SOAS-UOL Distance Learning (Update)

Experience with SAOS UOL distance learning

I first posted about my experience with SOAS-UOL here.

It’s been 3 modules since the start of my SOAS-UOL distance learning journey, and I’m in the middle of the 4th module. I’m currently pursuing MSc International Business Management which requires 6 completed module, so I’m about 1/2 done and hope to finish it by the end of next year (2021).

Each modules consists of 2 assignments and 1 3 hours written unseen paper (Sept-Oct yearly) as assessment, the 3 hours paper are supposedly taken at a local examination centre which you have to arrange for yourself. You’ll have to pay a fee at the examination centre but nothing SOAS/UOL as examinations fee are included in tuition. This year, however, is different due to COVID. With a lot of places in lock down and a lot of establishment ordered to close or work from home, our examinations were online. *yay*

It’s better for 3 reasons.
Firstly, it’s free, no examination centre fee to pay if you do it at home.
Secondly, the originally 3 hours paper is now “48 hours” to cater the possibilities of technical difficulties some students might face.
Thirdly, IT’S OPEN BOOK!! Hellyeah.

I would had have to drive for an hour to the examination local, if not for the exams moving online. I doubt it’ll be online next year, I’m just glad 3 of 6 paper where open book.

But do take note of these downsides:
– SUPER easy to be distracted by other task or people while taking the exams at home.
– You bet I took the full 48 hours to come up with my answers, with the extra time and it being open book, I tried my very best to squeeze whatever piece of information and examples in to the words limits.
– Papers will be run through turnitin and check for plagiarism, with it being open book, extra effort is need to not lift everything from your sources.

Let’s share some experience and thoughts of studying with SOAS-UOL thus far.

Ooo woah knowledge

Even though there’s no lectures or classes, reading really does make you learn. Especially for such qualitative modules. Even though some topics were thought before, but after learning it again together with all the new insight about the industry I got along the way since University, it does offer need perspective/views/knowledge.
There is no end to learning in this ever changing world!

Consistency is the key I lost

It’s not easy balancing life, work, and studies all at the same time. The lockdown did make it better, but I’m too easily distracted. Always doing something else, starting something new. Studying seems daunting as compared to all other shiny new stuff. BUT, I promise I’ll put in more effort for this current module and the coming ones, just 3 more and I’m done.

There’s 2 2500 words assignment at the 4th and 8th week of a module. You’ll want to slowly pace yourself and be consistent so when the assignment due dates come you don’t to be like me and burn candle at both ends to complete it before the dateline. Is it difficult? … If know what you’re reading and understand the questions it should be perfectly manageable. However, the citation and the vastness of amount of readings and websites you have to go through to finish can be a bit intimidating, start early.

Choosing modules, anything but maths.

I’m not a maths person. Never have been, I don’t want to say I’ll never will be, but I can’t maths and it’s challenging for me to understand it. I only know what is needed to get me this far.

THAT IS WHY I am avoiding any calculation modules at all cost. I know it will take way more effort and time than what’s worth to understand a calculation based module. I avoided account modules too, as there are ‘set of rules’ you need to follow. Unlike qualitative modules where most of it are really common sense and you can’t get case studies and example all around you.

Over COVID, so many things are forced to change, for the better or worse. Education institution that depends heavily on foreign enrollment are severely affected, which includes SOAS-UOL. Look how back it is for SOAS-UOL. A few of my course mates and I are worried that the school will go bankrupt before we are able to graduate. Although I feel SOAS can still hold the fort for one or two more years, but it’ll be stupid to tell people we graduate from a school that no longer exist. If you are considering SOAS-UOL, you might want to hold it for a year or two

Looking forward to the end of the courses, which will free up a whole chunk of time for me to do other things.

See you next post.

oVertone tryout on my stubborn hair.

oVertone Extreme Blue
Hello

Sup guys.

For those around me, you’ve probably seen my new hair colour.
It’s a Teal/Bluish color. An almost opposite from my previous striking orange. I’ve concluded I look better in cool colours.

To answer some questions – yes I’m very free. Changing hair colours every few months. My rationale is that since I have no corporations to report to now, and since I’m not too old yet, why not try out some daring hair colours before I go back to Singapore. There’s a wife here that used to be a hairstylist in Singapore. She now provides hair cut and styling services out of her house. Which is cool, cause American’s may really lack Asian hairstyle/texture experience. Plus she charges me really low for the service she provide. About 1/3 price of what I would have been charged in Singapore.

If you are experienced with hair colouring, you’ll know blue is a colour that don’t have must holding power on hair. Meaning it fades very easily and quickly with a few hair wash. Red, on the other hand, has the most holding power, once it ‘seeps’ into your hair, evening bleaching it will not get it out completely.

Blue fades into green. To maintain this colour will take a lot of hard work, luckily I don’t really care that much, but I’ll still like the colour to hold for as long as possible. So I researched ways to refresh the color, and I found oVertone. Got it online after some considerations (the price mainly) and decided to try it out!

