Happy new year to everyone! It’s a brand new year and once again thousands of bright and bubbly JC1 students will be learning about allocative efficiency and trying to draw demand and supply curves for the first time. Yay!
Sadly, the excitement for the subject usually dies off after the first month. 90% of them will then go on to get their first D in economics during the common tests and at least half of them will start to dislike the subject. Pretty darn dismal.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The problem, in our opinion, really lies in poor study skills and habits. Students think that by going to lectures and classes and listening, by reading notes and doing tutorials, and doing a bit of cramming before the exams, they will be able to score. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Not that you definitely can’t, but the odds are against you. Lectures and classes are generally too passive — we forget most of the stuff we listen to; reading notes is equally useless because it does not help much with long-term retention; tutorials are not bad because they give you practice, but the low frequency and quantity of questions in schools make substantial gains impossible.
We, at econoception, advocate the 5 Step Econoception Study Method, which at its nutshell is distributed practice and testing. Spreading things out; doing a little everyday. Practicing and answering questions. Making flashcards. Doing Quick-Writes. Getting feedback on those answers. Discussing with peers.
We understand that it can be tough to do all that by yourself, especially when you have so many other subjects and CCA commitments to juggle. Because we really want you to succeed, here is what we are going to do to help.
After weeks of hard work, we have managed to turn the entire A-Level H2 Economics Assessment Objectives into a huge list of finely segmented checkpoints and learning outcomes. We have also painstakingly ordered the list to ensure that you learn the right concept at the right time, in a way that is as aligned to your school curriculum as possible. What are we going to do with this list? This year, from 1st Feb onwards, econoception is launching 5 Minutes Only Lah.
Each day, we will teach you one tiny concept. It’ll be presented in a straightforward and simple manner, and usually with an example or illustration. There’ll be a simple MCQ question at the end to check your understanding and then it’ll end off with a couple of really interesting and possibly challenging questions that we strongly encourage you to think about. Because that is where most of the value is going to come from — remember that passive reading doesn’t work. Bonus: If we know of any current affairs relating to the concept, we will link you as well.
As the name suggests, 5 Minutes Only Lah will take you less than 5 minutes to read through, but you are always welcome to spend more time on the questions! In fact, you will be rewarded (with lots of love) if you post your responses in the comments section.
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That’s all you need to know for now. 🙂 If you are reading this and have friends or classmates starting economics this year, please do link them to our site.
Have a great year ahead. Till next time, dream economics.
Oh and remember: Showing up consistently is where the magic happens.