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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)[…]

Review: 2018 A Levels General Paper (GP) Essay Questions

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[…]

AQ Tip: Keep an eye on Singapore’s developments

Unlike the essay question format, the AQ offers no options for you to choose from. How do you then prepare for AQ since it can be on any topic? The reason the AQ (Application Question) is named as such is because it requires you to apply the reasoning in the compre passage to Singapore’s context. Hence, Read more about AQ Tip: Keep an eye on Singapore’s developments[…]

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[…]