Small Chunking and Why I Hate Choosing 25 Mark Questions

Many of you struggle with time management issues or not knowing what to write. The best advice I can give you is

  1. Avoid 25 mark questions.
  2. Just start.

These two pieces of advice go hand-in-hand.

The number of decisions you have to make even before you start writing is considerably larger for 25 mark questions than 10-15 ones. The nature of a 10-15 mark question is such that the first part is generally a lower order question.

For example, in the 2014 paper, these were the part (a)s:

Explain how benefits to the economy can arise from specialisation and exchange. [10]

Questions to Prepare You for The A Levels

Edit as of 4 Oct, 2pm: I have already received one complete response to ALL the missions and I have provided detailed feedback for the student. What are you waiting for? 🙂

Thanks for the survey responses so far! They have been very illuminating. Please fill one up if you have not and help me get a better idea of what resources to create for you.

Many of you have voiced out concerns about doing AD-AS questions. One of you have mentioned that you would like to see some A Level style questions. Another talked about the need for a structured revision plan.

How can I better prepare myself for the A level Economics Essay section?

I have written extensively about this in other sections of the blog, but just 5 quick tips that’ll get you there.
  1. Get exposure to many different types of questions and try to understand what each one requires.
  2. Thinking about how Economics is relevant to the real world. For example, why might some market structures be more suitable for certain industries? (in the sense that the outcomes are desirable to society.) Or for Macro — how does the US raising interest rates affect Singapore? How does the change in price of oil affect global trade and growth?

2014 A level H2 Economics Review: Macroeconomics Qn 4

The following data relate to the Singapore economy in 2011

$ billion
Private Consumption Expenditure 129
Gross Fixed Capital Foundation 77
Government Consumption Expenditure 34
Exports of goods and services 531
Imports of goods and services 444
GDP 327

a. Economies consist of several key sectors such as households, firms, government and the rest of the world. Explain the relative importance of these key sectors of the circular flow of income in determining national income in Singapore. [10]

2014 A level H2 Economics Review: Microeconomics Qn 2

In 2012 the UK had a very poor harvests for grain and potatoes, which are major ingredients of many of the foods of UK consumers and also Grainsprovide feed for much of Britain’s livestock. At the same time, there was a decline in real incomes of many UK citizens, especially those on low incomes.

Using economic analysis, discuss the impact these events are likely to have had on UK consumers and farmers. [25]

You can always count on A level to come up with at least one Demand and Supply question every year. Despite the concepts being easy to grasp, many tutors (including mine) persuade their students to avoid attempting such questions during exams. The wide array of question types and unfamiliar goods being tested make essays from this topic challenging. However, if you are familiar with the goods or services tested and are able to apply the concepts well, there is no reason to avoid such questions. Here are some steps to help you approach demand and supply questions: