Why GP is one of the most feared subject in A levels and how I managed to ace it back then?

Without a doubt, GP is the hardest subject in Junior College. There are many reasons for that. First of all, GP does not follow any syllabus. There is no textbook. There is no scope. All students can rely on is a vague idea of what may be tested in exam. After all, the subject is pretty “general”.
Secondly, students do not know where their problems lie. The anatomy of an essay is complex. Students may think that they have written a great piece only to be disappointed when the scripts are returned to them. The same applies to comprehension.
The word ‘frustration’ accurately sums up students’ experience with the subject. Some people seek help, while some just resort to resignation, giving up entirely on that subject thinking there is nothing they can do to help themselves.
Nothing can be further from the truth.
While GP does not have a syllabus, there are specific skills and topics that students need to master before they sit for the examination. Having analysed papers from the past 20 years, I can tell students the topics that are likely to surface. Even then, students should sharpen their skills and answering techniques which are so crucial for acing the subject.
Back in NJC, I studied GP by reading exceptional model essays. Given a series of top essays, I leveraged on them and aimed to replicate these essays under examination conditions. I was fortunate enough to have an excellent GP teacher who could answer all my questions and pinpoint exactly how I could improve.
These, coupled with consistent efforts were important in helping me clinch an A in the subject.

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