NTU’s Star Wars – It’s that time of the year again when NTU students across the universe fight for what is perhaps the most important event of the semester. Fret not! Here are three tips that you can use to defeat the system. Not only in ensuring that you get all your COREs, but also in getting your elective modules.
NTU Star Wars Tip 1 – Separate your time tables!
This first tip is perhaps the most important one in getting all your CORES if tip 2 does not work for you. Separate your time tables. One with only your cores and one with only your cores + electives or just electives. Why? In the NTU Star Wars, speed is key. That little window that pops up (shown below) can cause you precious seconds that will result in the slots for your CORES to be taken up.
The solution is simple. When your registration window opens, spam the “Add Course(s) to STARS” button with your CORES only plan loaded. While your course mates struggle to order their electives and set their type, you would have already gotten all your CORES. Since electives now work on a wait list system, you can now take your time to load your other timetable (with the electives) and add them to your wait-list.
NTU Star Wars Tip 2 – Cheat!
This is perhaps the most full proof way thought not often accepted by a few schools like EEE (Electronic and Electrical Engineering) though it is still worth a try for schools that don’t mind students abusing such a system. Manually register for your CORES and electives through your school! I’ve been doing this for my past few semesters in NTU and have had all my courses registered for me even before the NTU Star Wars begin.
Just fill up the respective “request form” from your respective school and provide a believable reason such as that you’ll be overseas for a very extended period. The form for MAE students can be found here and EEE students here. Note: This method does not help you get your electives immediately. They will be placed on wait list on your behalf.
NTU Star Wars Tip 3 – Appeal!
This section is for all those who have failed to get their electives during the registration period. Always, always appeal. I’ve never ever gotten an elective though the wait list system but I’ve always gotten them after appealing.
Step 1: Through the normal appeal process
If you fail to get your module, re-add them to your wait list if they have been removed. After which, head to your “Course Registration Appeal System (GERPE & UE)” in your “Studentlink“. The reason that I have always used (since year 1) is:Based on the modules I am required to take this semester, I am unable to take any other electives. In addition, I am only left with my LS/STS/etc. GEPRE/UE to clear. If I am unable to read this module this semester, I am confident that I will not be able to graduate on time.
This has worked for me and my friends with reasonable success. If it fails, we then proceed to step 2.
Step 2: Email the school in charge of that elective directly
Only the school in-charge of that elective has the ability to add students to the module so don’t bother emailing your school asking them for help. Email the school itself (usually in the form SCHNAME_reg@ntu.edu.sg) and appeal. In addition, if you are really keen, you may get the professor in charge of the module to appeal on your behalf. I usually use a lightly more extended form as the one above when I email the school:Dear Sir/Madam, I’m writing to you with regards to NBS/MAE/EEE rejecting my appeal. I would like to urge NBS/MAE/EEE to reconsider my appeal as MODULE (Index No. 00000 and 00001) and MODULE (Index No. 00002) are the only electives that I am able to take this semester (I currently have none and I’m severely underloaded this semester as I have no more cores that I can take). Failing to do so would result in myself not being able to graduate on time. In addition, I also require these modules to clear my prescribed elective requirements. The professor in charge of MODULE has also sent an appeal on my behalf this morning. I once again thank you for your time and look forward to your kind understanding. Regards,
If you do not receive a reply within 2/3 days, resend your last email. Eventually they will accede to your request (at least in my case so far).