Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2013 9:16 PM
hello my name is ****** from *****jc. I was just going through your econs website and felt I need some advice on how to study
h1 econs in these 2 months before a levels as I got an U in my prelims. I am not so bad as to not know what factors affect
demand and supply, but a levels questions are not as direct or straightforward as that so I feel that I have difficulty interpreting
what the qn is asking/ don’t understand what is happening in the extract due to my little knowledge of what is happening
around the world and the difficult english words they use like e.g. tough austerity measures, but I know the meaning now. If I’m not wrong, it should be an increase in tax and decrease in govt. expenditure. I am currently getting like 9 and 3 marks for the case study qns and 5 marks for the essay. I don’t want to focus too much time on H1 since my H2’s are also no that strong, but still I don’t want to fail in my a levels. It would be helpful if you could give me some tips on how I should study in these 2 months to do well for econs at a levels. Tyvm!
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:57:53 +0800
I am so glad to receive your email because I am sure many others are feeling the same as you and wondering what to do. If you do not mind, I will remove your name and school and post your query and my reply in the website. Let me know if you are cool with that.
Let me answer your question with a story.
2 years ago I had a student whose Econs standard was way lousier than yours. For example, she could not explain the concept of multiplier and did not remember pointers for things like the limitations of fiscal policy etc, she could only vaguely describe concepts and pointers. Needless to say she got a U for her prelims. She was negative and pessimistic and it affected her other subjects as well. I had her do 3 things (which I call the 2013 plan) for the final two months before her A levels and eventually she got a B for H1 Econs. Frankly speaking it was a huge surprise for me (of course I did not show that infront of her hehe). She was also ecstatic when she called me after getting her results and was pretty amazed by the power of the “2013 plan” we had tailored made for her. So what exactly is the “2013 plan”?
1. Starting from today, everyday for 20 mins before you sleep, visualize yourself getting good grades.
Yes it sounds silly. But it works. Visualise yourself going to school and getting your result from your Teacher, and visualize yourself beaming with a smile. Make it as vivid as possible. Imagine yourself looking down into your results slip and you get an A for Econs. See and hear your friends congratulating you, looking at you with envy. Your Teachers look at you in disbelief. And then see yourself writing an email to me saying thank you for your help I got an A.
2. Read one case study per day.
Just read one per day. Read the question and answer. Read the topic sentence of every extract. Read the graph.
3. Select 5 different essays per topic and memorise 3 everyday. Memorise the questions and answers.
For H1, group according to the following topics.
a. Demand and supply with elasticity
b. Market Failure
c. 5 Macroeconomics goals of government
e. International trade
You should have 30 essays that you memorized by the end of this exercise. When I say memorise, it means you are able to physically write the essay and draw the graphs within 30 mins. You should be able to recall the previous days’ essays as well.
P.S. focus on the process and do whatever it takes to achieve the above 3 things.
Most students will be very motivated for the first few days and overkill by visualizing for 1 hour, memorise 10 essays in one shot etc only to lose steam after 3 days. DO NOT DO THAT. Just focus on the 2013 plan. 20 mins visualizing, 1 case study and 3 essays everyday. After a few days you may find yourself giving excuses like “Are you sure it works.” “ Ah nobody will know, I will just memorise 1 today.” “Oh I need a break” “Ah it’s the weekends, I need to rest.” Do not allow yourself to slack. Not even when you are sleepy or tired.
I have come to realise that it is best to get a friend to do it together with you. Rally each other and test each other whether you have memorized the 3 essays. Another sure way to motivate yourself to study (for any subject) is to use what I call the bluff technique, details which I shall not reveal here because it only works face to face or in a class setting.
So here is my reply. As you can see I did not spend time to explain why the above 3 things works because that will take a long time. There are a lot of psychology, motivation, brain theory, NLP and general “hocus pocus” just kidding, behind the 3 exercises that we have spent many hours and effort to develop. Just believe the magic.
Thanks for all the tips, but 1 is a little bit exaggerated I feel. I don’t wanna count the chickens before they hatch,
but I will always be optimistic that I would get the marks for all the hard work I put in. I will try my best as memorizing 3 essays is
still a lot for me since I don’t know if I have enough brainpower to retain all the information I read by the next day. Also clarifying, when my macroeconomics concepts, especially towards the BOP and globalisation concepts are not that strong, I may not quite understand the answers to the case study/essays. Should I read through my notes before I start on this 2013 plan? drawback in this: I take really really long to read a set of lecture notes as the subject is rather dry):
I am also aware that you have the downloads for the case studies and essays, so just asking you about the steps to download them. Thanks a lot!