Was trying to help my daughter choose a JC and a good subject combination

I believe in working backwards. So in deciding a JC subject combination, I wanted my dear daughter to think of what she wants to do later in university. To make matters more complicated, she’s not keen on taking H2 Math, although she obtained distinctions for both Math and A. Math in the recent O-levels.

A lot of people have been telling me that it is important to do H2 Math, although I somehow felt that it was important only for engineering courses. So I decided to do my own little investigation. And guess what: H2 MATH is NOT a pre-requisite for MOST courses in NUS and NTU, our highly-ranked world-class universities. This makes perfect sense. Why? You see, two large and difficult topics in H2 Math are Vectors and Complex Numbers. Non-engineers don’t need to know these topics, and many other topics in H2 Math.

Believe it or not, WITHOUT H2 MATH, you can still enrol in the following courses in NUS and NTU:

ACCOUNTANCY, BUSINESS ADMIN, BUSINESS, ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES, SCIENCE, COMPUTING, DENTISTRY, MEDICINE, NURSING, PHARMACY, LAW, ARCHITECTURE, PROJECT & FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, REAL ESTATE, INDUSTRIAL DESIGN, ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, MARITIME STUDIES, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, SPORTS SCIENCE & MANAGEMENT.

And for most of those courses which require a pass in H1 Math, you’d find that our dear O-Level A. Math can replace the required H1 Math. This brings me to my next point:

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ANY STUDENT IN SINGAPORE TO TAKE AND PASS ADDITIONAL MATH AT O-LEVEL. If you have neither a pass in H1 Math nor A. Math you will not be accepted into most of the courses in our local universities. This brings me to my next point:

DO NOT BE LAZY IN DOING YOUR MATH IN SECONDARY TWO. If you get poor Math and Science grades you may not be allowed to do A.Math in Sec 3, which will then adversely affect your career choices later in life.

Thus if you are struggling in your secondary Math or A.Math, you MUST get help early such as tuition.

Rgds,

Ilyasa

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