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About gptuitionsg

A dedicated English and GP tutor with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore, 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 of each cohort. This website, which has consistently ranked among the top 10 on Google and has received over 530,000 hits, has now been converted into a GP resource site 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 @ (remove the spaces). Interested parties will be assessed and interviewed by him, and qualifications will be checked. These procedures are necessary 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.

How to make sense of “crazy” Donald Trump? Try comedy

Ever since Donald Trump was elected in 2016, his bizarre antics have been a constant source of confusion and bewilderment around the world. In fact early in his presidency, a book by 27 psychologists and psychiatrists was published to make … Continue reading

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Climate change as national security issue: How Singapore’s response reflects outstanding leadership

At his recent National Day Rally speech, Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong framed climate change in the gravest terms, as a national security issue and “existential” threat that must be treated with the same “utmost seriousness” as the Singapore Armed … Continue reading

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The Death of the American Dream?

I was deeply moved by a quote from this New York Times commentary. Referring to the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Dario Aguirre, a Mexican-American lawyer, said, “At least for Latinos, in some way, it’s the death of … Continue reading

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Lee Kuan Yew’s Shadow

One of the most provocative commentaries on Singapore I’ve ever read. For sure it will be a tough one for a Singaporean to contemplate – we Singaporeans are conditioned to think of our little country as exceptional, best in everything … Continue reading

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Hong Kong needn’t fear the PLA, even if it is a US-China battleground

This is no Tiananmen – despite delusional radicals on both left and right itching for a military intervention, Beijing is likely to wait these protests out. But another type of battle may already be underway – one for political influence … Continue reading

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In an age of rapid technological advancement, is a single career for life realistic? (A-level GP exam 2018)

By Steven W.S. OoiFormer GP tutor Even as United States president Donald Trump blames illegal immigrants and unfair trade deals for causing Americans to lose their jobs, a new presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, has offered a very different narrative. It … Continue reading

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Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good

Screens used to be for the elite. Now avoiding them is a status symbol. By Nellie Bowles Ms. Bowles is a technology reporter for The New York Times. March 23, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO — Bill Langlois has a new best … Continue reading

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Pakatan Harapan must not rest on its laurels

In May 2018, the ASEAN region was riveted by the election results in Malaysia, where the Barisan Nasional coalition which had ruled Malaysia for over six decades was toppled in a stunning upset by Pakatan Harapan. If you are a … Continue reading

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To those starting JC life in today’s Singapore

[Writer’s note: While this article is addressed specifically to Singapore-based students, it may hold some truth for students in many other places as well.] Dear young friend, I’m writing this to share some thoughts that I used to convey to … Continue reading

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The War on Huawei

This hard-hitting commentary by the director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Prof Jeffrey D. Sachs, has caused a real stir. It sheds substantial light on one of the most important developments … Continue reading

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