Magnus Walker, take a walk on the wild side

Magnus Walker. Who is he? And why am I writing about him?

Have a look at his lecture on TEDtalks, where he delivers an interesting take on following your gut feelings and being successful.

The Operative Word: Shocked

Well, if you saw him on the street, you would be forgiven to dismiss him as another slacker, (pardon my words Magnus), because his fashion sense will definitely fall out of the well-heeled millionaires of this world. Long Dreadlocks and ZZ Top beards define Magnus, and that’s how he likes it. Never judge a book by its cover. Oh, how wrong will we be to find out that he dresses Alice Cooper and Madonna. He does. Seriously. Of course, anyone will be shocked to find out he is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry as he has a successful clothes business that are into cult-streetwear and fashion for the MTV generation, and even more shocking, a one-man marketing army for Porsche, the sports car maker.  He did it his way, walked his own path and successful to boot. His passion got him to places and that is what matters a lot.

What has it got to do with eduKate?

In eduKate, we believe in taking every path to success and teach kids to be happy in their own ways. Of course it all starts with adequate skills that we acquire through experience, be it studying in school, or through interactions in society. Which by default, means we better teach the kids well. But ultimately, we have to start producing talents that fills the gaps of society, create successful individuals that fills not only the traditional occupations like doctors, lawyers, engineers and bankers but also a wave of “outliers”, unorthodox, unconventional and ultimately, interesting individuals and businesses that caters to a more vibrant society of the 21st Century.

Hard work, salt of the earth, elbow greased and successful

Classes and standardised examinations are excellent ways to get a bulk of this talented workforce but Magnus fell through those gaps and landed in a wonderful place. Albeit, mind you, through his talents and sheer hard work to push himself through. So here we are, introducing an alternate view to success. Have a dream, loads of hard work and following his guts got him where he is now. And don’t let his image fool you, he is a smart individual who knew what he was doing, indefatigable, industrious and a good feel of the industry. He thought out of the box, did things differently enough to get attention from the music industry. Well centred in character, Magnus Walker mapped out his dream, got to work and walked his own walk. What came next was success upon success, plus a little bit of luck that got him noticed. Fast forward to present times, he is now a cult clothing company, a property mogul making low value properties into desirable locations and finally, the one that brought him a lot of attention, restoring old Porsches successfully, to the point that Porsche factory got him to be their spokesperson.

This is the video that got him noticed by Porsche and everything else, as they say, is history…

Let’s get inspired, do something that makes it all worthwhile, have a plan, take a roll of the dice and let’s see what comes out the other side.

Steve Jobs once said:

“The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it.”

 

Primary 5 Vocabulary List

Vocabulary list for P5 Singapore Online. Primary Vocabulary for Primary School P5 prepared by Tutor Yuet Ling +65 82226327.

Welcome to eduKate Singapore’s English Lessons for Singapore students, this is our constant updates for our students and parents to do at home, and a free resource for everyone.

This list consists of an advanced list of vocabulary words that you can introduce to your child. It is always best to take it slow and steady for best results.

Instructions:

As usual, introduction of words to children consists of

  1. explaining its meaning,
  2. practicing it with a few examples that it will be used in, and
  3. consistent usage for an extended period to incorporate the new words into their long term arsenal of vocabulary mastery.

The important thing here is to consistently increase the word count every day.

Enjoy.

  1. apparel
  2. arid
  3. arrogant
  4. allegiance
  5. beacon
  6. blunder
  7. boycott
  8. boisterous
  9. chronological
  10. clarity
  11. collaborate
  12. commend
  13. composure
  14. concise
  15. cultivate
  16. deluge
  17. deplete
  18. drastic
  19. degrade
  20. eligible
  21. efficient
  22. esteem
  23. exploit
  24. extinct
  25. extract
  26. genre
  27. inept
  28. ignite
  29. innovate
  30. intimidate

 

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English Language going Glocal

English Language in Singapore has gone a long way since our independence and this can be attributed to three main components of increased business opportunity, parent’s desire for their children to be job competitive and the government’s push to be glocal.

