Category Archives: Education

Using High School Algebra Problems to Learn Algorithmic Thinking

I was reading the morning paper just now and came across the following puzzle: A watermelon vendor sells half of her melons, and then restocks 200 more at the end of first day. On the next day, she sells half … Continue reading

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Studying bioinformatics in one of the world’s best cities for living

Not many young people in Malaysia are aware that Denmark is actually a top destination for those who wish to obtain advanced training in bioinformatics (Anders Krogh, who popularised the Hidden Markov Model approach in bioinformatics, teaches in Copenhagen University).  … Continue reading

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Untangling SD from SE

If you are confused about the difference between standard deviation (SD) and standard error (SE), there is an excellent article here that should help clarify matters. For research students, this can practically mean the difference between receiving a praise or … Continue reading

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What is the point of doing research?

As this is the “season” for final year undergrads and MSc coursework students to start fulfilling the requirement of submitting a thesis (in exchange for a piece of paper with floral embellishments on its edges), perhaps I can share some … Continue reading

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How to Choose Useful Electives

I’ve now seen quite a few cases of how most bioinformatics undergraduate students choose their non-core elective courses. The general trend seems to be to “follow the seniors’ advice” by taking soft courses – that is, those that generally require … Continue reading

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What I would do if I were 18, had a string of A(+)s but someone still thinks I am not good enough for a scholarship or gives me a lousy programme that I am not interested in

First, stop getting mad / stop crying (It doesn’t help and you just hurt yourself doing it). a) If my family had limited financial means 1. Do Form 6 and try again. 2.  If money is really an issue, take … Continue reading

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Now that I am done with my undergraduate studies, should I become a graduate student?

No, if the reason for doing so is because you still don’t know what you want to do with your life. Getting a real job will instead force you to clarify your goals in life. No, if the reason is … Continue reading

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A few suggestions on how to reduce the chance of enrolling into a wrong undergraduate programme

Basic rules for self-protection: 1. Don’t trust everything that you read about a course written in a brochure / website. 2. Take whatever advice that “education counsellors” give with a grain of salt. 3. Be on your guard when the degree … Continue reading

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Bioinformatics – What it is, What it isn’t

Every undergraduate who enters into an academic programme wishes to do well and graduate with a handsome CGPA. Sufficiently motivated students and those who have adequate preparation to cope with the demands of the course are more likely to do so. … Continue reading

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