Our GP tuition programmes are planned and structured according to the latest 8807 A Level General Paper syllabus for 2017, which can be found at SEAB. In view of the learning objectives, our GP tutors strive to achieve them whilst ensuring that students can cope with the pace of learning progressively.
The Aims of our GP Tuition
As it is understood that A Level General Paper is a subject that students will study only during the pre-tertiary phase of their education, students may feel apprehensive it. Therefore, the following are some of the key areas that our GP tuition classes will address, in order to help students to overcome their fear of the subject.
Develop a better appreciation towards issues around the world
It is strongly encouraged for students to approach the subject inquisitively, much like how scientists would satisfy their curiosities in the things around them. Through the observation and in-depth study of the various types of issues, students will discover more about the world and pick up useful lessons from the real-world examples. By doing so, better appreciation of the issues will motivate students to learn, reflect, express and write with clear precision.
Achieve multi-disciplinary comprehension of issues
During the course of study, students will read and discuss a plethora of issues that range from the well-documented perspectives to the more obscure aspects. For instance, our GP tuition will cover the rise of social media and new media platforms and discuss how they impact our lives in the psychological, economic and political ways. Students are taught how to relate these issues to their own societies and lives, so as to grasp the topics more effectively. By doing so, the multi-disciplined understanding of issues will enable students to apply the skill of categorization and perspective setting, which are crucial techniques for essay writing and in the GP Comprehension Application Question sections.
Expand the scope of perspectives towards local and international current affairs
To avert to development of myopic views with respect to the various issues that are discussed in the news and amongst academics and other professionals, students are taught to read widely and be open to the diverse views adopted by different camps. By recognising and acknowledging the possible perspectives that can be set in response to specific issues, students can form counterarguments and strengthen their case, so as to improve their persuasiveness in writing and answering questions. In addition, this skill remains relevant even beyond the educational journey as well-informed individuals are required to present their case and assert views convincingly.
Cultivate critical thinking and opinion development
In the pre-tertiary phase of education, our GP tutors nurture students to develop opinions independently and present their own line of arguments clearly and concisely. Students are instructed to avoid jumping to conclusion when approaching issues for discussion. Instead, critical thinking skills are applied in order to create coherent and well-thought arguments. In addition to critical thinking, problem solving skills are crucial, given the complexity of issues in this technological-based world. As such, the application of opinion development will aid these future knowledge-based professionals (i.e. students) in their efforts to tackle the complicated challenges in the working world.
Develop effective communication and writing skills
Aside from the ability to formulate ideas in a coherent manner spontaneously, students will be taught how to write proficiently and express idea clearly. For the communication aspect, presentation skills are important, regardless of the nature of job. The intention is to aid students to put forth their points and elucidate issues effortlessly and confidently, so to minimise errors in communication, which may undermine cooperation, especially in project management. As for the written component, the skill of writing is important for careers due to the requirement of report submissions and communications through electronic platforms. Hence, these areas of development will be focused on during our GP tuition classes.
Promote inquisitive and independent learning
Students are encouraged to adopt this positive attitude towards the study of A Level General Paper as it stimulates thinking and reflection with respect to various issues and discussions. In doing so, students will gain valuable insights that aid in their comprehension and application of knowledge for the GP essays and comprehension questions. The inculcation of independent learning will support students during their revision phase as discourages over-reliance on tutor support, which may become a mental crutch that will hinder personal development. As such, students should take the initiative to learn passionately and with the desire to explore beyond what is taught in classrooms.
Scheme of Assessment
For 8807 GCE A Level H1 General Paper, students are required to complete two papers: Paper 1 and 2.
Paper 1 – Essay
For Paper 1, students are to select one out of 12 questions and write an essay of about 500 to 800 words within 1 hour 30 minutes. The topics are issue-based and cover many areas, such as historical, economic, social and cultural. Paper 1 carry 50% of the overall grade.
The suggested topic areas are:
- Social Media
- Mass Media
Questions may not be set on every area of topic or in any particular order, as such, It is important to note that the questions will be general and students have to apply their knowledge in the different disciplines to answer the question.
Paper 2 – Comprehension
For Paper 2, students are to complete the comprehension questions within 1 hour 30 minutes. There will be either one or two passages to read. Students will have to answer short questions, such as literal comprehension and inference, as well as summary writing and application question (AQ). Paper 2 carry 50% of the overall grade.