Saturday, 21 November 2015

Math and Physics Olympiad Coaching by Lim Jeck

Looking for Math or Physics Olympiad coaching?

Lim Jeck, current Singapore IMO National Team trainer and former IMO 2011-2013 gold medalist and IPhO 2013 gold medalist, can help you.

Available from 10 December 2015 to September 2016

Sec 3 to 4 (in 2016):
- Singapore Math Olympiad (SMO Senior)
- Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad (SJPO)
One-to-one $80 for each 2-hr session
Two-to-one (find your own partner) $60 per student, for each 2-hr session

JC1 to JC2 (in 2016):
- SMO Open
- Singapore Physics Olympiad (SPhO)
One-to-one $100 for each 2-hr session
Two-to-one (find your own partner) $80 per student, for each 2-hr session

Venue: strictly @ my home, Queens condo, postal code 148954. 2 minutes walking distance from Queenstown MRT station.

If you are interested, please email Lim Jeck.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Year 4 Semester 2 Progress Report

Lim Li's Year 4 Semester 2 results are as follows:

BL4108 Advanced Cell Biology II A-
CL4102 Chinese 4B B
CM4106 Chemical Equilibria and Thermodynamics A
EC4103 International and Development Economics B+
EL4104 Language in Society I B
MA4113 Advanced Mathematics IV A
MA4401 Polar Coordinates, Parametric and Vector Functions A+
PC4110 Advanced Physics I A+
PC4203 Physics Olympiad Training III B+

Semestral Grade Point Average (GPA): 4.3
Cumulative Average Point (CAP): 4.5

Mentor's Remarks
Conduct: Very Good
Lim Li is a highly self-motivated individual who shows determination, persistence and a never give-up attitude. She sets high personal standards and seeks to do well academically. A diminutive individual with strong opinions, Lim Li is frank and forthright as she shares her thoughts. She is well accepted by her peers and interacts well with them.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Unconditional Offer from UCL for Affiliate Student Exchange

Lim Min does not need to pay tuition fees at UCL and Nanyang Scholarship will give a travel grant of S$5000. With $3000 from 6 months of living allowance provided by Nanyang Scholarship factored in, we probably need to fork out an additional $5000 for return air tickets and 5 months of living expenses in London.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Affordable Sec Math & Physics Tuition, Math Olympiad Training

Updated on 24/11/15

Sorry, I am not accepting anymore new students. Thank you!
Lim Li
Looking for very affordable Math, Physics tuition or Math Olympiad training during November to December 2015 school holidays?

I am Lim Li, a current NUS High Year 4 (2015) student.  I can help you.

One-to-One subject tuition
Sec 1 to 4 Physics
Sec 1 to 4 Math
$50 for each 2-hr session

One-to-One Math Olympiad Training
$40 for each 2-hr session
Primary 6 - Sec 2 (SMO Junior)
$50 for each 2-hr session

Venue: strictly @ my home, Queens condo, postal code 148954. 2 minutes walking distance from Queenstown  MRT station.

For advanced Math Olympiad (SMO Senior/Open) and Physics Olympiad (SJPO/SPhO) training, please refer to here.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

NTU 2015/2016 Sem 2 Exam Welfare Packages (EWP)

CN Yang Scholars Programme EWP
Crescent Hall EWP
NTU Student Union EWP
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences EWP

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

SMS' Interview with Prof Bela Bolobas some 20 years ago

Interview was conducted on September 14, 1994.

When asked of his opinion on 心算 (mental arithmetic), Prof Bolobas said:

"Oh my God! It's terrible. It trains you to be more comfortable with numbers to a certain extent, but it has nothing to do with mathematics, it has nothing to do with thinking. "

SMS: Singapore Mathematical Society
BB: Prof Bela Bolobas

SMS: Do you think that mathematics competitions promote mathematics? 

