SimplyGo App Review and Suggestion

SimplyGo is a wonderful app that allows you to use your Mastercard/ Visa credit cards as an “Ez-link” for public transport.

Currently, certain credit cards do have “cashback” for SimplyGo, in particular:

Contactless spending cashback cards: DBS Live Fresh, DBS Visa Debit Card, StanChart Spree Card. These are cards that give you bonus cashback on contactless payment, i.e. Visa PayWave, Apple Pay etc. Currently, SimplyGo transactions are counted as contactless payments too.

Source: https://blog.moneysmart.sg/transportation/transitlink-simplygo-abt/

SimplyGo Monthly Total Expenditure

Currently, possibly the only drawback of SimplyGo is that the fees reporting (both in your credit card statement and also in the app) is quite messy. Basically, it is not totaled up in a nice manner.

MoneySmart also has a similar comment:

Yep, it’s a complete mess. The transactions seem to go through at random intervals instead of something sensible, like 1-week intervals, so it’s hard for me to tell if there are any potentially fraudulent charges or any other errors.

Source: MoneySmart

For those who need to total up your monthly transport expenditure (for your own tracking), you will need to do so rather manually by calculator or excel spreadsheet, typing in every single entry you see on the App. It would be great if the App can do it automatically (total up the monthly expenditure) for the commuters’ convenience. From the programmer’s perspective, it shouldn’t be that hard to total up (essentially just doing addition)?

Maths tutoring adds up for students: OECD study (Singapore PISA tuition effect)

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/data-point/maths-tutoring-adds-up-for-students-oecd-study-20131206-2ywop.html

Many of the world’s most mathematically gifted teenagers come from countries with the most lucrative tutoring industries.

Figures released this week show tutoring in Asia’s powerhouses is widespread, with participation rates more than double those  in Australia, though the extent to which their success is a result of a punishing study schedule is unclear.

In test results released by the OECD, 15-year-olds from Shanghai  topped the mathematics rankings, performing at a level equivalent to three years ahead of students in Australia.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/data-point/maths-tutoring-adds-up-for-students-oecd-study-20131206-2ywop.html#ixzz2nXVdY3h0

Why are China students so good at Math & Sciences?

Source: http://sgforums.com/forums/8/topics/475066

Quote:

I’m sure many secondary school/Junior College students have know some China scholars in your schools scoring results that are seemingly impossible to reach (90+ for H2 Maths etc.) But when asked what’s their secret to scoring so well, they said they just study & memorize the same way any other student would do before exams. 

I heard from my seniors that China scholars usually study till 2 am every night, but I don’t buy into that. I think they’re just exaggerated rumors to explain their excellent grades. Some of my friends say that China’s education gave them really solid foundation, such that they can grasp concepts much faster than the rest.  

Anybody know their secret to doing so well?

Read more at http://sgforums.com/forums/8/topics/475066

It seems like the secret of the China scholars is “practice makes perfect”!

http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/20/dont-just-practice-over-practice/

The Time magazine even recommends Over-Practicing (http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/20/dont-just-practice-over-practice/)

Over-Practicing Makes Perfect

The brain can get by on less energy when you overlearn a task
Read more: Over-Practicing Makes Perfect | TIME.com http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/20/dont-just-practice-over-practice/#ixzz2mQyatOKF

Asia-Pacific higher education is becoming a global force: Confucian Zone of Education

Source: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/411726.article

Asia-Pacific higher education is becoming a global force, but only some nations in the region have achieved or approached parity with Western Europe and North America.

The truly spectacular success story is from the Confucian zone in East Asia. Japan achieved high participation rates and research-intensive universities in the 1970s: now Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and China are following suit. Student numbers and research are growing by leaps and bounds.

East Asia embodies a new Confucian model of higher education. The key is the willingness of families to invest in schooling, tertiary education and extra tuition. Households are driving the growth in participation. Private investment is secured less by neoliberal ideology than an older Confucian respect for self-formation via education, within a social hierarchy “harmonised” by fierce competition for university entry.

China and Singapore maintain higher public funding. But the jury is still out on the extent to which these systems can foster a spirit of openness, criticism and free-wheeling creativity.

Continue reading at http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/411726.article

Shifts must be made in education system to prepare young for future: Heng Swee Keat

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/shifts-must-be-made-in/879902.html

SINGAPORE: Education Minister Heng Swee Keat has said that two important shifts must be made in the education system in order to prepare the young for the future.

