Useful Tips for JC Students Struggling with GP

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Useful Tips for JC Students Struggling with GP

Postby noelnaik » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:37 pm

Hi JC students:

It is imperative that you begin devoting equal attention to the General Paper subject (and Project Work for that matter) as it is often the differentiating factor for university entry. Many students neglect GP not because of a lack of interest, but usually because of the unengaging manner in which it is taught in schools. Other contributory factors include lack of personalised guidance, procrastination and low self-esteem. As a student, I used to face these problems too, until I decided to give it my best shot for the "A" Levels by studying for it at the last minute.

The truth is that GP, like any other subject, can be studied, as long as you put consistent effort into it. However, the barrier to entry is higher than what you would have encountered in Secondary School English, meaning that it is difficult to write consistently well, and even more difficult to master notwithstanding a solid English foundation. In other words, good narrative writing or composition skills at the Secondary School level does not guarantee success in GP. This is because GP is not about the ability to describe, create or narrate a fictitious story; it tests your ability to think critically, reason logically, weigh competing interests and thereafter adopt a nuanced and balanced view on a particular topic of interest.

The crux is this: GP is ultimately a reflection of a student's maturity of thought and knowledge of current affairs, which he or she must express in a logical, well-structured and cogent manner. It is about clarity of expression in writing.

In the longer term, a good grasp of the English language is critical not just for scholastic purposes, but also for personal development and increased employability, since the ability to read and write proficiently is a key requirement in just about every profession today. This is reflected in every task you perform, such as drafting emails and reports, communicating with clients and bosses, and conducting persuasive presentations.

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Re: Useful Tips for JC Students Struggling with GP

Postby engp9463 » Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:11 pm

I sent my son to tuition on GP. Every year costs $5000. But he only scored E this time in JC 1 mid year exam. What can I do now?

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Re: Useful Tips for JC Students Struggling with GP

Postby Joy of Learning 111 » Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:54 am

engp9463 wrote:I sent my son to tuition on GP. Every year costs $5000. But he only scored E this time in JC 1 mid year exam. What can I do now?

Why 'every year'? Is your son repeating JC1?

Assuming tuition for ten months in a year once a week and each session is two hours, that works out at an hourly rate of $62.50. This would be consistent with group tuition rather than one-to-one. If so, perhaps you could consider one-to-one tuition. You would have to pay a higher hourly rate but at least you would get the individualised attention.

More generally, is your son in the science stream? It is a stereotype, I know, but in my teaching experience students in the science stream simply do not take GP seriously; reading the newspapers, for instance, is an anathema to them. Then it is too late. At least in your son's case you still have one and a half years to go.

Tuition can only do so much. Success is ultimately down to the persistent effort and ability of the student.

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Re: Useful Tips for JC Students Struggling with GP

Postby zbear » Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:27 am

Joy of Learning 111 wrote:
Tuition can only do so much. Success is ultimately down to the persistent effort and ability of the student.



I agree wholeheartedly.

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Re: Useful Tips for JC Students Struggling with GP

Postby jetsetter » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:36 am

engp9463 wrote:I sent my son to tuition on GP. Every year costs $5000. But he only scored E this time in JC 1 mid year exam. What can I do now?


Tutor can only guide him on essay writing techniques, mind mapping, summary/paraphrasing/AQ strategies, and perhaps strengthen his grammar foundation (if he didn't do well in EL or didn't take Lit/History/SS in O Levels).

I doubt IP students need any form of external help on the above.

He needs to read more and practise writing regularly. Not narrative or descriptive, but expository, persuasive, analytical, argumentative type of essays. Get him into such writing modes soon, if he hasn't started in upper sec. I changed my compo writing style in Sec 3, and started scoring. Otherwise, I was very weak in descriptive/creative writing and getting mediocre marks for compo :p

Actually, watching TV debates helps a lot, but alas, Mediacorp no longer broadcasts JC/uni debates.

Content is very impt too. Subscribe to The Economist, Newsweek, Time, History Today, etc. or borrow from JC library. Or read online versions.

Create a blog and start critiquing anything in the news :) NB: don't waste time blogging on petty local news or G policies, please. Reflect on global affairs, current affairs, modern history...Ideally, get acquainted with the United Nations and all its global causes, human rights issues...like I did! :rotflmao:

Of course, if son isn't interested in intl affairs, there will always be certain topics closer to home (multiracial society/diversity), arts/philo-related qns or those mundane ones related to abortion/euthanasia/apartheid/discrimination qns to pick. I picked a familiar topic that I knew I could plonk in my knowledge on international affairs, and give solid facts to back up my thesis statement. I believe my essay was what helped me score very well.

I'm sure your son has his own pet topics/forte.

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