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Took special needs son to Australia; he graduated from uni at 17

Very motivational story. Suitable for parents to read; sometimes a change of environment is what it takes for your child to reach his/her full potential. Though the Singapore education system is quite good on the whole, there are some gifted … Continue reading

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2018 Fields Medallists

URL: https://www.quantamagazine.org/tag/2018-fields-medal-and-nevanlinna-prize-winners/ I find that the above link by Quanta Magazine has the most detailed and educational write up about the 4 new Fields Medallists: Akshay Venkatesh, a former prodigy who struggled with the genius stereotype The 30-year-old math sensation Peter … Continue reading

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Parasite in cat poop could be reducing our fear of failure, study finds

This news sounds bizarre, but is true. I have been “researching” on this topic sometime ago, it is a true scientific research topic, not bogus or fake. Basically the parasite “Toxoplasma gondii” affects human brains in some subtle ways that … Continue reading

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The 17 best universities in the world to study math

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/the-17-best-universities-in-the-world-to-study-math-2018-7/?IR=T/#17-kyoto-university-japan-2189-1 According to the above source, the best 17 universities to study Math are: Princeton, United States University of Paris-Sud, France Stanford University, United States Oxford University, United Kingdom New York University, United States. 6-17 are listed in the website. … Continue reading

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Math shapes our primal ‘number system,’ not vice-versa

Interesting article on the “power of education in modeling the brain”. Source: https://www.futurity.org/approximate-number-system-math-1819602-2/ Scientists have long believed that our ability to solve symbolic math problems such as 3+2=5 depends on an imprecise, primal brain function called the Approximate Number System. A … Continue reading

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Free Limited Edition National Geographic (Singapore Edition)

Students / parents do take note of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get the free limited edition National Geographic magazine. Need to be quick since anything free in Singapore is snapped up almost instantaneously. Share to your friends via Facebook! Source: Yahoo … Continue reading

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Chinese Tuition HCL O Level

Chinese Tuition Singapore 新加坡华文补习老师 Tutor: Ms Gao (高老师) Ms Gao is a patient tutor, and also effectively bilingual in both Chinese and English. A native speaker of Mandarin, she speaks clearly with perfect accent and pronunciation. She is also well-versed … Continue reading

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NUS High School DSA Selection Test Results Out

The first round results of NUS High School DSA Selection Test are apparently out since yesterday July 24. (Source: Kiasuparents) Those who are successful will receive the following email: Thank you for attending NUS High School DSA Selection Test and … Continue reading

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Tip for SST Selection Camp

SST (School of Science and Technology) is a relatively new secondary school (established in 2010) that offers an alternative approach to the usual MOE secondary schools. It is not very well known at the moment and I wouldn’t be surprised … Continue reading

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What Knitting Can Teach You About Math | Innovation | Smithsonian

One snowy January day, I asked a classroom of college students to tell me the first word that came to mind when they thought about mathematics. The top two words were “calculation” and “equation.” When I asked a room of … Continue reading

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Singaporean van Gogh – Mr Sim Kah Lim

This is an amazing story of an amazing artist. His passion for painting is so great, according to his therapist he wants to paint 24/7 without eating or sleeping. I find his paintings of Singapore River very good. SINGAPORE: For … Continue reading

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Experience in Elite School (Hwa Chong aka Chinese High)

Check out this interesting article about the experience and “privileges” of elite schools in Singapore. Also covered are the competitiveness and academic pressure in such schools. Finally, the author shares his experience of studying overseas in New York. Also see: Hwa … Continue reading

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Challenging P6 Math Question (Cycling)

One afternoon, 5 friends rented 3 bicycles from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and took turns to ride on them. At any time, 3 of them cycled while the other 2 friends rested. If each of them had the same … Continue reading

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Hong Kong and Singapore have highest average IQ

Just saw this news online. Note that top 3 are all Asian countries. Probably one factor is that IQ test is after all still a paper-based test that rewards good test-taking skills. IQ test does not really cover all forms … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Google Doodle Celebrates Mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

If you log in to Google today, you will see a doodle of binary numbers that celebrates Leibniz’s development of the binary system. Leibniz is very honest and generous to credit Chinese books for his inspiration behind developing the binary … Continue reading

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Singapore Families with Many Children

In Singapore, having 5 kids is so rare that even the newspaper reports it! Another related video is about raising 7 kids in modern Singapore: This YouTube video is only a short excerpt, for those who want to watch the … Continue reading

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Singapore universities should look beyond international rankings: Panel

Singapore universities should look beyond international rankings: Panel Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-universities-should-look-beyond-international-rankings-10484568. Singaporean students are quite lucky that 2 of Asia’s top universities NUS, NTU are located here. I think that there should be room for even more universities to … Continue reading

