General Paper Teaching Methodology

The GP tuition classes are conducted by GP tutors who apply a specific set of teaching methods that are carefully calibrated and formulated to meet the demands of the A Level GP examination. Based on these comprehensive teaching approaches, students are equipped with specific skillsets to tackle the Paper 1 (Essay) and Paper 2 (Comprehension) components. Given that the A Level General Paper examination involves the assessment of proficient writing and in-depth analysis of issues and views, the GP tuition will help students acquire the essential knowledge and application techniques, so as to excel in the subject.

Develop Proficient Essay Writing Skills

For the Paper 1 Essay component, students are taught the requirements of the three main types of essay questions and on the writing structures required to answer these types of questions. Students will be taught the essential essay skills on how to develop and apply knowledge to create ideas for the content of the essay questions and effective structure for the development of the essay, write with causation and make evaluation and analysis in respective paragraphs and develop links among the paragraphs to create a cohesive and persuasive essay. Contents of teaching in this module include skill development on categorization, conceptualization, topic sentence and paragraph development on introduction, rebuttal and conclusion, causation, writing structure and sentence development.

Acquire Effective Comprehension Answering Techniques

For the Paper 2 Comprehension component, students are taught the requirements of different types of questions and the essential comprehension answering skills needed to answer these questions. Contents of teaching in this module include, reading procedure implication of information, answering techniques on factual explanation, factual inference, language and factual inference, summary answering techniques and AQ answering skills. In this learning module, student with weaker language proficiency will also be taught on how to improve their grammatical and sentence structure so as to ensure that they can dictate their language to develop accurate answers for the respective types of questions.

Build a Strong Foundation through Knowledge Enrichment

In order to answer the questions in both Paper 1 and Paper 2, students will tap on their knowledge and understanding of issues. As such, our teaching methodology also seeks to enrich the general knowledge of the students to enable them to derive information to create relevant points of discussion for their essay writings. It will raise academic understanding of the content of discussion in comprehension so that they can better comprehend the passage to conduct inference and derive points to answer the application question. Contents of teaching include academic knowledge, dialectical discussion of issues, main theoretical ideologies, empirical examples, statistical data and these teachings will be conducted with relevant to local and general context to create analytical causation.

Participate in Intellectual and Reflective Discussion

Following the comprehension and internalization of ideas, our GP tutors strive to cultivate students’ abilities to derive intellectual and reflective opinions on issues which are relevant to essay questions and application questions in comprehension. The development is done through discussion and class practices that will help student to build their spontaneous reflection on issues which is an essential set of skills in helping student to do well in General Paper. This learning activity will aid student to think more analytically and critically to poise them in their tertiary education in the near future.

Undergo Rigorous Class Practices and Question Reviews

Most importantly, the proficiency of students in their knowledge and skills application can be gauged through class practices, which will be marked and reviewed by the GP tutors. Through these class practices, our students’ common errors and writing inadequacy will be identified and taught on how to correct them. These practices enable the GP tutor to assure that their thinking and writing skills are applied in their assignments proficiently. In addition, the timed practices will cultivate strong time management skills so that students can perform under examination conditions.

Application of Teaching Methodology for GP Essays

To help students understand how we inculcate in students the necessary skills for essay writing, the essay outline listed below will be helpful.

Structure of Writing for ‘DYA’ Question

Sample Question

Is it important for people to retain a sense of tradition in this modern era?

Type of Question

DYA (Do you agree?)

Thesis

It is important for people to retain a sense of tradition in this modern era

Anti-thesis

It is not important for people to retain a sense of tradition in this modern era

Requirement of Question

  • Set stand: Support thesis.
  • Consider why it is not important for people to retain a sense of tradition in this modern era. (Opposing View)
  • Consider why the reason stated in the counterpoint is flawed or invalid. (rebuttal)
  • Consider why it is important for people to retain a sense of tradition in this modern era. (Supporting View)
  • Consider the underlying reason or precondition for people to retain a sense of tradition in this modern era. (evaluative conclusion)

Categorization

Introduction

In this era of sweeping change, old traditions often seem like so much antiquated fluff, ill-adapted to the beliefs and challenges of today. Yet, as long as we see traditions as timeless values whose implementation adapts fluidly to contemporary requirements, the retention of a sense of tradition is important as it keeps one grounded to his cultural roots, increases individual and community resilience and even can provide vast revenues and raise state profiles as a cultural export. In view of these contrasting opinions, it is the view of this essay that it is important for people to retain a sense of tradition in this modern era.

Opposing View

To some modernists, they feel that it is not important for people to retain a sense of tradition in this modern era as tradition has failed to keep up with the massive social and economic change in this era, rendering it a useless and sometimes unpalatable dead letter. 

Rebuttal 1

Traditions have in fact adapted to change, as the manifestations and practice of the traditional values and acts have changed to accommodate contemporary needs and constraints.

Rebuttal 2

The unchanging nature of some aspects of tradition are so because these values and beliefs transcend eras and are timeless.

Supporting View – Point 1

From a cultural perspective, it is important for people to retain a sense of tradition as it keeps them in touch with their intangible heritage and roots, which in turn mitigates the rootlessness and anomie common in the modern world.

Supporting View – Point 2

Furthermore, there are extensive economic benefits for the state and the individuals as it is important for people to retain a sense of tradition as the cultivation and enhancement of culture, coupled with astute marketing, can make cultural heritage a highly valuable intangible export, bringing in substantial export revenues for states in the post-industrial creative world economy and refreshing consumers in an era of cultural hegemony and homogeneity

Supporting View – Point 3

Psychologically, it is important for people to retain a sense of tradition as knowing one’s lineage and what the community has gone through increases individual, state and community resilience, making individuals more resistant to modern stresses and states and communities less susceptible to centrifugal forces.

Conclusion

The retention of a sense of tradition is important as long as tradition is not seen as a dead letter, but as a timeless base of stability, a ballast that steadies a people and a community as it forges ahead into the turbulent seas of modern life.