English Language in Singapore

Thinking glocal is how we can be successful in a nation that takes pride in being the centre of the world. We are the avenues between the East and West, and our geopolitically advantageous positioning has put our small island onto centre stage of the international market by providing professional, competitive, stylish and efficient flow of air/sea traffic, a robust financial market, plus a hardworking and talented workforce that has adopted the English Language as their lingua franca. 

The English Language, with 1 500 million speakers, of whom only 375 million are native (statistica.com), are the highest adopted language in the world. This is seconded by Chinese Language with 1 100 million speakers but are predominantly native speakers of 982 million. With the rest of the languages tailing far behind these two.

The dominance of these two languages means that commanding a mastery in either of the language lets you talk to 1 in every 5 or 6 persons living on earth. In Singapore, the Chinese population that learns Chinese as their second language (and English as a First Language) in school drives these statistics to 1 in every 2.7 person on earth. And that is a lot of people that bilingual English/Chinese speaking Singaporeans can converse with. Coverage is key to a successful business plan and if a business entity can serve a wider network, that unhinges latent opportunities and make connections with markets that would have been otherwise foregone.

This is an advantage that keeps us relevant. The ability to communicate with almost half of the world means we can do business with any country, help anyone in times of need, but more importantly, be a friend with everybody. It is where we become truly global, not only by going out and making friends, but to be a welcoming host and the world comes to you.

Inculcating English into Singaporeans started with our education systems 50 years ago. Compulsory English examination passes to advance, with every subject in school taught in English (minus ethnic languages) means mastery would be advantageous in learning fast and an ability to grasp complex technical concepts. That universities are lectured in English as well, attainment of a degree, a professional career and ultimately, survival, hinges on the proficiency of English. 

But that is a 20th century strategy: language assimilation.

Latest generations of 21st century English-speaking Singaporeans pass on their English to their children as if the equivalent, a native speaker. English-educated Singaporeans now speak, read, write English as their first language and their children don’t need to learn “A” for Apples in Primary 1 like 40 years ago. 

Our children is born into an English speaking household and vernacular to English. We have evolved and our children have become as native an English user as any other. 

Our diverse ethnicity and international positioning keeps English relevant to our lives. Over generations, the English Languge has proven to be a viable marriage into our culture, keeping our traditions whilst adopting Western cultures and views that helps rather than deter. The ability to communicate with most of the world keeps us competitive and economically viable.

“The Limits of my language is The Limits of my World”-Ludwig Wittgenstein

It makes us globally active, engaging, dynamic and yet keeps us intimately connected with our immediate neighbors. Making friends where it would have been near impossible in our multi-cultural nation. Thinking glocal helps when our nation support such diverse ethnic groups where finding a common language would mean learning 4-5 languages just to talk to our neighbours. English breaks down barriers and carries our thoughts. To understand, first, we need to convey in a common language. 

So where next for English in Singapore? We will continue evolving. Our primary education system for English Language just got tweaked this year after 4 years of research into what we need to improve in our education. There is a push to change from the government sector to include creative aspects into our system.

There is also a sudden increase in international awareness that Singapore is a global city, thanks to Marina Bay Sands and the yearly Formula 1 events. One can’t be hospitable unless one communicates and understands hospitality. 

And what about English as an art form? Literature, poetry and sonnets. It is the existence of English as an art form, for the sake of art itself and nothing else that a society starts to fully appreciate the English Language. Appreciate the emotional powers and its beauty instead of just English being a tool of commerce or conversation. Appreciate that culturally, attainment of English as art means that we perhaps have arrived rather than be bystanders looking into a prestigious country club.

Thinking glocal helps when our nations’ resources is human resource. Keeping a common framework of English provides the bridge to our conversations and a strong spine to support our communication infrastructure. It is our bread, butter, main course, wine and sweet pastries. It provides for everything, and then some. 

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English Language in Singapore

English Language tuition in Singapore has gone a long way since our independence and this can be attributed to three main components of increased business opportunity, parent’s desire for their children to be job competitive and the government’s push to be glocal.

