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H1 general paper (GP)
General Paper is not a language or humanities paper. Many students who scored A1 for their O level English often get a rude shock when they first receive their common test GP results. It may not be that their language abilities are lacking, or that they did not understand the issues covered; H1 GP is simply a different animal. Unlike many schools/teachers who tend to focus more on content knowledge, we recommend that students prioritise building up their GP process skills - primarily argumentation, analysis and evaluation. Our teaching focus is summarised as follows.
Develop ideas systematically & articulate them powerfully
Crystalise the central message in no more than 2 lines
Demonstrate the ability to appreciate nuances and competing ideas
Extract the essence of case studies & examples and weave them into the arguments
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General Paper Singapore
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Sample Essay: ‘Foreign aid does not solve long-term problems.’ To what extent is this a fair viewpoint? (A levels, 2018)
*We have provided an outline and analysis on this question earlier here: https://generalpaper.sg/2019/02/12/foreign-aid-does-not-solve-long-term-problems-to-what-extent-is-this-a-fair-viewpoint-a-levels-2018/ As the saying goes, “If you can solve a problem with money, it’s not really a problem.” According to Economics scholar William Easterly, the West had spent a staggering $2.3 trillion on foreign aid in the past five decades, and yet, many Read more about Sample Essay: ‘Foreign aid does not solve long-term problems.’ To what extent is this a fair viewpoint? (A levels, 2018)[…]
‘Foreign aid does not solve long-term problems.’ To what extent is this a fair viewpoint? (A levels, 2018)
Essay Outline for A levels H1 GP Paper 1
The ST article we posted on Facebook recalled a somewhat poor response from Singaporeans adopting e-angpaos last year – only a meagre 100 000 e-red packet funds transfer took place, making it harder for anyone to “envision a cashless Chinese New Year (CNY) in the future.” In response to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)’s Read more about How will technology change our culture?[…]
The 2018 H1 GP Paper 1 should offer little surprise for most of the J1s entering into J2s this year. The question phrasing and topics covered are nothing out of the norm. In fact, I have told my J1s that they should be able to answer 8 out of the 12 questions given (first 2 Read more about Review: 2018 A Levels General Paper (GP) Essay Questions[…]
Are philosophical questions merely armchair musings or do they have real-world implications? With self-driving cars in… Posted by General Paper Singapore on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Follow us on Facebook for your regular dose of current affairs! Useful takeaways: Science and ethics: Instead of using run-of-the-mill examples of Man playing God, consider discussing how new developments Read more about Science & Ethics: How should self-driving cars be programmed?[…]
The most common way that students prepare for General Paper is to try to i) read more and ii) memorise content. However, from my teaching experience, I found that this is not the best way to improve in the subject. i) Read more Many students have been told to read more, and so, they try to Read more about Why is it difficult to score in H1 GP?[…]
These are the essay questions for this year’s GP exam. Stay tuned for our analysis! 1. How far is failure an essential part of success? 2. To what extent is the pursuit of continuous economic growth a desirable goal? 3. In an age of rapid technological advancement, is a single career for Read more about 2018 A Levels General Paper (GP) Essay Questions[…]
There is arguably nowhere in the world today that is left untainted by American footprints. More often than not, we happy to consume American products without batting an eyelid. Our unconscious desire to own an Abercrombie T-shirt, buy the latest Nike shoes or sip on a cup of Starbucks as we go about our Read more about Essay: In today’s globalised world, should we seek to retain our unique cultural identity?[…]
Fans around the world were waiting with bated breath, in eager expectation of the release of the latest Star Wars movie premiering earlier this week. The franchise had come a long way since George Lucas released the first installation of the film. Commanding a massive cult following worldwide, Star Wars has firmly established and cemented Read more about 2017 ‘A’ Levels GP Essay: How far is science fiction becoming fact?[…]
“Developments in technology has made the world a more dangerous place than ever before.” Do you agree?
Key words “dangerous”: greater risk of armed conflict and increased cybercrime “ever before”: compare past and present Stand Agree to a large extent Arguments Development of nuclear technology → Threat of nuclear war and nuclear accidents Greater ease of movement across borders → Rise of terrorism Increasing reliance on cyber platforms for many areas of Read more about “Developments in technology has made the world a more dangerous place than ever before.” Do you agree?[…]