYP students. He may be critical at some times, but it is all great advice for your project.
By taking up his projects, you gain to learn a lot of stuff which is currently missing from what you are studying right now. Not only this, You learn how to schedule your time better (WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT!) and do your work independently. Always remember, concrete examples and ample time is needed for your FYP so that you will not rush through your FYP in the last minute or rather week.
Last but not least, I would like to thank prof alex for his time spent on the supervision and guidance in my FYP."
"I thoroughly enjoyed working under Prof Alex. He was very helpful and patient with me throughout all our weekly meetings. Moreover, I found him to be a very friendly supervisor who was always willing to give you a prod in the right direction. From my experience, pay close attention to all the ideas and help he offers during the weekly meetings since it is very beneficial to the progress of the project especially in the latter stages. Moreover, remember to put in consistent work during the course of the project and not to leave anything to the last minute since it gets very hectic during the last few days. Good luck! :)"
There will only be TWO projects available this year!
19-Feb-2012 by Alexander Nareyek