Can I study in a polytechnic and retake my 'O' Levels at the same time?

This query comes from a student:

Recently,I sat for my O levels .I got 26 points for my L1R2B2,so I am thinking of retaking o levels ,I am wondering how much is the fees to hire your tutor and is it possible for your tutors to teach students who intend to register as private candidates ? Also,is it possible to study in poly while retaking o levels for the first year and then quit the poly course to join my desired course after retaking my o levels and the release of the o levels results in 2015?




The Response:

Hi,

The fees vary from tutor to tutor, so I would advise you to check with the tutor directly.


Most tutors are fine with teaching students who intend to register as private candidates, but do check with them as well.


As for your question regarding studying in poly while retaking the 'O' Levels, I would also advise you to contact the relevant polytechnic directly, as they would have the most reliable source of information. For instance, you may find the contact of Nanyang Polytechnic here: http://www.nyp.edu.sg/future-students/enquiries


However, I’m sure you’re aware that it might be difficult to juggle both the 'O' Levels and your poly workload at the same time. It might just be better for you to focus on either one, and my opinion is that if you are really not keen on your current poly course, you should focus on just studying for and retaking the 'O' Levels so you can get into your desired course next year. It’s risky but sometimes, you have to create a situation where failure is not an option, in order to succeed.


Alternatively, if you are “okay” with the poly course that you’re allocated, then why not just give it a shot, try to find your passion in it and put aside your 'O' Levels for now. Who knows, you might just like it and do very well in it.


Hope this helps and wish you all the best regardless of which decision you make.



Eric Chng

(Councilor: May 2013-Present)

Answered On 19 January 2014