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3 module planning tips from an NUS undergraduate

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Hello, everyone! It’s been a while, but I’m finally back and ready to share my experiences. This time, I will share some advice on how to plan your modules. Module planning is every university student’s nightmare, especially for students who have not officially entered university. There are so many websites, especially for NUS — NUS Mods, NUS Canvas, NUS Edurec…it’s hard enough keeping track of these sites. Additionally, for prospective FASS and FoS students, the new CHS curriculum is so hard to plan for. There are 13 mandatory modules, and figuring out which modules are pre-allocated to you and which modules are not is just a pain. But don’t worry! I’m here to make it a lot easier for everyone. I’ve been through the system, I’m studying at NUS, and with almost two full years of experience, I think I’m qualified to give some advice. So, without further ado, let’s get into it! One final note: the most important websites you could use specifically for NUS are NUS Mods, the NUS CHS website, the NUS major modules (i.e. NUS psychology modules for me), and NUS major graduation requirements.

1. Find a Common Curriculum

For prospective undergraduates, the simplest first step is to find out whether you have a common curriculum. Many universities often have a common curriculum that is mandatory for undergraduates, particularly within Singapore. However, overseas universities might not have this. In order to find the common curriculum, keywords such as “x university x faculty common curriculum” can be used. For example, googling “FASS graduation requirements” brought me to a PDF, which then brought me to the FASS website. The FASS website has an explicit section for graduation requirements and an option titled, “Cohort 2021 and After, CHS Common Curriculum”. Alternatively, you can pay attention to news regarding the university. For example, the new CHS curriculum and the merging of Yale-NUS with USP have gained media coverage within Singapore. If you are a prospective NUS student, this is very pertinent to you and you might want to be aware of this. If you have no common curriculum, congratulations — feel free to move on and read the next tip. However, if you have a common curriculum, the next step would be to find the modules inside the curriculum. For NUS, clicking on the CHS Common Curriculum option will bring you directly to the CHS website that lists the common modules. The website also shows the pre-allocation of modules, and which modules will be pre-allocated to you in year 1. It also shows the different modules per semester. Once you have this knowledge, this leads me to step two: map your modules.

2. Map Your Modules

Now that you know the common curriculum modules you must take, it is time to map them! But what exactly does this mean? Module mapping is a process many undergraduates do to plan for the next four years of university. It helps you see which modules you will be taking during which semester. It also helps with counting the number of module credits (MCs) per semester. The number of MCs is especially important, as you need to make sure you have enough to graduate. But how do you map your modules? Simple. First, open up either an excel sheet or a google drive sheet. Next, you can have headings for the four years of university, and separate them by semester e.g. “y1s1”, “y1s2” etc. Underneath each heading, list the modules you will be taking. Next to the module, list the number of MCs it provides. Here is my personal plan as an example: If you have a common curriculum, fill those modules up first. Afterwards, every major will likely have one or two common gateway modules that they have to take. These gateway modules will most likely be pre-allocated to you in year one of university, so put that module code in your year one plan. From my plan, all the blue colours are CHS common curriculum modules. The year one CHS modules are compulsory and thus pre-allocated. The other CHS modules require you to bid for them, so I just use them to balance my workload. You can see that later on, during my 4k modules (some of the heaviest modules you can take as an undergraduate), I add a lot of CHS modules or UEs (unrestricted electives) to ensure my workload is not too bad. Additionally, every major will likely have mandatory core modules. A simple google search of “x university [major] modules” will show you all the modules you can take, and the graduation requirements will tell you which are core (i.e. mandatory) modules. In my plan, PL1101e and PL2131 will be pre-allocated to you in your first year. However, PL2132 and all 3k modules for NUS psychology are mandatory. Thus, as a psychology undergraduate, I must take all of them at some point in the four years of university. You can simply use google to help you find out your mandatory modules. I google “NUS psychology modules” to see the whole list of modules. “NUS psychology graduation requirements” also shows me the core modules I have to take. The website that lists NUS psychology modules also shows the requirements for those modules, which helps me plan. For example, when looking at 4k modules, I need to complete 80 MCs. In each semester, I take around 20 MCs. This means that I need at least four semesters before I can take a 4k module, and thus those modules will likely be taken during years three or four. This is a complicated process and requires a lot of time and research, so I suggest you make time for it. Schedule a day where you just sit down and construct one mapping plan. It might not be the final, and it is likely that you will change it, especially for your UEs or if you have failed to bid for a module. However, a brief plan is better than nothing at all. Overall, to make life a little bit easier, I suggest that you: a) start with pre-allocated common curriculum modules; b) put in pre-allocated major gateway modules; and c) fill in the mandatory modules (for both your major and the common curriculum modules) as you go. One final thing to note is the semester. For NUS, you can use NUS Mods to see which semester the module will be available in. Normally, for very common modules e.g., common curriculum and common major modules, it will be offered in every semester. However, there are exceptions – the HS and HSI 2k modules in my plan are semester-dependent. Thus, you need to double-check to see if you have planned correctly. Additionally, you can note down whether you can SU the module or not. SU means that the module credits will be counted, but the grade you obtain will not be counted towards your CAP. It can be useful to know which modules you can SU and which modules you cannot, but this is slightly advanced. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stick to the basic plan of module mapping.

