Saturday, October 10, 2015

To what extent participating in online social networks improve our work and personal lives?

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Note: This is not a complete GP essay, but will help you brainstorm to write one.

First of all, it is important to understand that social networks are neutral - neither good nor bad - in themselves! So, whether they improve our work and personal lives is based upon how we use them. Thus, there are ways they can ruin or improve our lives.

Personal lives

Social networks help us connect with our friends, kin and relatives even when we don't have time to meet them physically, or even when they are located far away. Social media mediates our social relationships. We are updated about our near and dear ones on regular basis thus, our social bonds remain strong.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Is an ageing population necessarily a bad thing?

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Note: This article is just for brainstorming and getting ideas. It is not a proper GP essay!

In developed nations, an increasing proportion of senior citizens in their population has been observed. This phenomenon is known as ageing population which poses significant challenges to their economy. While the working population does not experience growth in the same ratio with the working population, the burden of supporting larger number of elderly people lies on the smaller number of working people. In other words, government's expenditure on supporting elderly population including social security and medical care, takes up a sizable proportion of country's GDP. This affects the nation's expenditure on other sectors such as education, infrastructure development, and the like. However, whether ageing population is really a bad thing or not requires careful examination.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Can plastic use be completely replaced by biodegradable alternatives?

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Note: This is not a complete essay but will help you brainstorm to write one!

In this highly industrialized world, plastic has become a basic ingredient for most of the products. Even those which don't need plastic as core product, need plastic for packaging. There are many variants of plastic contributing to its innumerable uses in the modern manufacture sector. Plastic has succeeded to maintain its sheer dominance in the industrial sector because of it's outstanding qualities like: cheapness, durability, reliability, versatility, lightweight and so on.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Making a Strong College Essay: Important Tips

Writing college essays can be very scary and most high schoolers’ dread it with all their might. It’s
natural to psyche yourself out over this; it could be days before you stop staring at your computer and actually start putting something down at least. Yes, we get that.

Then again, you must know that You Can Do This and this is the one thing that you have total control over. Better start immediately, because writing, editing and proofreading one can take days on end to get it right, successfully.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

To what extent are small businesses in your country still affected by the recent financial upheavals?

Note: This is not a essay but will help you brainstorm how to write one on this particular topic.
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Here recent financial upheavals refer to the global recession that started in 2007 in the US and western countries that later spread to many other countries. Some countries were hardly hit, for example, Greece and Spain, whereas others withstood it pretty well like Germany and Australia. Most of the countries were moderately affected.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Probable Questions for October/November 2015

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A continuity to the Tradition: Like in the past, I am attempting to predict (so to say) questions that could show up in the upcoming October/November examination of 2015.

Disclaimer First: These predictions are in no way scientific or really probable.

Justification: However, these could be some topics you could brainstorm and practice upon, in order to prepare for your General Paper exams.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Remuneration is the sole motivating factor in today’s workplace. Discuss.

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Motivation to work is closely tied up with why people work. People work for a number of reasons such as to earn monetary rewards, gain satisfaction from accomplishment, maintain social status, remain engaged in a worthwhile pursuit instead of sitting idle, become involved or associated with something, and so on. While every person's reason to work might be slightly different from others, it usually consists of a few, if not all, among the ones discussed above. Therefore, remuneration is not the only source of motivation in today's workplace. In fact, the motivation factors have increased along with the increase in people's motive to work and are getting increasingly complex to understand.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Do we really need to pray God?

(Note: This opinion essay is not targeted for General Paper format although you can still benefit from it on reasoning and argumentation.)
Before discussing upon whether we need to pray God or not, we need to be sure whether God exists or not. If God doesn't exist, then there's no question whether we should pray Him or not. But until now, we have no evidence to determine with certainty the existence or the non-existence of God. In this state of uncertainty and ignorance, I have assumed that the God exists and thus argued accordingly.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Is anger good or bad in your opinion?

