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2017 A-Level General Paper (GP) Exam Questions

Here are the General Paper (GP) Essay Questions for the Nov 2017 GCE A-Levels exams. Some expected questions and some interesting ones! =)

  1. ‘The past is not dead. It is not even past.’ Discuss.
  2. Can the use of animals for scientific research ever be justified?
  3. In your society, to what extent is it acceptable for public money to be used for the acquisition of works of art?
  4. ‘Rehabilitation, not punishment, should be the purpose of the justice system.’  Discuss.
  5. Is regulation of the press desirable?
  6. Do events, rather than politicians, shape the future?
  7. How far is science fiction becoming fact?
  8. Examine the role of music in establishing a national identity in your society.
  9. To what extent are people judged more by their physical appearances than by their abilities?
  10. ‘Practical ability is just as important as intellectual skills.’ How far is this true in your society?
  11. Assess the view that attempts to control climate change can never be truly effective.
  12. ‘The quality of written language is being destroyed by social media.’ What is your view?
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Guest Speaker at KL Bookfest 2017! =)

Delighted and humbled to be invited as a guest speaker and education expert at KL Bookfest 2017. It was a rewarding experience sharing with the audience about the beauty of a subject like General Paper and teaching the students in the audience some skills and tips that will help them improve not just in GP but also in English in general. =)

Hope to be back next year!

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Article on TODAY newspaper about our GP classes! =)

We are thankful for this article that was published on TODAY on 25 April 2017 on our General Paper (GP) tuition classes. =)

Here’s the full article:

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At Irwin’s Study, students get tuition and mentorship from an Oxford University graduate.

Mr Irwin See, 37, has been giving General Paper (GP) tuition for the past eight years. His students say that his passion and optimism are infectious, as is the way he dishes out nifty examination tips with a big smile.

His track record helps set him apart as a positive role model and a different kind of tuition teacher. He took up the teaching track after obtaining a master’s degree with distinction from Oxford University and a first class honours degree from the London School of Economics on a Public Service Commission Overseas Scholarship.

His teaching methods include using visual elements such as infographics and mind maps, and help give his students an edge in the subject.

ENGAGING YOUNG MINDS

Mr See started the private-tuition centre — Irwin’s Study — in 2009 after teaching GP and History at a junior college as a Ministry of Education teacher for a few years.

“I decided to focus on teaching GP because I believe that when taught well, it is a subject that holds the magic to open minds, touch hearts, and engage 17- and 18-year-olds to think deeper about issues such as identity, meaning and purpose of life,” he added.

Despite running Irwin’s Study at two locations (Tampines and Bukit Timah), Mr See still teaches every GP lesson personally.

Over the years, his students’ results and positive attitudes have been great sources of motivation for him. More than 80 per cent of them have managed to score an A or B in their A-Level GP exams, he said.

“Most importantly, students tell me they look forward to coming for my GP lesson every week and that they never leave my lesson without having learnt something new about the world and about themselves,” he said. “That is quite amazing because I never thought that students would look forward to attending tuition classes!”

One of his students, Ms Janice Chan, said: “Mr See teaches us to see issues from multiple perspectives, and his passion for teaching is evident in the way he teaches beyond the needs of the examinations.”

BEYOND BOOKS

And the advice Mr See gives isn’t confined only to academic work either.

Said Mr See: “Some students also stay back after class to chat with me or ask me for my thoughts and advice on various issues. I realise that these are precious moments when I can share with students my life experiences, and impart bits and pieces of wisdom as a mentor to these young lives.”

Full article here: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/learning-minds-special/focused-approach-general-paper

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We have a New Home!

After moving across 5 different centres in the past 8 years, we finally have a place to call home! Our Bukit Timah centre will be shifting down from Level 3 to a sparking new unit at #B2-13. And to accommodate the growing number of student enquiries, we will also be opening a new Wed 5pm class starting from this week. Come visit us at our new centre soon!

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86.3% =)

We are delighted and encouraged that 86.3% of our JC2 students last year scored an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade for the 2016 A-Level General Paper (GP) Exam!

Ever thankful that Irwin’s Study holds space for our students not only to explore the deep issues of life and society, but also to be equipped to score very well for the exams. =)

Sharing a few of our appreciative students’s whatsapp messages after they got their results:

 

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