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How to use statistics effectively

Why use stats? It is one way to provide support for your argument, akin to citing an example. It draws upon the authority of established institutions and lends credibility to your claim. In addition, if you use statistics effectively, it can also create a good overall impression as it suggests that you are well-prepared for and well-versed Read more about How to use statistics effectively[…]

Nike’s new hijab line: How to dissect and apply the issue in the GP context

(Follow-up from our Facebook post on Nike’s new hijab line) The A level marking scheme states that for a Band 1 in content, the essay has to be “perceptive”, “thoughtful” and “enlightening”. What this means is that apart from making sound arguments, there is also a need to offer fresh insight.  Well, you may think that there is Read more about Nike’s new hijab line: How to dissect and apply the issue in the GP context[…]

“Is freedom of speech always desirable?”

(Follow-up from our Facebook post on the Amos Yee saga.) Approach 1. Identify key words: “always” The modifier “always” makes the premise a narrower and stricter one. Premise: “Freedom of speech is desirable in all circumstances.” The focus of the discussion should be on whether the claim is true “in all circumstances”, not merely whether it is true. The Read more about “Is freedom of speech always desirable?”[…]

“Developed nations should play a greater role in fighting climate change.” Do you agree?

(Follow-up from our Facebook post on Obama’s Clean Power Plan.) Approach 1. Identify key words: “should”, “greater” The broad issue is the role of developed nations in fighting climate change. However, a hasty treatment of the question can sometimes cause students to treat the question as though it says, “What is the role of developed nations Read more about “Developed nations should play a greater role in fighting climate change.” Do you agree?[…]