3. Double-check Graduation Requirements

Once you have mapped the basic modules (i.e. the common curriculum and the gateway modules), it is time to check your graduation requirements. A google search of “NUS psychology graduation requirements” brings me to a website that lists everything very explicitly. Once you have these requirements, you need to map the necessary modules onto your plan. However, I suggest you take it step by step. First cover the core lower-level modules, then work your way up. For example, for NUS psychology, begin by mapping PL1101E, PL2131 and PL2132.  You will get PL1101E and PL2131 in year 1, so you can fill that in. I also strongly suggest that you take PL2132 as soon as possible, because it is a foundational module. A lot of higher-level modules will have PL2132 as a prerequisite, particularly laboratory modules and 4k modules. Thus, I suggest you place it in year two semester one. Next, you move on to the 3k core modules. Also remember to check the prerequisites for each module so you know when you can take it! For psychology 3k modules, the only prerequisite is PL1101E. Thus, when you have completed that module, you can start to clear your 3k modules. I personally was able to take PL1101E in my first semester of university. Thus, in my second semester, I actually took two 3k modules. This helped me a lot, especially in terms of clearing mandatory modules for psychology. For psychology, you also have to map a laboratory module, so keep that in mind when planning. Finally, you can move on and map the 4k modules. Do take note that NUS psychology 4k modules require you to complete 80 MCs, which means that you have to complete at least four semesters of university before you can even take them. Thus, these 4k modules are likely mapped onto years three and four of university. Once you have finished mapping the modules for your common curriculum and the necessary modules for graduation, you can now start filling in the spaces for your unrestricted electives! For NUS, you need 48 MCs of unrestricted electives if you are taking a single major — roughly 12 additional modules. The number of MCs required differs for a single or double major, or anything else, so do check that before you plan this. For finding potential UEs, you can use NUS Mods to search keywords related to your personal interests. For example, I search for words like “crime”, “deviance”, “China” etc. because of my interests in these topics. Based on your search, modules will show up, and you can then pick and choose the ones you want to study. Finally, if you want to go for an exchange programme, you should plan it now. Pick the semester you prefer, and ensure that you have put that in your plan. You should also google to check what you can and cannot map for an exchange. For NUS psychology, for example, you can only map one 4k module on exchange. So do keep that in mind. And that’s it! That’s the end of the planning session! I know it is a lot to take in. And it is likely very complicated. But doing this not only gives you a plan for your four years of university, it also gives you a headstart in familiarizing yourself with the many websites necessary for university. But that’s it from me! Hope this helped, and good luck with your module planning!

The 8 Libraries of NTU, 5 of which you didn’t know exist

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Library, a high peer-pressure environment for mugging. Library, a sanctuary for a quiet moment. Library, a citadel for academic enlightenment. Library, a student’s second home during the exam season. I love libraries. I don’t know about you, but I love them to bits. Everyone says they’re a nerd, and by Jove, you know you’re one when the first thing on your freshman to-do list is to find all the libraries in NTU, like me. Some libraries in NTU can be hard to find, so here’s a complied list and some essential information and tips!

Exactly what libraries are there?

