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frequently asked questions

Why should I join? What makes this programme so different from others?

The programme offered at Economics at TuitionGenius is highly effective in producing the desired results of students – the coveted ‘A’ grade at the Cambridge ‘A’ Level examinations. The programme will successfully allow you to understand the real world application of Economics in a fun and enjoyable manner.

Furthermore, Mr Eugene Toh is solicitous about the welfare of each and every student he tutors. Reviews of his lessons can also be found at the testimonials page!

What are the general weak points of Economics students?

Excelling in Economies requires students to be exposed to sufficient essay questions and case studies. Many students lack this exposure often due to the studying method they employ – commonly termed to be “armchair learning” which comprises of flipping through the school lecture materials which would seldom leads to improvements nor distinctions.

Also, the application of economic theory and concepts onto actual essay questions proves to be a challenging task for students, which seemingly caps marks to the lower range. Furthermore, students often mismanage the 2 hours 15 minutes that they have for 3 essays – they are predominantly engaged with the idea of finishing essays even in the event whereby the allocated time for a single essay is up. This culminates in a situation whereby they take too much time answering the first 2, leaving the last inadequately answered.

Lastly, students, on numerous occasions, memorise the graphs that they have learnt in school without understanding when the graphs are relevant. During the examinations, they habitually “plug in” the graphs wherever and whenever, even in inappropriate times.

What is your style of teaching?

As students are acknowledged to have relatively little time for making preparations before school lectures, Mr Eugene Toh seeks to provide his students with content that has yet been taught in school, so as to allow for school lectures to be major consolidation points for the students – maximising their benefit. The lessons also comprise of quizzes that will help students recap what they have previously learnt, retaining their understanding tremendously. The head start also gives students the confidence to excel in the school tests.

Essays and case studies will also be provided periodically – usually at the end of each topic, encouraging students to apply what they have learnt into the actual Prelims and Cambridge ‘A’ Level questions. The rigor that is practiced at the centre effectively gives students the ample experience they need – completing more than 50 Prelims and Cambridge ‘A’ Level Papers.

Students will also be consistently updated with the changing world economic realities – each lesson begins with the analysis of the past week’s major economic events around the world. For instance, the yearly Budget will be discussed thoroughly in lessons. This way, they are kept abreast of the issues and will be able to apply the new content into their essays.

What are some comments made by Cambridge examiners?

Cambridge examiners have commented that students that often inclined to replicate graphs without taking into the account the context of the question. The past year’s examination reports have also reflected that answers are at times seemingly fabricated, signalling the discontent that the examiners have towards students memorising answers.

With the aim of attaining credit from examiners, Economics at TuitionGenius will coach students to be capable of analysing question requirements and to think critically and be able to give the evaluative comment that would secure a distinction – instilling a thinking model within students would optimally dissolve the need for memorisation.

How do you manage students of different schools and aptitude?

Every weekly lesson is carefully planned out, with prescribed lessons objectives. Discussions, which take up the bulk of the time, allows for students to interact and learn from one another – a vibrant atmosphere is created and fosters a conducive environment. The interaction can be seen to be a levelling effect on the students. Each class faces a different balance between content and application as it depends on which aspect the class requires more coaching in.

Will all classes be taught by Mr Toh?

All listed classes held at TuitionGenius will be taught weekly by Mr Eugene Toh personally. Make-up lessons will only be scheduled in the unlikely event that Mr Toh is sick; a relief teacher will only be called in if his schedule does not permit one.

What if I can’t make it for a particular lesson?

Mr Eugene Toh takes more than 10 classes weekly and there should be sufficient slots available for make-up lessons to be made for you in the same week. Students are however required to give the centre prior notice in order to successfully schedule a make-up class.

Is it possible for me to join at any point in the year?

Based on past year records, 95% of students that have enrolled at Economics at TuitionGenius at the beginning of their first year in JC attain a distinction at the actual Cambridge 'A' Levels. This number falls to around 75% if the enrolment date is pushed back a year. The overall percentage of students scoring A for Economics rounds off to round over 60% when taking into account the students that join in the middle of the second year of their education in a JC. A further look into our results can be found under our Results Page.

Given such a statistic, Mr Toh therefore seeks to recommend that students should enrol at the start of the year - a longer time preparing for the Cambridge 'A' Levels with qualified teaching and relevant materials will certainly grant students the edge for success.

Furthermore, the classes at Economics at TuitionGenius do fill up by April annually, especially for the JC1 classes due to the limited number of classes available for the level.

Do you have crash-courses?

It is in Mr Eugene Toh’s belief that crash-courses are ineffective sessions that produce minimal results or assistance and are very expensive due to the “highly demand price inelastic” nature given that students seeking to enrol in it are relatively weaker and have a limited amount of time to prepare.

Mr Toh firmly strives to give his students the comprehensive coverage of Economics instead of a short course that would seemingly rush through the entire syllabus. He also deems that the essential contact and key skills are entities largely impossible to impart within a minimal time-frame and that students are less able to absorb content and skills upon the expiry of their attention span.

Mr Toh however conducts an annual end-of-year workshop at a discounted rate for his students with the aim of providing students with more exposure to the various essay questions that cover the syllabus. During this workshop, he also reiterates the crucial essay writing skills. This supplements the regular lessons and gives students the final preparatory materials for them to answer the different possible types of essay questions that can be asked in examinations.