BB: I am a strong supporter of mathematics competitions; I have no doubt whatsoever that, on the whole, competitions serve a very useful purpose: they demonstrate that mathematics is not about getting results by applying well worked out, standard and boring methods, but is full of exciting, beautiful and unusual problems, whose solutions need ingenuity. Competitions should and do awaken the participants to the beauty of mathematics and to the role of ingenuity and imagination in attacking mathematical problems. In my experience, ordinary school mathematics very rarely indicates that one of the greatest assets of a professional mathematician is his imagination. Also, competitions enable youngsters to get some idea where they stand compared to their contemporaries, whether they are among the very best in the country at the stage or only better than their school friends.

SMS: So are competitions entirely good?

BB: Not entirely, far from it. The usual competitions have a number of drawbacks. Maybe two of the greatest drawbacks are that they happen only very occasionally and there is a time constraint which makes them too much like exams, which almost nobody likes. Also, it is rather sad, but undeniable, that for some people, competitions may do more harm than good. They think that they are rather good at mathematics and they go along to a competition thinking that they must do well. Then they become very nervous and they don't do well, so they get discouraged.

SMS: Do you think that mathematics competitions are just for the elite few?

BB: In some sense this is true, for the people who get the greatest pleasure out of the exam-like competitions are those who do well in them, and they are, by definition, the elite few. For the others the exam-like competitions can even be harmful, by signalling to them that they are not as good as they think, at least not in that type of competition, so they may be discouraged. As a matter of fact, this kind of discouragement happens often at Cambridge, and at any other university with outstanding mathematics undergraduates. As a Director of Studies in Trinity College, I have seen many students who are used to being at the top of the school, and upon their arrival in Cambridge, they find two boys on their staircase who are much better. Such a discovery can be devastating. I have to tell them not to be upset, since it is better to see the very best of their contemporaries at close range, so that they know where they stand. As for the competitions, one way to avoid discouraging students would be to have some easy problems as well, so that many competitors can go home with a sense of success. But there should also be some genuinely difficult problems, to sort out the very best. For example, the problems at the last International Mathematical Olympiad were far too easy.
Prof Bolobas mentioned PM Lee, who was a senior wrangler (one who graduates as the top Cambridge Math student).

SMS: There have been many Singaporeans reading mathematics at Cambridge. Who do you recall to have been the most outstanding one?

BB: There have been many good Singaporean students, but one stands out among them; Lee Hsien Loong, your Deputy Prime Minister. He graduated at the top of his class, and he really won by a street. The one who came second has now become a world-class mathematician, but it was clear to everyone at the time who was the better one.

Read more of the interview here.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

SIMO Senior Team 2015/2016

SIMO Senior Team 2015/2016 (31)

Lee Jun Long Matthew, Y1
Shen Xinyi, Y1
Tan Wee Kean, Y1
Tan Xu Chen, Y1
Mar Teng Chou Nathan, Y2
Lee Chenxu, Y2
Liu Siyong, Y2
Loh Wai Kit Victor, Y2
Low Chen Yi, Y2
Pan Liyu, Y2
Lee Yong Le Isaac, Y3
Seah Fengyu, Y3
Wang Jianzhi, Y3
Tan Xue Liang, Y4

NUS High
Ho Li Xiong Timothy, Y1
Liau Yi Jun Jovan, Y1
Leong Zhi Ming Daniel, Y2
Li Yuelin, Y2
Zhang Xiaorui, Y2
Ahnt Htoo Myat, Y3
Chan Li Xuan Beverly, Y3

Loo Yi He Scott, Y2
Ng Yu Peng, Y2
Shi Cheng, Y2
Sun Longxuan, Y2
Kong Winfred, Y4

Chen Xinyi, Y1
Lee Estelle, Y3

Ang Boon Han Nathaniel, Y1
Lin Zien, Y3

Low Choo Ray, P6

Training for SIMO Senior Team has started on 17 October 2015.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

SIMO National Team 2015/2016

SIMO National Team 2015/2016 (23)

Cheng Puhua, Y2
Khor Jun Wei, Y2
Ang Ben Xuan, Y3
Caleb Leow, Y3
Lee Ker Yang, Y3
Ma Zhaoyu, Y4
Sheldon Tan, Y5
Liu Yijia, Y5
Glen Lim, Y5
Yang Gan, Y5

NUS High
Joel Tan, Y2
Dylan Toh, Y3
Gabriel Goh, Y3
Jacob Teo, Y3
Clarence Chew, Y4
Lee Zheng Han, Y4
Lim Li, Y4
Matthew Fan, Y4
Teddy Ong, Y4

Bryan Wang, Y4
Goh Hong Pei, Y4

Li Anqi, Y3

Lucas Boo, P6

Training for SIMO National Team will start on 17th October 2015 (Saturday).