As of 2023 there are 7 libraries in NTU, namely the Art, Design & Media Library, Business Library, Chinese Library, Communication & Information Library, Humanities & Social Sciences Library, Lee Wee Nam Library and the Wang Gungwu Library. There is also the Library Outpost located at The Hive. Click here for a comprehensive list of their locations!
  1. Art, Design & Media Library
  2. Business Library
  3. Chinese Library
  4. Communication & Information Library
  5. Humanities & Social Sciences Library
  6. Lee Wee Nam Library
  7. Library Outpost
8. Wang Gungwu Library All libraries are closed on public holidays. Please check announcements on the Library homepage for changes in opening hours. For actual dates of semester and vacation periods, refer to NTU’s Academic Calendar.

All Libraries’ Opening Hours

Semester Period: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 9.30 pm Saturday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (Communication & Information Library closes at 1:00 pm) Sunday: Closed
Vacation Period: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm (Art, Design & Media Library and Communication & Information Library closes at 5:00 pm) Saturday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (Closed: Art, Design & Media Library and Communication & Information Library) Sunday: Closed
Note: Photocopying and network printing services will stop 30 minutes before the Library closes
 

1. Art, Design & Media Library

Books

ADM Library holds over 11,000 volumes ranging from evolving disciplines in visual art, architecture, design, drawing, illustration, painting and photography. These volumes include reference materials, artist books, play and film production formats, exhibition catalogues, animation guidebooks, and design catalogues.

The Reserve Book Collection (RBR)

The RBR section in the ADM library houses the required reading materials for each course for ADM students. These materials are available for loan to ADM students for a maximum of two hours and must be checked out at the Loan Counter.

Periodicals

There are over 100 subscriptions to periodicals that cover all aspects of the school’s curriculum. Some courses are media, film, animation, design and art. All undergraduates and future postgraduates can find core materials needed for their readings.

Audio-Visual Materials (A/V)

The A/V section of the Library houses an extensive and growing collection of video cassettes, audio cassettes, VCDs, DVDs, audio CDs, and music CDs, with the exception of “restricted” and “non-circulating” A/V materials. These materials are available for faculty, graduate students, and NTU staff to borrow. For undergraduates, they can tap on individual and group viewing facilities (such as viewing carrels and a cinema room).

Information Services, including reference services

Students are encouraged to browse its collection, ranging from reading resources or materials for research purposes. If help is needed with the research process, students can approach the ADM Library staff.

Instructional Services

The ADM Library also provides students and faculty with instructional services that introduce them to various art-related online databases.

Library e-resources

Staff and students can access the library’s e-resources from subscribed databases, e-books, and e-journals available at the library homepage 24/7 as long as they have internet access. There are six Library Catalogue stations and ten networked PCs for accessing e-journals, databases, and other electronic resources for students and staff for their perusal. Furthermore, there are ten individual viewing carrels with multimedia PCS where students can view A/V titles leisurely in a soundproof mini cinema room. Students can access the Library Catalogue online or access it in the ADM library to search for books, journals, audiovisual materials, and other library resources Printing and Photocopying: Students can access printing and photocopying services, including colour copying.

Wireless Internet

The Library is equipped with wireless access to facilitate patrons with laptops to use the online facilities and services.

The Study Area

ADM library’s study area provides large spacious tables and comfortable chairs to facilitate group work and individual study. Highlights Open study spaces, cinema room and individual AV viewing stations. Collections: Visual arts, architecture, drawing, design, illustration, painting, photography, and audio-visual materials. Specialities ADM library has specially curated loanable books and references related to the visual arts. They also hold an extensive collection of comics and graphic novels. Did you know they are one of the few libraries with A/V materials available?

Liber@ADML

The newly launched enhanced Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Bookish and Experimental Research at the Art, Design and Media Library (Liber@ADML) features edtech-ready spaces and facilities to support the School of ADM’s interdisciplinary research and innovation needs.

Configurable collaboration zones with well-being features

Equipped with different lighting presets and modular furniture, The Playground allows users to play around with the space and build the ideal classroom or collaborative workspace for teaching and learning. For the user’s well-being, the Playground has a circadian lighting system that automatically adjusts its brightness and colour temperature according to the daylight cycle. Scientifically, this allows the human body to stay connected with its natural circadian rhythm that regulates wakefulness and alertness.

AV pods

The new audio-visual pods function as a collaborative space for users to access visual media resources with an open-concept meeting room.

Student showcases

ADM students and faculty can showcase their creative works through this interactive exhibition space with a sleek window display design.

