Critical Writing

KYP’s Critical Writing curriculum teaches students how to write flawless, persuasive essays. They will master a strict essay formula that they can rely on at any time during their education, including in university. For each level of this curriculum, students will start the lesson with a debate on a new current event or social issues topic, and they will debate these in small seminar-style discussions designed to refine their opinions. They will then write timed essays (approximately 40 minutes per lesson) based on their original thesis statements and supporting points. Our Critical Writing formula goes several steps further than the current academic standard by also teaching students how to address the “Importance” of their points and how to write strong counterarguments.

Beginners Critical Writing (8-9 Years Old)

Students will learn the fundamentals of essay writing, alongside how to debate complex issues, craft strong thesis statements, and adhere to foolproof essay formats.

This course teaches students the fundamentals of essay writing. Students will learn to debate complex issues, craft strong thesis statements, and adhere to foolproof essay formats. Especially important at this age is learning to think “outside the box,” and each class will present a new contemporary issue designed to develop students’ organisational and problem-solving skills.

The Critical Writing series is KYP’s flagship offering. These intensive courses endow students with superior writing skills by introducing them to a range of writing styles (e.g. academic, expository, persuasive). Each class is taught in the “Harvard Law School-style” – in small seminars using the Socratic method – and centered around one thought-provoking current events topic that students will examine and debate before crafting an essay on the subject. Students get in-depth feedback from instructors on each of their compositions, with the end result being a portfolio of polished original works.

Excellent writing ability is critical for success in today’s highly competitive global community. It is imperative that students develop a strong writing foundation from an early age through frequent writing, skills training, and thorough feedback. As students progress through KYP’s Critical Writing series, they master the writing and reasoning skills necessary for future academic and professional success.

Age Group: 8-9 years old
Locations: Causeway Bay, Kowloon
Duration: 1.5 hours
Lesson Fee: $520 per 1.5-hour class


Introductory Critical Writing (10-11)

Students develop their critical reasoning ability and academic writing abilities, preparing them for secondary school writing and higher-level coursework.

This course hones students’ critical reasoning ability and essay writing abilities. Once mastering the fundamentals of essay writing, students learn the techniques and elements of a wide repertoire of academic writing, preparing them for secondary school writing and higher level coursework. 

The Critical Writing series is KYP’s flagship offering. These intensive courses endow students with superior writing skills by introducing them to a range of writing styles (e.g. academic, expository, persuasive). Each class is taught in the “Harvard Law School-style” – in small seminars using the Socratic method – and centered around one thought-provoking current events topic that students will examine and debate before crafting an essay on the subject. Students get in-depth feedback from instructors on each of their compositions, with the end result being a portfolio of polished original works.

Excellent writing ability is critical for success in today’s highly competitive global community. It is imperative that students develop a strong writing foundation from an early age through frequent writing, skills training, and thorough feedback. As students progress through KYP’s Critical Writing series, they master the writing and reasoning skills necessary for future academic and professional success.

Age Group: 10-11 years old
Locations: Causeway Bay, Kowloon
Duration: 1.5 hours
Lesson Fee: $520 per 1.5-hour class


Intermediate Critical Writing (12-13 Years Old)

Students will perfect written analysis and argumentation to the level demanded by elite secondary schools and university admissions tests.

Students in this course will perfect written analysis and argumentation to the level demanded by elite secondary schools and university admissions tests (e.g. SAT or IB). In addition, this course uses complex global and philosophical issues as a means of pushing students’ logical ability to its limits, a process many students find both invigorating and rewarding.

The Critical Writing series is KYP’s flagship offering. These intensive courses endow students with superior writing skills by introducing them to a range of writing styles (e.g. academic, expository, persuasive). Each class is taught in the “Harvard Law School-style” – in small seminars using the Socratic method – and centered on one thought-provoking current events topic that students will examine and debate before crafting an essay on the subject. Students get in-depth feedback from instructors on each of their compositions, with the end result being a portfolio of polished original works.

Excellent writing ability is critical for success in today’s highly competitive global community. It is imperative that students develop a strong writing foundation from an early age through frequent writing, skills training, and thorough feedback. As students progress through KYP’s Critical Writing series, they master the writing and reasoning skills necessary for future academic and professional success.

Age Group: 12-13 years old
Duration: 1.5 hours
Location: Causeway Bay, Kowloon
Lesson Fee: $680 per 1.5-hour class