90% ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades
Live online classes with a former journalist and international op-ed writer
“Classes with Mr Liau always bring fresh insights that have never crossed my mind during my self-study or even during GP lessons in school.” ~ Jiwon
Our track record
90% of our students score As and Bs every year
Average improvement of three grades (i.e. D to A)
We produce top scorers at the top one percentile every year
$260 — $280 per month (depending on level)
4-10 students per class for maximum attention
All lessons personally conducted by principal GP tutor, Mr Liau
All essays personally marked by Mr Liau
“Mr Liau is very knowledgeable about GP topics and current affairs. He provided me with plenty of resources that helped me keep up with what’s going on around the world as well as good examples that I could use in my essays.” ~ Zong De
Why our students prefer online classes
More alert and less exhausted from travelling
No mask to muffle speech
Instant marking and feedback provided online
Able to ask questions directly via text messaging
Unique learning experience with Mr Liau
About the tutor
Former journalist and op-ed writer
Wrote internationally for publications like The Guardian
Former debate coach for Hwa Chong (teams won ten championships)
NTU History (Honours) graduate
Hwa Chong Institution alumni
“Mr Liau’s teaching style is effective. He focuses on the student’s weaknesses and provides precise solutions to tackle them. I was able to learn the various writing skills and adapt them into my own writing. He has helped me improve my overall results for GP. Also, he keeps the lesson engaging and interesting with his insights on the latest global events.” ~ Crystal
Top four questions
Absolutely. Although GP is a H1 subject, it is often used by admissions officers as an indicator of a student’s ability to cope with academic rigour and engage in interdisciplinary thinking—two of the most important requirements for success in higher education. Priority is always given to students who do well in GP.
It is not easy to score an A. Only around 20% of students in Singapore do so every year. Students who are unable to perform consistently should not be surprised if they fail to score an A for the A Level examination.
General Paper is, by far, the most important subject for any JC student. Our lessons equip students with the ability to understand our world and navigate it intelligently. We train students to develop the thinking skills required in higher education and in their future careers.
Over the years, we have seen our students win top scholarships, enter top universities, and excel in fields like law and medicine.
While our GP lessons do give our students a competitive edge, not every student will require tuition. For those who do, there are three main advantages. First, students will be exposed to a wealth of knowledge through our lessons. It is not possible to acquire the same knowledge independently. Second, students will receive professional guidance and feedback from a former journalist and international op-ed writer. This is a rare opportunity. Finally, students will receive one-to-one support to ensure that they are able to perform consistently and score well for the A Level examination.
We have one simple mission—provide students with a premium education at affordable prices. In line with this mission, we make our students’ effective learning our top priority. This means:
- Keeping class sizes small to ensure that students benefit from maximum interaction
- Marking all written assignments and providing detailed feedback
- Engaging students constantly to track their progress and clarify doubts
- Providing detailed notes that students can utilise for revision
- Remaining open to feedback from students and parents
We are glad to say that our students have matched our commitment and done exceedingly well thus far with an average improvement of three grades (i.e. D to A) and with 90% of our students scoring A’s and B’s.
Last updated: 16 February 2021
|Wednesday||7.30pm – 10pm
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|Thursday||8pm – 10.30pm
|Friday||7.30pm – 10pm
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|Saturday||9 – 11.30am
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IP1 & IP2 Language Arts
|5.30pm – 8pm
|7.30pm – 10pm
|Sunday||4.30pm – 7pm
IP3 and IP4 students are encouraged to join the main GP classes to get a headstart on the subject.
Additional classes are being planned. Kindly contact us if none of the current timings are suitable. We typically start new classes once we have 3 or more students.
General Paper - JC1 & 2
- World class education
- 4 – 10 students per class
- No registration fee
- Full access to digital resources
IP English - IP 1 & 2
- Build a firm foundation
- 4 – 10 students per class
- No registration fee
- Full access to digital resources
Frequently Asked Questions
Lessons consist of a combination of short lectures, in-class discussions, and interactive exercises. We place heavy emphasis on student engagement and interaction because the studies have shown that students learn best when they are deeply invested in what they are learning. Students are also much more likely to develop an interest in the subject if they are active participants in their own learning rather than mere absorbers of information.