Temi the robot

Temi the robot is NTU’s first-ever Smart Library Assistant. Riding on the innovative trend, Temi’s capabilities includes wayfinding, answering frequently asked questions, and video calling a NTU Librarian.
Opening hours (Semester) Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 9.30pm Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation)   Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm Saturday: Closed
Directions: NTU School of Art, Design & Media (ART-01-03) 81 Nanyang Dr, Singapore 637458 Buses: 179,199 Drop at: Nanyang Dr – Hall 2 (27311)

2. Business Library

 

Facilities for Members with Special Needs

Members with disabilities can request assistance to access any of NTU’s libraries. Onsite facilities include:
  • Height-adjustable tables at Lee Wee Nam Library, Business Library and Chinese Library
The business library consists of collaborative spaces, quiet spaces, individual study rooms, and a business lounge with Bloomberg and Datastream terminals.

Collections

The library houses topics from accounting, banking, business law, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality management, international business, management, marketing and strategy.

Quiet Zones

Students in need of a pin-drop quiet environment can head to the Business Library (Level B4) to get maximum focus on their work. Do take note that discussions are not allowed in these Quiet Zones!

Individual Study Spaces (Bookable)

The Business Library has 19 rooms that students can reserve for their individual study sessions.  (14 Study Rooms and 5 Language Learning Rooms).
Opening hours (Semester) Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 7.00pm Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation) Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm Saturday: Closed
Directions: 50 Nanyang Avenue N2-B2b-07, Nanyang Technological University, 639798
 

3. Chinese Library

Facilities for Members with Special Needs

Members with disabilities can request for assistance to access any of NTU’s libraries. Onsite facilities include: ●     Height-adjustable tables at Lee Wee Nam Library, Business Library and Chinese Library Highlights NTU’s Chinese Library houses rare thread-bound books – Kangxi Dictionary, Imperial Collection of Four and more. Do head down to find out more! Collections Being a Chinese Library, it covers Chinese language materials such as Chinese literature, history, philosophy, religion, linguistics, politics, economy, sociology and management science.

Quiet Zones

Students needing a quiet space and a surrounding with linguistic books can head to the Chinese Library (Reading Room) to get maximum focus on their work. Do take note that discussions are not allowed in these Quiet Zones!
Opening hours (Semester) Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 9.30pm Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation) Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 7.00pm Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Directions S3.2-B5-01
 

4. Communication & Information Library

  Highlights This library has an archive of final-year projects by communication students. Head down to view your senior’s work! Collections Students can browse topics ranging from mass communication and media, information sciences, communication research, media law and ethics. Being a 2-storey library, it is quiet during school term and you can spot many seats during the day. However, it is a fairly small library with limited book titles. But the aircon is always freezing cold, perfect for Singapore’s hot, humid days!
Directions: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI)
 

5. Humanities & Social Sciences Library

Collaborative Spaces (Bookable)

To use these collaborative spaces, students would need to reserve via LibFacilities prior to use.  Accompanying equipment for each space may differ – read the description when booking on LibFacilities. This library is much smaller than the other NTU libraries. The walkways between the shelves are narrow, making the library appear cramped. Fans of Singlit (Singapore Literature) will be pleased to learn that the library has a small Singlit collection, as well as a collection of works on Singapore’s economy, politics, and history (the ‘Singapore Collection’). This library is a treasure to students in the Humanities field. There is a wide range of resources available for every humanities topic. However, the downside is that the study spaces are limited, with only a few small cubicles at the library’s sides.

Specialities

This library has books and periodicals related to the social sciences (history, politics, linguistics) and literature (Eastern and Western, classical and modern) that are not found in other NTU libraries. Besides academic books, students can also browse fiction and non-fiction books that are mostly in English. Directions: S4-B3C-05

6. Lee Wee Nam Library

 

Facilities for Members with Special Needs

Members with disabilities can request assistance to access any of NTU’s libraries. Onsite facilities include:
  • Height-adjustable tables at Lee Wee Nam Library, Business Library and Chinese Library
Highlights This is NTU’s most popular library as it has a variety of collaborative learning spaces, exhibition spaces, quiet and relaxation spaces, high-end computers, and a recording room. Collections  Engineering and science are the primary titles found on their shelves.

Hygge

Hygge is a new space that was recently opened in  September 2022.  This is students’ most favourite relaxing and studying space, with it being a dedicated well-being space at the Quiet Zone of Lee Wee Nam Library (Level 5). Primarily designed to encourage students to wind down from academic stresses, it allows them to engage in reflection, contemplation and mental relaxation. HYGGE features the concept Fascinature, which combines elements of soft fascination and nature to facilitate mental rejuvenation.

