Each USP student has two official resources to help them navigate the USP Curriculum, and to figure out how to fit USP requirements into their overall NUS Curriculum.
The first is an academic advisor. This academic advisor is teaching or has taught in the USP, and can help students understand the USP curriculum, though he or she cannot provide detailed information about your home faculty or department's curriculum structure. For more information on your advisor's role, see USP Academic Advising.
The second valuable resource is the USP Mentorship Programme (UMP). A peer mentor is a senior USP student who has been trained to help first-year students with academic and curriculum matters. This peer mentor is usually from the same faculty, and is therefore able to provide advice about the interface between USP and home faculty requirements, as well as matters such as CORS and module allocation, independent research, and student exchange and international programmes. For more information, see .
The academic advising system and the mentorship programme are complementary. As academic advisors, faculty member:
- can provide advice on issues directly related to academia, e.g. research opportunities, and post-graduate studies;
- represent a wide range of academic disciplines, as well as inter-disciplinary fields, and they are able to advise students from the perspective of their own experience and expertise;
- are adult figures who are well placed to give advice on undergraduate life—e.g., on students' academic goals and how to seek out opportunities to achieve them.
On the other hand, peer mentors help to "fill in the gaps" when it comes to areas with which academic advisors may be unfamiliar, such as navigating the administrative procedures in the university. Furthermore, since the freshmen : peer mentor ratio is lower than the freshmen : academic advisor ratio, peer mentors are often able to spend more time advising and guiding each freshman.
In fact, peer mentors often encourage and teach first-year students how to seek out academic advice and counsel from various and diverse sources, of which the USP academic advisor is an important one. Peer mentors can thus advise freshmen on how best to make the most of their academic advisors.
In addition to their academic advisor and their peer mentor, students who have more specific questions relating to the USP curriculum should also feel free to contact the academic team: