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About gptuitionsg

A dedicated English and GP tutor with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore, Steven Ooi retired from the profession after a 14-year career during which he was one of the most sought-after private tutors in Singapore. He is the recipient of the Minerva Prize from NUS, which is awarded to the top English Language honours student of each cohort. This website, which has consistently ranked among the top 10 on Google and has received over 530,000 hits, has now been converted into a GP resource site cum listing of recommended tutors. If you are a GP or English tutor who wishes to be listed here, please email Steven Ooi at stevenooi18 @ (remove the spaces). Interested parties will be assessed and interviewed by him, and qualifications will be checked. These procedures are necessary to uphold quality standards. DISCLAIMER: While every reasonable effort has been made to assess the competence and verify the qualifications of recommended tutors here, no guarantees are made and you engage them at your own risk. By using this website, you agree that you will not hold the webmaster Steven Ooi responsible for any consequences — direct or otherwise — that occur in relation with your use of this website.

Pakatan Harapan must not rest on its laurels

In May 2018, the ASEAN region was riveted by the election results in Malaysia, where the Barisan Nasional coalition which had ruled Malaysia for over six decades was toppled in a stunning upset by Pakatan Harapan. If you are a … Continue reading

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To those starting JC life in today’s Singapore

[Writer’s note: While this article is addressed specifically to Singapore-based students, it may hold some truth for students in many other places as well.] Dear young friend, I’m writing this to share some thoughts that I used to convey to … Continue reading

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The War on Huawei

This hard-hitting commentary by the director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Prof Jeffrey D. Sachs, has caused a real stir. It sheds substantial light on one of the most important developments … Continue reading

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Ex-schoolteacher & RI alumna’s post illuminates the consequences of S’porean “meritocracy”

For this former teacher, studying at an elite school and teaching at a neighbourhood school made her realise just how problematic the message of meritocracy was. By Matthias Ang, Mothership October 4, 2018 Earlier this week, a video from CNA … Continue reading

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Is regulation of the press desirable? (N17 A-levels)

[Dear readers, I have chosen not to charge for access to my essays and articles so that they are available to all. I have chosen instead to generate some revenue through advertising. As such may I kindly request that you … Continue reading

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Hitting back at China’s ‘economic and information warfare’: Steve Bannon explains

In recent times, the US government led by President Donald Trump has confronted China on the issue of trade with a hostility that is unprecedented in modern times. Accusing China of stealing US technology and unfair trade practices, Trump has … Continue reading

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Singapore’s National Service obligations need clarity in a global world

by Daniel Yap, Yahoo News Singapore He was born and educated in Thailand, served in the Royal Thai Army and is no longer a Singapore citizen. Yet Ekawit Tangtrakarn, 24, now faces a potential jail term of nine weeks for … Continue reading

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