What Can A Student Do Before And After Lesson To Maximise Economics Tuition?

In Singapore, instead of asking a student whether they have tuition, a more appropriate question to ask is whether they have tuition for all the subjects. Yes, Singapore is a tuition nation in the sense that virtually every student has tuition for some or all the subjects. In particular, almost every student has economics tuition. Except from a few secondary schools in Singapore, the subject of economics is only offered at junior colleges. The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, have designed and offered the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level Economics to the students at junior colleges, which is a customised version of the Cambridge International GCE ‘A’ Level Economics. In many respects, the former is harder than the latter and therefore most students who take the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level Economics have economics tuition. The question is, what can a student do before and after lesson to maximise economics tuition?

What Can A Student Do Before Lesson To Maximise Economics Tuition?

In order to maximise economics tuition, a student can do preparatory work before lesson. Some economics tutors tell their students in advance what they will teach in the following week, and in case your economics tutor does not, you can always ask him what he will be covering on the following lesson. With the knowledge of what the economics tutor will be teaching in the following week, the student can ask the economics tutor for the relevant reading materials. In the event that they are unable to provide any, which is unlikely, the student can read up the lecture notes provided by their school pertaining to the same topic. Besides reading up in advance, the student should also glance through some of the examination questions on the topic. In doing so, the student is able to find out which parts of the lecture notes are more important for the examination. This is especially helpful if the lecture notes contain a lot of details which could potentially lead to information overload.

What Can A Student Do After Lesson To Maximise Economics Tuition?

To extract the maximum benefits out of economics tuition, there are several things that a student can do after lesson. Immediate revision is important as it can help the student enhance their understanding of the economic concepts. It will also help the student remember the newly learnt economic concepts for a long period of time that could possibly last longer than the time interval between the lesson and the external examination. Apart from doing immediate revision, a student can enhance their understanding and better remember the economic concepts by rewriting the notes that they have taken in class in greater details and think through the concepts after lesson. This will also enable the student to find out if they have not fully understood any of the newly learnt economic concepts and therefore seek clarification from the economics tutor soonest. Furthermore, it will help the student in their revision later on as memory begins to fade. Another important revision technique for a student to adopt is fitting the newly learnt economic concepts into their knowledge base. This will not only enable the student to enhance their understanding of the newly learnt economic concepts, it will also enable them to better understand their knowledge base due to the great deal of interlink between economic concepts.

With good preparatory work before lesson and good revision work done after lesson, a student can maximise economics tuition and is more likely to be able to achieve a distinction in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level Economics examination.

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