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Here’s a sample of Essay Paper (Paper 1) shared by our ex – TJC GP tutoring student who attended our online lessons for GP:


1. “As science progresses, mankind regresses.” Discuss.

2. Is Communism dead?

3. Are rich countries mainly to blame for the plight of poor ones?

4. The root cause of most international conflict lies in the fact that Man is a tribal and territorial animal.’ Do you agree?

5. Adaptable and individualistic. Are these traits desirable for young people your country?

6. Beauty contests are an insult to women in particular and a disgrace to society in general. Discuss.

7. Do you agree that the only responsibility of private business corporations, provided they stay within the law, is to make as much money as possible?

8. The only concerns of any government should be the security and education of its citizens – everything else should be left to the private sector and the individual. Discuss.

9. ‘Why have ‘self-help’ books become so popular? 

10. Consider the value of international organizations in today’s world.

11.Fine in principle but a failure in practice.’ How far do you agree with of democracy?

12. ‘Extinction is an inevitable law of nature; we are wasting our time worrying about endangered species. What is your view?


Bonus Essay Question on the Topic of Moral Dilemmas, Personal Experiences, Society: Youths & The Aged
Q13: To what extent is it desirable for young people to be shielded from sex and violence?


TJC General Paper Tuition – Sample Model GP Essay Answer

Here is a full length sample answer to the following GP essay question:
. Adaptable and individualistic. Are these traits desirable for young people your country?


In Singapore, the government has been incessantly encouraging young people-namely of ages from around thirteen to thirty, to cultivate the ability to settle down and develop constructive ideas under changing environments, as well as encouraging self-moulded images of themselves while displaying originality in thought and attitude towards the things they do and believe in These two trails are “adaptability and individuality respectively. They are indeed very much desirable for young people in Singapore in the 21” century. Now in Singapore, these traits are highly valued for Singapore’s economic and social development Being diligent, cooperative and hardworking is not enough – we now need more than these basic traits required. We need individualism and adaptability to stay competitive with the rest of the world, or even surpass what the rest of the world can do.


Compared to economically more developed countries in the world, Singapore needs young people who are adaptable and individualistic to remain on par with them. Now that globalisation has diminished the physical boundaries among countries, Singapore has to prepare its young people to face challenges not just locally, but globally as well, and that will require the adaptability and individualism of young people of Singapore. Many businesses and companies have embraced globalisation by investing and setting up linkages overseas in newly opened markets such as China and India Expatriates are sent overseas to help manage businesses, and for Singapore to do this, young people need adaptability to ensure the business is running successfully in a foreign country where attitudes and working methods may differ from that in Singapore. The Singapore government has invested in areas in China like Suzhou, and young people who are working need adaptability to work there to help the Singapore economy thrive. Hence it is vital for young people to be adaptable and individualistic in the globalised world today.


Singapore is greatly lacking in entrepreneurs and pioneers in the past few decades. Hence it is important for young people to be adaptable and individualistic to venture into different careers or developments which may aid Singapore’s recognition world-wide now. Pioneers such as Olivia Lum, who developed the Hyflux system, which is a new technology that lifts stress off the world’s water supply, have gained global attention. Famous fashion photographer, John Clang, gained the international limelight for his individualistic style in photography. These Singaporeans have used their creativity and individuality to help Singapore gain footholds in the world’s different arenas.


Singapore now has a wider scope of choices of future careers to help young people display their individuality and adaptability in their niche from a tender age. Singapore now has a Singapore Sports School to train young Singaporeans to venture into an arena that they may be talented in. Instead of just joining CCA’s (Co-Curriculum Activities) in school, young people in Singapore can now focus on excelling in the sport of their choice. Not only that, internationally, football clubs like Arsenal from the United Kingdom have set up football schools in Singapore that promote the individuality of young people. Singapore has also set up a new Arts school that is pending, to open in a few years’ time.


Young people can express their individuality in artistic activities such as drawing, sculpting and performing arts in the school. The branching out from the mainstream education has further shown how much Singapore is emphasising the importance of individuality. Not only that, schools now have project work that contributes as much weight as academic performance to inculcate adaptability by arranging for students to work in the same environment with other people. Individualism is also required when each member of the team is graded individually by the amount of contribution and the constructive ideas put forward. These are the efforts of the Singapore government to encourage young people to display traits of adaptability and individualism for future applications.


However, in the effort to encourage individualism and adaptability in young people, Singapore has overlooked some conflicting situations. As Singapore’s ranking system is still based on meritocracy it is difficult for some young people who show individuality and adaptability in other genres other than academic wise to be recognised. For example, in many arcades and LAN gaming centres, young people who excel games may devote much time to them. In other countries such as America, professional game players are hired to test and evaluate new games. In Singapore, many people deem such excellent game players “useless”. Also, since the opening of the speakers’ corner in Hong Lim Park, not just young people, but anyone who wishes to speak has to apply for a grant from the police. More sensitive issues regarding politics are sometimes rejected. All this highly undermines the individuality of young people.


