Get your Instagrammer teenager reading more and doing better for the O-Level English exam
iThink magazines are specially written with #trending topics in order to get your teenager to spend less time surfing the internet and more time reading enriching content.
Every issue of Inspire magazine has been written to help your teenager do well in all 4 papers of the GCE O-Level English language exam by covering #trending topics they care about and will want to read.
Each issue also contains QR codes to YouTube videos to engage a young reader in digital ways, as well as our editor's constructive comments on essays submitted by students.
The issues are filled with articles discussing topics relevant to a teenager today, and are written in the below 6 essay formats to help your child master all 6 writing styles:
- Argumentative Essay
- Descriptive Essay
- Expository Essay
- Hybrid Essay
- Narrative Essay
- Personal Recount Essay
iThink was nominated Best Educational Title by Singapore Book Awards in 2016 and 2018. The publication will help your child to:
- Master the writing styles of the 6 essay formats
- Develop critical thinking, reading, listening, oral and presenting skills
- Increase general knowledge (important for Paper 1 Writing and Paper 4 Oral)
Uber, Ofo. Deliveroo. Alibaba, Snapchat, live streaming. What do all these have in common? They are classic examples of disruptive technology. Disruption is the latest and probably overused buzzword in the global world today. It spells innovation, excitement and new-age trends. So it is all good. Or is it? Disruptions also interrupt lives. People get displaced, lifestyles transform, societies morph into not-so-desirable forms. Should we then pause before continuing the ride in this new wave so that we do not lose more than what we want to?
Munch a burger as you walk down the streets of Japan and you could be stared at for being rude enough to eat in public. Walk inside the house with shoes on in India, and be prepared to be ticked off by the owner.
That is how diverse the world is – the right and wrong can swap places, depending on which part of the world we are in. Our perceptions are inevitably coloured by the culture we are brought up in and the cultures we are exposed to. However, as much as diversity can open up our minds, it can also coax us to take up arms. Would that partly explain the long-term conflicts between countries today?
Cultures also evolve over time, from food preferences to lifestyles to societal practices. And today, in this digital age, cultures are changing at an unimaginably fast pace. Are cultures merging or is a new unifying culture emerging?
Issue "We, not Me"
There is strength in numbers.
That would explain why countries team up to form free trade agreements and international committees such as the United Nations. History also teaches us that many hands make light work. Agrarian societies thrived on cooperation among people because of inherent inter-dependencies. On the family front, teamwork is key too, with different parents playing different roles to keep the family engine running.
Having said that, is today’s generation naturally inclined to working in teams or abiding by societal rules? Is the world today built more for the individual or the community?
Issue Idols And Heroes (Reprinted in 2018)
One Direction and Bruno-Mars, Bill Gates and Christiano Ronaldo, Superman and Ironman.
What do they have in common? They are people who we admire, even aspire to be. They are our heroes and idols. Some fans, in their delusional states, go as far as putting them on a pedestal and believing they would do no wrong.
Find out why we can be idol-crazy and test yourself on how much you know about the accolades your favourite teen idols have earned. Read about how some idols fail from grace, as one teenager discovers, and be ready to be startled by some of the unfortunate turn of events in the lives of popular stars.