Thursday, 17 September 2015

QS World University Ranking 2015-2016: No small feat for NUS, NTU

No small feat for NUS, NTU

by Amelia Teng, The Straits Times, 17 September 2015

In a global ranking released on Tuesday, Singapore's two oldest universities made it into the top 13. The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) took the 12th and 13th spots in the World University Ranking.

Last year, the same ranking by London-based education consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), placed NUS and NTU 22nd and 39th.

QS said it assessed research citation differently this year, to even out a bias created by a large volume of citations from some fields, such as life sciences. But it noted that NUS and NTU would have improved their placings even without the change, as both did well in other areas like academic and employer reputation.

The survey is one of many each year. After the first global ranking - Shanghai Rankings - was published in 2003, others have evaluated universities by region and subjects. Used as global benchmarks, they have been criticised for reasons such as methodologies that may let institutions take shortcuts to raise scores. But despite this, the rankings are not ignored. They play a growing role in governments' higher education funding decisions and even immigration laws in countries such as Denmark.

They also influence partnerships in research and academic programmes, and help to boost the standing of universities among academics. At a time of higher student mobility, many may consider rankings when choosing where to study.

It is no small feat for NUS and NTU to rank so high. They beat the likes of Yale, Johns Hopkins and King's College London, and are the only ones in Asia to do so. Universities worldwide are racing to attract top talent, and their performance is a testament to the Republic's investment in higher education.

The two have climbed the league tables over the years, and the QS ranking is significant, placing both among the top of a list dominated by Western institutions. This is good for NUS and NTU, as they seek the best researchers, professors and students not just for themselves but also for Singapore.

The results will help to improve their standing in the world, and show that they can hold their own among the best.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2015, with the headline 'No small feat for NUS, NTU'.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

SMO 2015 Prize Presentation

SMO Junior 2015

Champion Team: NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Top 10 Ranking
1. Joel Tan Junyao, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
2. Khor Jun Wei, Raffles Institution
3. Zhang Xiaorui, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
4. Tan Wee Kean, Raffles Institution
5. Boo Tse Yang Lucas, Nanyang Primary School
6. Victor Loh Wai Kit, Raffles Institution
7. Cheng Puhua, Raffles Institution
8. Ho Li Xiong Timothy, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
9. Ng Yu Peng, Hwa Chong Institution
10. Ang Boon Han Nathaniel, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

SMO Senior 2015

Champion Team: NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Top 10 Ranking
1. Bryan Wang Peng Jun, Hwa Chong Institution
2. Dylan Toh Shan Hong, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
3. Tan Likai, Raffles Institution
4. Clarence Chew Xuan Da, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
5. Ma Zhao Yu, Raffles Institution
6. Teo Por Loong Jacob, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
7. Lee Ker Yang, Raffles Institution
8. Matthew Fan Xin Yu, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
8. Ong Hong Ming Teddy, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
10. Wang Jianzhi, Raffles Institution

SMO Open 2015

Champion Team: Raffles Institution
Top 10 Ranking
1. David Lin Kewei, Raffles Institution
1. Liu Yi Jia, Raffles Institution
3. Sheldon Kieren Tan, Raffles Institution
4. Ma Zhao Yu, Raffles Institution
5. Dylan Toh Shan Hong, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
6. Clarence Chew Xuan Da, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
6. Tan Siah Yong, Raffles Institution
8. Lee Hua Jun Eugene, Raffles Institution
9. Bryan Wang Peng Jun, Hwa Chong Institution
10. Tan Likai, Raffles Institution


Other results can be found here.

