Starting A Level Economics! Year 12 A Level Economics Study Tips | Economics A Level! A2 Economics

hi guys welcome back to MSE I'm Jade and

today I'm here with mr. father again we

are going to be speaking about a level

economics an economics is split into you

know four disciplines regardless of

which example words you're writing and

you're gonna kind of deck anomic

studying micro econ and that's the way

that individuals make decisions and

that's really what you're going to be

studying you're gonna be studying about

how people make decisions in economics

it's what it's all about it's not about

money it's not about anything else it's

about how we make decisions and will

there be any assignments or tests in the

first few weeks I'm gonna tell you that

there's definitely going to be

assignments and tests to the first few

weeks your teacher is extremely likely

to give you a test right at the

beginning like a numeracy test which is

going to ask you to do things like add

fractions together and convert decimals

into percent and show this is the

important skill now show percentage

change that is that that's the critical

economic skill that's very likely at the

beginning and they might ask you to do a

test to sort of demonstrate some of the

way that you write because economics at

the level you're studying at into a

level is you know the key determining

skill is whether or not you can

effectively write an essay not about

numeracy skills per se into the essay

writing and that's what they'll try and

figure out to support you


and you mentioned the micro economics

what kind of specific topics will be

studied right so ready beginning

although I've said that economics isn't

about money right at the beginning the

very first thing that we do is we take a

look at some of the basic laws that

govern economics so there's this

wonderful thing called the law of demand

and you know we almost within the first

couple of weeks described a really

important graph that shows how demand by

people is met by the supply of industry

that's what you'll be doing in the first

of the one what types of home life will

be set yeah so because the examinations

at the end of two years of study which

are worth a hundred percent of the the

assessment of the course are going to be

essay based examinations it's almost

certain from the beginning that your

teacher is going to ask you to begin

crafting and honing your essay skills

you should expect to see test answers

where you give short and medium length

essays yeah so that's like a 3/4 of a

page type reading within the first half

term yeah mm-hmm and is that anything

that these students can do in first few

weeks to assist the subject well unlike

other subjects reading around the

subject very helpful if you can come to

class you know ready to talk about an

issue that is in the media that seems to

be somewhat pertinent to what you're


that'd be swell your school is going to

have a subscription to the Financial

Times for sure it's free for the schools

and so you can really sink yourself into

the FT or Bloomberg News or MSNBC and

you can begin to look at issues to come

to class prepared to talk about say like

how prices of fruit have increased or

how the petrol price is risen or that

house prices have fallen that kind of

thing right the beginning is really

going to help make an impression

in your class and with your teacher will

the first time be any different from the

rest of the year

oh yes substantially so because the

course is split into four pieces

generally speaking the we follow a

quarterly movement of the terms so up

until Christmas you'll be studying

microwave and you're gonna switch and

study macroeconomics and the two of

really nothing to do with each other and

the third term you come back to study a

completely different form of micro and

then finally when your final your

studies you'll be look at some global

issues and yeah these these pieces they

couldn't have less to do with each other


for the half term in year 12 would you

suggest doing further research or having

rest you know you're 12 it is a busy

time and I may have frequently mentioned

to my students previously and so getting

yourself through some of the tasks is

going to be fundamental if you can

review tests to better prepare yourself

for the half term exams that might

happen in early November late October

that'll be swell the right in the right

in October is when all the work tends to

hit so if you can get on top as some of

the bigger tasks get a start on the

coursework from other subjects that you

will be thanking yourself by the time

January rolls around okay and finally

how can students optimize their

independent study in this subject so

scheduling is a vital way of getting on

top of your efforts to to remain focused

and so one of the things I might suggest

to you students in economics would be to

really sort of set goals for yourself

like reading goals in the text writing

goals against some of the questions that

your teachers may give you and if for

any reason you you've got a teacher who

is a little light on assigning your

homework you know your textbook is gonna

have a whole bunch of questions you

could voluntarily answer

I kind of like do-it-yourself initiative

is the kind of thing that'll make a

difference between your success and your

not so success and come the end of the

course cool thank you very much for

speaking to me today and hopefully that

has been helpful for those of you who

are thinking about taking a level

economics in year 12