EconomicsFocus

Rational Thinking

Our Economics Tuition programme for A Level Economics is structurally designed to ensure that students are poised to excel in their examinations.

This programme will be conducted through an incremental and developmental structure to provide our students systematic and clarified guidance in their preparation for the JC Economics examination. At the same time, the programme is also exam-oriented and organized in material wise, to ensure that all students are able to have the pivotal sources of materials to give them the added advantage in their academic pursuit for excellence.

Dedicatedly and meticulously designed by Mr Simon Ng, founder of www.economicsfocus.com.sg, who has more than 15 years of tutoring and teaching experiences, this programme has successfully guided 90% of his students in attaining grade A or B in the past years examination.

In this programme, students will experience the Rational Thinking Methodology which emphasizes on thinking and writing skills in the learning process. Through our expounding academic and intellectual education activities, we seek to inculcate in our students to learn reflectively and efficiently, apply effectively and review critically, shaping them  to be effective and rational thinkers and writers in the pursuit of academic excellence. The programme also aspires to cultivate in our students keen interest and passion for Economics and nurture their determination and resilience for academic excellence, which is the firm belief of this tuition centre.

Our Learning System

Cultivating the thinking skills in our learning approach is the key to the development of the rational thinking student which will enable our students to excel in their studies of Economics. In our studying process, which involves learning, applying and reviewing, we seek to teach our students to learn efficiently, apply effectively and review critically. In this process, we cultivate the necessary thinking, writing and application skills that will poise our students to comprehend more effectively to excel in this subject just as those who have done so in the past.

Learning Reflectively

Learning is only considered competent when students achieve understanding in their learning process. We enhance this initial stage of learning of A Level Economics by inculcating in our students the thinking and learning skills to enhance their comprehension about the information they need to conceive and retain. To do so, our students will be taught on the following:

a. The thinking skills on how to derive meanings from definition of economic terms, conduct classification and comparison of economic variables, explain economic concepts and causation, illustrate and describe graphical demonstrations and analyze and evaluate the economic effects and policy implications

b. The thinking skills on how to link sections of economic concepts within the topic and among the topics, enhancing integration of economic concepts to raise their systematic and structural application of knowledge needed in their Economics Essays and CSQs

c. The thinking skills on how to contextualize economic knowledge with empirical development to make meaningful use of knowledge acquired.

d. The thinking skills on how to retain and remember knowledge effectively by conceptualizing the terms and lingos, understanding process explanation and developing analysis and evaluation to allow spontaneous application in discussion and writing.

Apply Effectively

Effective Application in answering Economics CSQ and Essay questions is only achieved when students are able to link economic concepts and causations to the requirement of the question and write in a direct and structural approach. We develop our students’ abilities in this stage of learning by inculcating thinking skills and nurture writing skills in the following ways:

a. The thinking skills on how to classify the types of questions that are tested, to understand the requirements of the question, to infer the implications of the questions and to link the source of knowledge to the focus of discussion in the question.

b. The thinking skills on the development of a structure with setting of the perspectives on how the answering would be done to create a flow of discussion that is poised, direct and persuasive.

c. The writing skills on how to define and characterize the concepts of economic terms, explain economic causation, link and list evidences to support explanation and discussion, illustrate and describe diagrammatical presentation, analyze and evaluate economic effects and policy implications to the context of the essay question.

d. The thinking skills on how to interpret data and extractions, extract information from the text, link the given information to economic concepts and apply the economic concepts in evaluating and analyzing of the economic effects and policy implications for CSQs.

e. The writing skills for CSQ on how to describe trend analysis, explain economic causation and implications based on the context of extract and data, analyze and evaluate the economic effects and policy implications by linking theoretical knowledge to the context of discussion and illustrate and describe diagrammatical presentation based on the need of the question.

Review Critically

Critical review is successfully completed when students are able to understand and conceptualize the significance of their economic knowledge in its application, analysis and evaluation in accordance to context of the discussion. In this stage of learning, we train our students to think rationally, conducting Economic Analysis and critical review of information on economic activities and impact and policy implications in the context of questions and the empirical world, domestically, regionally or globally. In this stage of learning, students are taught in the following ways:

The thinking skill to reflect on their understanding and application by examining their definition, explanation, description, causation, evaluation and analysis so as to note the key concerns of the discussion. This will enable students to infer and apply aptly upon variations of the question and context of discussion.

The thinking skill to conceptualize their knowledge and develop into notions, crystallizing the gist of the economic discourse into applicable knowledge for future studies and fundamental skills for decision-making.

Teaching Activities

In our Economics Tuition programme, it will cover learning activities for the regular tuition which will include topical re-teaching, class practices and discussion (marked and reviewed), economic article and issue discussion. There are also skills development workshops on CSQ and Essay Writing Techniques which will be done during school holidays with the aim to sharpen students’ skills in comprehending the examination.

Topic Re-teaching

Topical re-teaching is conducted with provision of quick notes that organized all key definitions, process explanation of economic implications and application, evaluation of limitations and strengths of economic concepts and policy implications and analysis of implications. The economic knowledge is delivered on an application basis with clarification on its use in empirical example and with hindsight to the need of examination.

These re-teaching lessons are done on a term basis and may be introduced again for revision near main examination periods of the year or once the re-teaching lessons are completed before the year-end examination.

Class Discussions

Class discussions are done once the specific topical re-teaching is done to provide students opportunities for application of the comprehended knowledge. In the class discussion, students are taught on how different types of essay questions are to be answered in term of the understanding of the requirement of the question and the derivation of the sources of information for the questions, the creation of structures with the required perspectives of discussion and the conceptualization skills to derive main points for writing. For CSQ questions, students are taught on the various answering techniques needed for the various types of question and the reading, extraction and integration of theoretical concepts to diverse empirical economic contexts.

Class Practices

Class practices are also given to assess our students’ performance which will be marked and reviewed by the tutors. Through these class practices, our students’ common errors and writing inadequacy will be identified and taught on how to correct them. These practices will also enable our tutors to assure that their thinking and writing skills are effectively applied in their assignments. Lastly, the class practices will serve as time trials to train students’ capabilities in doing time management under examination conditions.

Articles Discussion

Article Discussion on international economic issues will be made during lessons to expose students to empirical economic development that will enable them to apply the economic knowledge to make analysis and assessment. This will develop their thinking skills and cultivate their sense of passion towards the subject.

Essay Writing Skills

Students will be taught the skills on how to better comprehend the requirements of the essay question, create effective structure for the development of the essay, write with causation and make evaluation and analysis in respective paragraphs and demonstrate the economic concepts through graphical illustration. The knowledge acquired will enable the students to write in the context of the preamble to ensure that they can excel in their essay paper.

CSQ Application and Writing Skills

Students will be taught on how to understand economic extracts and data so that they can link the information to economic concepts to derive information to answer the questions. There will also be skill development on how to comprehend the various types of question like trend analysis, identification of causes for economic occurrences, evaluation and analysis of economic impact and application of policies. There will be exposure and discussion of the knowledge of economic entities of various countries to derive more knowledge about the extracts.