English Language in Singapore

Thinking glocal is how we can be successful in a nation that takes pride in being the centre of the world. We are the avenues between the East and West, and our geopolitically advantageous positioning has put our small island onto centre stage of the international market by providing professional, competitive, stylish and efficient flow of air/sea traffic, a robust financial market, plus a hardworking and talented workforce that has adopted the English Language as their lingua franca. 

The English Language, with 1 500 million speakers, of whom only 375 million are native (statistica.com), are the highest adopted language in the world. This is seconded by Chinese Language with 1 100 million speakers but are predominantly native speakers of 982 million. With the rest of the languages tailing far behind these two.

The dominance of these two languages means that commanding a mastery in either of the language lets you talk to 1 in every 5 or 6 persons living on earth. In Singapore, the Chinese population that learns Chinese as their second language (and English as a First Language) in school drives these statistics to 1 in every 2.7 person on earth. And that is a lot of people that bilingual English/Chinese speaking Singaporeans can converse with. Coverage is key to a successful business plan and if a business entity can serve a wider network, that unhinges latent opportunities and make connections with markets that would have been otherwise foregone.

This is an advantage that keeps us relevant. The ability to communicate with almost half of the world means we can do business with any country, help anyone in times of need, but more importantly, be a friend with everybody. It is where we become truly global, not only by going out and making friends, but to be a welcoming host and the world comes to you.

Inculcating English into Singaporeans started with our education systems 50 years ago. Compulsory English examination passes to advance, with every subject in school taught in English (minus ethnic languages) means mastery would be advantageous in learning fast and an ability to grasp complex technical concepts. That universities are lectured in English as well, attainment of a degree, a professional career and ultimately, survival, hinges on the proficiency of English. 

But that is a 20th century strategy: language assimilation.

Latest generations of 21st century English-speaking Singaporeans pass on their English to their children as if the equivalent, a native speaker. English-educated Singaporeans now speak, read, write English as their first language and their children don’t need to learn “A” for Apples in Primary 1 like 40 years ago. 

Our children is born into an English speaking household and vernacular to English. We have evolved and our children have become as native an English user as any other. 

Our diverse ethnicity and international positioning keeps English relevant to our lives. Over generations, the English Languge has proven to be a viable marriage into our culture, keeping our traditions whilst adopting Western cultures and views that helps rather than deter. The ability to communicate with most of the world keeps us competitive and economically viable.

“The Limits of my language is The Limits of my World”-Ludwig Wittgenstein

It makes us globally active, engaging, dynamic and yet keeps us intimately connected with our immediate neighbors. Making friends where it would have been near impossible in our multi-cultural nation. Thinking glocal helps when our nation support such diverse ethnic groups where finding a common language would mean learning 4-5 languages just to talk to our neighbours. English breaks down barriers and carries our thoughts. To understand, first, we need to convey in a common language. 

So where next for English in Singapore? We will continue evolving. Our primary education system for English Language just got tweaked this year after 4 years of research into what we need to improve in our education. There is a push to change from the government sector to include creative aspects into our system.

There is also a sudden increase in international awareness that Singapore is a global city, thanks to Marina Bay Sands and the yearly Formula 1 events. One can’t be hospitable unless one communicates and understands hospitality. 

And what about English as an art form? Literature, poetry and sonnets. It is the existence of English as an art form, for the sake of art itself and nothing else that a society starts to fully appreciate the English Language. Appreciate the emotional powers and its beauty instead of just English being a tool of commerce or conversation. Appreciate that culturally, attainment of English as art means that we perhaps have arrived rather than be bystanders looking into a prestigious country club.

Thinking glocal helps when our nations’ resources is human resource. Keeping a common framework of English provides the bridge to our conversations and a strong spine to support our communication infrastructure. It is our bread, butter, main course, wine and sweet pastries. It provides for everything, and then some. 

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The importance of education and scoring well in PSLE and GCE O’ levels A* and A1, SG50

Tips, Hints, and Focus for the PSLE Examinations.

