Here are some useful resources to help you improve your English as well as to help you do better for your GCE ‘O’ English and ‘A’ Level GP examinations.

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I have very limited vocabulary. How can I still do well for my essay?

Ms Tham says:

Don’t be too worried even if you feel that your vocabulary is limited. The examiners are not looking for fancy, difficult words in your essay. They are looking for words which are suitable for that particular theme or situation.


How do I improve my vocabulary?

Ms Tham says:

Keeping your own vocabulary book is a great way to build your vocabulary bank. Here we share with you how one of our students kept a scrapbook of interesting phrases and descriptions from her everyday reading.


What should I read to improve my language?

Ms Tham says:

These are a few recommended texts to help improve your vocabulary, sentence structures and writing style. These texts were chosen based on the quality of both the writing and the content. Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins for example, are some of the brightest minds of our time: their ideas are extremely profound yet the writing is clear and easy to understand. Even if you are not able to finish reading these in time for the O Level exams, do take the time to read these classics at least once in your life – your education would be incomplete without them. 

Recommended Fiction

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Firzgerald
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Night of the Miraj by Zoe Ferraris (past year O Level text)
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel

(More difficult texts for higher ability students)

  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  • The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng


Recommended Non-Fiction

  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (past year O Level text)
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Other Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ – Can I use my personal experience in an expository or argumentative essay?

FAQ – How do I improve my introduction? Q: Some people say that the Internet does more harm than good. What is your view?

Essay Analysis

Essay Analysis – Social Media has made us less social. Do you agree? Includes detailed analysis of good techniques used as well as comments for you to refer and learn how to improve your writing skills.

Essay Analysis – Single Word Essay – Memory This is a distinction essay which contains some good writing techniques.

A1 Student Essays

The following are well-written essays by our students.

Ms Tham with student Pan YuanzhenPan Yuanzhen was one of our inspiring guest speakers at the Exam Strategies Workshop in 2012. She scored an A1 for English in the 2011 GCE ‘O’ Level examination.

Student Essay – Space – By Pan Yuanzhen

Remember, a good learning strategy is to study what works (learn through example) and then commit the new knowledge into a new skill through application and regular practice. There is no shortcut to mastering essay writing, so keep reading and analysing good writing.

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