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World Cup Soccer Maths

Do check out the following books on the Math (and Economics) of the World Cup Soccer Match. The second book “Soccernomics” has a very interesting title, it predicts that one day Japan, Iraq, and the United States will become World … Continue reading

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Carbon Dioxide Levels in Closed Bedroom (Students should read this)

Just read this article by a researcher at MIT. Students and parents especially should read this as it affects cognition and alertness levels. Students in Singapore typically have preciously little time (usually less than 8 hours) to sleep, hence the quality of … Continue reading

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Korg G1 Air Digital Piano Review

I was searching for digital piano brands when I stumbled upon the Korg G1 Air. Korg is relatively unknown compared to Yamaha/Kawai etc, but it makes excellent digital pianos. Do check out the video above, it features Fantaisie-Impromptu by Chopin, … Continue reading

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Experts suspect ancient Stonehenge was built using the Pythagorean theorem

Interesting news. It seems that the ancient builders are wiser and more mathematically advanced than previously thought. Source: Aleteia A new book suggests that the Neolithic builders of these ancient monuments were more learned than previously thought. At every great … Continue reading

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What is it like to study at Raffles Junior College?

Quora: https://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-study-at-Raffles-Junior-College Quite a few interesting answers can be found there. It is highly recommended that students read it before choosing to study at Raffles Junior College. Also check out: Which JC is the best in Singapore? Selected Quotes: “Not pleasant,” would … Continue reading

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Chinese Tutor (has experience in tutoring NYGH/RGS/RI students)

Chinese Tuition Singapore 新加坡华文补习老师 Tutor: Ms Gao (高老师) Ms Gao is a patient tutor, and also effectively bilingual in both Chinese and English. A native speaker of Mandarin, she speaks clearly with perfect accent and pronunciation. She is also well-versed … Continue reading

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1 Million Views (Education and Math Website)

Thank you all readers of mathtuition88.com! Mathtuition88.com has achieved 1 million views (currently 1,002,090 views)! I find that the Pareto principle is quite true, even for blog views. The Pareto principle states that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of … Continue reading

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Various Benefits of Math Tutor

If you feel that your little child is spending more time watching TV or other electronic gaming devices, then you have a number of reasons to find something interesting and exciting over the next few lines. As the child starts … Continue reading

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Improve Your Grades to Perfection: 5 Benefits of a College GPA Calculator

Improve Your Grades to Perfection: 5 Benefits of a College GPA Calculator If you’re hoping to improve your grades, you can do this by using a college GPA calculator. There are a few different ways to do this. This can … Continue reading

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The GPA Calculator: What? Why? How?

The GPA Calculator: What? Why? How? As a student, having a high GPA (grade point average) is pretty important. It’s based on a student’s letter grade and the number of credit hours each course is. The final answer is the … Continue reading

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Should PSLE be Scrapped? 四不能除

According to this article by Channel News Asia, there are four “constraints” for why the PSLE cannot be scrapped. I call it the “四不能除“, named after a saying “四不能战” regarding a general Feng Zicai which I recently learnt about after … Continue reading

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Free Water Saving Kit (Singapore)

I believe this is not new, but it is the first time I heard of it. Anyway, it is free, so do feel free to request for a sample at the PUB Official Website. PUB has revamped the packaging of … Continue reading

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So You Want To Be a Doctor?

This workshop should be useful to students aiming to be a medical doctor. (Note the ticket prices, this event requires ticket for admission.) Interested students may also check out our previous blog post on BMAT Book Recommendations for NTU Medicine. Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1714853475261989/ … Continue reading

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Cultivating Confidence in Students to Excel Academically

Cultivating Confidence in Students to Excel Academically Students who struggle academically may lack the self-confidence to continue to learn actively and get their point across during lesson. Educators have a huge influence on their students and hence there is an … Continue reading

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Story of Yunhao Fu, 2-time IMO Perfect Scorer

Those who are acquainted with IMO (International Math Olympiad) would know that it is extremely tough to get a gold medal (in fact any medal at all) in the IMO. Fu Yunhao, from China, scored 42/42 perfect score twice in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Topology, James R. Munkres

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Topology (2nd Edition) This book is the best introductory book on Topology, an upper undergraduate/graduate course taken in university. I have written a short book review on it. Excerpt: Book Review: Topology Book’s Author:…

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Change traffic light rules to prevent further casualties (Singapore)

This petition is important to save future lives. The traffic rules should be machine controlled, i.e. clearly dictated by traffic lights whether to turn or not. In this way, there will be less error due to human judgement. URL: https://www.change.org/p/land-transport-authority-change-traffic-light-rules-to-prevent-further-casualties-singapore Quote: … Continue reading