In a Facebook post on Friday evening, Mr Heng said firstly, the education system must help the young acquire deep skills and integrate theory with practice through applied learning.

Secondly, the system should make it easier for students to continue learning in their areas of strength and interest, and encourage lifelong learning.

Mr Heng said the education system needs to better link the interest and strengths of students to jobs of the future.

He explained that when students develop a deep interest, when their imagination is captured, they can go on to do wonderful things.

Formula to guess Month of Birthday from Singapore NRIC

Latest Update: We have created a JavaScript App to Guess Birthday Month from NRIC

Website: http://mathtuition88.blogspot.sg/2014/12/javascript-app-to-calculate-birthdate.html

Here is a Math Formula trick to have fun with your friends, to guess their Month of Birthday given their NRIC, within two tries.

(only works for Singapore citizens born after 1970)

The formula is: take the 3rd and 4th digit of the NRIC, put them together, divide by 10, and multiply by 3.

For an example, if a person’s NRIC is S8804xxxx, we take 04, divide by 10 to get 0.4

Then, 0.4 multiplied by 3 gives 1.2

Then, guess that the person is either born in January (round down 1.2 to 1) or February (round up 1.2 to 2). There is a high chance that you are right! Usually, round up for the first six months (Jan to Jun), and round down for the last six months (Jul to Dec).

This formula was developed and tested by me. There are some exceptions to the rule, but generally it works fine especially for people born from 1980 to 2000.

Hope you have fun with maths, and impress your friends!

 

NUS Maths Alumnus Dr Yeo Sze Ling mentioned in National Day Rally 2013

Ad: Maths Group Tuition available in 2014

Dr Yeo Sze Ling is sincerely a good example of perseverance for all Maths students, including myself!

(Go to 01h18m50s)

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06PdmOSrboU#t=01h18m50s

Quote: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/pm-lee-tears-up-at-emotional-national-day-rally-with–heart–160531376.html

But perhaps the most memorable moment of all was when Lee became visibly emotional after sharing the heartwarming success story of visually handicapped A-star researcher Dr Yeo Sze Ling.

“Sze Ling proves that you can do well if you try hard, no matter what your circumstances, and that is also how we can contribute back to society, to keep the system fair for all,” said Lee, who then visibly teared and choked up,  but quickly composed himself.

PM Lee was emphasising the importance of meritocracy in Singapore’s education system, which he acknowledged needed more changes — for example, it can be more holistic and less competitive.

 

Studying at NUS Mathematics Department

Maths Group Tuition to start in 2014!

Source: http://ww1.math.nus.edu.sg/

The history  of the Department of Mathematics at NUS traces back to 1929, when science  education began in Singapore with the opening of Raffles College with less than  five students enrolled in mathematics. Today it is one of the largest  departments in NUS, with about 70 faculty members and       teaching staff supported  by 13 administrative and IT staff.  The Department offers a wide selection  of courses (called modules) covering wide areas of mathematical sciences with  about 6,000 students enrolling in each semester. Apart from offering B.Sc.  programmes in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Quantitative Finance, the  Department also participates actively in major interdisciplinary programs,  including the double degree programme in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics and  Computer Science, the double major       programmes in Mathematics and Economics as  well as with other subjects, and the Computational Biology programme. Another  example of the Department’s student centric educational philosophy is the   Special Programme in Mathematics (SPM), which is specially designed for a  select group of students who have a strong passion and aptitude for  mathematics. The aim is to enable these students to build a solid foundation  for a future career in mathematical research or state-of-the-art applications  of mathematics in industry.

The  Department is ranked among the best in Asia in mathematical  research.   It offers a diverse and vibrant program in graduate  studies, in fundamental as well as applied mathematics. It promotes  interdisciplinary applications of mathematics in science, engineering and  commerce. Faculty members’ research covers all major areas of contemporary  mathematics. For more information, please see research overview, selected publications, and research     awards.

