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GE1401 University English


I took this course in 2019/20 Sem A.

Mark is a very passionate teacher. He encouraged students to actively participate in the class and would make some jokes to make the lesson even more engaging to students sometimes. He responds to email very efficiently and that happens even on weekends, so do ask him questions if you have something uncertain or need his advice. I enjoyed taking his course so much. I agree that Mark is not a teacher who will give A grades easily, but hard work will certainly pay off 

Though I got an A-, I must admit that the course itself is not a good grade course too. So you don't have to be picky about the teacher. Every teacher would give A grades, B grades and so on. I'm sure that if you work hard, you will do decently in the course, no matter who the teacher is.

Here are some tips for getting a decent grade in GE1401:

Infographic (20%): Pick a controversial topic that contains both advantages and disadvantages. You don't have to create a wonderful art piece, just put things in a clear and concise way. Less is more. Don't be afraid if you met free riders, I met free riders in this assignment but I still got 15.5/20 myself. Do ask for the teacher's advice so as to ensure that you are on the right track. In the lesson, Mark did provide some good and bad samples of infographics. If you are a lazy person like me (also don't do good in art), you may just directly "copy" the styles of the good ones while doing your work.

Argumentative Essay (20%+20%): This part depends heavily on the teacher's requirements. Do listen to his/her requirements and be prepared to ask them questions to see if your essay/style/whatever element in the essay is good to them. You may also join the ELSS essay reviewing services if you need more advice from different people. (fyi) I get my work done two weeks before the deadline and joined 3 essay reviewing services.

Self-Assessment Commentary (15%): For this semester there was the early class suspension. SAC becomes an option for students to choose whether to do it or not. Mark would give feedback and grades to students after submission and I think my grades are quite good, I didn't do the SAC so no advice, sorry!

Participation (5%): Do attend every class and answer questions. Be engaged. Do approach the teachers whenever you have any questions or inquiries.

Btw, don't know if this piece of information would be useful: I got an overall mark of above 80 and that's A-

I hope the above would be a useful comment. Gayau guys!

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