Geography Elective: How to Approach Open-Ended Questions

Photo copyright by Humanities Hub. Tourists outside Asakusa Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. In the recently concluded 2016 GCE O-Level examinations for Geography Elective, the 8-mark open-ended question in Section C tripped up many students: GCE 2016 O-Level Question: "A fatalistic approach to earthquakes and tsunamis is more sensible than any other." How far do you agree? Give evidence to support your answer. Other examples of open-ended questions for the different topics: "Eco-tourism will be less successful over time." How far do you agree with this statement? Support your answer with examples. Or, "Migration is the main social-cultural reason to explain changing food preferences around the world

What to Expect from the New H2 History Syllabus

Photo copyright by Humanities Hub - Borobodur at dawn. In November 2017, JC2 students will be the first batch sitting for the newly revamped H2 History GCE A-Level examinations, with testing requirements that differ from those demanded of their seniors before them. Let us take a quick look at what has changed. The new H2 History syllabus (9752) is divided into two papers: Paper 1: Shaping the International Order (1945–2000) This paper examines the attempts of the superpowers and various other historical actors to shape the international order after the Second World War, which resulted in key global developments in the second half of the twentieth century. These developments highlight the h

Have You Caught the Mindfulness 'Wave' Yet?

Photo copyright by Humanities Hub. Moving away from academics, but onto the equally important topic of mental health which is critical in a time of ever increasing sources of stress for both parents and students. Humanities Hub is pleased to be partnering with Gary Soh, a clinical psychologist by training, who has worked in corporate, education, and medical settings. During his stint with MOE, he provided consultation to schools and parents in the areas of special needs (such as ADHD, dyslexia, autism). He is currently involved in non-profit work to maintain mental wellness in the community. He is a firm believer of Mindfulness based therapies and has witnessed positive transformational chan

What can we expect from the new H2 Geography syllabus?

Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia, where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. Photo copyright @ Humanities Hub Geography has always been a dynamic subject, and the beauty about the study of Geography, while in simplistic terms aims to investigate why differences between spatial locations exist, also attempts to marry concepts from the Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Biology), Earth Sciences such as as Geomorphology, as well as the Social Sciences like History, Politics and Sociology. As such, Geography can be said to be a daunting, and yet exciting subject. That being said, the new syllabus for A-level Geography is now more geared towards the application of concepts put forth by the various topi

The New Social Studies Syllabus and the Structured Response Questions (SRQ)

Image taken from The Straits Times web edition of 6 Jan 2016. To read the article on the new syllabus change, click here. The newly revamped syllabus of the GCE O-Level Social Studies has been posing significant challenges to numerous students, and even some school teachers. In place of the easier to score Structured Essay Questions (SEQ), where students can typically answer by memorising facts, the Structured Response Questions (SRQ) section requires students to come up with their own opinions and recommendations as well as to make supporting arguments for their recommendations. This demands an even higher level of critical thinking from students used to depending on model answers on variou

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