Is Economics Tuition Necessary?

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Unlike other subjects which students have been studying and building foundation over the years, economics is a very new subject for most students and there are many new concepts which students have to learn and understand in a short span of 2 years. This is in contrast with other science and humanities subjects. For those subjects, the foundation has already been firmly grounded by the time students reach pre-university levels. It is estimated that there are at least 200 economic concepts that students will have to master.
Words like Demand and Supply are commonly known English words that students would already be used to. However, that often poses a big hindrance. Layman + Singlish logic like “Price lesser then I demand more” is inaccurate in the economics model of demand and supply and will lead to many costly errors in analysis. Hence, one of the very first challenges is to “unlearn” these layman logic and association with such words and correctly lay the foundations behind these economic terminologies. This will be quite an initial struggle!
Economics is also not easy for students to relate to, since they are not yet in the working world.

It would be difficult to link points like investment or tax to their own personal lives. This is why it is vital to hire an economics tutor who is able to simplify concepts and make them easily relatable to students. For some reason, many students tell me that they are not quite able to understand from lessons in school, even through personal consultations with their teachers. Many students appreciate that I can "make learning economics so simple” through somewhat “ridiculous and hilarious examples.” (I have no idea what they are talking about!)
One of the very first challenges is to “unlearn” some of these layman logic and association with such words and correctly lay the foundations behind these economic terminologies. This will be quite an initial struggle!
Time is also not on our side. There is so much to learn and do and by the time students realise they are far lost...JC1 is almost over or JC2 has already begun…and now they may be totally lost as more and more theories and concepts are taught.
Schools also tend to go through the topics very quickly and the pace may not be suitable for most students. Even students from top schools like RI and HCI have expressed appreciation for my approach of a moderate pace, focussing on building solid understanding with a belief that “slow and steady wins the race”. Moreover, due to relatively larger class sizes in schools, teachers are usually unable to devote much time to each student. Yet because this is such a new subject, very often, students may not know exactly what they are lacking in and need a lot more hand-holding to learn from their mistakes.
In addition, it is important for students to acquire higher order thinking skills and develop the ability to interpret case studies content accurately and link to textbook economics concepts. These are skills on top of learning the economics concepts! Most of the time, these are very challenging and a lot of training and coaching is needed. That is the way to master any skill. Regular coaching and practise is needed. Very often, this requires a lot more than what is done in schools.
Think you have an advantage because you can write very good English compositions or Literature essays? Or perhaps you can’t write for nuts?
Both groups of students often struggle.
Flowery language and writing like a novelist or even a journalist will not cut it. That’s because economics is a social science. A lot of economic reasoning is needed in the answers. Diagrammatic illustration is also needed unlike for English and literature essays.
Both groups of students often struggle. Flowery language and writing like a novelist or even a journalist will not cut it.
Those who can’t write so well will obviously also struggle as there is a need to concisely and accurately convey many points in writing and sometimes the arguments can be quite complex.
Several top students who had little difficulty understanding economics concept just could not do well in the subject until they received training and correction to help them to express themselves accurately and concisely.
Finishing on time is also a massive struggle for many students. There are so many factors involved here. How quickly can they understand an extract and “see” all the economic links? How quickly can they understand a question? How quickly can they generate the necessary points? How concisely yet rigorously can they produce their points? And finally, what are their overall time-management strategies? Wow. That’s the entire culmination of the economics tuition programme.
It is therefore no surprise why most students of economics attend tuition. It should also highlight the need to hire a really excellent and experienced tutor as many factors are involved to ensure an A grade.

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