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Analysis: 97 marks not enough for Higher Chinese cut-off point for Pri 1 pupils

Quite tough to be a primary school kid nowadays, even 97 marks is not enough to be admitted for Higher Chinese classes. From experience, the main underlying reasons behind this scenario could be: Due to intensive tuition starting from preschool, students … Continue reading

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98-Year-Old NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson: ‘If You Like What You’re Doing, You Will Do Well’

Source: http://people.com/human-interest/nasa-katherine-johnson-mathematician-advice-interview/ Despite her age, Johnson isn’t slowing down anytime soon. “I like to learn,” she says. “That’s an art and a science. I’m always interested in learning something new.” As a young girl she’d stop by the library on her … Continue reading

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Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn’t Add Up

The U.S. has some of the best universities in Math (think Harvard, Princeton, MIT), however the state of high school math is subpar and well below other developed nations. The main reason, according to this article, is the curriculum that … Continue reading

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Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve

A very nice article against the philosophy of the bell curve, which is a prominent feature of examinations all over the world, including Singapore. I am sure that when Gauss invented the bell curve, he didn’t intend it to be … Continue reading

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Is the highest-ranked school the right one for your child? (Singapore)

Sometimes, the highest-ranked school may not be the right school for every child. This issue is also discussed in Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/is-the-highest-ranked-school-the-right-one-for-your-child Q Is the highest-ranked school the … Continue reading

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Switch to holistic assessment may add pressure on students

Government’s plan to change current methods of assessment to reduce emphasis on academic achievement may be undermined by the fact that Singaporeans will adapt to compete on whatever terms they are given The winds of change are blowing hard against … Continue reading

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Study: Kids from affluent families more likely in IP, GEP schools

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/study-kids-from-affluent-families-more-likely-in-ip-gep-schools Children from higher socio-economic backgrounds are more likely to attend Integrated Programme (IP) secondary schools and their affiliated primary schools, as well as those that offer the Gifted Education Programme (GEP). – Straits Times Another related news is Students in … Continue reading

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The ideal Singapore JC subject combination for applying to Medicine

Why Additional Maths (A Maths) is important for entering Medicine: Pathway: A Maths (O Level) –> H2 Maths (A Level) –> NUS Medicine Source: http://sgforums.com/forums/2297/topics/439605 Quote: While NUS and NTU Medicine does not (officially) require H2 Maths (ie. ‘A’ level Maths), … Continue reading

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Singapore math

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_math Singapore math (or Singapore maths in British English[1]) is a teaching method based on the national math curriculum used for kindergarten through sixth grade in Singapore.[2][3] It involves teaching students to learn and master fewer mathematical concepts at … Continue reading

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On the road to make math fun: An army major who quit to become a mathematics teacher

Source: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120625/jsp/calcutta/story_15629755.jsp#.Uq7JOJVDGDk On the road to make math fun MITA MUKHERJEE Madanlal Baldevraj Ghai during the city leg of his tour. Picture by Sayantan Ghosh An army major who quit to become a mathematics teacher has embarked on a self-funded … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Math is at the heart of physics. (O Level Maths and Physics Tips)

Source: http://www.academictips.org/acad/physic/physics_study_skills.html Studying and practising Mathematics is one of the most useful things an O level student can do. Not only are the two Maths (E Maths and A Maths) highly intertwined, studying Maths can actually help the students’ Physics … Continue reading

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Mathematics is not a spectator sport (How to study Maths for Humanities students)

Studying Mathematics is totally different from studying Humanities, this is the reason why humanities students often don’t do well in maths. But with the right studying techniques (i.e. practising doing mathematics), humanities students can be very good at maths. Together with … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Math, Science, Reading Scores Show U.S. Schools Slipping Behind

Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/us/july-dec10/education_12-10.html Math, Science, Reading Scores Show U.S. Schools Slipping Behind Posted: December 10, 2010 PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION: PDF The United States received a stark wake-up call this week with the release of international test results showing students in other … Continue reading

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Study Tips from MIT

Source: http://web.mit.edu/uaap/learning/study/breaks.html Tooling and Studying: Effective Breaks Even as an MIT student, you can’t study all the time. In fact, we learn better by switching gears frequently. Here are some tips for breaking up your study time effectively. Approach the … Continue reading

