Thursday, 29 September 2011

Invitation to the Faculty of Science, NUS

This is posted by LJ's mum.

After Lim Jeck has won an IMO gold medal, a number of well-meaning people suggested that he should consider pursuing his higher education in a top-ranking overseas university such as one of the Ivy League or Oxbridge universities. Personally, I am not in awe of overseas branded universities and I also do not think that our local universities are inferior to the overseas ones. As long as one works hard for his passion and has a positive attitude, he can shine in whichever university he goes, and in whatever vocation he undertakes after graduation. Since Lim Jeck is still about 4+ years away from enrolling in an university, there is still much time for him to think about where he wants to pursue his undergraduate studies.

He has recently received an invitation to apply for the Faculty of Science, NUS, when he is in his final year at NUS High (2 years later). The offer is quite attractive as he will be guaranteed at least a Kent Ridge Undergraduate Scholarship (bond-free) which provides full coverage of the annual tuition fees (which is about $5360 x 4 years, based on current year's fees for the Faculty of Science).

In my opinion, it is a good choice for Lim Jeck to join NUS after his studies at NUS High and after National Service. He has already completed two Year 1 NUS Math modules and is currently doing a Year 2 NUS Math module. By end this year he would have completed all his Math modules at NUS High, so next year onwards he would have more time to take additional NUS modules - either from the Faculty of Science or from the School of Computing. In NUS, there is a suitable double degree programme for him - Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) and Bachelor of Science (Mathematics/Applied Mathematics). I think if he joins this programme, he should be able to get his double degrees (with honours) in less than 4 years.

Of course, ultimately the choice is his to make!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Subject Specialisation

My subject specialisation in Year 5 (2012)

Combination :
Mathematics (honours) [done by end this semester]
Physics (honours)
Chemistry (honours)
Computing Studies (major)

No more Biology. No more Art!!!!

Update on 14 Nov: I have decided to do Chemistry (major) instead of Chemistry (honours).

Monday, 19 September 2011

Historical EESIS COP and IP Schools' COP

This is posted by Lim Li's mum.

Last Updated on 24/12/2017
EESIS COP
Year in P6
2017 - 262
2016 - 262
2015 - 262
2014 - 258
2013 - 258
2012 - 262
2011 - 260
2010 - 260
2009 - 261
2008 - 263
2007 - 264
2006 - 262

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Year entering Sec 1, COP* is inclusive of HMT bonus pts
( ) deviation from prevailing year's EESIS COP:  = same, + higher, - lower

Nanyang Girls' High School's COP*
2018 - 264 (+2)
2017 - 264 (+2)
2016 - 264 (+2)
2015 - 262 (+4)
2014 - 261 (+3)
2013 - 265 (+3)
2012 - 262 (+2)
2011 - 262 (+2)
2010 - 263 (+2)
2009 - 263 (=)
2008 - 265 (+1)
2007 - 262 (=)

Raffles Girls' School (Secondary)'s COP
2018 - 260 (-2)
2017 - 261 (-1)
2016 - 260 (-2)
2015 - 258 (=)
2014 - 259 (+1)
2013 - 263 (+1)
2012 - 261 (+1)
2011 - 260 (=)
2010 - 260 (-1)
2009 - 263 (=)
2008 - 266 (+2)
2007 - 264 (+2)

Raffles Institution's COP
2018 - 257 (-5)
2017 - 260 (-2)
2016 - 261 (-1)
2015 - 256 (-2)
2014 - 259 (+1)
2013 - 263 (+1)
2012 - 261 (+1)
2011 - 259 (-1)
2010 - 259 (-2)
2009 - 262 (+1)
2008 - 263 (-1)
2007 - 261 (-1)

Hwa Chong Institution's COP*
2018 - 258 (-4)
2017 - 259 (-3)
2016 - 260 (-2)
2015 - 256 (-2)
2014 - 256 (-2)
2013 - 261 (-1)
2012 - 258 (-2)
2011 - 257 (-3)
2010 - 257 (-4)
2009 - 259 (-4)
2008 - 261 (-3)
2007 - 260 (-2)

Methodist Girls' IP COP
2018 - 260 (-2)
2017 - 259 (-3)
2016 - 261 (-1)
2015 - 256 (-2)
2014 - 256 (-2)
2013 - 257 (-5)

