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My IFP teachers were friendly, approachable and caring

International Foundation Programme graduate, Chua Yi En, explains how great teachers and friendships, coupled with study group discussions, helped her succeed. 

Written by Chua Yi En |

International Foundation Programme graduate Chua Yi En
"Time flew by and now I have graduated from the International Foundation Programme with Distinction."

The University of London International Foundation Programme has equipped me with valuable knowledge and allowed me to explore my different areas of interest such as understanding social behaviours. 

It was always a great time when we had lessons on campus as I got to bond with my classmates and meet new friends with similar interests! I still vividly remember how my friends and I always held frequent study group discussions at Starbucks on the SIM campus. It made studying more fun and kept me motivated. 

As the William Arthur Ward quote goes: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” All of my IFP teachers were extremely friendly, approachable and caring. They taught students like me with all their heart. We always had short chit-chat sessions with the teachers in between our classes and that is another reason why I looked forward to attending lessons.  

It is not difficult to do well, it all depends on the amount of effort that you are willing to put into achieving your goals.

Time flew by and now I have graduated from the International Foundation Programme with Distinction. I did what most classmates did, to continue my studies with the University of London at SIM. As I have an immense interest in how I can create the brains of a robot through coding and problem-solving, I was in the minority from my IFP cohort when I signed up for the BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence). One day, I hope to be able to create an artificial intelligence robot of my own!

Overall, I enjoyed my time in the foundation programme as it was a holistic pre-university experience for me, especially when great teachers and friendships are so important during this life stage. I am proud to say that I am now a UoL International Foundation Programme graduate. 

As a final comment, I would like to share with everyone that it is not difficult to do well, it all depends on the amount of effort that you are willing to put into achieving your goals. 

Chua Yi En was enrolled in an A level programme when she withdrew to embark on the International Foundation Programme. Fast forward, she has graduated from the IFP with Distinction in 2021 and is currently a Year 1 undergraduate in the BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence) programme. She is hoping to create her dream robot one day.