Lim Li won the 16th Individual prize in SMO Senior
SMO Senior Champion Team (Dylan, Clarence, Jacob) with Prof Victor Tan
IMO 2015 Singapore Team
Lim Jeck and Yap Jit Wu, trainers of SIMO National Team 2015-2016, Observers B of IMO 2016 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

CWMI 2015 Singapore Team Results

Gold - Joel Tan Junyao, NUS High
Silver - Gabriel Goh and Matthew Fan from NUS High;  Li Chen Xu, Lee Ker Yang, Caleb Leow and Yang Gan from RI
Bronze - Khor Jun Wei, RI


Friday, 14 August 2015

CGMO 2015 Singapore Team Results

From left: Anqi, Estelle, Beverly, Lim Li

Silver (51)   - Lim Li, NUS High
Silver (42)   - Li Anqi, Raffles Girls' Sec
Bronze (18) - Beverly Chan, NUS High
Bronze (18) - Estelle Lee, Raffles Girls' Sec
marks before and after review Lim Li 39, 51 (official); Anqi 33, 42 (unofficial); Beverly 15, 18 (unofficial); Estelle 15, 18 (unofficial). Cut off for silver is 42

Monday, 10 August 2015

Off to Shen Zhen, Guangdong Province China

From left: Ms Vivian Jiang (NUS High teacher), Beverly, Lim Li, Anqi, Estelle and Mr Berner Poh (RGS teacher)
The Singapore Team left for China Girls Math Olympiad 2015 this morning, 0700 hrs on MI962. They will be staying in Shenzhen Senior High School's dormitory throughout the trip.

10 Aug, Mon - Arrival and Registration
11 Aug, Tue - Opening Ceremony, Aerobics
12 Aug, Wed - Competition Day 1, City Tour, Water Curtain Movie
13 Aug, Thu - Competition Day 2, Aerobics, Performance
14 Aug, Fri - Excursion and Closing Ceremony
15 Aug, Sat - Return to Singapore

Day 1:
Air-conditioned hostel room

Saturday, 8 August 2015

SG50 Jubilee Weekend (National Day long weekend holiday 7-10 August)

Singapore celebrates its 50th birthday on 9 Aug 2015, and with both Aug 7 and Aug 10 declared public holidays, we have a long weekend from 7 to 10 Aug (Friday to Monday).

To enable Singapore residents to spend a memorable weekend with friends and family, several attractions in Singapore such as museums, Singapore Scence Centre, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Bird Park Sentosa etc. have provided discounted or free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents over the Jubilee Weekend. Visit Jubilee Weekend - Public Attractions and Facilities for more information. My family has planned visits to some of these attractions.

7 August:
Very long queue at Marina Bay Sands, to Art Science Museum. We queued for about 2.5 hrs before entering the museum.
Dreamworks Animation exhibition
The Deep exhibition
Singapore Stories: Then, Now and Tomorrow exhibition
8 August:
SG50 ice cream cone ($0.50) from McDonalds, Vivocity
Sands of Time
9 August:
Taking free MRT and bus rides.
Lunch at Nex, Dinner at Far East Plaza
Free MRT and bus rides on 9 August 2015

Thursday, 6 August 2015

SMO Annual Prize Presentation Ceremony Attendence

This year's SMO Annual Prize Presentation Ceremony will be held on 5 September, at NUS High. It is the 9th consecutive year that my family will be attending the ceremony.

