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Chapter Preview for Economics Tuition Students

Consolidated below are excerpts of Economics tutor Mr Koh’s chapter-specific previews for Microeconomics. The main aim is to help Economics tuition students gain a better understanding of what each topic entails, and the key skills required of Economics students.   Demand and Supply   The essence of this topic can be summarised into two parts […]

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Reflections by Mr Koh, the Economics Tutor

I enjoy writing. What sets me apart from many writers is the fact that I am not a spontaneous writer. I do not conjure up writing pieces in my head and pen them down like most Economics writers do. This is the same reason why I do not maintain an online blog.   In fact, […]

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A Risk Based Approach to Economics Tuition

The risk-based element means that resources are directed towards areas which carry the greatest weight in Economics students’ ‘A’ Level examinations – hence the higher ‘risk’ associated with them.   As a result, Mr Koh’s Economics tuition classes have chosen to focus on the skills involved in writing economics essays, since the essay paper alone […]

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For Economics Tuition Students – Writing Good Topic Sentences

Once you have developed your introduction for your Economics essay, the next step is to write your topic sentences. These are usually the first few sentences in a paragraph, and their purpose is to SUMMARISE the point being made in that specific paragraph.   The flow of your topic sentences should also follow the order […]

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Writing Styles that Economics Tuition Students Should Observe

Apart from understanding the structure and the essential components of an essay, the writing style is important for A Level Economics essays as well. Mr Koh follows a PAF framework which stands for Precision, Accuracy and Focus. Precision – this means writing in short, simple sentences, i.e. make generous use of full stops! Some students […]

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Summary of Mr Koh’s Essay Writing Skills for A Level Economics

Many students face two common fears in essay-writing – running out of time or writing out of point. The application of Mr Koh’s essay writing framework should give Economics tuition students a good sense of how to deal with these problems.   To recap:   “Time is running out!”   –        Economics tuition students should […]

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Summarise the Economics Syllabus with Aplomb – Demand and Supply

Demand and Supply   In revising the A Level Economics syllabus, it helps to go in to the examination hall with an expectation of what each topic and their examination questions entail.   Contained within here are Economics tutor Mr Koh’s summary of key themes in each topic for his Economics tuition students’ perusal.   […]

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Summarise the Economics Syllabus with Aplomb – Market Structures and Market Failure

Market Structures (Firms and How They Operate)   In his Economics tuition classes, Economics tutor Mr Koh has structured the above chapter through a features-behaviour-performance view that cuts across all market structures, instead of presenting a discrete summary of each structure.   This is because questions on this topic usually require students to make comparisons […]

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Summarise the Economics Syllabus with Aplomb – Macroeconomics

Summarise the Economics Syllabus with Aplomb – Macroeconomics   National Income (Introduction to Macroeconomics)   A piece of key advice which Mr Koh dispenses to his Economics tuition students is to dedicate sufficient time to memory exercise to this topic. For example, students are expected to be thoroughly familiar with the multiplier process, as well […]

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Summarise the Economics Syllabus with Aplomb – International Economics

There are three main sections in this topic – (i) Exchange rates; (ii) Trade and Protectionism; and (iii) Globalisation. Some schools’ notes may also include BOP under this topic, although Mr Koh’s Economics tuition classes have subsumed it under the earlier topic on Macroeconomic Aims and Issues for ease of presentation. With the exception of […]

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Light Pollution in Singapore – Is Public Lighting a Boon or Bane?

I brought my family on a vacation to the Australian state of Tasmania last November. Staying on a farm was a natural inclusion into our itinerary as my two-year- old adores tractors. After a long and windy drive into the countryside, we received a warm welcome from our hosts and prepared to settle in for the night. […]

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Maximising Your Potential for A Level Economics Essays

Economics tutors and teachers have been trying to help students adapt to Cambridge’ renewed focus on testing students on higher-order thinking skills and their ability to critically analyse complex issues. This has a very strong bearing on the way students prepare for Paper 2 in the A Levels. Mr Koh’s Parachute Concept Approach to Help You Score in A Level […]

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A Level Econs Model Essay: Market Failure and Government Intervention

Critically examine Singapore’s approach to tackling market failure arising from the existence of externalities. (25) This is a relatively standard question on the evaluation of government policies used to tackle externalities in Singapore. Since it is a 25m question, students should first explain how externalities result in market failure. In evaluating the measures to tackle […]

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A Level Econs Model Essay: Macroeconomic Aims, Issues And Policies

Examine the impact of a weakening currency on a country’s economic performance. For greater relevance, the response to this answer considered recent economic conditions (i.e. from 2008-2012). We continue to discuss the case of a weakening exchange rate, although we argue towards the end of the essay that the Sing dollar had in fact been […]

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master econs

A Tried-and-tested Approach to Master A Level Econs

Remember Application, Not Pure Content A good driver understands when to apply the brakes or the accelerator when driving. However, the driver may not understand the nitty-gritty details on how long it takes for the car to accelerate from 0 to 100kmh-1 or how long the car takes to come to a complete stop. This […]

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How to Power Up Your A Level Econs Case-study Prep

Understanding the A Level Case Study Paper Many students have the impression that when tackling case study questions, the extract serves as the primary source of information. Hence, failure to understand the extract in full will disadvantage them when they subsequently tackle the questions. These students usually falter when moving on to the questions, since […]

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Tips for scoring in A level econs

5 Powerful Tips to Score in A Level Economics Exams

Now, students should know that the A Level Economics exam is as much an assessment of a student’s content knowledge, as it is a test of a student’s exam skills. Hence, subsumed within this article is a collection of exam-smart tips which Economics tutor Mr Koh personally feels will benefit students in their endeavour to […]

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Maximising Your Potential for A Level Economics Essays

Economics tutors and teachers have been trying to help students adapt to Cambridge’ renewed focus on testing students on higher-order thinking skills and their ability to critically analyse complex issues. This has a very strong bearing on the way students prepare for Paper 2 in the A Levels.   Mr Koh’s Parachute Concept Approach to […]

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A Levels Economics Model Essays RESOURCE ALLOCATION IN COMPETITIVE MARKETS

A Levels Economics Model Essays RESOURCE ALLOCATION IN COMPETITIVE MARKETS (DEMAND, SUPPLY AND ELASTICITY CONCEPTS) Adapted from A Levels Economics N2004 Question (a) Explain how a global economic downturn and the bankruptcy of some major airlines can affect the market for air travel. (10) (b) Assess the relevance of elasticity concepts in explaining how the […]

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A Levels Economics Model Essays FIRMS AND HOW THEY OPERATE

A Levels Economics Model Essays FIRMS AND HOW THEY OPERATE (MARKET STRUCTURES) (a) Explain how an oligopoly sets its price and output. (10) (b) Discuss whether Singaporean firms mostly operate according to the oligopolistic model. (15) ________________________________________________________   Part (a) requires students to assess the factors affecting MC, MR, as well as the presence of […]

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