SEAB MOE Syllabus PSLE and GCE O’ levels Singapore for Primary and Secondary Schools is by far the main contributor to the social mobility of Singaporeans.

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It is the first major exam that starts the path of development for a young individual by training, developing and constructing the psyche of the ultimate student and turning them into a complete Singaporean adult that is capable of competing in this 21st Century workforce.

With SG50, we have now witnessed the effectiveness of education in transforming us into a metropolitan first world country, one that only has human resource that drives this country.

We survived, and then thrived against all odds, whilst in the face of competition against many other resource-rich nations. All this did not come from just plain luck.

We have witnessed too, with the PSLE and streaming of students into secondary schools, how much their PSLE scores alter their outcomes when they grow up.

And I am sure we have to keep our education world class in years to come, even more so with the huge external forces from other markets within the burgeoning Asian region as well as pressures from the international market to keep up-to-date and solve every problem that we will face in the future.

We cannot be naive and think our problems can be solved with a normal, mediocre education, with a low-skilled and highly unmotivated work force. That is not the mark of a first world country. We need to have something special to keep competition at bay.

Dynamism is a highly valued characteristic our children should possess.

I shall loosely quote Gordon Ramsay, “You can’t run a “country” if you can’t even run your own bath.”

And hence, education, training, intelligence, creativity, innovation and persevering hardwork are the hallmarks of a successful country. We need to adopt the mentality that we are larger than what we are, that our world is not restricted to the red dot that makes Singapore a country. But rather, we are in a global community that requires global competitiveness and social skills. And that comes from a world class education.

We need a large canvas of intelligence and expertise, multitudes of captains of industries, pools of talents, and scores of highly skilled individuals to deal with the increasingly convoluted society and economy of the future. And that comes from a world class education.

We, as a nation, bear witness to social mobility, from our previous generations to current generations, and am sure, to our future generations, that doing well in education equates to better salaries, better standards of living and a stable economy. But this didn’t just happen to an individual, and the last 50 years, we have all moved up the social ladder as a collective community. And we have continued to be socially mobile. And that again, comes from a world class education.

As a nation, we have improved leaps and bounds, again, that didn’t just happen by plain luck. We have our PM Lee Kuan Yew to thank for that. But even more so, our society as a whole has taken those steps to rid ourselves of the third world status and decided that this should be the way to go, forwards. And that should always be the way to go, forwards.

All this leads to one conclusion, that of a student that does well in his/her education, will do well in life. That is a rule of thumb of any Singaporean student, and its the easiest and distinct way by far to move up the ladder and achieve success in life.

Let not detractors say that PSLE is getting too hard, for being soft only weakens our pool of talented future human resources. For in Singapore, strength comes from advancing together, and we have to be careful when a minority wants to re-invent the wheel and begs for an easy PSLE.

Let me quote some articles statistics that shows our education is working:

Forbes.com: Why Asian Nations Dominate Global Education Rankings-Not surprisingly, the top four countries overall – South Korea (No. 1), Japan (No. 2), Singapore (No. 3)….put an emphasis on their students developing basic skills….numeracy and literacy.

Straits Times: “Singapore takes third spot in global education rankings

Wikipedia.org: “Singapore’s education system has been described as “world-leading” and in 2010 was among those picked out for commendation by the former British Tory education secretary Michael Gove…As of 2012, both universities are ranked among the Top 50 in the world.”

Insing.com: Education minister pleased with Singapore’s PISA ranking “To do well, a student can’t get by with just memorisation; he must have real knowledge and the wits to apply that knowledge to unpredictable real-life problems. This is exactly what we want our students to learn in school — the real skills to think critically and creatively so they can succeed in the 21st Century,” said Heng Swee Kiat.

We do need changes to adapt to the ever changing world, and so our education shall be tweaked to allow such changes. But changing the whole system, on something that has worked well, is just suicidal and cataclysmic.