Quiet Zones

There are allocated zones dedicated for users who need to concentrate on their work or study and are available at Lee Wee Nam Library (Level 5).  Discussions are not allowed in these Quiet Zones.
Opening hours (Semester) Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 9.30pm Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation) Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 7.00pm Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Directions: 50 Nanyang Avenue, Blk NS3-03-01, 639798
 

7. Library Outpost

  Highlights This library literally has café-style seating and lounging spaces and diverse audio-visual materials. It is definitely a different concept from other NTU libraries! Collections It holds audio-visual collections and Course Reserves for HSS and NBS. A course reserve item borrowed before 7 pm must be returned within two hours or risk a hefty fine. If students borrow the material after 7 pm, they must return it by 11 am the following morning.
Opening hours (Semester) Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 9.30pm Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation) Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 7.00pm Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Directions: Level 1, Hive Building
 

8. Wang Gungwu Library

Opening hours (Semester) •       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm •       Saturday: Closed
Opening hours (Vacation) •       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm •       Saturday: Closed
  Here’s one bonus library that’s truly hidden out of sight! It is contained within the Chinese Heritage Centre (CHC), it is quite dark and is mostly lit by natural light, which is understandable as most of the books there look old and thus require protection. Since it’s in an odd location, it is very quiet and very empty on most days, which makes it a good place to get some private space and time. You’ll find books and references related to Chinese culture/tradition, literature, and research here, in both English and Chinese, as well as permanent displays of old Singaporean educational materials. Do stop by for a visit at least once! Collaborative Spaces (Needs Booking) The following spaces for group discussion require reservation on LibFacilities before use. Accompanying equipment for each space may differ – read the description when booking on LibFacilities.

Print your course materials

Print and photocopy your coursework at NTU’s libraries.  Depending on the libraries, the price is also different. Libraries usually charge $0.045 – $0.05/black and white page and $0.54 – $1.00/colour page for printing jobs. Photocopying cost $0.025/A4 black and white photocopy and $0.054/A4 colour page photocopy. All printing and photocopying services in libraries are paid via a sensor that deducts money from your EZ-link card or through Paylah. For more details about what you can borrow: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Library/membership/student/pages/privileges.aspx You can also consult librarians at NTU. Ask them about how to find academic papers related to your research project. Ask them about the angle of your project. Basically, librarians are mentors that provide guidance if you choose to consult them. Hope this guide was useful to navigate NTU libraries! Feel free to comment if you have any queries!

10 Dating apps in Singapore to make sure you don’t graduate with “bachelor’s” degree

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Love, love, where are you? In this modern day and age, you don’t sit by waiting for love and sulk if it doesn’t knock on your door. Today, we explore the various popular dating apps in Singapore.

Lovoo

Lovoo has been growing popular with social media fans/addicts, having features that other apps do not have. This would be LOVOO Live, the app’s live stream and live chat that you can start or join to make connections for free. The more viewers you have, the more diamonds you may earn. These diamonds can be converted to actual cash or in-app credits you can use to gift others gifts! It also offers you an ‘icebreaker’ daily, giving you the opportunity to send someone you’re interested in a 250-character message without matching up first. If the person replies, both of you can commence messaging with no limits Just be aware that the app currently has fewer local users. Lovoo is free, but you can purchase a subscription to block ads, hide your online status and more.

Hinge

The first thing you’ll see on Hinge’s webpage is an eye-catching header: “The dating app designed to be deleted”. The app promises to do so through better quality connections and transparency, making use of a ‘Nobel-Prize-winning-algorithm’ and showing you everyone who has liked your profile. How it differs from other apps lies in the way you have to ‘like’ a specific part of an individual’s profile, with the option of leaving a comment, giving them more insight into what about them caught your eye and a good conversation starter. The app is free but has a subscription model that you can test out for free for a month. You will have to be an active user. Like Lovoo, the app may have fewer local users at present.

