IP/ O Level English & General Paper tuition

General FAQ about our English Tuition and GP tuition programme

The Rationale Thinking Learning Centre currently offers 'A' Level General Paper tuition, IP Year 3 and 4 English tuition and Upper Secondary English tuition. Find out more about each tuition track under Our Programmes tab.

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 'O' Level 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 'O' Level 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 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 'O' Level 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.

O Level English Sample Essay

Assess the view that attempts to combat discrimination can never be truly effective.

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

Our English/ IP / GP Tuition Programme is designed to be easily digestible by students of any calibre.

To find out more about how we coach our English tuition and General Paper tuition programme tuition, you may contact us at 6909 0001 and sign up for a trial lesson.

Describe some memorbale experiences you had with your friends. How important are your friends to you?

General Paper Tuition Programme Sample Essay:

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

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

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

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

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Describe some memorable experiences you have had with your friends. (Part 1) (Descriptive + Personal Recount) PAST TENSE. You can have dialogues included but shouldn’t go beyond 10-15% of the entire essay and dialogues can be written in Present tense!

How important are your friends to you? (Part 2) Reflective PRESENT TENSE


              My father unequivocally told me: “your great grandfather is the Founder of the venerable Eu Yan Sang’s Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Hall and today our business has spawned across Hong Kong, Macau, China, Malaysia and Singapore and look at your egregious Chinese grade, how are you ever going to inherit the family business?” My parents made it unambiguously clear that I had to pursue a degree in TCM.  


              Under my parents’ insistence, I was dispatched to a Special Assistance Plan Secondary school with a strong focus on Chinese language. The truth of the matter was I really abhorred/ hated Chinese. In class, classmates would sneer at me: “Look at RCMI’s Chinese results!!” It took me a while before I knew the new moniker= nickname that was bestowed on me. I was stigmatised as “Really Cannot Make it” in my Chinese! I had a hard time adjusting to Secondary One school life and was virtually= nearly failing most subjects. I was brutally ostracised and had no friends.

              My Dad was livid when he saw my F9 Chinese results and during the December school holidays, on the pretext of bringing me on a holiday, he took me to Taipei. Upon arrival, I was introduced to Uncle Li - my Guardian during my next 1 month stay in Taipei. Dad had, against my own volition, enrolled me for intensive Chinese lessons at the Taipei Language Institute.


The following day, Dad accompanied me to the institute, callously= cruelly dumped me there and said he had to catch the next flight to Hong Kong for meetings and Uncle Li would take care of me for the entire month! Instantaneously, I broke down and cried incessantly, begging him not to leave me alone in a strange land where only aliens spoke in Mandarin and his terse= short reply was: “Until I see an improvement in your Chinese results, then I would enter into a plea bargain/ negotiation with you!” 

              In class, I was besieged by a group of foreigners from different nationalities and I huddled into the corner like a terrified child who was going to be caned. DESCRIBE YOUR NEW CHINESE TEACHER – HOW SHE LOOKED AND HOW THE LESSONS WERE CONDUCTED?

At a cursory glance of the new teacher, Mrs Lin emanated (to express a quality or feeling through the way that you look and behave) warmth, the quintessential (typical example) teacher who was kind and would not devour her students but as soon as she distributed the punishing time-table, I thought she was the reincarnation of Catherine the Great who would run the institute like a quasi-concentration camp! My ordeal/ prolonged nightmare of learning Chinese would start at 11am till 5pm with only an hour lunch break.

              Seated next to me was this American bloke who had a Mohican cut hair, probably in his mid-twenties and he said: “Ni hao!” - which means how are you? And he rattled off in an almost perfect eloquent Mandarin, except with the occasional American accent. Donald, as he introduced himself, started lavishing praises on Mrs Lin for her effective teachings and 9 months ago, he came to Taipei for a gap year to learn Chinese.

              I was intrigued.

Why would a Caucasian want to learn this incredibly boring language that served no purpose in a country like America? Later I found out that Donald was actually a third year Medical student in the world renowned John Hopkins University. He explained that TCM was a body of knowledge that had thrived for five thousand years and spoke passionately of its efficacy. He postulated/ took the view that an effective Doctor should leverage on the cross disciplinary clinical approach to explore the best of TCM and Western medicine and he was keen to acquire not just the rudimentary aspect of the language and upon completion of his medical degree, he would like to take up a TCM degree.


For the next few days, I trudged= dragged towards the institute and my adjustment to this gruelling learning of Chinese was initially fraught (presented) with colossal= huge difficulties and after lessons, we were assigned homework and small tests were set for the following day. However, Mrs Lin’s lessons were invariably= always funny and engaging. She would play contemporary= modern Chinese music videos of Jay Chou and travel blogs of her homeland to pique= excite our interests. After lessons, she would ask me whether I needed help and formed small groups where Donald, as the oldest student in my group would mentor us.

Soon, I began to make new friends and more crucially, nobody was judgemental of my incompetence at my mother tongue. After a long and arduous/ laborious day of lesson, DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE OF TOURING TAIPEI WITH YOUR NEW FOUND FRIENDS? we would adjourn to Ximending (the youth shopping district) to indulge in the highly affordable Japanese cuisine. On weekends, we would go to Shilin night market to indulge in the local delectable= delicious delicacies like Oyster Mee Sua (Vermicelli) and Giant Fried Chicken Steak. Meandering along the busy streets of Shilin night market in the deep of winter and biting off chunks of chicken steak simply diminished= reduced my homesickness.

After spending a month in Taipei, I reluctantly returned to Singapore but I continued to correspond with Mrs Lin, Donald and my new found friends over Social Media. We would relish over the myriad of pictures taken. Upon seeing my gradual improvement in Chinese language, every year in December, my Dad would send me off to Taipei where I would be rekindled with my highly esteemed teacher Mrs Lin, Donald and the same group of friends. Donald and my peers at Taipei Learning Institute soon became my closest friends.


If not for them, my interests in the language would never have been piqued. At Secondary 3, to my parents’ consternation (a feeling of worry, shock, or confusion), I elected Chinese Literature as one of my Humanities subjects. I started to excel in my Chinese and this year during my mid-year exam, I actually came in first in class for Higher Mother Tongue. As a reward, my Dad agreed that after this year’s O Level examination, he would send me to New York City and London to visit Donald and my friends from the Taipei Language Institute.   

Descriptive Writing Phrases

Or the luxury of listening to the melodious crashing of the waves of the Indian Ocean.                                                                                                                               

Exploratory jaunts

·       A short excursion or journey made for pleasure.

‘her regular jaunts to Europe’

·       Go on a short journey for pleasure.

‘they went jaunting through Ireland’

English tuition centre Singapore
The Rationale Thinking
121 Bishan Street 12, #01-89singapore, singapore570121SG
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