Learn how our economics tuition ace H1 Economics for you (8823)

The new 8823 H1 Economics syllabus represents a change in the academic direction put forth by Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB). Major changes include removal of topics and even removal of the essay portion. The removed topics are mainly from the International Economics such as International Trade, Balance of Payment, Foreign Exchange and Globalisation. This change signifies a renewed focus on local economics issues and the multitude of impacts on Singapore. Furthermore, the removal of the essay writing indicates that SEAB wants greater emphasis on data analysis and source examination.

In Economics Focus, we are constantly adapting to the demands of the A Level Economics syllabus and providing the best examination approach for our students. We aim to drill our students more on data and source analysis by exposing them to a wider range of questions. This broadens our students’ thinking and ensures that they can go up against the complexities in the examination questions. Based on the requirement of the syllabus, we have specially designed our H1 Economics Tuition to the needs of the current new syllabus.

What you learn from H1 Economics Tuition?

Economics Focus aims to expand the thinking capability of our students and feed them with economics knowledge essential to tackling examination questions successfully. In light of the new syllabus, Economics Focus is able to narrow down on essential knowledge for our students and help them adapt to the new demands of the syllabus. Fundamentally, our H1 Economics Tuition focuses on these three main areas of learning.

Understanding and application of Economics knowledge

Many students face much difficulties understanding Economics due to the subject being relatively new to them. Over here at Economics Focus, we simplify the knowledge of Economics and help students understand the subject efficiently.

Case Study Answering Techniques

Case Studies may appear to be easy to many because of the range of sources and contexts provided that help support a student’s writing. However, such thinking is greatly discouraged due to the evolution of case studies. Case studies, now, requires in-depth analysis and evaluation which can be challenging to grasp. Students in Economics Focus will learn to hone their analysis and evaluation skills with our specialised tutors who will guide the students throughout.

Spontaneous and Reflective Thinking and Writing Skills

Despite the removal of the essay writing portion in the 8823 H1 Economics Syllabus, reflective thinking and writing skills are still imperative because it is still a required skill in the thinking questions (usually last few) of case studies. Our students will learn to think beyond the boundaries of questions and seek to support their answers with insightful ideas and solutions. Moreover, they will also learn to write in an efficient and concise manner that is easy to digest for readers. This is to ensure that our students can pen down their ideas fast and well under examination conditions.

Examination Format

As observed, the latest H1 Economics syllabus (8823) has excluded the essay writing component that occupied a substantial percentage of the overall marks. Now, students are expected to be adept at data interpretation and analysis. To understand this shift, we have picked out the important parts of the syllabus information.

Assessment Structure

H1 Economics students are required to complete two case studies in 3 hours. Each case study carries 45 marks and occupies 50% of the overall grade. 40% of the questions are for data response questions, whereas the remaining 60% are oriented towards higher-order questions.

Data from the Two Case Studies

For each of the case study, it will feature two to three pages of economic data that can be presented in text, numerical, or graphical forms. The data will address economic issues and policies that are based on the topics covered in the syllabus.

Information on the Questions

There will be six to eight questions, including subparts. These questions will assess the ability of students to apply economic concepts and theories to analyse and evaluate economic issues and policymaking carefully. Generally, Case Study Questions will require students to synthesise information from various sources and answer the given questions. Students are allowed to use an SEAB-approved calculator during the H1 Economics examination.

Areas of Learning

H1 Economics students will be introduced to three main themes, namely The Central Economic Problem, Markets, and The National Economy. Within each theme, students will examine case studies and other real world applications to understand the context and relevance of the economics analysis. For more information about the SEAB content, please refer to the 8823 H1 Economics Syllabus (2018) PDF.

Theme 1: The Central Economic Problem

In the introductory theme, students will understand the underlying reasons behind the economic decisions made by individuals as consumers, producers, as well as governments. In view of the scarcity problem, there is a need to allocate resources efficiently. The analysis of resource allocation can be viewed with various tools, such as the production possibility curve (PPC). In the process, governments can achieve maximisation of utility, profits and social welfare.

Theme 2: Markets

In the second theme, students will understand how the decision-making processes are made by individuals in the markets, seen in terms of the price mechanism. The price mechanism can be seen in the interactions of demand and supply factors that determine the market equilibrium. However, as the price mechanism may not function efficiently all the time, this development gives rise to market failure, which necessitates government intervention.

Theme 3: The National Economy

In the third theme, students will examine how governments conduct policymaking at the national level to raise standard of living. The policy decisions are made based on the analysis of factors affecting aggregate demand (AD) and aggregate supply (AS), which determines the equilibrium level of national output and general price level. In addition, students will identify the indicators that affect the standard of living of an economy, such as GDP per capita. Following the comprehension of economic performance, governments will implement policies to achieve specific macroeconomic aims, like improvements in standard of living and sustainable economic growth.

What are the challenges in H1 Economics programme?

Given the understanding of the H1 Economics examination format and areas of learning, it is evident that students will encounter obstacles during the study of the H1 Economics programme, like time management and data interpretation.

Do you have the economics acumen?

In order to answer economics case study questions, students are expected to understand the context of discussion in the given extracts and form logical judgments within the short timeframe at the examinations. Students can assess their competency level by reading economics-related news and attempt to derive the underlying implications.

Can you relate economics knowledge to the question?

Another potential learning setback is about the ability of students to apply their knowledge of Economics to the stated case study questions. While students can simply undergo rote learning and memorisation, it is inadequate to regurgitate the content without paying heed to the specific question requirements. Therefore, it is imperative for students to hone their thinking and writing skills to exhibit their proficiency in analysing economics issues.

Can you develop the economics explanation and evaluation?

Students who aspire to ace the H1 Economics examinations must possess the capability of forming clear and coherent economics explanation to answer the case study questions. During the answering process, students must may encounter the problem of having idea fragmentation, which leads to a disorganized answer structure. Furthermore, students may have the tendency to miss out on the evaluation part due to inadequate practice.

Benefits of economics tuition with Economics Focus

In view of the above-mentioned challenges, Economics Focus offers comprehensive H1 Economics tuition programmes for JC1 and JC2 students to overcome them effectively. During the programmes, students will broaden their knowledge of economics issues and acquire the skills to handle unseen economic data and answer different question types.

Elaborative notes and extensive questions for practice

One such benefit is the provision of JC Economics notes that are arranged in topical format. In every set of notes, students can pick out the economics terms that should be used in the answers. Also, the tutors conduct classes that value-add the revision experience of students, seen in terms of the timed practice sessions that simulate examination conditions.

Supportive guidance from JC Economics Tutor Simon Ng

Another useful feature of the H1 Economics tuition programme is the availability of guidance from JC Economics Tutor Simon Ng, who possesses vast teaching experience and knowledge in the Economics field. Given his understanding and familiarity of how questions are likely to be set for the examinations, students have benefited in wide scope of learning during the lessons. Also, students can review their answering approach with the tutor to identify areas of improvement, thereby raising their writing proficiency level.

Active discourse and discussion to improve application skills and opinion development

Students can prepare for the complexity of questions by undergoing class discussions at our H1 Economics tuition programmes. Discussions are important as it promotes opinion development and reflective thinking. During the classes, students are trained to think actively and question the given perspectives of discussion to gain a wholesome understanding of the economics issues. Then, they are required to express their thoughts in the written form to overcome the frictional experience of writing the economics causation and process explanation.

Develop economics acumen with us

Get started at our H1 Economics tuition to excel in the A Level subject today. Call Simon at 9689 0510 to find out more.