2015 Lim Li: SMO Senior Individual 16th
2014 Lim Li: SMO Senior Individual 21st
2013 Lim Jeck: SMO Open Individual 1st, Team 1st, IMO Gold/Individual 3rd
2012 Lim Jeck: SMO Open Individual 1st, Team 1st, IMO Gold/Individual 1st
2011 Lim Jeck: SMO Open Individual 1st, Team 2nd, SMO Senior Individual 1st, Team 2nd, IMO Gold/Individual 2nd
2010 Lim Jeck: SMO Senior Individual 8th, Team 4th, SMO Open Individual 8th, Team 4th, IMO Silver; Lim Min: SMO Senior Team 4th
2009 Lim Jeck: SMO Junior Individual 1st, Team 1st, SMO Open Individual 5th, Team 3rd, IMO Bronze; Lim Min: SMPF Team Bronze
2008 Lim Jeck: SMO Junior Individual 6th, Team 2nd
2007 Lim Jeck: SMO Junior Individual 8th

Monday, 3 August 2015

Letter to my grandchildren in 2065 by Tommy Koh

By Professor Tommy Koh, For the Straits Times, 3 August 2015

What kind of society will Singapore be in 2065? This grandpa hopes some things won't change, especially values.

Dear Toby and Tara,

You will be 54 and 50 years old, respectively, when Singapore celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2065.

If the last 50 years is a guide, you will probably experience as many dramatic changes as I have in the past 50 years. I expect that cures will be discovered for such dreaded diseases as cancer, dementia, diabetes, Parkinson's. Thus, I fully expect that both of you will continue to lead healthy, productive, energetic lives for many more decades, as life expectancy may exceed 100 by this time.

I expect solar energy to become increasingly competitive and that, one day, it will replace energy from fossil fuels. I expect agriculture to be more productive and less demanding of water. Revolutionary changes will take place in all aspects of our lives, in ways which are unimaginable today.

However, the purpose of my letter is not to join the pundits and futurologists in anticipating the changes that will take place in the next 50 years.

What I want to do is to talk to you about things that I hope will not change. I want to talk about values, beliefs and customs which are or should be timeless.


First, you should love your country.

Singapore may be a small and young country; it is, however, an extraordinary country. If all goes well, we would have remained a stable, peaceful country with our own government, our own military and law enforcement agencies.

In our country, people of different races, colours and religions live in peace and harmony. We celebrate our diversity as a blessing and not as a defect. We recognise and reward talent and merit and we dislike class, privilege and snobbery. We treat our women well and our talented women have helped to make Singapore the success that it is. We are admired for our integrity, reliability and competence. If I have another life to live, I would like to be born again in Singapore.


Second, you should love the world.

By "the world", I mean both the human world and the natural world. I believe in the Confucian philosophy that, under heaven, all men are brothers and all women are sisters. It is not enough to love Singapore - you should also love the human family. Because of globalisation and the technological revolution, we truly live in one world and our lives are inextricably linked. For example, we should be concerned about the growing health crisis in South Korea at this juncture - in July 2015 - because Mers is very likely to spread from there to other countries.

We should empathise with the refugees fleeing persecution and despair in Myanmar because they are part of the Asean family.

Even if, by the time you read this, these countries and organisations have evolved into different forms, we should feel a bond with people around our region, and indeed all around the world, with whom we share a common humanity.

We should also love and respect the natural world because the earth is our home. If we continue to abuse nature, to degrade our ecosystems and neglect our duty as the stewards of the global commons, we will sooner or later face an environmental crisis.

I hope that you and your generation will have the wisdom to make a paradigm shift to a new and more sustainable model of economy and civilisation.


Third, love your family.

No matter how many technological advances are made, one thing is for sure: Your mother and father, your grandparents, your godparents and other relatives have loved you from the day you were born.

Your parents have made sacrifices and will continue to make sacrifices in order to give you a happy childhood and a good start in life. Remember that the key people in the world who love you unconditionally, in good times and in bad times, are your parents. Be good to your parents when you are grown-up and when they are old.

There is a disturbing trend in Singapore of children abandoning their elderly parents. I hope that, by the time you read this, this remains a small minority and does not become commonplace.


Fourth, make friends for life.

Most human beings are social animals. We need the company of good friends in order to be happy and to thrive. Make good friends and keep them for life.

Many Singaporeans hold a functional or transactional attitude towards friends. You are my friend only as long as you are useful to me. The moment you are no longer useful to me, I will "unfriend" you. This is a bad attitude and smacks of opportunism. The good friends I have made in my childhood, school, university and at various points in my career, both here and abroad, have enriched my life.