National Junior College's COP
2018 - 256 (-6)
2017 - 256 (-6)
2016 - 258 (-4)
2015 - 254 (-4)
2014 - 255 (-3)
2013 - 259 (-3)
2012 - 258 (-2)
2011 - 257 (-3)
2010 - 257 (-4)
2009 - 259 (-4)
2008 - 259 (-5)

Dunman High's COP*
2018 - 255 (-7)
2017 - 257 (-5)
2016 - 258 (-4)
2015 - 253 (-5)
2014 - 256 (-2)
2013 - 256 (-6)
2012 - 256 (-4)
2011 - 257 (-3)
2010 - 258 (-3)
2009 - 260 (-3)
2008 - 260 (-4)
2007 - 258 (-4)

CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' IP COP*
2018 - 256 (-6)
2017 - 257 (-5)
2016 - 258 (-4)
2015 - 253 (-5)
2014 - 255 (-3)
2013 - 255 (-7)

Anglo-Chinese Independent's IP COP
2018 - 256 (-6)
2017 - 256 (-6)
2016 - 256 (-6)
2015 - 252 (-6)
2014 - 253 (-5)
2013 - 256 (-6)

Cedar Girls' IP COP
2018 - 254 (-8)
2017 - 254 (-8)
2016 - 254 (-8)
2015 - 252 (-6)
2014 - 251 (-7)
2013 - 254 (-8)
2012 - 258 (-2)

River Valley High School's COP*
2018 - 250 (-12)
2017 - 251 (-11)
2016 - 253 (-9)
2015 - 249 (-9)
2014 - 251 (-7)
2013 - 256 (-6)
2012 - 254 (-6)
2011 - 253 (-7)
2010 - 251 (-10)
2009 - 254 (-9)
2008 - 254 (-10)
2007 - 253 (-7)

Victoria School's IP COP
2018 - 252 (-10)
2017 - 252 (-10)
2016 - 254 (-8)
2015 - 249 (-9)
2014 - 251 (-7)
2013 - 252 (-10)
2012 - 255 (-5)

Singapore Chinese Girls' IP COP
2018 - 252 (-10)
2017 - 252 (-10)
2016 - 253 (-9)
2015 - 250 (-8)
2014 - 251 (-7)
2013 - 252 (-10)

Catholic High's IP COP*
2018 - 253 (-9)
2017 - 252 (-10)
2016 - 253 (-9)
2015 - 249 (-9)
2014 - 251 (-7)
2013 - 252 (-10)

Temasek Junior College's IP COP
2018 - 249 (-13)
2017 - 250 (-12)
2016 - 253 (-9)
2015 - 249 (-9)
2014 - 252 (-6)
2013 - 251 (-11)

St Joseph Institution's IP COP
2018 - 253 (-9)
2017 - 253 (-9)
2016 - 253 (-9)
2015 - 248 (-10)
2014 - 250 (-8)
2013 - 251 (-11)
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Posted on 19/9/2011

In the PSLE, the T-Score for each subject is calculated as T = 50 + 10 (raw mark of student - average mark of the whole cohort)/(standard deviation or spread of marks around the average mark). The PSLE Aggregate Score is the sum of the T-score of all 4 subjects. Clearly, at this juncture the average mark of the whole cohort for each subject and also the standard deviation are not known. Hence, I can only hazard a guess Lim Li's likely PSLE aggregate score. My estimation of the aggregate score is based on what Lim Min and Lim Jeck had scored in their Prelim Exams and their PSLE aggregate scores, and what Lim Li has scored in her recent Prelim Exam.

Lim Min's P6 Prelim Exam Results in 2006:
English 84
Chinese 91
Higher Chinese 75 (not included in Total score)
Mathematics 100
Science 94
Total score 369/400
PSLE aggregate score: 265, A* in Chinese, Mathematics and Science, A in English, Distinction in Higher Chinese.
2006 Highest PSLE score in Singapore: 281

Lim Jeck's P6 Prelim Exam Results in 2007:
English 79
Chinese 82
Mathematics 99
Science 94
Total score 354/400
PSLE aggregate score: 263, A* in Mathematics and Science, A in English and Chinese
2007 Highest PSLE score in Singapore: 294


Lim Li's P6 Prelim Exam Results in 2011:
English 72
Chinese 87
Mathematics 98
Science 88
Total score 345/400

My estimation for Lim Li's PSLE aggregate score is in the range 250-255. She is likely to score A* in Mathematics and Science, A in English and Chinese.

If this year's PSLE Mathematics paper is very tough, her aggregate score will probably be higher since Mathematics is her pet subject. However, if the Mathematics paper is very easy and English is very tough, then her aggregate score will likely be pulled down.