Disclaimer
Before I start the review, you should know:
– I have extremely THICK BLACK hair, thick in the sense of each strand, and the volume of of all my hair.
– Asian hair.
– Very stubborn hair – takes A LOT of bleaching to get light colour.

The colour of my hair before.

I tried out the ‘Daily Conditioner’ first.

It’s suppose to be used like a normal hair conditioner, and it’s suppose to ‘refresh’ the hair colour.

Honestly the darkest of it gave me a shock, I was expecting something more ‘milky’.
Yikes. I know.
Here’s the result after using it after purple shampoo and leaving it on wet hair for ~10 minutes.

YES! NO DAMN DIFFERENCE.
This is also the first time I’m seeing how bad my hair ends are, when the photo was taken. There was virtually no visible difference. D: Sed.

So I tried the other method they suggested for more obvious result, applying it on dry hair.

Note: For my amount of hair, the daily conditioner is really very little. Probably can last me 1 month MAX.

Sorry for the dirty mirror, I’ve wiped it since.

This was after applying the daily conditioner on my dry hair for AT LEAST 1 hour and after washing, but still there was no difference. Meh.

MY HAIR IS SUPER DUPER STUBBORN.

Actually, there is ONE difference. The inner side of my hair.

Look how purpleish it is!

Look, there’s a little blue there that wasn’t there before. The purple is new too. It used to be red on the part that’s purple before I dyed my hair teal. The red that cannot be bleached away mixed with the blue and became purple. Not hating it.

Conclusion
If you have thick stubborn hair like me, the daily conditioner probably will not make any difference for you. It’ll probably work if your hair was very light blond to begin with.

Together with the daily conditioner, I’ve also bought the colouring conditioner in the same colour – extreme blue. I have yet to try that yet, will update here once I’ve tried it. Stay tuned!

SOAS-UOL Distance Learning

SOAS-UOL

Before I started my Masters I searched high and low for more information about this school and the programmes it provides, but I just can’t find anything! So here I am, sharing about SOAS-UOL MSc programme distant learning, hoping it’ll help some clueless soul in the future. I’ll like as much information as possible if I’m gonna fork out so much money to self torture.

Favourite part of the start of school year has always been getting new school books.

For the curious souls, this is what I’m studying right now. This programme requires me to complete 2 core modules and 4 electives, so 6 modules in total. I can also choose to take up dissertation I’ll have to use one module for it and another modules for ‘Research Methods’. That means I’ll have to give up 2 modules on new learnings, no thanks, plus, too much work really.

Assessments

SOAS-UOL Distance Learning assesses us through 2 methods. Each module will consist of 2 assignments with combined weightage of 30%, and one 3 hours written paper (70%) in September-October, we can take the papers at a local exam centre.
For those who know me, I studied in SIM-UOL which they have 100% weightage on their May examination which was SUPER stressful. Failing by 1 even 1 mark means you’ll have to retake another year. There however is a pro for 100% examinations, what I used to do was skip all the class and assignments (since no marks) and just study like made when exams are near. I still graduated on time, but highly not recommended.
So now SOAS-UOL requires assignments to be submitted and graded every 4 weeks into the module, which also means, not being on track of studies gives me a HUGE disadvantaged. I started my assignment 1 seven days before the due date, and I scored 58/100 while my classmates (at least the ones I know) got 70. Lol. I’m 15 days away for my assignment 2 due date, but here I am, blogging.

Readings

AKA things I have to study/read for the modules. I am currently only 1 module into the course. 1 module of SIM-UOL BSc Business Management was about level 40/100 (personal opinion) of things that need to read, SOAS-UOL MSc International Business Administration is about 75-80/100.

THERE’S HELLA LOTS OF THING TO FRIGGIN READ FOR JUST ONE MOD WTF.

1 Module of MSc is like 4 freaking modules of Uni. I’m nearing the end of my first module and I’ve only completed 20% of what I’m REQUIRED to read and understanding not adding those extra good to know stuff. Ded.
It’s definitely a lot more intensive than I imagined, I thought it would be similar to my university, it is, but there’s really a lot more compulsory readings. A few of my classmates are working and doing this course, so working and studying is definitely possible. You just really need very good time management. Which I completely lacks, wish me good luck.

Price

1 Module is £1680, which translates to around S$3000. I need to complete 6 modules in total. S$3000*6=S$1800. Which includes all the reading materials and assessment fees, but excludes local exam centre fees (dependable on exam centre). No accounting inflation, exchange rates fluctuation yaadaa daa. YES. It’s very cheap for a Masters. Plus SOAS is under UOL which is NOT totally not recognised in Singapore. Worth it or not you decide. For me, it’s best of all world, the modules they provide, distant learning + written exams, qualification and experience they need.
Many MSc require at least a few year or relevant working experiences or a first class/ second class upper degree which I both lack.
Sometimes I think about how each module can buy me a new Macbook and I die a little inside.

Overall

Overall it really helps me to kill time (A LOT of it) here while on WX’s 3 years deployment. I can finish the course in 2 years based on their maximum 4 modules per year limit. It helps me satisfy my hunger for knowledge and there’s really no losing in learning new things.

That’s about it, my next module will start in April. See you next post!