Category Archives: Argumentative essays

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” Do you agree? A model essay

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” Do you agree? by Steven Ooi “Before all else, be armed.” Thus wrote the ruthless Florentine politician-philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli, a man famed for his unflinching pragmatism and grasp of the darker truths of life. … Continue reading

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Why should we be concerned with current affairs when most of them will soon be forgotten? (GCE A-levels 2013) A model essay

By Steven Ooi, GP tutor B.A. (First Class Honours), NUS The economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union, the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the manipulation of users’ news feeds by Facebook in an experiment … Continue reading

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How far is increased prosperity for all a realistic goal in your society? (GCE A-levels 2013)

By Steven Ooi A playground for the rich. Disneyland with the death penalty. A vibrant city where East and West do meet. These are just some of the descriptions of Singapore by the world media over the years. My tiny … Continue reading

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‘The most influential individuals in history are those who have caused the most harm.’ How far would you accept this view? (A-levels Nov 2012)

by Steven Ooi Each of us leaves his or her footprint on this earth, a mark in the hearts and lives of others, for better or for worse. Some individuals, however, leave an extraordinarily large and profound legacy, to the … Continue reading

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Efficient Government versus Democracy: a model essay

Consider the view that efficient government is more important than democracy. by Steven Ooi, GP & English tutor B.A. (First Class Honours), National University of Singapore Democracy is a word and an idea that whips up a great deal of … Continue reading

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Technology and skill levels: a model essay

To what extent has technology had a negative impact on the skill levels of people? (A-level 2010 question) by Steven Ooi With their amazing ingenuity, human beings have for centuries conceived, invented and designed machine after machine to make their … Continue reading

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