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Why should we be concerned with current affairs when most of them will soon be forgotten? (GCE A-levels 2013) A model essay

By Steven Ooi, GP tutor B.A. (First Class Honours), NUS The economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union, the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the manipulation of users’ news feeds by Facebook in an experiment … Continue reading

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How far is increased prosperity for all a realistic goal in your society? (GCE A-levels 2013)

By Steven Ooi A playground for the rich. Disneyland with the death penalty. A vibrant city where East and West do meet. These are just some of the descriptions of Singapore by the world media over the years. My tiny … Continue reading

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‘The most influential individuals in history are those who have caused the most harm.’ How far would you accept this view? (A-levels Nov 2012)

by Steven Ooi Each of us leaves his or her footprint on this earth, a mark in the hearts and lives of others, for better or for worse. Some individuals, however, leave an extraordinarily large and profound legacy, to the … Continue reading

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Efficient Government versus Democracy: a model essay

Consider the view that efficient government is more important than democracy. by Steven Ooi, GP & English tutor B.A. (First Class Honours), National University of Singapore Democracy is a word and an idea that whips up a great deal of … Continue reading

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Technology and skill levels: a model essay

To what extent has technology had a negative impact on the skill levels of people? (A-level 2010 question) by Steven Ooi With their amazing ingenuity, human beings have for centuries conceived, invented and designed machine after machine to make their … Continue reading

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Pictures versus Words: a model essay

‘A picture is always more powerful than mere words.’ What is your view? by Steven Ooi In this age of multimedia and high-speed Internet, we are bombarded by images more than ever before. With the advent of the digital camera and … Continue reading

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‘Contemporary music and artistic value: a model essay

‘Contemporary music has no artistic value.’ Is this a fair comment? (A-level, Nov 2008) by Steven Ooi, retired GP tutor It is common to see older people shaking their heads at the kind of music young people listen to today. … Continue reading

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