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 iThink 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)
Issue "A Tale Of More Than Two Countries: Migration"
What would the World Cup look like without migrants?
Of the 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup, 25 of them fielded at least one foreign-born player. 87% of the team players in the French Team, which won the 2018 World Cup, were migrants or children of migrants.
Yet, not many people welcome migrants with open arms, be it due to them feeling threatened by them or because of xenophobia. The scenario gets bleaker with refugees. When refugees make their escape to another land, what they face is the reality of living in overcrowded refugee camps infested with pests and devoid of clean water, and waiting indefinitely for a country to take them in. Do developed countries have a responsibility to accept refugees, though?
Issue "Break The Ice With AI"
In 2017, Sophia, a beautiful, smart and funny woman who looks a little like Audrey Hepburn, made international headlines when she was made a citizen of Saudi Arabia. Sophia is a robot.
It almost feels unreal to share citizenship with a robot, but at the same time, it does fill us with a sense of pride to learn that mankind has advanced so much that we can now create another being that resembles us in more than the physical sense, albeit a machine.
It draws attention to artificial intelligence or AI, which enables a robot to be human, or perhaps even super-human. Today with AI we foresee that we can predict heart failure or skin cancer. AI assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Bixby and Apple’s Siri will soon become our personal shoppers.
At the same time, AI can be a threat to privacy. With large amounts of data available, there is a danger of us being on 24-hour surveillance, becoming like a state similar to that depicted in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984. Robots taking over humans as the superior ‘race’ is yet another concern. Will AI supersede humans?
Double issue "The Write Issue" (Exam special)
The Write Issue is a bumper issue, also known as the exam issue. Inside is a treasure trove of original essays (of different genres) and comprehension texts, paired with detailed notes and exam-styled worksheets, and peppered with thoughtful illustrations.
A range of topics will be covered, with an explicit focus on skills to ace the Paper 1 and Paper 2 components of the GCE ‘O’ Level English Language examinations. We also share tips and common errors.
Issue "Art, Reel & Media"
How do art, film and media play with our minds?
From Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’ to Andy Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’, art keeps changing its form, whetting the appetite of ardent art collectors. Beyond serving as a symbol of a cultured society, art is also used to influence politics and religion.
The world of films wields its influence more strongly, too. Movies such as ‘Black Panther’ celebrate African origins, a race traditionally often harshly discriminated against in the Western world; ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, a Hollywood production, provide an uncommon but praiseworthy focus on Asians in Asia, with Asians in lead roles.
Then there is social media, which continues to sit in a position of great power, as the threat of fake news looms in the background. Are such influences making a positive difference to the society as a whole?