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Reading material for teenagers?

Too busy to read?

The 'O' Level English Oral Communcation notes illustrated below is an example of what students who enrol for our Upper Secondary English Tuition Programme receive.

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

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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.

GCE 'O' Level Oral Communication Sample Notes:

The 'O' Level English Oral Communcation notes illustrated above is an example of what students who enrol for our Upper Secondary English 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 students, you may contact us at 6909 0001 and sign up for a trial lesson.

O Level English Tuition Sample Essay

What types of reading material will appeal to teenagers?

I feel that fiction books will appeal to teenagers. For instance, Harry Potter and Twilight and John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ are books that have been made into blockbuster movies due to the huge number of people - especially teenagers who have read these 2 books. Fictions books appeal greatly to teenagers as it often allows a break from reality, allowing them to indulge in another world using their imagination. With the great amount of stress from studying and co-curriculum activities, reading fiction books can help teenagers to de-stress.

The demands of day-to-day school life and compulsory additional lessons held during school holidays, many teenagers do not get the chance to travel. Singapore is a small country and for most of us who grow up here, we are likely to have visited most tourist attractions. Travelling widens a teenager’s horizons in life and allows us to immerse in another culture. I think teenagers might be keen to download the popular 30 Lonely Planet travel guides from NLB. For one whole year, app users will have unlimited access to electronic downloads.

Comics also appeal to teenagers. Comics are naturally/ intrinsically (in an essential or natural way) humorous or have a very interesting story line. When teenagers read one book of the series, it is very hard for them to stop. Their curiosity would typically push them to read the whole series. Moreover, comics are usually filled with pictures and few words - for teenagers which gain a better understanding from pictures rather than words, it may appeal to them more as teenagers’ school textbooks are already filled with many words!

In addition, magazines may interest teenagers. Increasingly, many teenagers view celebrities as their role models and hope to imitate them in the way they dress.  Magazines are also a great way to keep up to date with what celebrities are doing.

Many people claim that they are too busy to read. What do you think?

Today, the world that we live in is more fast-paced than before. Many students probably share the same/ unanimous view that having 24 hours is no longer sufficient to do what we want, hence reading may sometimes be sacrificed due to the lack of time. This is especially true as students are busy with their studies and have many tests and exams to undertake. Co-curriculum activities take up lots of time too and many students have tuition classes too. Adults are busy with their work life too. In this day and age, it seems like reading for pleasure is relegated to the bottom of our to-do list/ would be placed at a back-burner and likely to be forgotten due to more important things piling up.

In Singapore, virtually (almost) everyone is busy and to say that one cannot find any time to read is a lame excuse. Former US President Harry Truman once mentioned that “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” For most of us who want to advance in our professional career, reading is necessary.

I take the view that it has a lot to do with planning of one’s time. NLB allows users to borrow a book for 3 weeks. For a busy student like myself, I can take the total number of pages in a book and divide it by 21 days. In the morning, when my mind is fresh, I can read 50% of the daily target, after lunch I can read another 25% and end the evening with the remaining 25%.

Furthermore, with the advent/ arrival/ convenience of technology, e-books have been increasingly convenient. Many individuals now own an electronic device, like a smartphone or iPad. We can easily read on the go - anyway and everywhere. NLB is now offering digital content on two free smartphone apps. The NLB Mobile App lets readers bookmark titles and borrow eBooks. Readers can also scan physical books and borrow them instantly from the app. The PressReader App lets users access over 6,000 newspapers and magazines from around the world when they visit a 'hotspot.'

 The increasing convenience where we can access e-books easily should have made reading more reasonable, despite the busy lifestyle. I feel that it may be due to an individual’s laziness, not wanting to put in more effort to read. Moreover, individuals can always make time to read. For example, when travelling on a bus, instead of watching videos or busy sending WhatsApp’s messages to friends! There are many small pockets of time available throughout the day. As long as we make good use of such time to read, I believe that there will always be time to read.

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