A Level Economics is a step up from previously studied Biology. Having A Level Economics Tutor can really excel your learning and understanding of A-level Economics.
A Level Economics is a gateway to a wide variety of business degrees and professional careers. This A Level invites students to apply key economic theory to the structures and challenges of the world around them. Students are taught a range of transferable skills including critical thinking, data analysis, and discursive writing. A Level Economics is a logical choice for any student hoping to go on to further education in business, management, or the social sciences, as well as any student aspiring to a career in professional services.
It’s important to identify which exam board your child’s school is following for A Level Economics as they do vary. For example, some exam boards place more emphasis on micro or macroeconomics. Having some knowledge of exam boards is great information to give to your A Level Economics Tutor. This will help them tailor their lessons with your child, to include relevant syllabus content.
The main exam boards for A Level Economics are:
Building on macroeconomic and microeconomic theory covered in the GCSE Economics syllabus, A Level Economics requires students to deepen their factual knowledge of the subject, while expanding their knowledge of past and contemporary economic methodology. As well as theory, significant emphasis is put on practice; students are required to demonstrate practical application of qualitative and quantitative analysis, as well as clear and persuasive writing skills.
Question styles for Economics A Level vary significantly according to the competencies examined. For example, students are asked multiple choice questions, open-ended essay questions, and more structured data response questions. As a result, solid exam technique and timing are crucial to doing well.
In addition to practising technique, students should also polish their writing: data response questions in particular require clear and concise written responses. For the essay component of the examination, your child should invest time in becoming familiar with key economic concepts and cite them only in aid of answering the question at hand! Examiners’ reports often criticise essays that include irrelevant and superfluous information.
So, to do well you’re A Level Economics Tutor will spend a lot of time in the run up to the exam going through past papers. Going through past papers means your A Level Economics Tutor can help your child master each style of exam question. This will help your child to obtain higher marks.
It is important to know how your child’s A Level Economics exams will be marked. Understanding this can help to provide the right support throughout your child’s revision. All the exam boards publish detailed guidance on what they are looking. Your A Level Economics tutor will know this like the back of their hand.
Your child needs to know what the examiner wants from them in every type of question. They then need to learn how to ‘tick the boxes’ on the mark scheme to ensure they pick up the most marks they can. Knowledge of command words is vital for this. Learning different exam question styles will be an essential part of your child’s time with their A Level Economics tutor.
It is important that your child allows enough time for revision process. They need to their work properly. You’re A Level Economics tutor will have a structured revision plan by the January of their exam year.
Organisation is vital! Making sure your child has all their class notes and revision notes sorted is the first step. It is often helpful to check off notes against the requirement of a syllabus as the year goes on. Once your child and their tutor are confident, they have covered the whole syllabus, they can start to make revision notes. They can also prepare mind maps based on things such as theoretical concepts or case studies. The skills developed in this re-noting and reformulating are very helpful for structuring coherent analysis and arguments.
Before exam season however, it is important your child to liaises with their A Level Economics tutor about any material that they are finding difficult.
Throughout the academic year and revision period it is helpful to think about how your child learns. Do they like the pressure of a memory test or flashcards? Or is mapping out key ideas helpful? Maybe they like challenging themselves to write everything they know about a topic on one side of A4? Or talking things over with a parent, sibling, or their A Level Economics tutor? We all learn differently, so it is good to be aware how best your child learns.
According to a Department for Education assessment released on 30 September 2021, “exam boards will provide advance information about the focus of the content of the exams for all GCSE, AS and A level subjects… for the summer 2022 exams”. This information will be released by 7 February 2022. If the information is released sooner than 7 February, DfE will give schools and students “at least a week’s notice”.
Even after navigating the demands of GCSEs, students can feel immense pressure around the time of public exams and it is part of your job as a parent to help them navigate this. On a positive note, this can be a time of great personal growth for teenagers, as they specialise in academic interests, sustain hard work over many months and push through exam nerves. Talk to your child about managing their emotions and introduce important elements of self care, such as sufficient sleep and good nutrition.
The best way to support your child through their A Level Economics is to give them the tools and skills to succeed. Some targeted intervention with an experienced A Level Economics tutor can make all the difference. Our A Level Economics tutors are all experienced, qualified teachers, Heads of Department and Examiners who know the A Level Economics syllabus back to front. They can teach your child in the manner they learn best, explain the latest mark schemes, help them understand complicated processes, and dramatically improve their exam technique.
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