NUS Top in Asia according to latest QS World University Rankings by Subject

Source: http://newshub.nus.edu.sg/headlines/1305/qs_08May13.php

Top in Asia according to latest QS World University Rankings by Subject

08 May 2013

NUS is the best-performing university in Asia in the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject. With 12 subjects ranked top 10, NUS has secured the 8th position among universities globally in this subject ranking.
On the results, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye said: “This is a strong international recognition of NUS’ strengths in humanities and languages, engineering and technology, sciences, medicine and social sciences.”
Prof Tan noted that the rankings served as an acknowledgement of the exceptional work carried out by faculty and staff in education and research.
NUS fared well, ranking among the world’s top 10 universities for 12 subjects namely Statistics, Mathematics, Material Sciences, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Communication & Media Studies, Geography, Politics & International Studies, Modern Languages, Computer Science & Information Systems and Engineering (mechanical, aeronautical, manufacturing, electrical & electronic, chemical).

Continue reading at: http://newshub.nus.edu.sg/headlines/1305/qs_08May13.php

List of JCs in Singapore; H2 Maths Tuition

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_schools_in_Singapore#Junior_Colleges_.28JC.29

Junior Colleges (JC)

These offer two-year courses leading to the GCE A-level examination.

Code Zone College Name Established Address Type Special Programmes
English Chinese Abb.
0705 North Anderson Junior College 安德逊初级学院 AJC 1984 4500 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 Government
7001 West Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) IB World School 英华中学 (自主) ACS(I)-IBDP 2004 (IBDP) 121 Dover Road Independent IP, MEP
0803 West Anglo-Chinese Junior College 英华初级学院 ACJC 1977 25 Dover Close East Government-Aided MEP, DEP(TSD), LEP (EL)
0802 South Catholic Junior College 公教初级学院 CJC 1975 129 Whitley Road Government-Aided LEP (EL)
3101 East Dunman High School 德明政府中学 DHS 2005 – IP 10 Tanjong Rhu Road Autonomous IP, MEP, BSP, LEP (CL), AEP
0806 Central Hwa Chong Institution 华侨中学 HCI 1974 661 Bukit Timah Road Independent IP, HP, LEP (CL), AEP, BSP
0713 North Innova Junior College 星烁初级学院 IJC 2005 21 Champions Way Government LEP (ML)
0703 West Jurong Junior College 裕廊初级学院 JJC 1981 800 Corporation Road Government LEP (CL)
0712 East Meridian Junior College 美廉初级学院 MJC 2003 21 Pasir Ris Street 71 Government
0908 West Millennia Institute 励仁高级中学 MI 2004 60 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8 Government DTP
0805 North Nanyang Junior College 南洋初级学院 NYJC 1978 128 Serangoon Avenue 3 Government-Aided LEP (CL), AEP
0712 Central National Junior College 国家初级学院 NJC 1969 37 Hillcrest Road Government IP, HP, AEP, MEP, STaR
7801 West NUS High School of Mathematics and Science 新加坡国立大学附属数理中学 NUSHS 2005 20 Clementi Ave 1 Independent IP, DIP
0711 West Pioneer Junior College 先驱初级学院 PJC 1999 21 Teck Whye Walk Government
0704 South Raffles Institution 莱佛士初级学院 RI 1826 10 Bishan Street 21 Independent IP, HP, LEP (JL), LEP (EL), MEP, TSD
3103 West River Valley High School 立化中学 RVHS 1956 2006 – IP 6 Boon Lay Avenue Autonomous IP, BSP
0710 North Serangoon Junior College 实龙岗初级学院 SRJC 1988 1033 Upper Serangoon Road Government
0804 South Saint Andrew’s Junior College 圣安德烈初级学院 SAJC 1978 55 Potong Pasir Avenue 1 Government-Aided
0709 East Tampines Junior College 淡滨尼初级学院 TPJC 1986 2 Tampines Avenue 9 Government LEP (ML), TSD
0702 East Temasek Junior College 淡马锡初级学院 TJC 1977 22 Bedok South Road Government IP, HP, LEP (CL), MEP
0706 East Victoria Junior College 维多利亚初级学院 VJC 1984 20 Marine Vista Government IP, HP, TSD, NAV
0708 North Yishun Junior College 义顺初级学院 YJC 1986 3 Yishun Ring Road Government

Centralised Institutes (CI)

The only centralised institute is Millennia Institute (MI), which offers a three-year course leading to the GCE A-level examination in arts, science, and commerce.[3]

List of Secondary Schools in Singapore; A Maths Tuition

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_secondary_schools_in_Singapore