Klick

Klick was launched on Valentine’s Day in 2019. Founded by a Singaporean, Nelson Quek, the app acts like an Instagram for singles—users fill up a detailed questionnaire when setting up their profile, and proceed to express themselves by publishing photo posts showcasing their personalities and interests. Image credits: A screenshot of Klick’s website  The app is free and unlike CMB/Tinder, you can chat with others for free without any limitations (except that they must accept a Message Request first before both of you can start talking). This app is great for people who want to get a better feel of potential matches first before starting up a potentially-awkward conversation. As the app is fairly new, the user pool isn’t as large as what you might be expecting. It’s still a great app to try out, though!

Coffee Meets Bagel

There are many folks out there using CMB now, considering it to be the ‘classier’ sister of Tinder (see below). Guys get 21 ‘bagel’ profiles to like/pass each day at noon. Girls, in return, get 6 ‘bagel’ profiles from those that have liked them. So, guy likes girl. Girl likes guy back and a chat window opens for (only!) 7 days so that you’ll be spurred to take further action and maybe become something more! Related image CMB is free, using ‘beans’ as an in-app currency that you can pay for or earn through regular app use (like checking the app daily). What you might or might not like: CMB matches you with friends of friends and not complete strangers. Generally, most agree that they’ve met decent dates through CMB, or dates-turned-friends. Same with all other dating apps: don’t be too stingy with your profile photos! Do avoid selfies (or too many of them) if possible.

Bumble

With its different features, Bumble is more than a dating app. Yes, it offers Bumble Date, which lets female users send the first text, but it also offers networking and friend making opportunities via Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz! Here’s how it works (for Bumble Date): You and another individual must match. Thereafter, you have 24 hours to initiate contact and send out the first message if you are female! If you are a male user, you will have 24 hours to respond. Users can also send video notes or initiate video calls (in-app) thereafter if they prefer this to text. Many friends have had good things to say about Bumble (that its more engaging and they’ve found deeper connections here), so this is one app you should give a go.

Tinder

tinder Tinder, as everyone knows, is the most popular dating app in Singapore. It’s a simple concept about chatting only with people you’ve liked, who’ve liked you back in return. Personally, I like how you will be matched only if both users have mutually liked each other. There’s some anonymity to it so you can avoid embarrassing moments or feeling unwanted when the person you’re fond of doesn’t reciprocate. Tinder, as most people described, is more of quantity than quality. Compared to other dating apps, it’s more luck based as you are unable to control or filter certain jobs, ideals, and characteristics—it’s a modern blind date. If you know exactly what you are looking for in a partner, you’re basically finding a needle in a haystack—not impossible to find what you’re looking for but the chances are low and it takes a lot of time and effort to do so. Some, on the other hand, like Tinder because of its mindless swiping, where you don’t have to think so hard about what you’re looking for. On the other hand, if you’re not too sure what you’re looking for, Tinder offers many opportunities to interact and discover what your dealmakers and dealbreakers are. Obviously, Tinder is the dating app for those that prioritise looks, considering how you have barely any other factors for consideration. The app has recently introduced virtual, face-to-face dates (aka video call), which is only accessible if both you and your Tinder match have toggled the video icon. It’s a great addition, considering the current circumstances the world is in, with the unexpected bonus of reducing the possibilities of catfishing! Don’t worry: you can turn off this feature anytime. I’m not sure if it’s the same for a guy, but for a girl, it’s a feel-good dating app with a huge pool of people to swipe, to chat with, to reply—it makes you feel popular. Tip: Select your preferred age range so you don’t have to filter through people who are 20 years older or younger. Tip: You can also set your discoverable distance under your settings for places you frequent e.g. your home or your workplace. For instance, I used to use Tinder only when I’m home as the distance between me and my partner’s home is a crucial factor in the closeness of my partner. paktor

Paktor

When Paktor was first launched, it was often likened to Tinder. That has changed over several developments, and now Paktor builds on the idea of a fun activity where you earn points from frequent activities to redeem ‘gifts’ to give to users whom you think deserve more than just a ‘like’. It also has simple yes/no quizzes asking if for instance, if you think this particular user is a dog-lover. Like most games, there’s a lot of promotion of in-app purchases and Paktor is one that heavily markets it, even to the fact that you need to upgrade to see who has ‘liked’ you, which is usually a basic free function in most dating apps. Tip: Know when and what rewards you can claim for free and remember to claim them! E.g. Daily Swipe, Continuous Visits, Daily Reward. Tip: Tinder tips also apply to Paktor.