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O Level E Maths and A Maths Tuition @ Bishan by Patient Tutor, NUS 1st Class Honours, Ex-RI (GEP)

Maths Tuition @ Bishan by Patient Tutor, NUS 1st Class Honours, Ex-RI (GEP) ——————————————————————————– https://mathtuition88.com/group-tuition/ Location: Block 230 Bishan Street 23 #B1-35 S(570230) Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/chjWB *Small Group Maths Tuition available in 2014 — Registration/enquiries open now* Website: https://mathtuition88.com/ Patient … Continue reading

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Jurong West Secondary vice-principal takes issue with ‘every school is a good school’ ideal

Source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/jurong-west-secondary-vice-principal-takes-issue-with-%E2%80%98every-school-is-a-good-school–ideal-103224519.html By Chiu Peace | Yahoo Newsroom  “How many of our leaders and top officers who say that every school is a good school put their children in ordinary schools near their home? (Only) until they actually do so … Continue reading

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Performing well in math is generally a result of hard work, not innate skill

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jordan-lloyd-bookey/getting-a-d-in-mathand-th_b_4220609.html Recently, I read this article in The Atlantic about the myth of being innately “bad at math,” and how performing well in math is generally a result of hard work, not innate skill. By all accounts, I should … Continue reading

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Study Tips for Mathematics

Here are some useful study tips for Mathematics. The key to acing Maths is to understand that practice is key for Mathematics! Sincerely hope these tips help. Please do not study Maths like studying History, Literature or Geography, the study … Continue reading

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The ‘I’m bad at math’ myth

Source: http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/sunday-commentary/20131108-the-im-bad-at-math-myth.ece?nclick_check=1 For high school math, inborn talent is much less important than hard work, preparation and self-confidence. How do we know this? First of all, both of us have taught math for many years — as professors, teaching assistants … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos (Hardcover)

The secret to being good at Maths (or any other subject) is to like it and enjoy it. This would make working hard and practicing Maths easier and more efficient. 2 hours can easily fly past while doing Maths if … Continue reading

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In China, all parents know that maths is the number one subject in schools

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/maths-reform/9338540/Numeracy-Campaign-What-we-can-learn-from-China.html ‘Above all, it is a cultural thing.” Professor Lianghuo Fan is reflecting on the differences he has noticed between maths education in China and Singapore, where he lived and taught for 40 years, and in Britain, where he … Continue reading

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Chinese Math Students vs English Math Students

Source: http://toshuo.com/2007/chinese-math-students-vs-english-math-students/ This is a recent test used in England: Here’s a Chinese math test: Now we know why students from China are so good at Maths!

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The Aims of Additional Maths (New Syllabus)

Additional Mathematics is kind of important, if your child is intending to pursue any studies related to Mathematics in university. Business, Accounting, Economics, and of course Engineering and Physics are examples of courses requiring some Mathematics. Source: http://www.seab.gov.sg/oLevel/2013Syllabus/4038_2013.pdf AIMS The … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Maths Movie to look out for: Hollywood primed for film on Indian math genius Ramanujan

Look out for this movie on Indian math genius Ramanujan starring Dev Patel from “Slumdog Millionaire”! Ramanujan was a self-taught maths genius from India who had little to no formal education. Yet he was able to come out with stunning … Continue reading

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Study Strategy: THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE

Try out this simple and effective time management and study strategy, named the Pomodoro Technique. It helps to break up big tasks into smaller tasks, so that we don’t feel so overwhelmed by the task. Sometimes, students feel overwhelmed by … Continue reading

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Recommended Calculus Book for Undergraduates

Thomas’ Calculus (12th Edition) Thomas’ Calculus is the recommended textbook to learn Undergraduate Calculus (necessary for Engineering, Physics and many science majors). It is used by NUS and can be bought at the Coop. Full of pictures, and many exercises, … Continue reading

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Maths Skills to be a Doctor

Doctor and Lawyer are the top two favourite careers in Singapore. Do doctors need to use Maths? Read the below to find out. Even if Maths is not directly needed, the logical thinking skills learnt in Mathematics will definitely be … Continue reading

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Maths Skills to be a Good Lawyer

Doctor and Lawyer are the top two favourite careers in Singapore. On the surface, Lawyers seem not to need much maths, but recent research shows that Mathematics skills and thinking may be crucial to becoming a better Lawyer. Source: http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/0403numeracy_ArdenRowell.html There is … Continue reading