To facilitate student engagement and interaction, all online classes are conducted live in small groups of four to ten students. After classes, students are encouraged to clarify doubts and keep in close contact with Mr Liau.
We often see students struggle with essay writing but simply cannot figure out why. In most cases, the answer is quite simple: they have nothing meaningful to say. The first thing we like to tell students is to figure out what they want to say, then say it as simply as possible. Students are discouraged from blindly emulating the flowery prose of their more proficient peers. Instead, they should seek to develop an in-depth understanding of the topic and express their own views clearly and concisely. Our in-class discussions and essay planning exercises play a vital role here. Students will also receive extensive reading materials and comprehensive notes.
This is not to say that our focus is purely on content knowledge. If a student has good ideas but cannot articulate them, those ideas will be for naught. Every week, we encourage students to complete at least two paragraphs (or a full essay if possible). Mr Liau personally marks and provides feedback on all work that are submitted as part of the regular classes. Every month, we also devote some time to covering common writing errors.
Every lesson, we share deep insights on two or three major developments in the world to help students understand what they are reading in the news. We also discuss how students can use these insights in their essays. Ultimately, the goal of these discussions is to expose students to different viewpoints, provide them with mental tools to analyse the news, and encourage them to take an interest in current affairs.
Contrary to popular belief, GP is not just an English subject for JC students.
Cambridge examiners have made this abundantly clear. They award low grades to students who exhibit a poor understanding of the subject and fail to substantiate their arguments with robust evidence.
Those who cannot address differing viewpoints fare even worse. They receive failing grades because they are “unable to meet the basic requirement of this paper”. (Examiner Report, 2013)
It’s therefore no surprise that students score poorly when their scripts are filled with comments like: “lacks balance”, “weak argument” and “poor evidence”.
No matter how effusive a student’s language may be, he will not get a good grade. Cambridge has made that abundantly clear.
Memorising facts and statistics without understanding their context or knowing how to use them is actually worse than useless. It can be harmful because it instils a false sense of confidence. A student may think he is impressing the examiner when in fact he is merely frustrating him.
It’s therefore important to build a solid conceptual framework first before students jump into the examples. To accomplish that, we often start with in in-depth discussions of pertinent case studies. Through these discussions, students may ask questions, clarify doubts and attempt to articulate their own understanding of the subject. Class sizes are kept small to ensure that every student has a chance to be heard.
In addition to the class discussions, we provide content packages and comprehensive notes that are designed to expose students to popular arguments and examples. Through these content packages, students will also see how the evidence can be marshalled to support their arguments.
Arguments are central to all components of the GP paper. Paper 1 requires students to write an argumentative essay within 90 minutes. Paper 2 requires students to answer short questions about an argumentative essay (the passage), summarise the author’s arguments, and respond to them through the application question. Ultimately, GP is all about arguments.
In 2013, Cambridge examiners explicitly pointed out that GP is not a test of general knowledge. Students who receive poor grades despite their extensive use of examples should note that no amount of facts and statistics can make up for a poorly-developed argument.
The General Paper subject is primarily about the arguments. Cambridge examiners have made that abundantly clear. Students must argue, reason and persuade, not flood the examiner with details and lengthy descriptions.
This is the trickiest part about GP. Memorising model essays will not work. Neither will copying and pasting canned arguments. Because every question is different, every response must be unique. Within those 90 minutes, students must formulate and express their own arguments.
It is therefore important for students to learn how to use examples to support their points. This is why we teach students to focus on convincing the examiner with persuasive arguments, substantiated with strong examples, rather than on impressing readers with their depth of knowledge.
Let’s be real. If there were truly some secret formula to instant success, schools would have taught it by now and you should have already heard about it.
Instead, the key to our success lies in our use of the age-old Socratic method. Through the painstaking process of asking and answering questions, we push our students to think for themselves and justify their ideas.
The studies support this. Our experience supports this. And our students’ results speak for themselves.