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Is Economics Tuition in Singapore 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. Thus, it is quite a no-brainer that economics tuition in Singapore is necessary for most students to excel.
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.
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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. The economic reasoning required is akin to providing "workings" in solving a Math problem. The explanations required is similar to what is required for the Sciences.
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. There are some who are strong in Math, Science and reasoning abilities. However strong language ability is also needed in Economics. It is needed to understand the theories and concept. It is needed to understand the Questions, which can be worded in a rather indirect way. It is also needed to understand extracts in Case Studies, which are usually news or opinion articles, which requires a strong language ability to understand as well as infer and deduce from.
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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  2. Learning economics had been a great struggle for me during my days as a Junior College student. Despite my parents’ efforts to persuade me to go for economics tuition at the beginning of JC 2 (due to my poor prior academic performance) , I was highly insistent on not signing up for tuition, thinking that I could have easily excelled if i were to just put in more effort into studying.

    My stubbornness eventually got the best of me. Even after putting more effort into studying, I noticed that there was just too much for me to catch up on, and the difficulties faced trying to bridge all the learning gaps were also exacerbated by the accelerated pace of learning new content in JC 2. I eventually scored a U for economics for my mid-years examination.

    Due to panic, I subsequently signed up for economics tuition, which helped me to bridge my content gaps more quickly, but the gap was so huge that even the tuition classes I started going for were not enough for me to secure my A within such a short span of time. Moreover, as i was also not doing too well for all other subjects, dedicating more time to economics felt extra difficult. In the end, I had scored a mediocre C for my A-levels examination.

    With hindsight, I really should have signed up for tuition the moment I had experienced difficulties picking up the economic concepts in school. I hope this sharing would benefit students who are reading this in such a way that they do not make the same mistakes as me.

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      Certainly true. Its really highly recommended to start Economics tuition early. Otherwise, the student will be left with Mt Everest to conquer in a very short amount of time. Sadly (at least I feel so), this adds to the whole income inequality issue that has become a hot topic today.

  3. Thank you for the post it is really very informative and useful, if one is looking for a tutor with a lot of experience and fresh knowledge in Economics Subjects in Singapore.

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