Prepare for excellence with our intensive revision

The conduct of the intensive revision programme will help students to manage challenging examination questions set for the A Level Economics examination. As the classes are conducted during the school holidays, students can focus on the correction of errors and refine their thinking and writing techniques.

Why join our intensive revision programme?

It is beneficial for students to attend the intensive revision programme as they will build up their understanding of economic concepts and develop the necessary exam skills to achieve academic success. The classes are prepared by experienced JC economics tutors, who will provide useful illustrations and examples that will facilitate the comprehension of economic concepts and processes. The distinguishing factor between the intensive revision and regular tuition classes is the greater emphasis on skills development, rather than content enrichment.

Improve your JC economics essay writing skills

During the intensive revision programme, students will learn how to write economics essays in ways to maximise their attainment of marks. The tutors will guide students through various chapters and specify the appropriateness of specific skillsets to express viewpoints clearly and concisely. These skillsets will be elaborated to provide a more in-depth understanding of how our intensive revision classes are conducted.

Plan your essay outline

Before embarking on the essay writing process, students must plan their essay outline as it will help to organize their thoughts and avoid the problem of encountering a mental block. The economics tutors advise students to read the examination question carefully and annotate the key phrases or terms that are found in the text. Then, students must list down the possible perspectives that can are relevant as essay answers. The rough sketch of the essay answer will be beneficial to students as they can refer to it during the writing process to keep track of time and the length of elaboration.

Set the essay direction with a clear introduction

One of the critical factors that contribute to a well-graded economics essays is the introductory paragraph. Examiners must be able to identify the student’s viewpoint from the introduction and obtain a basic understanding of how the essay question will be answered. Clarity is important as examiners award more marks to students who can express their views in a logical manner.

Organize the main body of the essay

Following the introduction setting, students must develop a well-structured framework for the main body of the economics essay. Tutors strongly encourage students to provide as many viewpoints as possible when answering the economics essay question. During the economics tuition programme, students will learn how to undergo perspective setting by segmenting the areas of discussion into distinctive parts. For example, the analysis of an economic recession is carried out by observing its implications on the various aggregate demand components, like consumption, investment, and net export expenditure.

Furthermore, the organization of the main body provides greater clarity to the essay as examiners can determine the number of perspectives that students have provided in their answers. Examiners can also follow the thought process of the students due to the legible and effective presentation of answers. Hence, these students are likely to perform well in the economics essays component.

Evaluation of economic implications

While the broadening of areas of discussion is important, students must also write their evaluation to provide a comprehensive set of answers. This evaluation can be conducted in the form of analysing the significance of factors. For example, the analysis of contributing factors affecting the price of oil is carried out by making comparative statements on which factor is deemed by the student to be the most important. The provision of an opinionated analysis is critical to show examiners that the students can examine the economic issues with more in-depth considerations and reflection.

Develop the essential JC economics case study answering techniques

Aside from the JC economics essay writing skills development, the economics tuition intensive revision programme also involves the cultivation of effective case study answering techniques. Tutors will use past year exam questions and other samples to facilitate the learning of relevant answering skills. In addition, students will integrate their skills to deal with challenging questions that carry larger weightage of marks.

Conduct trend analysis

The first area for case study skills development is the cultivation of trend analysis techniques. Trend analysis is important for students as it helps them to recognize the direction, pattern, and rates of change at the Microeconomic and Macroeconomic levels. At the A Level Economics examination, students will be handed unseen economic data and information to analyse.

In this case, students are advised to use a pencil to annotate next to the data as it helps them to generate ideas on answering such questions, which are usually the first few questions of the CSQ. Occasionally, students must make simple calculations to determine the patterns of change in the economic context.

Provide diagrammatical illustrations

Some of the CSQs require students to draw economic diagrams to facilitate the answering of questions. Usually, such questions may specify this requirement by stating ‘with the aid of a diagram’. However, students are encouraged to exercise their own judgment, based on adequate experience accumulated from revision, to decide the necessity of draw economic diagrams.

The diagrammatical illustration skills development can be observed in two parts. First, students must develop a systematic order or drawing the diagrams. For example, tutors will advise students to draw and label the two axes. Then, draw the curves at the initial stage. Generally, students must be able to show the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of the economic equilibrium in the diagram. Second, students should start their diagram interpretation in a new paragraph. Using process explanation skills, students will elaborate on the changes illustrated in the diagram and the economic implications. Regular and repeated attempts of diagrammatical drawing are strongly encouraged to build familiarity in preparation for the examination.

Broaden the areas of discussion

To ensure that students can score in the Economics CSQ paper, students must not only minimize the errors for the basic questions (e.g. trend analysis and factor identification questions), but also the attainment of marks for the higher order thinking questions. The latter type of questions usually contains directional words like “discuss”. This implies that students must provide answers to support and challenge the given perspective in the question. During our economics tuition intensive revision classes, students will learn how to expand their areas of discussion by examining different factors and contributing roles. This answering method is essential as students will avoid stumbling in such questions that can be seen as a filtering method for examiners to discern the A-grade students from the rest of the cohort.

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