The problem with education is that the effects are not seen straight off, and only in 20 years time, and maybe another 5-10 years after that when the student graduates and starts climbing up their career and contributes to society. Only then will we feel the effect that will be shouldered by the next generation with a wrong education model.

We have come far from where we began 50 years ago, and our success has come from truly hard intelligent pragmatic work. The recipe for success did not come from being weak, or having a compromised education/society. We do have to be careful how any changes will alter our state, as if its for the better, no one complains; but for the worse, everyone pays, ultimately.

Generally, and critically, the higher the education of a Singaporean, the higher they climb up the social ladder. And that is fact. And that starts with the PSLE. And that, is one that parents should never waver in their child’s education.

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MOE 2015 syllabus- developing a 21st Century Singaporean child (Part 2)

This is eduKate Singapore Tuition Centre’s Child Development Technology for our English, Maths and Science tutorial classes for primary and secondary tutorial classes.

In line with the MOE’s 2015 English Syllabus, we have been developing new structures to teach students to develop them into 21st Century individuals that are gregarious, intelligent and exceptional.

Below is a list that we keep in mind when we teach our students, and also for all parents that are looking to teach a child to be a successful Singaporean in the 21st Century.

Interpersonal Skills

To Interact, Being a Leader and Team Player gets the work done.

  • culturally aware of multi cultural Singapore
  • sensitive to society/political correctness
  • integrate with society
  • take responsibility
  • acknowledge one’s mistakes
  • ability to solve problems of all kinds
  • participate in a team as team member
  • conduct meetings
  • commitment to a promise
  • loyalty to family, friends, company and country
  • form a team and engage effectively
  • be a leader, motivate and give instructions
  • give/receive/appreciate criticism
  • manage time, objectives and resources
  •  negotiate and persuade effectively
  • compromise and agree on best options
  • speak clearly, concisely and logically

Time Management Skills

Studying for the PSLE Syllabus? GCE O’ levels? IGCSE? IB IP Programme? Just had a talk with an MOE officer the other day and an interesting topic came up regarding time management skills of students. She said that in general, the most improved students came from those that instilled some skills on prioritising their work and studying time before attempting their exams. It is an essential studying skill that once inculcated into a habit, will improve grades and in general, the work efficiency of the student.

That brings me to write this article. Managing time effectively helps you to get your studies in order and into sharp focus. So here’s some tips and tricks that you can employ to great effect.

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Prioritise: 

What is important to you? Sit down, have a good think, write it down. Rate it in importance.

Do the most important work first. That lowers your stress levels and a chance of Murphy’s Law.

Procrastination:

Don’t do it.

That might sound easy to do, but takes a lot to get rid of from your system. “Hang on, let me finish this game” or “Maybe I’ll do it tomorrow.” Guilty? As charged!

How do we know we are procrastinating?

Catching yourself doing this:

  • Doing something less important and thinking that it is still work done anyways. Swapping out your top priorities into doing something useless makes you tired before you actually do what is important to you.
  • Saying that you will do it tomorrow.
  • Switching your work midway. Doing a sum and suddenly think you need to call your friend to check if she is home safe. Then walk into the kitchen to try to make yourself a hot drink. Then suddenly realise it is time to shower. No, the latest episode on TV is showing. What was I supposed to do again?
  • Doing a lot of planning and a week later, you are still in the planning stage.
  • Writing a lot of notes, neatly, color it, highlighting it. Making sure all your points are inside. Before you know it, exams starts tomorrow. Where did all the time go? Into making pretty notes… Yikes.
  • Saying I need to study more. I will do better, I am going to get an A1. All these sentences makes for a recipe for procrastination. Wishing you will do something about it gives you a false sense of doing something without doing it.

So how do we start on the journey of lesser procrastination? Fill your planner up. Stick to it. That is one reason why teachers gives you homework. They are trying to fill your schedule up, just like if you are working and your boss inundates you with work. They are trying to get you to start down the road of efficient time management. It is a microcosm of what you will end up handling when you start working. So don’t blame your teachers for giving you so much work, its training grounds for you to be able to handle the big bad world.

