The Difference between A-level & O-level Literature

It is about time an A Level Literature tutor enumerates and elaborates the differences between O level and A level Literature.

“Understanding the differences is the first step to doing well for
this wonderful subject.”

As an experienced and dedicated A level Literature tutor, I have realised the importance of  ensuring students know the contexts to improve and deepen our understanding of the texts.  This is one of the open secrets of doing well. It is also one of the major difference between A-level and O-level Literature. As an A Level Literature tutor, I am committed to helping students understand the text in a perceptibly profound manner and interpreting questions to know what are expected and the way to writing out the answers.

One Crucial Difference


Having an A-level Literature tutor who knows the differences makes the key difference between an effective and a non-effective A-level Literature tuition session.

Answering Techniques

The “Peel” method which is so ingrained in our students does not apply for answering questions for Literature in English. Students has to give that up, letting go the usual repetitive linking sentence at the end of the elaboration for each point.  Whenstudents write correctly, they will get the marks they want. In this regard, the A level Literature tutor will spare no efforts to role-model and provide scaffolding to enable students to answer the question in such a way to score.

O level Literature tuition

The only place where all the O-level Literature texts are taught.

O-level Literature focuses on Reader Response and New Criticism. The sessions cover both texts, devices and answering techniques. This is the only  place where all the O-level texts are covered. 

Mdm Yu’s extensive experience in Literature tuition benefits students
in helping them score in this subject.

For a subject that is relatively less popular compared to Geography and History, there are certainly a lot of text options which makes tutoring it challenging. But passion and deep abiding interest in this subject makes Mdm Yu the right Literature tutor for students of Elective and Pure Literature. below are some of the texts for O-level Literature tuition. I will update from time to time but it may not always be possible even if I am tutoring new texts because of time constraints. So just call to check with me to confirm that the Literature tuition sessions cover the new titles.

Enjoy this wonderful subject and do well in it.

Some recent feedback from my Lit students

Former student from Crescent Girls (2018 O-levels):
“Just to inform you that I have scored an A2 for my Combined Humanities (Literature & Social Studies).”

Pure Lit student from TKGS(2018 O-leveIs)
“I am impressed with Mdm Yu’s teaching. She is the best Lit tutor. I thank her for my A1 for my Pure Literature last year (2018 O-levels).”

O-level (2017) Pure Lit student from CHIJ(Katong Convent):
“I managed to score A2 for my Pure Lit this years, thanks to Mdm Yu. I leapt from C4 in my mid-year to A2. Thank you Mdm Yu. “





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All 7 new texts for 2016 and 2017 onwards are now taught! Only place in SG that can provide this service for students!

I believe in giving more than my best to my students and have now completed reading all the new texts! Yes all seven of them!  What is more I am giving  unprecedented discounts to those who will be calling me for the first time for Lit and Humanities tuition for O- and N-level exams. The offer lasts till end of April. Hurry as places are limited! For a sample of the areas covered, I have chosen Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. In my sessions on the book, the areas covered are as follows:

  1. key insights on George Bernard Shaw, the playwright, activists and self-anointed saviour of society
  2. a brief outline of his colourful and eventful life, focusing on his creed and the various causes he championed and supported.
  3. a close insightful study of issues raised in the play such as the social divide, class conflict, transformation, the status of women, gender issues, etc
  4. theme tracking
  5. insightful and profound comments and interpretations of the play, plot, characterisation, themes and issues
  6. language and wordplay in the text and many others ( some of which are my trade secrets)

Last but not least I role-model a lot to show them how to analyse questions, and answer them. I do impart certain secret skills to give them that edge in the exams and of course for most of my students,  I teach them sentence skills and essay organisation as well because in the final analysis, Lit students need to write very well.