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Case Study Questions
Understanding Case Study Questions
In our economics tuition, students will be taught on how to answer the various types of case study questions. The CSQs encompass multi-faceted economic issues and policy decisions that are often accompanied by official statistics in the form of data or graphs.
The thinking and application skills taught involve application of economics principles, understanding of economic phrases, development of structures for complex questions and development of answers for CSQs. Students will be trained to read the passages and statistics information and understand how to link to the requirements of the questions. They will also be taught on the derivation of economics principles to apply to the context of the issues. In the process of derivation of answers, students must master the development of economics causation, effective graphical illustration and description of diagram. It is also imperative that students understand how to provide evaluation and analysis to answer the requirements of complex questions. Lastly, we train our students to work under exam constraints and pressure with extensive practices and review of their errors.
Types of Questions for CSQs
What Are The Different Types Of CSQ Questions
The case study question component requires candidates to apply economic principles in analysing, synthesising, evaluating or solving an economic problem. This is done through testing candidates with a wide variety of questions that will be able to develop their economic related skills.
Trend analysis questions
Trend analysis questions are often the very first questions students see when attempting a CSQ paper. It tests students ability to identify and relate to trends with emphasis placed on identification of overall trend direction and refinement of a candidate’s answer.
Comparative questions tend to focus on drawing comparisons between 2 different sets of sources, requiring students to highlight and explain the differences in their observations, explaining it in economic terms.
Factor identification questions
Factor identification questions, as the name suggests, requires students to infer and identify certain factors from the source to explain a particular economic phenomena. Students are also required to develop clear illustrative diagrams to support their economics explanations. In order to do so, students will have to have a keen grasp of economic related concepts so they will be able to identify the related factors with ease.
Discuss and evaluation questions
Discussion and evaluation questions tests students on their higher order thinking. It demands students to look beyond the sources to formulate their own ideas and perspectives on the issues discussed within the given sources in a coherent manner.
List of CSQs for JC Economics Revision
How to use these CSQs for your exam preparation?
In preparation for your Paper 1 (CSQs), you can examine the following CSQs that are listed below. These questions have been separated into two major areas of discussion: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. The purpose of this separation of areas is to familiarise yourself with the two questions that usually set for examinations.
To utilise these available CSQs resources effectively for your revision, you should study the related Microeconomics and Macroeconomics notes thoroughly then attempt the practice questions featured below to assess your competency level. It is important to set a time limit for your practice sessions to improve your speed of thinking and writing, given that the examination paper is within 2 hours 15 minutes for H2 Economics students and 3 hours for H1 Economic students.
For Microeconomics, the CSQs will cover the two major themes stated in the A Level Economics syllabus for H1 and H2 students, namely Central Economic Problem and Markets. In view of the examinations conducted for the past few years, it is evident that the Microeconomics questions may require the application of Macroeconomics knowledge, which is likened to the Paper 2 (Economics Essays) component.
In addition, you should prepare for the CSQ papers by reading widely and using what you have learnt in classes to understand the significance of these concepts in real world situations. For example, you can reflect on the importance of contributing factors that affect the demand and supply of goods and services that determine the equilibrium price and output.
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For Macroeconomics, the CSQs will feature a series of extracts that relate to the chapters you have learnt, such as National Income Accounting, National Income Determination, and Macroeconomic Policies. It is important to recognise the chapters that are being tested so that you can apply the relevant economics concepts to your answers.
As the types of extracts and figures may vary in many forms, such as in table and charts, you are expected to develop the awareness and skills to interpret the given data to answer different question types, as stated in the above. Generally, Macroeconomics CSQs will feature the economic performance of countries, in which you will make intra-country and inter-country comparative analysis.