The Top 5 Resources for Students taking GP

It is frustrating studying for GP. I know that because I have been through it. I finished every single content package I was given from cover to cover, thinking that I had read enough. Yet, I was not ready to take on the increasingly challenging essay questions in prelims and past-year papers.

The good news is, after years of research and ploughing through the almighty Internet, I have discovered 5 amazing websites that are sure to boost content knowledge even for the most confident students.

  1. Crash Course Word History

Hosted by John Green, the writer of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, the World History series uncovers the forces that shape the world today. Not only are the videos incredibly engaging (not to mention John Green’s supernatural intelligence), they contain many critical insights for citizens of the 21st century.

If you think that history is just a boring subject made up of names and dates, think again. Here, you can find a video about globalisation and its impact. It is hard to imagine that a development as recent as globalisation has everything to do with history.

Note: Crash Course has also produced a series of videos besides History, from Politics to Literature. If reading is too mainstream for you, watch a video.

  1. TED

Today, almost everyone knows what TED Talks are. Unfortunately for me, TED was not around when I was sitting for my GP examination.

You can find captivating presentations from the brightest minds around the world. Take

Dambisa Moyo for instance. In her TED Talk, she talks about why international aid to Africa has not solved poverty in the impoverish continent and exhorts the world to adopt a more effective approach in addressing poverty.

For your information, attendees of TED have to fork out about $6,000 for the most basic ticket. You will be pleased to know that you can access all these talks at zero cost. Thank you internet.

  1. AEON

If reading critical insightful articles is your preferred mode of gathering information… if you enjoy the intellectual thought-provocation of great writers… you need to subscribe to AEON (No. Not the Japanese departmental stores).

AEON is a collection of articles from writers who are not satisfied with mere facts but dig down below the surface of the most ordinary subject to offer extraordinary insights. In one convincing article, Andrew Russell argues against space exploration.

  1. The Economist

Even if you do not study Economics, the Economist offers short and impactful articles about the world today, from politics to the arts. Most writers of The Economist adopt a no-frills approach to writing, preferring distilled content over styles. That makes the magazine perfect for busy students like you.

You can read the articles online. The weekly print version is also available in major bookstores and 7-Eleven outlets. They are not cheap but they surely add a lot swag to anyone reading it in public.

  1. BBC

The BBC World Service is the most global radio station. You can access it online or on radio at FM88.9. Even the busiest students can afford time for news with the radio running in the background.

You should also download the BBC News application on your smartphones.

Without a doubt, many resources abound on the internet. If you like a website and feel it is worthy of a space in this list, feel free to tell us about it.