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Many students in Singapore struggle with mastering the Language subjects. The English language is arguably the most important subject in Singapore as it is the most common medium of communication. Furthermore, the daily use of Singapore Colloquial English (Singlish) is exacerbating the problem further. A strong foundation in the English language is vital to acing other subjects such as General Paper, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, etc. and ultimately getting placements in Ivy League Universities. At The Rationale Thinking, we specialise in coaching our students in the English Language and General Paper. Our specially curated curriculum aims to break down the complexity of mastering the English language and General Paper to give our students the confidence to attain their Distinctions.

We pride ourselves in not just enabling our students to score Distinctions for their English Examinations and 'A' Level General Paper. We also believe in moulding the next generation to become Global Thinkers. With our carefully curated inhouse notes, we train and impart our students with skills and knowledge that are not taught in school. Not forgetting to build up a good character to prepare them for their future careers in the world’s leading industries.

All of our tuition classes offered are group tuition. We believe in the cross-fertilisation of ideas while studying for your English Language and General Paper. Unlike Science and Mathematics, the English language and General Paper requires more than just rote learning of formulas. As a group, our students are exposed to varies ideas and opinions. This will ultimately aid them in their 'A' Level General Paper and IP English examination. Our class sizes are also well controlled to ensure that no student is left out and will leave each class every week with new knowledge.

Mr Edwin Wong coaches his students for both the IP English tuition and General Paper tuition programmes. He is a well sought-after English language specialist, revolutionary thinker and transformational Teacher. He has helped many students achieve Distinctions in their IP English Examinations and their 'A' Level General Paper. Many of his students have went on to secure placements in competitive academic courses in local universities or obtained Public Service Commission (Overseas Scholarship) with Ivy-League Universities.


Today, many households are very busy, and only a very small minority of households have someone free to look after children and elderly parents. Coupled with the rise in the elderly population worldwide, the said trend has led to a boom in the nursing-home business. This has had advantages, but we also have to note that putting our relatives in nursing home also has its pitfalls and shortcomings.

Thesis 1


Putting our relatives in the nursing homes is better as professionals and highly-trained aides would know how to care for them.


Common people do not know how to render the correct care to them, and this knowledge gap is even more pronounced when compared to professional-grade caregivers. Many countries have long established qualification, accreditation and registration frameworks for these care workers.


Nurses in Singapore’s nursing homes need to have reputable qualifications and be accredited by the Singapore Nursing Board before they are allowed to practise. Singapore’s nurses are also among the best in Southeast Asia, and nursing homes here are designed to such exacting standards.

EVALUATE THE EXAMPLE: The layperson does not have the professional qualifications like the nurses and are unlikely to provide the holistic patient care that an elderly needs. This therefore shows us that in most Singapore nursing homes, the needs of the elderly are put first. We can thus safely entrust our relatives to such paid care outlets.

LINK: It is therefore arguable that an advantage of nursing homes is in the professional skills of its staff.


Thesis 2

POINT (VERY GENERAL): Another advantage of nursing homes is in their access to resources and technology.

ELABORATION (GENERAL): Many nursing homes are partnered with governments and community healthcare institutions and have dietitians on their payroll to help manage old folks’ health and food issues.

EX: Orange Valley nursing home in Singapore signed an agreement with Life Medic  to help manage its healthcare. Other nursing homes have full-time medical Doctors to attend to the residents’ health problems.

EVALUATE Example: Hence, with their industry partnerships, nursing homes today arguably offer better healthcare for the elderly residents, rather than having someone in the household who attempt to manage the elderly person’s multifaceted health issues.

LINK: It is indisputable that in the technological era, the nursing homes have an added advantage.


Anti-thesis 1

POINT (VERY GENERAL): A disadvantage of nursing homes is that there is a lack of familiarity in it.

ELABORATION (GENERAL): In nursing homes, one is removed from the familiarities and surroundings of his abode (the place where someone lives). He is instead placed in a communal environment, sharing a ward with other old folks.

EX: Singapore’s nursing homes operate on the communal model, with the Ministry of Health refusing to subsidise the Jade Circle’s nursing home concept until communal wards were added. However, the single- and double-bedded model could be better.

EVALUATE the EXAMPLE: This thus shows that those who end up in nursing homes run a higher risk of succumbing= giving to loneliness because of the communal model.

LINK: Nursing homes, therefore, have a serious disadvantage in their isolating effect.


Anti-thesis 2

POINT (VERY GENERAL): The residents in nursing homes could be susceptible= prone to abuse by staff.

ELABORATION: The abuses have been rampant ((of something bad) getting worse quickly and in an uncontrolled way) and range from simple kicking and punching, to poisoning and murder. We cannot be placing blind trust in such paid care institutions.

EXAMPLES: Elizabeth Wettlaufer killed 7 patients with insulin at a Canadian care home from 2007 to 2016. She was apprehended and sentenced to life imprisonment. In Singapore, Bernardo Ramos punched and injured an elderly man in a nursing home in 2018. He was sent to prison for 12 weeks.

EVALUATE THE EXAMPLE: The case of Nurse Bernardo Ramos is not just unique to Singapore’s context but such egregious (extremely bad in a way that is very noticeable) abuses also happened in Canada, underlining the dangers we must accept should we place our loved ones in nursing homes.

LINK: Therefore, family who places their aged loved ones in a nursing home run the risks of seeing them being physically abused.



In a nutshell/ For the foregoing reasons mentioned, we are going to see a pent-up demand of nursing home services in the future. As more embrace the outsourcing of care to these providers, we must weigh the maximum benefit of such services while remaining ever-vigilant to the disadvantages of nursing homes. On a personal note, the exacting (high) demands of work are overwhelming for many Singaporeans and the costs of living in SIngapore are undeniably 

exorbitant, hence sending one’s relatives to a nursing is a win-win situation where they can receive a holistic patient-care where their psychological and health needs are attended to by fully-fledged Doctors and Nurses and we continue to advance in our career trajectory.

Integrated Programme English Tuition Programme Sample Essay

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The essay illustrated below is a condensed version of what students who enrol for our IP English/ GP Tuition Programme receive.

Our IP English/ GP Tuition Programme is designed to be easily digestible by students of any calibre, read further to find out more.

To help Singapore cope with its ageing population, the government has increased the number of nursing homes which provide residential accomodation and healthcare. What are the advantages and disadvantages of placing one's family member in a nursing home?

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