(Note: This opinion essay is not targeted for General Paper format although you can still benefit from it on reasoning and argumentation.)

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Right from my childhood I have heard of people criticizing anger just as they criticize other traits like pride, greed, lust, etc. People often have been using the argument "getting angry is bad" to shut up other people and to win them over in the arguments. However, I now have a changed perspective on this matter. I now see the virtue of not being angry a distant myth.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sophie's World - A Sample Book Review

‘He who cannot draw on 3000 years is living from hand to mouth” as noted by famous German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Sophie’s World” is a must read book for everyone. Written by a Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder this meta-fiction is a concise history of philosophy. As we read this novel the author wants us to plunge into the mysteries and riddles of this universe, not least the one, “Where did this universe come from?” Did it come from nothing or has it always existed?

Sophie Amundsen, an early teenager, returns home from school to find a mysterious letter from a stranger questioning her “Who are you?” As their interaction progresses the stranger introduces himself as a philosopher but prefers to remain anonymous for his other details. He offers Sophie, a philosophy course and they discuss the history of past 3000 years including the biographies of famous Greek philosophers, Heraclitus, Democritus, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle to name a few. They discuss about the Middle Age when the philosophy intertwines with the religion and later revives and flourishes during the Age of Enlightenment and the Renaissance. When the course approaches the end, author reveals that all these characters are nothing but fictitious in the mind of Albert Knag, a Major of the UN Peacekeeping force in Lebanon, who is writing a book called “Sophie’s World” to teach philosophy to his daughter, Hilde Moller Knag. She gets this book as a birthday present from her father and reads it completely. The same day was a birthday of Sophie, when Sophie and her philosophy teacher plan and succeed to come out of the Major’s imagination and live an eternal life.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

A Sample Book Review of "Great Expectations"

How would you feel if you wake up one day to find out someone who is willing to spend a lot of money to make a gentleman out of you? And how would you feel if that person who wants to remain anonymous initially, turns out to be a convict whom you once met in your childhood? “Great Expectations”, a novel by famous English writer Charles Dickens, has a similar story. With his best-known books David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities; Charles Dickens is back again with the theme of a youth’s discovery of the realities of life in Great Expectations.

Pip, whose parents died when he was a child, used to live with his sister and her husband, in a small village. He encounters a runaway convict when, one day, he was sitting next to the graves of his parents in the graveyard. Obeying his commands Pip brought him food and an iron file, from the forge of his brother-in-law. The same man later turned into an anonymous benefactor of Pip to turn him into a gentleman. Pip was shocked to acknowledge his sponsor; however, he finds his love for that horrible man after discovering him as the father of the girl he loved while interpreting the entangled relationships among the weirdest people he came across in his life. Although he wanted to send him to a safe place, he didn't succeed and the man died of injury invoked illness. Pip, fully grown up by now, loses everything except the hope to be well off again and everyone except Mr. Joe, his dear brother-in-law, and Herbert, his best friend whose firm he joined to work hard and reap its best results.

Friday, July 10, 2015

How to write a Short Report (with free Sample)?

Report is the summary of a research or investigation or the like and is generally written after the research has been completed. Report writing is essential for the students of any faculty from high school level to bachelor and masters level.

The basic format of writing a very concise report for an academic purpose is given below:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Honesty is the best policy. Do you agree?

We have been taught the virtues like honesty, obedience, calm temperament and so on since our childhood. “Honesty is the best policy” was taught over and over again during our primary school years. However, what is "honesty" actually? Does it imply giving true replies to everyone who interrogates us? Does it imply we should work in good faith when we do something for ourselves and others?

Now,  after deciding what honesty is, can we be sure that it will be always good? Will honesty always result in positive consequences? How far should one go for the sake of honesty?  Can we be honest with everyone we know or should we choose whom to be honest with? These are the serious questions we need to analyze before preaching "honesty" as a virtue and deciding whether it is the best policy.