The Brain of John Conway (Gifted Mathematician’s Brain)

The book mentioned in the video can be found here:

Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway

Many scientists and research has revealed that the true source of genius comes from both nature and nurture.

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

GEP Test Dates (August)

In August, Primary 3 pupils in Singapore schools have the opportunity to take the GEP Screening Test, comprising 2 papers: English Language and Mathematics.

Check out the Recommended Books for GEP Test here!

IQ is based on both nature (inheritance of genes), and more importantly nurture (habits, family background, books read as a child, …), hence a logical way to prepare for the GEP is to read some books relevant to the GEP test. Some preparation is always better than zero preparation, as authors of many self-help books have researched and concluded.

It would be a huge advantage for students to be familiar with basic logic quizzes that are found in IQ tests. Seeing this type of question for the first time in the GEP test would not be very conducive as it may lead to nervousness which would affect the logical thinking.

To do well in the time based GEP test, it would be a great advantage to have seen such questions before. (Found in the Recommended Books for GEP link above)

A Difficult Problem: Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet?

Watch this very inspirational video about learning.

When students encounter a difficult Math problem, there are two ways to approach it. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? The mindset the student adopts can make a huge difference in the learning effectiveness.

The key point is that there is great power of believing that you can improve. Adopting a growth mindset enables students to transcend their initial limitations and improve to a new level.

Featured Book:

Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development (Essays in Social Psychology)