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JC Cut Off Points

JC Cut Off Points (COP) To sign up for JC Tuition (subjects other than Math, e.g. GP Tuition): Check out this recommended tuition agency: StarTutor! Aggregate Scores of Junior Colleges (JC)  Outliers: The Story of Success This is a very inspirational … Continue reading

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Sec 4 Maths Tuition

https://mathtuition88.com/group-tuition/ https://mathtuition88.com/ Maths Tuition @ Bishan starting in 2014. Secondary 4 O Level E Maths and A Maths. Patient and Dedicated Maths Tutor (NUS Maths Major 1st Class Honours, Dean’s List, RI Alumni) Email: mathtuition88@gmail.com SMS: 98348087

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O Level Maths Group Tuition

https://mathtuition88.com/group-tuition/ https://mathtuition88.com/ Maths Tuition @ Bishan starting in 2014. O Level E Maths and A Maths. Patient and Dedicated Maths Tutor (NUS Maths Major 1st Class Honours, Dean’s List, RI Alumni) Email: mathtuition88@gmail.com SMS: 98348087

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Teachers have profound effect on students, says Heng Swee Keat

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/teachers-have-profound/803528.html Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said teachers “grow knowledge, instill beliefs, inculcate values, nurture passion, and in so doing, they shape the future” of students.           File photo: Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat SINGAPORE: Education Minister Heng … Continue reading

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Maths Tuition O Level: Formula List / Formula Sheet for E Maths and A Maths

Maths Tuition O Level: Formula List / Formula Sheet for E Maths and A Maths Attached below are the Formula Lists for E Maths and A Maths (O Level) Do be familiar with all the formulas inside, so that you … Continue reading

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数学补习 (碧山)

https://mathtuition88.com/group-tuition/ 明年2014数学补习班将会在碧山开始。 教O Level E Maths 和 A Maths. 想报名的学生请联络mathtuition88@gmail.com 或 98348087. 谢谢。

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O Level E Maths and A Maths Tuition starting next year at Bishan

O Level E Maths and A Maths Tuition starting next year at Bishan ————————– View Mr Wu’s GEP Testimonial at https://mathtuition88.com/group-tuition/ Despite being in the Gifted Education Programme (GEP), Mr Wu is just an ordinary Singaporean. His secret to academic … Continue reading

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Maths Group Tuition at Bishan 2014

Maths Group Tuition starting in 2014! Secondary to JC Classes for Maths Group Tuition starting in 2014! Location: Block 230 Bishan Street 23 #B1-35 S(570230) Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/chjWB Directions to Bishan Tuition Centre: A) Via BISHAN MRT (NS17/CC15) (10 minutes … Continue reading

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Additional Maths — from Fail to Top in Class

Really glad to hear good news from one of my students. From failing Additional Maths all the way, he is now the top in his entire class. Really huge improvement, and I am really happy for him. 🙂 To other students … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Academic grading in Singapore: How many marks to get A in Maths for PSLE, O Levels, A Levels

Maths Group Tuition Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_grading_in_Singapore Singapore‘s grading system in schools is differentiated by the existence of many types of institutions with different education foci and systems. The grading systems that are used at Primary, Secondary, and Junior College levels are … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Toán Nhóm Học phí lớp để bắt đầu vào năm tới, năm 2014.

Toán Nhóm Học phí lớp để bắt đầu vào năm tới, năm 2014. Toán học phí Trung tâm

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Matematika Group Class pagtuturo upang simulan ang susunod na taon, 2014.

Matematika Group Class pagtuturo upang simulan ang susunod na taon, 2014.Matematika pagtuturo Centre

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Maths Group Tuition Class to start next year, 2014.

Maths Group Tuition Class to start next year, 2014. Maths Tuition Centre

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Number Theory Notes – Art of Problem Solving

Source: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Resources/Papers/SatoNT.pdf Excellent notes on Olympiad Number Theory! Preface: This set of notes on number theory was originally written in 1995 for students at the IMO level. It covers the basic background material that an IMO student should be familiar … Continue reading

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Advice to Students

Source: http://www.math.union.edu/~dpvc/courses/advice/welcome.html Advice to Students: Over the years, I have collected some information that I hope will help  students, particularly beginning math students, to improve their study  and learning habits.  An important part of what you learn at college is  … Continue reading

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