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    Will Economics Tuition in Singapore Improve The Grade?


    Some schools in Singapore discourage their students from having tuition with private tutors. In their view, the costs of tuition are greater than the benefits. I agree with these schools to a certain extent in the sense that the costs of tuition for some subjects are likely to be greater than the benefits. However, in my view, for certain subjects such as economics, the benefits of tuition are likely to be greater than the costs. Economics tuition (Singapore) generally improves the grade.


    Economics deals with abstract concepts which many students find difficult to grasp. The skills that they have learnt in mathematics and sciences help only to a very limited extent. Economics requires a different set of skills which differs quite substantially from those for mathematics and sciences. In particular, not only are students required to understand economics concepts, they must also be able to organise the concepts into long essays with a coherent flow. The length of each economics essay is approximately 4 sides of A4 paper. Students can learn these essay writing skills if they take economics tuition from an experienced economics tutor.


    Although the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level economics has a syllabus, it does not have a fixed boundary of knowledge. Generally, the more knowledge a student has about economics, the higher the chances he will perform well for the subject. This is particularly true for certain areas such as the evaluative comments of the answers. Having more economics knowledge will enable a student to produce better evaluative comments in his answers. Although economics teachers are generally knowledgeable and impart economics knowledge to students, due to the large amount of time that they need to cover the large amount of course content, they have limited time in doing so. When I was teaching in a school, I also wished that I had more time to impart more economics knowledgeable to my students. In my view, economics knowledge is not a question of absence or presence, it is a matter of amount. Given that there is a strong positive correlation between knowledge and grade in economics, economics tuition can help students to a great extent. For instance, in my economics tuition class I give students in-depth explanations of economic crises such as include the Great Depression of the 1930s, the European Depression of the 1980s, the Asian Financial Crisis of the late 1990s, the dot-com bubble burst of the early 2000s and the Global Financial Crisis of the late 2000s, with the view that understanding economic crises is essential for understanding economics. As Ben Bernanke once said, “If you want to understand geology, study earthquakes. If you want to understand economics, study the Great Depression.”


    My point is not that economics tutors are better than economics teachers. Indeed, there are both good and bad economics teachers and economics tutors. Rather, if a student has a bad economics teacher, he probably will not be able to do much about it. However, if the student finds a bad economics tutor, he can always look for a better one elsewhere and this is not a very difficult task given that they are many good economics tutors out there.


    In my view, and from my experience, economics tuition will improve the grade.

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