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About gptuitionsg

A dedicated English and GP tutor with First Class Honours from NUS, Steven Ooi retired from the profession after a 14-year career during which he was one of the most sought-after private tutors in Singapore. He is the recipient of the Minerva Prize from NUS, which is awarded to the top English Language honours student. This website, which has consistently ranked among the top 10 on Google for GP tutors and has received over 440,000 hits, has now been converted into a GP blog cum listing of recommended tutors. If you are a GP or English tutor who wishes to be listed here, please email Steven Ooi at stevenooi18 @ (pls remove the spaces). Interested parties will be vetted and interviewed personally by webmaster Steven Ooi, and qualifications will be checked to uphold quality standards. DISCLAIMER: While every reasonable effort has been made to assess the competence and verify the qualifications of recommended tutors here, no guarantees are made and you engage them at your own risk. By using this website, you agree that you will not hold the webmaster Steven Ooi responsible for any consequences — direct or otherwise — that occur in relation with your use of this website.

Is America Headed for a New Kind of Civil War?

By Robin Wright, The New Yorker A day after the brawling and racist brutality and deaths in Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe asked, “How did we get to this place?” The more relevant question after Charlottesville—and other deadly episodes in Ferguson, … Continue reading

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How to write a good introduction to your GP essay

Before we begin, a Common Sense check (because Common Sense is becoming increasingly uncommon, especially in Singapore). What is an introduction? It is something to introduce: to give people a basic idea of something (in the context of a GP … Continue reading

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Crack down on inconsiderate smoking neighbours: my response to a Forum letter

I was quite struck by this letter to the Straits Times Forum on July 18, 2017. The writer, like me, has suffered from the effects of secondhand smoke drifting into her HDB flat (public housing flat in Singapore, for the … Continue reading

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Singapore needs to move beyond the Lee family

As mud, dust and fire swirl around the bitter feud taking place within Singapore’s pre-eminent Lee family, a calm, highly thoughtful, impressively knowledgeable voice emerges on new media presenting the fruits of his soul-searching on the kind of political system … Continue reading

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Climate change pact: Trump shouldn’t have, but Duterte has to

A commentary by Manila Times journalist Rigoberto D. Tiglao supporting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision not to honour his country’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. ………. PRESIDENT Trump’s announcement that the US will pull out of the landmark Paris … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Manchester suicide bomber used student loan and benefits to fund terror plot

The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe. Salman Abedi is understood to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run up to Monday’s atrocity even while he … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s Firing of James Comey Is an Attack on American Democracy

By John Cassidy, The New Yorker May 9, 2017 At a time like this, it is important to express things plainly. On Tuesday evening, Donald Trump acted like a despot. Without warning or provocation, he summarily fired the independent-minded director … Continue reading

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