Mainstream schools

Name Type School code Area[2] Notes Website
Admiralty Secondary School Government 3072 Woodlands [1]
Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School Government 3021 Yishun [2]
Anderson Secondary School Government, Autonomous 3001 Ang Mo Kio [3]
Anglican High School Government-aided, Autonomous, SAP Bedok
Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) Government-aided Novena
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Independent, IP Dover Offers the IB certificate
Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Government 3026 Ang Mo Kio
Assumption English School Government-aided Bukit Panjang
Balestier Hill Secondary School Government Novena
Bartley Secondary School Government 3002 Toa Payoh
Beatty Secondary School Government 3003 Toa Payoh
Bedok Green Secondary School Government Bedok
Bedok North Secondary School Government Bedok
Bedok South Secondary School Government Bedok
Bedok Town Secondary School Government Bedok
Bedok View Secondary School Government Bedok
Bendemeer Secondary School Government Kallang
Bishan Park Secondary School Government Bishan
Boon Lay Secondary School Government Jurong West
Bowen Secondary School Government Hougang
Broadrick Secondary School Government Geylang
Bukit Batok Secondary School Government Bukit Batok
Bukit Merah Secondary School Government Bukit Merah
Bukit Panjang Govt. High School Government, Autonomous Chua Chu Kang
Bukit View Secondary School Government Bukit Batok
Catholic High School Government-aided, Autonomous, SAP, IP Bishan
Canberra Secondary School Government Sembawang
Cedar Girls’ Secondary School Government, Autonomous 3004 Toa Payoh
Changkat Changi Secondary School Government Tampines
Chestnut Drive Secondary School Government Bukit Panjang
CHIJ Katong Convent Government-aided, Autonomous Marine Parade
CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) Government-aided, Autonomous 7004 Toa Payoh
CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent Government-aided Sengkang
CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School Government-aided, Autonomous, SAP Ang Mo Kio
CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent Government-aided Bukit Merah
Chong Boon Secondary School Government Ang Mo Kio
Chua Chu Kang Secondary School Government Chua Chu Kang
Church Secondary School Government-aided
Chung Cheng High School (Main) Government-aided, Autonomous, SAP Marine Parade
Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) Government-aided Yishun
Clementi Town Secondary School Government Clementi
Clementi Woods Secondary School Government Clementi
Commonwealth Secondary School Government, Autonomous Jurong East
Compassvale Secondary School Government Sengkang
Coral Secondary School Government Pasir Ris
Crescent Girls’ School Government, Autonomous Bukit Merah
Damai Secondary School Government Bedok
Deyi Secondary School Government Ang Mo Kio
Dunearn Secondary School Government Bukit Batok
Dunman High School Government, Autonomous, IP, SAP Kallang
Dunman Secondary School Government, Autonomous Tampines
East Spring Secondary School Government Tampines
East View Secondary School Government Tampines
Edgefield Secondary School Government Punggol
Evergreen Secondary School Government Woodlands
Fairfield Methodist Secondary School Government-aided, Autonomous Queenstown
Fajar Secondary School Government Bukit Panjang
First Toa Payoh Secondary School Government 3208 Toa Payoh
Fuchun Secondary School Government Woodlands
Fuhua Secondary School Government Jurong West
Gan Eng Seng School Government Bukit Merah
Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) Government-aided Geylang
Greendale Secondary School Government Punggol
Greenridge Secondary School Government Bukit Panjang
Greenview Secondary School Government Pasir Ris
Guangyang Secondary School Government Bishan
Hai Sing Catholic School Government-aided Pasir Ris
Henderson Secondary School Government Bukit Merah
Hillgrove Secondary School Government Bukit Batok
Holy Innocents’ High School Government-aided Hougang
Hong Kah Secondary School Government Jurong West
Hougang Secondary School Government Hougang
Hua Yi Secondary School Government Jurong West
Hwa Chong Institution Independent, IP, SAP Bukit Timah
Junyuan Secondary School Government Tampines
Jurong Secondary School Government Jurong West
Jurong West Secondary School Government Jurong West
Jurongville Secondary School Government Jurong East
Juying Secondary School Government Jurong West
Kent Ridge Secondary School Government Clementi
Kranji Secondary School Government Chua Chu Kang
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School Government-aided Bishan
