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We will endeavour to write about topics that students need help with throughout the year. If you have any particular questions, or areas of concern regarding the AS or A2 level syllabus and would like us to help you through our blogs - please email us at [email protected]

(A level Economics including AS and A2 for UK Examination Boards - Edexcel, OCR, AQA and CIE)

Some students are passionate about the subject whilst others simply want to get the highest grades. The most important thing to remember when revising for A-level Economics is that you remain structured in your answers. If you can work out what the examiner is looking for then that is half the battle already won, however to win the other half you need to structure your answers with clarity and precision in order to allow the examiner to see that you have answered and covered all the relevant assessment objectives.

Unfortunately, the education system, the way it currently stands, does not always lead to the most knowledgeable students acheiving the highest results. Exam technique goes a long way to helping students achieve their desired grades. One would be foolish to underestimate the importance of exam technique.

Past papers, examiners reports and helpful hints and tips from experienced teachers are equally as important as learning the theory in any given subject. My advice to all students is that you need to master the system as well as the subject if you want to get the results that you desire -

Here are some key areas of improvement for Essay Structure for A-level Economics Students:
» Structuring your essays in the correct format:
Whatever your examination board, the longer essay questions always require students to Evaluate. Many students try and make the mistake of evaluating at the end of their essay - this is not advisable. You should evaluate as you go along. However in order to evaluate, we need to know what evaluation actually mean.
To evaluate means to judge the point you have made. Ask yourself the following questions:
To what extent is the point that I have just made valid?
Are there any conditions or circumstances under which the point that I have made likely to make my point invalid?
Are there counter arguments against the point I have made?
What would someone who always wants to argue with me say with regards to the point I have just made?

Once you have come up with an answer to the above questions, you should write one paragraph IMMEDIATELY after the point that you have made. Therefore good Economics essays tend to be written in the following format:

» Introduction :
1st Point then evaluation of 1st point
2nd Point then evaluation of 2nd point
3rd Point then evaluation of 3rd point
4th Point then evaluation of 4th point
Reasoned Judgement

This advice is particularly important for any EVALUATION BASED ECONOMICS QUESTION IN ANY A-LEVEL UNIT (Unit 1, 2, 3 or 4).

A Conclusion is a “Reasoned Judgement“ remember the examiners want to see a balanced economics essay with arguments supported by Economics Analysis (Diagram + Cause to Consequence) on both sides.

The Conclusion is a summary of the essay and it should be one paragraph long. In order to get into the top marks you should consider the following approach when concluding:
Summarise your analysis and Evaluation points in 1 or 2 sentences.
Prioritise which factors you think are more important than others.
Weigh up both sides of the argument.
What are the Short-run and Long-Run implications for the points that you have made.
Finally, choose which side of the argument you prefer and why.

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Basit Kirmani, BA MA* (University of Cambridge)
I am an A-level Economics Tutor. I have a BA & MA from the University of Cambridge (Queens' College). I am also an Examiner for A-level for Edexcel and also teach AQA and OCR.
All modules across all UK examination boards for Micro and Macro components at AS and A-level.
I graduated from the University of Cambridge where I read Social and Political Sciences, Law and Management. I am a BA MA Graduate.I have been Teaching in London for the last 8 years and I am the founder of Colour Learning and an official examiner for Edexcel and the former Head of Economics and Business Studies at Regent Independent College and Burlington College in Harrow, Rayners Lane & Edgware.
12 years Tutoring experience of getting A-level students into Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities including University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, UCL, Kings College, Royal Holloway, Bristol, Queen Mary's, Cardiff, University of Birmingham and University of Manchester, SOAS and more.
Classes take place at 83 Baker Street, London, W1U 6AG at the Colour Learning office. Home Visits may be possible depending on timetabling.
I am available throughout the year.
The London Tuition Centre, (Formerly) Regent Learning Group, Colour Learning, Colour Economics, Edexcel Examiner, The Tutor Pages, Tavistock Tutors.
If you are serious about your education and want to achieve higher exam results, please do get in touch. I am confident that I can help you achieve better grades. In 2020/2021 my students received excellent results and testimonials are available here -

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