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So here’s some tips on stopping the procrastination wolf from blowing your world down:

Get a routine 

Morning to school, Afternoon back home. A good lunch and down to the books. Get in 3 solid study hours. A nice shower and keep yourself fresh. Nice dinner, an hour of YOU time. Then finish off your assignments. Off to sleep and repeat. And repeat. And repeat.

That is just an example. For yourself, tailor a routine that you are comfortable with and get used to it. Make small changes to make it more efficient and constantly evolve to make the routine relevant to your workload. That helps you in a few ways.

  1. It lowers the need for you to figure out what to do next.
  2. It makes you really good at what you do as you repeat it all day. Every day. Experience counts.
  3. It makes you realise where the dead spaces are where you do nothing and plug those holes with work.
  4. It helps you to organise your planner as you know how much you can do in a day in turn schedule your future plans effectively.
  5. Makes you eek out small scraps of time that you didn’t know existed, like when you are brushing your teeth, spending too much time eating, etc.

Have a plan

Strategy wins a war. Take time to plan your winning strategy and know that you are the winner at the end. That helps you to put tangible milestones to your schedule. You know how far you are from achieving your aims. Clarity of aim gives you a perspective of the landscape you are traveling through. It also helps you to avoid putting things off. It has to be done by a certain time frame and you know when you are off track and needs a kick to get you going again.

Planners:

Have a planner and plan your time. Priorities that you want to achieve should be organised and work your way backwards. For example, if it takes you 6 weeks to complete your work, set a date you want to achieve it and count backwards 6 weeks. Put a start date to it. And have a countdown. Stick to the schedule and monitor your progress on the planner. If you are on track, put a tick. Getting slow on the planner, then put some exclamation marks on the planner to make you work harder to get you back on track.

Advantages:

  • this helps you in your work career learning how to meet deadlines.
  • avoid double booking yourself and end up too much to chew in too little a time.
  • spreading your workload into smaller bites and have a smoother climb up the skills ladder.
  • gain confidence with every success that you can do it and have the means to do it.
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eduKate Singapore Tampines Tuition Centre Student doing Secondary Math

Make 24 hours turn into 25 hours a day. 

This section is when you find that you have not much time left to your exams and you start seeing warning bells going off. Emergency tricks to make more time that we have not considered. Yes, there are things we do every day that we have not included into studying time. Like time travelling to and from school can be used to run through your notes. Gains you an hour just right there. Sitting on the potty. Showering. Brushing teeth and have some sticky notes on the mirror. Having a meal and gobble down a chapter of Physics as well. Multi tasking is the in thing. Replace low level tasks with study. Like dressing up, or even going to cut your hair when its really near your exams.

So there you go. A good effective time planning gives everyone a fair chance of achieving excellence. Like a mentor of mine said last time, Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

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Rubik’s Cube Class in eduKate

Hello students, from our classes, I have compiled all the materials for Rubik’s cube here. Do read through it again and make sure you get to understand why mathematics and science is combined to bring about the solution for Rubik’s cube.

Aim of lesson

  1. To learn how to solve a problem through algorithm programming
  2. To improve hand-eye coordination
  3. To improve focus
  4. To learn tenacity
  5. To understand that every mathematical problem can be solved using a series of repeated steps
  6. To compete within rules and achieve objectives

Competition:

The competition are as follows:

1st prize SGD$50.00 goes to the first student that can solve an eduKate randomised Rubik’s Cube within 15 seconds.

2nd prize SGD$30.00 goes to the first student that can solve an eduKate randomised Rubik’s Cube within 40 seconds.

3rd prize SGD$20.00 goes to the first student that can solve an eduKate randomised Rubik’s Cube within 60 seconds.

This also means that one student can actually win all three prizes, and all winners will have their names posted in this blog with the dates and times achieved. All competitors are to solve the cube in the presence of eduKate’s tutors and must be timed using a sport stacker timing device. Also, a video will be taken during this attempt to officiate its occurrence.

