Free USD 50 Amazon voucher (For Business and Engineering majors)

Hi, just to share a way to win a free USD 50 Amazon voucher!

This offer is only open to students from NUS, NTU, SMU; both Business and Engineering Bachelor Degree students, who have just completed their studies in 2015 or completing studies in 2016.

Details:

Greetings!

We, Universum, are currently conducting a research about career expectations of students. For this study, we are currently recruiting undergraduate students to participate in a 3-day online focus group.

If selected, the students will receive a USD 50 Amazon voucher after their active participation during the discussion. The online focus group will be scheduled from now to 14 June 2015, and will be active for 3 days. Selected students are encouraged to log in to participate actively during this period.

Interested students will just need to register here or http://goo.gl/forms/xp1OnFrXlQ. We will contact the students if they are selected. They will then be notified as soon as possible of the periods of the focus group and will receive further details of the interview’s topic.

Nadine Dinh

B2C Marketing and Relations Manager for APAC

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)

 

College pays students for getting a ‘C’ in math

Interesting idea. Definitely a motivation for most students!

Source: http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6058

  • Hillsborough Community College will pay up to $1,800 in cash to students who make a C or higher in three semesters of math classes.
  • Students also have the to win free textbooks.
  • HCC funds part of this experiment with additional funding coming from a George Soros organization.

Florida community college is trying to inspire students to finish their degree by doling out up to $1,800 in cash to students who make a C or higher in three semesters of math courses.

The program, called Mathematic Access Scholarship Program (MAPS), has run at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) for the past three years and is spearheaded by Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC).

“We hoped the incentives would inspire behaviors that would lead to increased student success.”


Featured book:

Great Jobs for Math Majors, Second ed. (Great Jobs For… Series)

“What can I do with a degree in math?”

You’ve worked hard for that math degree. Now what? Sometimes, the choice of careers can seem endless. The most difficult part of a job search is starting it. This is where Great Jobs for Math Majors comes in. Designed to help you put your major to work, this handy guide covers the basics of a job search and provides detailed profiles of careers in math. From the worlds of finance and science to manufacturing and education, you’ll explore a variety of job options for math majors and determine the best fit for your personal, professional, and practical needs.

Do you want to be an actuary? Work in the banking industry? Program computers? In this updated edition, you’ll find:

  • Job-search basics such as crafting résumés and writing cover letters
  • Self-assessment exercises to help determine your professional fit
  • Investigative tools to help you find the perfect job
  • Networking tips to get your foot in the door before your résumé is even sent
  • True tales from practicing professionals about everyday life on the job
  • Current statistics on earnings, advancement, and the future of the profession
  • Resources for further information, including journals, professional associations, and online resources

Happy Teacher’s Day!

Glad to receive some Teacher’s Day cards and presents from my students!

teacher's day cardWishing all teachers a happy Teacher’s Day this Friday, and also wishing students all the best for their upcoming exams.


Featured book:

A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)

Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a higher level of math competency, A Mind for Numbers offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options—both to rise in the military and to explore other careers—she returned to school with a newfound determination to re-tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life.

In A Mind for Numbers, Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to effectively learning math and science—secrets that even dedicated and successful students wish they’d known earlier. Contrary to popular belief, math requires creative, as well as analytical, thinking. Most people think that there’s only one way to do a problem, when in actuality, there are often a number of different solutions—you just need the creativity to see them. For example, there are more than three hundred different known proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. In short, studying a problem in a laser-focused way until you reach a solution is not an effective way to learn math. Rather, it involves taking the time to step away from a problem and allow the more relaxed and creative part of the brain to take over. A Mind for Numbers shows us that we all have what it takes to excel in math, and learning it is not as painful as some might think!

[News] NUS makes it easier for students in three faculties to qualify for honours

More than 80 or 90 per cent of students on four-year direct honours programmes at publicly-funded universities here graduate with honours or the equivalent. But only 60 per cent of those in the three-year arts and social sciences, business and science degree courses at the National University of Singapore (NUS) qualify for the fourth year of study, which allows them to graduate with honours.

To close the gap, NUS is lowering the grade to qualify for the honours year in these three schools, which are among the larger faculties in the university and take in some 3,600 students a year. This means another 10 to 15 per cent – 400 to 500 students- from these three faculties can move on to the fourth year to study for their honours.

Previously, students in the three faculties require a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.5 and above to qualify for honours study. With the change, they need only 3.2. NUS, though, will stick to its policy of keeping the the three plus one structure. Students who fail to notch up a score of at least 3.2 will have to exit the course.

NUS Provost Tan Eng Chye said the university decided to lower the requirement as the quality of students has gone up over the years. Students need As and Bs to enter most of the courses now. Last year, for example, students needed a ABB to enter the arts and social sciences course and those entering business needed triple As.

Source: NUS makes it easier for students in three faculties to qualify for honours


Featured book:

Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail

 

 

HCI Confession Page Math Joke

Source: https://www.facebook.com/HwaChongConfessions

“Today I asked the girl I like on FB to help me do math prob
9x-7i>3(3x-7u)
9x-7i>9x-21u
-7i>-3(7u)
-i>-3u
=
i<3u

but she go put the ans as 3u>i ruining my whole plan T.T”
-HCJC Student (M)

hwa chong



Math Girls

Math isn’t hard. Love is.
Currently in its eighteenth printing in Japan, this best-selling novel is available in English at last. Combining mathematical rigor with light romance, Math Girls is a unique introduction to advanced mathematics, delivered through the eyes of three students as they learn to deal with problems seldom found in textbooks. Math Girls has something for everyone, from advanced high school students to math majors and educators.

Praise for Math Girls!

“…the type of book that might inspire teens to realize how much interesting mathematics there is in the world—not just the material that is forced upon them for some standardized test.” “Recommended”
—CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

“Imagine the improbable: high-school students getting together on their own — not in a Math Club or Math Circle, not in preparation for any Math Olympiad or “regular” test, not on the advice of any of their teachers, not as part of any organized program — to talk about pure math, math more interesting than the math found in their textbooks. The three students in this book do that for the sheer love of it. That to me is the beauty and fascination of this novel for young people, mostly young people interested in math.”
—Marion Cohen, Arcadia University, MAA Reviews

“Sometimes the math goes over your head—or at least my head. But that hardly matters. The focus here is the joy of learning, which the book conveys with aplomb.”
—Daniel Pink, NYT and WSJ best-selling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“if you have a…teenager who’s really into math, this is a really interesting choice”
—Carol Zall, Public Radio International, The World

“Math Girls provides a fun and engaging way to learn and review mathematical concepts…the characters’ joy as they explore and discover new and old ideas is infectious.” —review, “Experiments in Manga” blog

Reviews from amazon.co.jp

“As a physics major, math has always been a painful tool to use and nothing more. But Math Girls changed the way I look at mathematics. Now I actually find it interesting!”
— “Au”

“Math Girls is a fun read, but I was surprised to find that it’s also a serious math book chock full of careful explanations. I hope that people who think they don’t like math will read it. Even when the formulas go over your head, just following the story gives you a great feel for how fun math can be.”
— “Nyanta”

“I got hooked on this book during summer vacation, and had a great time reading it by the pool. It was so good that I read it twice, the second time while working out the problems on the hotel stationary.”
— “Kei0210”

“Advanced math, explained in a playful way. But it’s not just a textbook, with dry solutions to problems. It’s a bittersweet story, with mathematics telling part of the tale. A brilliant comparison between the uncertainties of youth and the absolute proofs of symbols and numbers.”
— Shiori Oguchi