Undergraduates

Student Welfare

 

Student Welfare Unit

The Student Welfare Unit at the School of Physical Mathematical Sciences seeks to:

  • Offer a listening ear and assistance to students having academic and/or personal problems.
  • Raise awareness of issues affecting student well-being in the school.
  • Provide a feedback channel from students to the school and university.

The school takes the welfare of all of its students very seriously. Any students who find that they are not coping well are encouraged to seek help early — especially in their first semester of study at NTU.

pastoral care

The Student Welfare Unit offers help and guidance for a wide variety of issues, including financial difficulties, personal or family difficulties, and academic difficulties (not passing certain core courses, having to take leaves of absence, feelings of being "stuck", how to graduate in a shorter time, delays in graduation, course planning, etc.).

Please email Mika (mikayapmx@ntu.edu.sg) or Grace (gracehoe@ntu.edu.sg) to fix an appointment. For general enquiries, you may also email spms-sw@ntu.edu.sg.

Acad​emic Mentoring Scheme

Each incoming undergraduate is assigned an academic mentor—a faculty member in the student's division. Freshmen will get to meet their academic mentor during orientation week. The academic mentor provides a link between the student and the School, and can provide the following help:

  • The mentor can provide information about university life: how teaching is done, what is expected in tutorials and examinations, who to seek help from, how to study, how to get the most out of course of study, etc.
  • In various matters, the mentor can serve as an intermediary between the student mentee and relevant school or university representatives (e.g., tutors, course coordinators, the Associate Chair of Academic Affairs, etc.).

Students should regard their academic mentors as a resource that is available to help them adapt to university life, provide guidance in academic pursuits, and to gain rapport with the faculty and staff. The Academic Mentoring Scheme complements other student welfare services, including the Student Welfare personnel in the SPMS Chair's office, the Hall Fellows at the Halls of Residence, and the professional counsellors at the University Wellbeing Centre (UWC).

NOTE: for help involving the academic curriculum (e.g., which courses are needed to graduate), please approach the administrative staff at the Academic Affairs office.

Mentoring Assignments

Students can check their StudentLink accounts to find out who their current academic mentors are. Mentors can look up their list of assigned mentees on StaffLink. This information is updated by Teaching Week 1 of each new academic year. 

Peer Tutoring at the SPMS Learning Centre

The SPMS Learning Centre provides academic support to our SPMS undergraduates. The courses covered are mainly Year 1 and 2 core courses, but if you need help for higher level courses, feel free to email the SPMS Student Welfare team so that we can match you with a suitable peer tutor.

The SPMS Learning Centre is also available to engineering students taking our mathematics courses.

The SPMS Learning Centre runs from Week 4 of each semester till Revision Week. To check the availability of our peer tutors, please consult the calendars in the links below.

AY2020/2021 Semester 1