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How Does An Asian International Student Get Into Harvard, Yale or Princeton (HYP)?

Mention the Ivy League in any part of the world and almost anybody will know what you are talking about: those hallowed institutions in the Northeast of the US that ostensibly produce the next generation of global talent. (Oxbridge and the rest of the Russell Group in the UK, of

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I Grew Up Gifted. It Was Terrifying.

Imagine that, one day, you awoke to find yourself transformed into a seven-year-old child. Yes, an adult, cognitively speaking, trapped in a child’s body. How terrible, how incomprehensibly terrifying, would it be? I am perfectly aware that in Singapore, people love to talk about giftedness all the time. The power

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How to Survive the Examination Crunch

There’s a certain unique buzz that occurs only when the exams are around the corner. The canteen fills with students debating spiritedly about various exam topics. Several once-quiet corners become occupied by preoccupied faces scouring their handwritten notes and papers. The library becomes crowded once again, the cool air permeated

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The Long Stretch to the Final Exam

"Play hard in the first year, work hard in the second. From June onwards, it’s a long stretch. You can get a tremendous amount done between June and the end of the year." The chances are that if you are reading this article, your Google search history includes queries like

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Musings of an Ex-Vice-Principal: How to R.E.A.D.

Remember your first day at Primary 1? I do. It’s impossible for me to forget it due to my English teacher. You should also know that during my growing up years, Singapore was a far cry from the English-speaking, Anglocentric society it is today. I have a story about how

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Dashing Into the Woods: The Value of Storytelling

It has been the subject of much hand-wringing and consternation. The percentage of Singaporean students opting for Literature as a GCE O’Level subject has been steadily dropping over the years. In fact, from 47.9% in 1992, it has plummeted to an alarming 16% today. While there could be a plethora

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The Unadulterated Joy of Hard Work

Spend enough time in certain famous institutions, universities, and workplaces, and you will realise that the prevailing culture is, in a word, workaholic. That is not to say that the students there are miserable. Most of them are competitive, eager to learn, and hurl themselves into their work and achievements.

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Building the Write Muscle

The task of having to build the right muscles is not reserved for professional athletes alone. Writers, too, must work hard at their craft and train their creativity. As most of us know, creativity is now an overused buzzword – yet its importance to students continues to increase. The paradoxical

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