Why Would Taking Economics Tuition Free Up Time To Study Other Subjects?

The educational landscape in Singapore has undergone a major transformation over the last decade. In particular, examination questions have become less repetitive, especially those in the major external examinations. The Cambridge examiners, who are the examiners of the major external examinations in Singapore, are setting examination questions which require increasingly more thinking and less memory work. This is especially true for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level Economics examination. As a result, a large number of economics students in Singapore take tuition in various forms. Some economics students believe that having tuition will mean less effort is required for the subject. However, some economics students believe that taking tuition will mean less time to study other subjects as more time will need to be spent on travelling, more time spent in classroom aside. The question is, would taking economics tuition free up time to study other subjects?

Economics Tuition Frees Up Time To Study Other Subjects

In order to excel in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level Economics examination, students must not only understand the economic concepts in the economics lecture notes, they must also be able to apply the economic concepts in the examination. This requires not only intelligence but also experience in the application of these concepts. Taking economics tuition from a good and experienced economics tutor enables students to not only understand the economic concepts better, it will also improve their ability to apply the concepts more appropriately. Furthermore, they will be able to spend less time on studying economics by themselves as they will be able to study the subject more effectively and efficiently. This will free up time to study other subjects. In contrast, without the guidance of an experienced and good economics tutor, students will have difficulty in understanding all the economic concepts in the economics lecture notes even if they spend more time on the subject. Furthermore, as economics lectures notes explain economic concepts rather than their applications, students are likely to face difficulty in applying the concepts appropriately, as least not as well if they are under the tutelage of an experienced and good economics tutor. As a result, they will need to spend more time on the subject and this will mean less time to study other subjects. Although some students prefer to start taking economics tuition when they encounter difficulties in the subject, some prefer to start taking it at the beginning of the course. The question is, when would be a good time to start taking economics tuition?

When Would Be A Good Time To Start Taking Economics Tuition?

In my opinion, students should start taking economics tuition at the beginning of the course and there are some real benefits of doing so. The economics tutor can teach the chapters before the school. This will allow the students to better understand the school lectures later. Furthermore, learning the chapters in advance will also enable the students to better participate in tutorials and hence further enhance their understanding of the concepts. In contrast, if the students start taking economics tuition only when they encounter difficulties in the subject, they will suffer some real costs. By the time they encounter difficulties in the subject, in all probability, they will have lost some, if not total, interest in the subject. Furthermore, a large amount of time will have been lost by the time they realise that they are unable to cope with the subject by themselves. Therefore, it is good to start taking economics tuition from a good economics tutor at the beginning of the course.

Therefore, in my view, taking tuition from a good economics tutor is likely to free up time to study other subjects, instead of having less time for them. In addition, a good time to start taking economics tuition would be the beginning of the course.

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