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School System Video (Do not make a fish climb trees)

Singapore is being mentioned around 4:54. Very nice video. The truth is that the classroom of today is still nearly the same as the classroom of 150 years ago. There needs to be a “Educational Revolution” parallel to that of … Continue reading

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11-year old math and chess prodigy in Singapore

Source: Channel News Asia Aarushi Maheshwari solved the famous “Cheryl’s Birthday Problem” when she was only 9. She is also a chess champion and can play blindfold chess. Watch the video below to learn more! Also read our previous post … Continue reading

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Basics of Partial Differential Equations Summary

PDE: Separation of Variables 1) Let . 2) Note that , , , , . 3) Rearrange the equation such that LHS is a function of only, RHS is a function of only. 4) Thus, LHS=RHS=some constant . 5) Solve … Continue reading

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5 Good Habits to Develop for College

As soon as you start your freshman year in the university, you’ll be faced with countless challenges. Getting accepted into college is an accomplishment, but it is only one of the many steps you’ll need to take in order to … Continue reading

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The Most Accomplished 10-Year-Old (Gifted pupil)

Pan Annan is probably the most accomplished 10 Year-old student in Singapore, or perhaps even in the world. Her list of accomplishments: International rhythmic gymnastics champion Youngest member of the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO), where she plays the Pipa … Continue reading

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Population Differential Equations and Laplace Transform

Malthus Model : Total population : Birth-rate per capita : Death-rate per capita Solution to D.E.: where . Logistic Equation Logistic Case 1: Increasing population () The second expression can be derived from the first: divide by in both the … Continue reading

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Free Money from PayLah (Quick! Before it is fully redeemed)

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Hey! You can get S$5 when you register for PayLah! with my Referral Code WILDOF087 (last 3 digits are numbers zero-eight-seven) by 31 December 2018. Download PayLah! from http://www.dbs.com.sg/paylah now and enter the above Code during…

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NTUC Fairprice Receipt Number

For those participating in lucky draws, often it requires you to SMS the NTUC Fairprice Receipt Number. However, the latest version of NTUC receipts, upon closer inspection contains many numbers but none that are explicitly specified as “receipt number”. What … Continue reading

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100 Changi Rewards points for you

Sign up here! Changi points are quite useful, can be used to redeem the following: Attraction Passes Exclusive Items Exclusive Events Travel and Airline Miles Changi Rewards e-Vouchers 1-for 1 Deals Hotel Stays and other Changi Rewards’ Partners Deals URL … Continue reading

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Free Money from PayLah (Quick! Before it is fully redeemed)

Hey! You can get S$5 when you register for PayLah! with my Referral Code WILDOF087 (last 3 digits are numbers zero-eight-seven) by 31 December 2018. Download PayLah! from http://www.dbs.com.sg/paylah now and enter the above Code during sign-up before this offer is fully … Continue reading

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110 Nanyang Girls’ High students fall sick during boarding school programme

Quite worrying. Based on my personal experience and online research, food in Singapore cannot be left in room temperature for more than 4 hours, due to our hot and humid temperature. To be safe, food needs to be put in … Continue reading

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Second Order Linear ODE Summary

Second Order Linear D.E. Summary Homogenous D.E. . Solve the Characteristic Equation: . Case 1) Two real roots : Case 2) Real double root : Case 3) Complex Conjugate root , where : Non-homogenous D.E. General solution of non-homogenous D.E.: … Continue reading

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10 Things You Don’t Know About Albert Einstein

Source: Thoughtco Some of the 10 facts are: He Loved to Sail Einstein’s Brain Einstein and the Violin Presidency of Israel For those interested in the theory of relativity (special and general), which is the main core of Einstein’s research, … Continue reading

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Drawing Chemistry Diagrams in LaTeX

The web application “mol2chemfig” is very amazing. (http://py-chemist.com/mol_2_chemfig). Especially the search function, where one can just type the name of the chemical and out comes the chemfig code where it can be pasted to LaTeX. The mol2chemfig package needs to … Continue reading

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Linear First Order ODE, Bernoulli Equations and Applications

Linear First Order ODE DE of the form: . Integrating factor: . (Remember to have a constant when integrating the numerator .) Integration by parts Acronym: LIATE (Log, Inverse Trig., Algebraic, Trig., Exponential), where L is the best choice for … Continue reading

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How to draw polygons with angles (LaTeX Tikz)

Just learnt some amazing angle-drawing techniques using LaTeX Tikz. Although cumbersome to code, the benefit of using LaTeX to draw diagrams is that it matches the font of your document, and is easier to customize and edit. Also, it is … Continue reading

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