The Science of Productivity

“achievement isn’t about doing everything, it’s about doing the right things.” Productivity is about saying no.

Focus and consistency are the bread-and-butter of being truly productive. Let’s take a look at the science behind how the brain works in the synthesis state, and what changes you can make for the better.

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]

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?