Hence, it is undeniable that in Singapore, young people who are adaptable and individualistic are greatly desired. Such traits do not only benefit the country, but also young people themselves. It is important at an early age to allow further enhancement and improvement, with constant encouragement. To be individualistic and adaptable is essential and vital to Singapore in today’s world. However, such traits may soon be replaced by others in the future. Young minds that are adaptable, innovative, individualistic and diligent are greatly desired in Singapore. It is only these traits that can ensure Singapore’s competitiveness and recognition in the ever-changing world.


TJC GP Tuition teacher’s Comments: Some good ideas and examples; well written and elaborated. Consider drawbacks in the traits, balance and more analysis needed. A good ‘pro’ essay nonetheless.


Bonus Essay Question on the Topic of Moral Dilemmas, Personal Experiences, Society: Youths & The Aged
Q13: To what extent is it desirable for young people to be shielded from sex and violence?


Censorship has always been a controversial issue in society. The debate on whether youths should be screened from sex and violence is an ongoing one. This is a decision that each society has to make for itself, based on the prevailing moral consciousness.


In my view, shielding youths from sex and violence may not be healthy for them in the long run. The denial of their existence does more harm than good. Ignorance is not bliss; escapism is not a solution. Youths have to come to terms with their sexuality. Teenagers are sexual beings. Sex is a fact of life and youths should be guided to view it from the correct social perspective. The denial of our reproductive function is not practical but even ludicrous. Youths must also accept that eroticism is part of the human psyche. This does not mean that one would recommend sado-masochism to a teenager, but it does imply that beyond the bodily functions, love and sex together are a necessity and concern of mankind. If youths are severed of any knowledge of sex, they will face difficulties in establishing a proper relationship in the future. Society will not benefit from the hordes of asexual or confused individuals.


Moreover, screening youths from violence in society alone does not solve the social problem. Young people should be made aware of the violence, such that they will view it legally and morally wrong. Education is a better solution than denial. The conscious awareness of the utter destructiveness and wantonness of violence makes the youths critical of violence as a means to power and excitement. Moreover, the potential shock that comes with the realisation of the truth in the future can be even more distressing for the individual.


However, some forms of protection are necessary. Immature minds are susceptible to influence. Exposure to sex and violence can lead to unnecessary arousal at a tender age. The impact of the media on youth is immense. Movie-makers have found a sure-win formula in producing films that inter-marry sex and violence. Blockbusters of the year often sell on blood and gore. An overdose of Hollywood can immunize one’s moral system against guilt. Young people do have access to pornography. Be yond the movie houses, there may be an array of porno graphic magazines on sale. Under the counter video tapes can be secretly passed around. Even Internet is a source of visual stimulation. “Cyber-porn” is now the catch word of the 21st century. With such pervasive impact on the youths, shielding them from sex and violence might seem ideal and beneficial for society.


Yet today’s youth can differentiate between real and reel life. Arguments that excess visual stimulation can encourage aggression in young people does not really hold true. Few people will be influenced to kill after indulging in some horror flicks. Youths commit crimes usually as a result of social pressure and family problems and not because a movie induced them to do so. A movie could be a catalyst but not the source. Social workers have often blamed the media for the rising crime rates among youths. Removing their exposure to sex and violence will not reduce in any way the pressures they face.


Furthermore, the presence of sex and violence in books or films is not always detrimental to youths. The film “Schindler’s List”, a moving tale of survival, has scenes of nudity and cruelty. This true reflection of the barbarity in Nazis Germany has an educating effect on the young. Youths do not only encounter history in the movie but more importantly, the movie inspires hope. The nudity and violence in the movie “Lord of The Flies” were not present to arouse the baser instincts in man but to amplify William Golding’s theme of man’s reversion to barbarism. The existence of sex and violence in any form. of propaganda does not always equate to the spread of moral perversion. Hamlet, Shakespeare’s legendary play, is full of sex and violence, yet it is rich in its literacy. value and is considered a treasure in its own right. The removal of any material containing sex and violence can be considered a cultural loss. If all youths are kept ignorant of the barbarity that their ancestors committed, they will not live in a Utopian world of bliss, but a frog’s well of ignorance. Their ignorance will not change society, but only exemplify our weakness.


No doubt, the argument that the concentration of our youths should be focused on academic pursuits holds some truth. Yet to shield youths from sex and violence also means the distancing of youths from society. The upbringing of youths in a different world will create more problems. If youths do not feel lust, they will not experience love; if cannot view violence as it is in reality, they will not understand and imbibe the functions of empathy and grace.


Shielding youths from sex and violence is not an end. in itself. It is not feasible nor pragmatic. Neither is it healthy for the youths or society as a whole. Some form of censorship is necessary but the total obliteration of their existence is myopic and foolish.


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