Culture & Literature


Issue 25/26

The iThink magazine is a most interesting read to boost the language and critical thinking skills of the upper-secondary students, (and high-ability lower-secondary students). With an engaging mix of thought-provoking articles and lighter stimulating reads, iThink is the one-stop solution to making reading both a leisure and an intellectual pleasure to students. iThink symbolizes the magazine's focus on critical thinking by adopting the thematic model. iThink was nominated Best Educational Title in 2016 and 2018 by Singapore Book Awards 2016 and 2018.

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2 min.

Dear Student, We trust that you have enjoyed reading ‘iThink’. In order to continue creating relevant and quality content for you, we would like to hear from you on how we can further improve our publication. We are giving away a mystery gift for each completed survey. Kindly email jennylee@ilovereading.sg and indicate your mailing address, and the mystery gift will be on its way to you! LET US HEAR FROM YOU! We are always eager to find out what you like about our magazine and what we can do to further improve. Just email us at editor@ilovereading.sg and speak your mind. How would you like to see your writing published in this magazine? Do send us your work. We pay for your essays! ESSAYS ($20 EACH) MODEL ME > Do you have an essay that you think is…

4 min.
online learning is more effective than learning in a traditional setting

Do you agree? Yes The rapid advancements in technology in recent years have brought about numerous changes in fields such as education, communication and medicine. Many processes which used to be completed by humans can now be undertaken effectively by computers and other devices which are supported by strong technological 1infrastructure and networks. One key area which has seen significant transformation in this regard is education. Online learning is a platform that is now available in many educational institutions, thanks to the extensive use of learning management systems and the Internet. This brings about the question of whether online learning is more effective than learning in a traditional setting. I believe online learning is more effective than learning in a traditional setting. Firstly, online learning provides learners with the flexibility to access the…

2 min.
using peel to organise a body paragraph

01 Point (Topic Sentence) The first sentence of the paragraph is important as it sets the direction of the argument. It indicates to your readers what you will be discussing in the paragraph. The point should include your stand on the issue and the reason why the stand is taken. Doing this well will ensure that you address the question and help you in your elaboration and the selection of examples. 02 Elaboration The elaboration on your point should be an expansion of your stand on the issue and the reasoning behind your stand. The purpose of your elaboration is to provide clarity to your point and to move your discussion forward. It is important to remain focused on your key idea and not digress. Remember it is the quality that matters more than…

4 min.
online learning is more effective than learning in a traditional setting

Do you agree? No The educational landscape in many parts of the world has seen significant changes in areas such as curriculum design and delivery. Schools have become a 1hive of activity, with many providing a rich and engaging curriculum in which learners can partake in both academic and non-academic pursuits. The extensive use of information technology has also made lessons more interesting for the learners. Apart from supporting programmes and activities, information technology has opened the door to a way of learning which was unheard of thirty years ago: online learning. The debate on whether online learning is more effective than learning in a traditional setting is an ongoing one. I do not agree that online learning is more effective than learning in a traditional setting. In fact, I believe that…

4 min.
music festival

My alarm clock went off and I jolted up in bed, ready to seize the day. It was the day of Party in the Country, a special music festival hosted in a remote part of the countryside. All weekend long, attendants would camp outdoors to enjoy the festivities amongst the serenity of the natural woodland and have a wonderful time. I had been eagerly awaiting this weekend getaway ever since it was announced, especially as my childhood idols, The Funky Monkeys, were playing. Little did I realise that a 1tumultuous experience awaited me. The drive down to the festival site was scenic but uneventful. Cruising along the highway, I observed the cluttered skyline of the concrete jungle gradually fading into low-rise buildings, and eventually I was surrounded by countryside. A vista…

1 min.
writing a descriptive essay: event

Using Foreshadowing When describing an event, we can brainstorm about the atmosphere, venue, characters and any noteworthy incidents that happened during the event. In this descriptive essay, the writer focuses on describing an atmosphere that suggests the event will be a disappointment. The writer uses foreshadowing to amply prepare the readers for the eventual disappointment. She does this by describing things associated with the atmosphere and by describing a series of complications to explain why the event did not live up to her expectations. Foreshadowing: Describing the atmosphere through the surroundings Let us look at how the writer describes the atmosphere. In paragraph 3, the writer foreshadows the disappointing event through the following descriptions of the surroundings, thereby creating a certain atmosphere. The next time you are describing an event, you may consider giving more…