Hater

Well, this is a dating app with a novel twist. After you upload a few photos and list your age, you’re presented with thousands of things you can like or, well, hate to the depths of your cold cold heart. Hate balloons? Hate waking up? Reveal it all here! Grudgingly admit that you like sweet food if you must. You can then browse fellow users’ profiles and see if you’re a match based on your (dis)likes. The downside? Hater might have fewer local users, so the dating pool might be limited. The upside? If you’re an awkward turtle, the app presents you with ‘Cards against Humanity’ style icebreaker cards you can send your matches. Do note, though, that the limited profile information doesn’t reveal much. So if you’re uncomfortable with this level of anonymity, this app might not be for you. Update: A friend shared that Hater is really Tinder-esque and probably not everyone’s cup of tea. You never know, though. happn

Happn

Happn is the dating app that sparks the hope and romance in you everywhere you go. Users are able to scroll and view all Happn users’ profiles who are nearby. Meaning, you are able to like to chat up that good-looking stranger who caught your eye when you brushed past him earlier! If you’re the type who refreshes Instagram tags or check-ins in search of that one attractive stranger, this app is built for you. Also, unlike Tinder or Paktor, there is no expiration date to make your choice. If you would like more time to consider another user, you may leave it in your view page and continue scrolling until you have decided and then scroll back up to like or to dislike the user. Tip: Use Happn at places of interest you frequent to find dates of similar interests, especially if you have a unique hobby. For example, if you spend your free time hanging with your Popping and Locking buddies at SCAPE or practice your Yo-yo tricks at Esplanade’s open space, you are able to access all Happn users in your usual hangout area. Tip: If you’re a careful decision-maker, feel free to observe your potentials who frequent similar places as you before deciding to like or chat with them. Stalker alert!

Esync

If you use Esync, the love of your life could be just one call away (Charlie Puth fans, where you at!) In terms of servicing,  Esync tops the list with its A-plus service from beginning to end. They’re (apparently) the first and only dating app to do phone consultations, offline date coordination, and date confirmations. If you’ve been considering dating agencies but have been afraid to, this could be a good in-between. Personality quizzes your kind of jam? Esync will match you and your potential soulmate based on a personality quiz that covers 16 different areas of your individuality. You’ll even get an in-depth report on your results, so you can get to understand yourself better and as a result, the things you’re looking for in a partner, too. While the folks at Digital Senior haven’t tried this one, Esync was created by the Lunch Actually Group and is verified by the Singapore Government, so the singles you meet on this app are, well, single indeed. Do note that some services are paid services.

Lunch Actually

Lunch Actually - Home | Facebook This one’s for the older, busy working professionals! Many of us would have heard about Lunch Actually; the dating agency was founded right here in 2004 by Violet Lim, to help working adults meet potential partners over lunch. The agency now has an app to make things easier! If you’d like to engage Lunch Actually’s services, do note that you’ll have to be aged 24 and above for females and above 26 for males. Lunch Actually has resulted in over 4000 marriages and even more pairings, so this would be a good place (and app) to start with for those looking to settle down.

Lunch Click

Lunch Click is more targeted at those who are looking for long-term, serious, ready-for-marriage singles. There are minimal free-and-easy conversations and mostly questionnaires on one’s perspectives of the big issues in relationships like their view on children and living habits. Contrary to Tinder, it focuses on quality over quantity whereby the system generates the best match for you with the most suitable match a day. It is a dating app that is built against hook-ups and cuts out sleazy conversations. However, the form itself takes a while to fill up because it requires even nitty-gritty details like your height, occupation, and education level. If you’re looking for something simple and user-friendly, I suggest Tinder, Paktor or Happn. On the good side, the chances of securing an actual date are much higher since the app itself promotes getting to know each other over a meal. It basically cuts the small talk and goes straight for the main objective: getting a date. Tip: Need advice? Look no further, Lunch Click has Love Assistants you can chat with on the app who are able to advise you on anything practically under the sun. (How cool is that!) Tip: Prepare a list of your favourite dinner, dessert, and brunch places so you’ll have plenty of suggestions for your dates. Also, if your date enjoyed the food (and you enjoyed the date) you can quickly suggest a second date at a similar food place! lunch-click

Okay Cupid

Okay Cupid is the dating app for those who know exactly what they are looking for in a partner. It displays your answers to detailed get-to-know-you open-ended questions on your public profile. It also has an extensive list of multiple-choice questions for you to answer, as well as rate its importance with