Fifth, do not worship money.

There is a joke that the main form of worship in Singapore is the worship of money. Singaporeans are a materialistic and money-loving people.

My attitude towards money is that we all need to make money in order to provide for our family and to be able to lead a dignified life. My goal in life is, however, not to make money but to help build a better Singapore and a better world. You should remember that money can't buy you good health, peace of mind or a happy family.

In fact, money often sows discord in families. Money can buy you a big house and a big car but not a good reputation. It is more important for you to do a job which brings you joy and satisfaction than a job which you do only because it brings you a lot of money. Pursue your talent and your passion and not money.


Sixth, be a kind person.

Of all the virtues, the one that I value the most is kindness. You should be kind to everyone you meet. Many Singaporeans have a selective approach to kindness. They are kind to their bosses or persons in authority over them. They are less kind towards their subordinates. I do not regard such a person as a kind person.

A kind person is one who is kind to everyone, including strangers. In my experience, kindness begets kindness.


Seventh, be a loyal person.

Loyalty is a virtue which seems to have gone out of fashion. I believe that one should be loyal to one's country, spouse, school, university, employer, friends and institutions. I am loyal to my old school, Raffles Institution, and have never said no to a request from the school. I am loyal to the National University of Singapore, Harvard and Cambridge because they have helped to educate me.

Because I served for nine years as a director of DBS, it is my primary banker. Because I served for five years as a director of Singtel, I subscribe only to Singtel for my telecommunication needs. Because I served for over five years on the international advisory board of Toyota, I own and operate a car made by Toyota. I have patronised the same tailor and optician for as long as I can remember.

This may be seen by some as an old-fashioned attitude but I would like to think that loyalty, like kindness, should never go out of fashion.


Eighth, try to lead a healthy and culturally rich life.

My father taught me to exercise every day in order to keep physically fit. I swim or walk every morning. My father also taught me to love books and to enjoy reading. I read both books of fiction and non-fiction every day.

My mother taught me to enjoy the arts. I feel very privileged to have served as the founding chairman of the National Arts Council and as the second chairman of the National Heritage Board. I hope you will develop your own interests in culture and the arts. They will bring great joy to your life.

I hope you will grow up to be a good man and a good woman. I wish you happy, healthy, peaceful and productive lives.

Your loving Ye Ye,
Tommy Koh

• Tommy Koh is Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and special adviser to the Institute of Policy Studies and chairman of the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore. He was NUS law faculty dean before becoming a diplomat. He has served in Singapore missions in the United States, Mexico, Canada and on United Nations and World Trade Organisation missions and dispute panels.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2015, with the headline 'Letter to my grandchildren in 2065'.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

IOI 2015, ICHO 2015, IPhO 2015 and IBO 2015 Singapore Teams' Results

IOI 2015 Results

IOI 2015 Singapore Team has won 1 Silver 3 Bronze
Silver - Jacob Teo, NUS High
Bronze - Feng Jiahai, RI
Bronze - Howe Choong Yin, NUS High
Bronze - Pang Wen Yuen, RI

IChO 2015 Results

IChO 2015 Singapore Team has won 1 Gold 3 Silver
Gold - Li Bingjian, RI
Silver - Kee Jing Yee, NUS High
Silver - Kang Yi Cheng, RI
Silver - Bram Lim Song Jie, HCI

IPhO 2015 Full Results

IPhO 2015 Singapore Team has won 1 Gold 4 Silver

Gold (ranked 5th) - Darren Chua Yee Shuen, RI
Silver - Garett Tok Em Liang, NUS High
Silver - Peter Yuen, RI
Silver - Joel Tan Shi Quan, NUS High
Silver - Joshua Lim Yong Kiat, NUS High

IBO 2015 Full Results

IBO 2015 Singapore Team has won 3 Gold 1 Silver

Gold (ranked 4th) - Daniel Tan Chee Hian, HCI
Gold - Samuel Fong En Lei, RI
Gold - Chang Jia Geng, RI
Silver - Theophila Toh Ying Lin, NUS High