A-level Economics is a relatively new subject available for study, but is fast becoming a popular choice. However, many students leave it to the very last minute to study.

This is mainly because:

  • Compared to Maths or Science, it is a new subject, so many adopt a wait-and-see attitude
  • They make the mistake of thinking it is like Social Studies, where they can just memorise all of the content to attain a high score.
  • They do not understand or know how to answer questions, so they avoid practising Economics questions

Doing any or all of the above will most likely end in a disappointing grade. But just how should you approach your study of Economics? Here are a few tips:

1. Be persistent
Economics at A-level is all about understanding key concepts. This may be difficult at first, but that can be said for any unfamiliar subject.

The main thing is to not give up! Once you overcome the hurdle of comprehension, the rest is very much straightforward.

One bit of advice is to make sure you have a firm grasp of one topic before tackling the next, as topics tend to relate to each other.

Constant avoidance in studying Economics leads to a snowball effect, where students get overwhelmed by the sheer number of things needed to master when studying for their final exams.

2. Apply what you learn

Unfortunately, mere memorising of content without application skills, will most likely result in nothing more than a low E grade. When you study the subject of Economics, you are basically learning about the forces that control production and consumption.

To really understand the concepts, it is not enough to read about them from a textbook, you need to apply it to real-world situations to appreciate and understand how it all works.

After doing this, you may be surprised at how quickly concepts get embedded into your thoughts and understanding of both economics, and the world around you.

3. Doing your own reading

Apart from classwork and your textbook, it is strongly recommended that you read economics news on a regular basis.

You might want to assign some time daily to read topical economics-related articles. This will help bring alive the theories that you read about from your textbook, and keep your learning interesting.

Be an ace at Economics with Advo Study Strategies
In Advo, JC A Level Economics is made easy for students to understand, because you will be taught precisely what you need to know.

Most importantly, you will be taught why you need to know the concepts, and how you can apply them. Our students are taught proven and effective strategies in tackling Economics essays and case study questions.

Of course, to ensure that students have internalised what is taught, you will be doing plenty of practice questions, which will be marked by our Economics coaches, so that you know how to improve – and can see your improvements quickly and consistently.