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The power of a great introduction

28 Sep

A great video i found about how we can write a good introduction:)



The ‘Environment’ Question…

17 Sep

Gee Pee Land

Aside from technology questions, many have also expressed a desire to try the ‘environment’ question. I’m no expert on it, but I would like to remind you to please keep your essays argumentative and focus on addressing the issue instead of abusing the question as an opportunity to regurgitate your geographical knowledge. You would need to think about the various players involved (i.e. supra-national bodies, governments, companies, NGOS, consumers, farmers and so on), modern trends/contexts (capitalism, modern consumerism, ethical consumerism, green movements, globalization and spread of ideas, trade and long-distance transport, hydro-politics, developed/developing/emerging economics) and focus on debates surrounding key issues like food and water security, climate change, renewable energy, corporate social responsibility, greenwashing etc. If all you can mention in an environment essay are catalytic convertors and the Kyoto Protocol, then I suggest you avoid the environment question.

Some key resources or sites that may aid your last minute revision:

– The CJC lecture

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Essay skills: (1) How to write effective counter-arguments and (2) How to structure your essay (absolute terms)

16 Sep

read, think, write.

Dealing with absolute terms

It is usually easier to argue against (disagree with) terms like “always”, “never” and “nothing”. Conversely, it is usually easier to argue for (agree with) terms like “ever”.  In other words, you should always disagree with the absolute stand. This is because the abovementioned approach merely requires you to identify one instance which proves the point. With this in mind, how then do we incorporate good balance in absolute-term essays? After all, a good counter-argument would require us to prove “always” or “never”, or to disprove “ever”!

While there are several ways of incorporating effective counter-arguments into absolute-term essays, perhaps the easiest and most straight-forward one would be to use big, generally true arguments that people commonly put forth in an attempt to argue “always” or “never”.

For example:

There is nothing optimistic about the future of the environment. Do you agree?

Some people argue…

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12 Sep

A useful piece of information for AQ

Gee Pee Land

Although it is good to keep abreast about developments and wider characteristics of your society in preparation for the AQ, you shouldn’t discount the power of your personal experiences. Basically you need to find ‘X’ (with reference to the diagram above) where your personal experiences intersect with wider societal trends, such that meaningful and insightful observations can be made to support your evaluation.

The quality of AQ examples often fall within two extreme categories:

1) Relying too much on personal experience (left circle of Venn Diagram): Such examples are so overly specific and peculiar (often, even overly hypothetical) that they are difficult to generalize e.g. you saw somebody help a blind man cross a road in orchard, and so everyone is kind and altruistic; your dad actually called in to donate to NKF, and so everyone is amazingly generous 

2) Relying too much on distant knowledge of society (right circle of…

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