1st Prize Winner: ________________

2nd Prize Winner:________________

3rd Prize Winner:________________

What is the history of Rubik’s cube?

http://www.rubiks.com/history

Beginner’s algorithm:

http://ruwix.com/the-rubiks-cube/how-to-solve-the-rubiks-cube-beginners-method/

http://www.wikihow.com/Solve-a-Rubik’s-Cube-(Easy-Move-Notation)

Research by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Advanced Mathematics and Scientific Research into Rubik’s Cube algorithm on MIT News http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2011/rubiks-cube-0629

Speedcuber teaching 

What is an algorithm:

An algorithm (pronounced AL-go-rith-um) is a procedure or formula for solving a problem. The word derives from the name of the mathematician, Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khwarizmi, who was part of the royal court in Baghdad and who lived from about 780 to 850. Al-Khwarizmi’s work is the likely source for the word algebra as well. A computer program can be viewed as an elaborate algorithm.

In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm usually means a small procedure that solves a recurrent problem.

from (http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/algorithm)

2014 Rubik’s Cube Competition

New Year, New Resolutions, New Aspirations

Welcome to 2015 and we wish you an awesome year ahead. So the new year is upon us and its that time where most of us reflect on what is important that needs some work on and making sure we do whatever we can to make our dreams come true, or to some of us, not to do something that we have done in our previous years and break that habit of ours.

What kinds of resolutions?

Basically, there are two types of resolutions that we categorise all this into: what we want to achieve in 2015, and: what we don’t want to repeat ever again. So a good way is to catalog your resolutions into these two sections.

An example of what we want to achieve: Get into School of Medicine.

An example of what we don’t want to repeat again: Stop procrastinating.

Start putting these points down and then move to the next stage.

How do we do this?

  1. The first step is to get a piece of paper and write down what you would like to do in 2015.
  2. Next, what you don’t want to do in 2015.
  3. Prioritise all the points and simplify it all.
  4. Plan how we can do achieve all these and be practical about it.
  5. Email this list to yourself and label it “Resolution 2015” for you to check it now and then
  6. Execute.

Next stage:

The first thing about new year resolutions is that we tend to forget we made them and slowly, our spots never change and we continue being the same person that we were last year. That’s when we need to make sure that we do remember to make this resolution into a checklist. So make sure that it is in a prominent place that you can remind yourself often enough of that resolution and check it off once you have achieved it.

Be reasonable with your schedules and make a plan that you can follow. I was a musician when I was much younger and we had to practice these musical passages that had an impossible amount of notes played at an impossible fast beat. There was no way we could have played it right off the first time round sight reading it. So what did we do?

We played it slow, like really slow, and started playing those phrases, note for note, beat for beat, but really really slow. Do it a hundred times. And then we took the speed up, like 5 beats per minute faster. It is an almost imperceptible change to the previous speed, and do that 100 times again. Because its hardly any faster, we don’t feel strained by it. Then another 5 beats per minute faster. Commit to it. It will slowly reach a speed where it is fast, a bit too fast for us to handle, and that was it for that day. And we came back again to it the next day, but we start at the next faster speed. Again, bringing it up to the next 5 beats per minute faster. After a few days of this slow imperceptible increases, guess what, we are now at that impossible fast speed that we needed to be to get the music right. Note for note, beat for beat. It was impossible at first, but it is not impossible anymore for us right at this moment. It is how we trick our brains and body into learning something that we thought we could never do that makes us one of the best learning machines in the world.

Why am I saying all this? Because something is impossible only if we let it be impossible. No one was born to this world running, or flying, but we have achieved all of this, and more. It just takes time, that very first step and keep on moving up the ante till we get where we want to be. So that bring us back to our resolutions.

Want to be a pilot in 2015? Yeah sure, why not? Take that first step, no matter how baby that step is. Make sure those steps gets stronger, faster, braver and slowly, with tenacity, you will reach there.

Aspire to be someone great, someone that is truly what you want to be. Write it down. Now! And let’s all make our 2015 the best year ever.

Happy New Year! And good luck on your new resolutions.