Loyang Secondary School Government Pasir Ris
MacPherson Secondary School Government Geylang
Manjusri Secondary School Government-aided Geylang
Maris Stella High School Government-aided, Autonomous, SAP 7111 Toa Payoh
Marsiling Secondary School Government Woodlands
Mayflower Secondary School Government Ang Mo Kio
Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) Independent Bukit Timah
Montfort Secondary School Government-aided Hougang
Nan Chiau High School Government-aided, SAP Sengkang
Nan Hua High School Government, Autonomous, SAP Clementi
Nanyang Girls’ High School Independent, IP, SAP Bukit Timah Affiliated to Hwa Chong Institution
National Junior College Government, IP Bukit Timah
Naval Base Secondary School Government Yishun
New Town Secondary School Government Queenstown
Ngee Ann Secondary School Government-aided, Autonomous Tampines
Northlight School Independent
North View Secondary School Government Yishun
North Vista Secondary School Government Sengkang
Northbrooks Secondary School Government Yishun
Northland Secondary School Government Yishun
NUS High School of Mathematics and Science Independent, IP, Specialised Offers the NUS High School Diploma
Orchid Park Secondary School Government Yishun
Outram Secondary School Government Central
Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School Government Pasir Ris
Pasir Ris Secondary School Government
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) Government-aided, Autonomous Hougang
Pei Hwa Secondary School Government Sengkang
Peicai Secondary School Government Serangoon
Peirce Secondary School Government Bishan
Ping Yi Secondary School Government Bedok
Pioneer Secondary School Government 3062 Jurong West
Presbyterian High School Government-aided Ang Mo Kio
Punggol Secondary School Government Punggol
Queenstown Secondary School Government Queenstown
Queensway Secondary School Government Queenstown
Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) Independent, IP Central Affiliated to Raffles Institution
Raffles Institution Independent, IP Bishan
Regent Secondary School Government Chua Chu Kang
Riverside Secondary School Government Woodlands
River Valley High School Government, Autonomous, IP, SAP Jurong West
St. Andrew’s Secondary School Government-aided 7015 Toa Payoh
St. Patrick’s School Government-aided Bedok
School of Science and Technology, Singapore Independent, Specialised Clementi
School of the Arts, Singapore Independent, Specialised Offers the IB certificate
Sembawang Secondary School Government Sembawang
Seng Kang Secondary School Government Sengkang
Serangoon Garden Secondary School Government Serangoon
Serangoon Secondary School Government Hougang
Shuqun Secondary School Government Jurong East
Si Ling Secondary School Government Woodlands
Siglap Secondary School Government Pasir Ris
Singapore Chinese Girls’ School Independent Novena
Singapore Sports School Independent, Specialised
Springfield Secondary School Government Tampines
St. Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School Government-aided, Autonomous Bedok
St. Gabriel’s Secondary School Government-aided Serangoon
St. Hilda’s Secondary School Government-aided, Autonomous Tampines
St. Margaret’s Secondary School Government-aided, Autonomous Bukit Timah
St. Joseph’s Institution Independent Novena
Swiss Cottage Secondary School Government Bukit Batok
Tampines Secondary School Government Tampines
Tanglin Secondary School Government Clementi
Tanjong Katong Girls’ School Government, Autonomous Marine Parade
Tanjong Katong Secondary School Government, Autonomous Marine Parade
Teck Whye Secondary School Government Chua Chu Kang
Temasek Academy Government, IP Affiliated to Temasek Junior College
Temasek Secondary School Government, Autonomous Bedok
Unity Secondary School Government Chua Chu Kang
Victoria Junior College Government, IP
Victoria School Government, Autonomous
West Spring Secondary School Government Bukit Panjang
Westwood Secondary School Government Jurong West
Whitley Secondary School Government Bishan
Woodgrove Secondary School Government Woodlands
Woodlands Ring Secondary School Government Woodlands
Woodlands Secondary School Government Woodlands
Xinmin Secondary School Government, Autonomous Hougang
Yio Chu Kang Secondary School Government Ang Mo Kio
Yishun Secondary School Government Yishun
Yishun Town Secondary School Government, Autonomous Yishun
Yuan Ching Secondary School Government Jurong West
Yuhua Secondary School Government Jurong West
Yusof Ishak Secondary School Government Bukit Batok
Yuying Secondary School Government-aided Hougang
Zhenghua Secondary School Government Bukit Panjang
Zhonghua Secondary School Government, Autonomous Serangoon