Friday, 16 September 2011

2011 PSLE Listening Comprehension

This is posted by LL 
(note: I am writing from the iPad so there are some stuff that only those using apple things like iPhone, iPad and iPod can see)

PSLE Listening is over! Now I can throw away all my listening stuff or give them to my cousins. The English listening compre is okay but the Chinese one has one difficult question (question 5 which is about the main purpose of the retiring principal's speech). I put 2 but I think the answer should be 3 - to thank the students for organizing the previous day's concert. I think I should score full marks for English listening (20/20), but I got one wrong for Chinese listening (should score 18/20).

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Saturday, 10 September 2011

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Chinese Newspaper on Singapore Mathematical Olympiad 2011

林捷(左)横扫新加坡数学比赛的高中组和公开组冠军,获得教育部兼国防部政务部长黄循财的赞赏。 (周柏荣摄)

新加坡数学奥林匹克赛,国大数理中学学生称王
来源:联合早报2011年9月4日

国大数理中学的林捷独占鳌头,在新加坡数学奥林匹克比赛中,击败了1万多名参赛学生,横扫高中组和公开组冠军。

林捷(16岁)的数学知识不但在本地的学生之上,他也刚在7月摘下国际数学奥林匹克比赛亚军荣衔,昨天三度上台领奖,成为我国耀眼的数学明日之星。

而林捷对数学的兴趣早在他小学五年级时就培养起来。他的父母毕业自国大电脑科学系,相信在潜移默化中儿子也喜欢上数学,从小就玩拼图游戏、迷宫和魔幻方块(Rubik's Cube)。现在,林捷在温习数学功课时,也上数学网站,向网友发问数学题目,互相切磋。

他的母亲黄美蓉(46岁)受访时说:“有些孩子空闲时就拿故事书来读,林捷则会拿起iPad,玩数学游戏,上数学网站交朋友。”

教育部兼国防部政务部长黄循财昨天为百多名学生颁发奖状,肯定他们在新加坡数学奥林匹克比赛、新加坡数学研究计划比赛和国际数学奥林匹克比赛这三项比赛的表现。

今年,共有来自138所学校的1万零665名学生参加的新加坡数学奥林匹克比赛,是历来参与人数最多的一次。

真金不怕火炼,数理学科一直是国大数理中学、华侨中学和莱佛士书院的强项,这三所中学更在今年的比赛中,独占初中组、高中组和公开组的前三甲宝座。

而新加坡数学研究计划比赛今年则吸引了来自20所中学的55项研究计划,让学生在课堂外,通过新颖、有创意的方式接触数学。

颁奖礼上,得奖团队的学生讲解他们的研究计划,他们不仅通过斐波那契数列(Fibonacci Sequence)来解决电影售票员零钱不足的问题,也用量子物理学来确保自己能在井字棋(Tic-tac-toe)中取胜。

黄循财接受本报访问时说,新加坡的数学教育景观日益多样化。“所以我们才能够不断寻求突破,因为数学的教育方式不单是公式化的,也可以灵活运用。”

他解释,我国教育系统有类似国大数理中学的教育学府,专研数理学科,同时也有多项比赛和活动,让学生了解数学的乐趣。此外,数学比赛也越来越多样化,学校举办国际数学比赛,更推出新颖的数独(Sudoku)比赛。

新加坡数理学会副主席林杉认为,我国数理成果突出的其中一个原因是参与数理教学工作的人员的热情投入。他以协会的成员为例说,成员多数为数学老师和教授,他们都是出自于对数学的热忱,在工余时间志愿参加学会的各项活动。

Saturday, 3 September 2011

SMO 2011 Prize Presentation Ceremony

This is posted by LJ's mum

Lim Jeck with Guest of Honour Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister of State for Education and Defence

Singapore Team to the 52nd International Mathematical Olympiad

Clarence Chew (from Tao Nan Primary, who is ranked 28th in SMO Junior) and Lim Li

Lim Jeck has requested to use the SMO prize money to buy a notebook PC. So how much did he win?

SMO Senior Individual 1st - $500
SMO Senior Team 2nd - $600/3 = $200
SMO Open Individual 1st - $600
SMO Open Team 2nd - $700/3 = $233.33
IMO Gold = $1000
Total = $2533.33 (budget)

We will be going to COMEX 2011 (IT Show/PC Show) tomorrow ...

Afternote: Bought the following HP notebook PC at COMEX for $799 :)