to Aug 31

The Genius Booster Programme

The Genius Booster Programme runs in April, May, July & August on a fortnightly basis for both Essay Writing & CSQ Application. The programme is primarily held online via live-streaming, although students may also opt to come for ‘live’ lessons at Coronation Plaza (there is a 25% surcharge for attending live lessons for this programme only).

The Essay-Writing programme focuses on the specific skills of incubating a good essay, and students are expected to have fluency in essay-writing and time management by the end of the programme. 

The Case Study Question application programme focuses on helping students understand the different types of questions that can be tested in a case study question, develop a framework for dealing with different types of questions, and help students develop competencies in addressing all case study questions by the end of the programme.

The Genius Booster programme will focus on skills rather than content. Students who border-line passed their JC1 promotional examinations or feel that they haven’t acquired the necessary skills required should opt to attend this additional programme.

Genius Booster Programme Schedule and Content 2019

6 April

Essay 1

·       Dissecting the requirements of an Essay Question

·       Breaking down the key components of an essay

13 April


·       Working through a case study when you receive it

·       Time management skills

·       Addressing trends questions

27 April

Essay 2

·       How to write a strong & grounded introduction

·       Stand, summary, definitions

·       Why definitions matter

·       Writing exercise

4 May


·       How to revise for case studies

·       Structured framework for addressing lower order questions, 2m – 4m

11 May

Essay 3

·       Frameworks for writing an essay

o   The 4 ‘E’ approach

·       Effective paragraphing

·       Topic sentences

·       Writing exercise

18 May


·       Structured framework for addressing higher order questions, 4m – 6m

o   The DATE framework

·       Using data from the case study

25 May

Essay 4

·       Purpose of writing a conclusion

·       Writing a convincing conclusion with evaluative comments

·       Writing exercise

1 June


·       Structured framework for addressing mini-essay questions, 8m – 12m

·       Challenging the inadequacy of data

13 July

Essay 5

·       Writing effective evaluations for essay questions

·       Difference between evaluative comments within body paragraphs vs conclusive evaluation

·       Writing exercise

20 July


·       Analysis of 4 x actual “A Level” case study questions

27 July

Essay 6

·       How to deal with ‘challenging’ essay questions that feels ‘out-of-the-norm’ & ‘curve-ball-type’

·       Selection of essay questions in an exam

3 August


·       Writing evaluative comments for case study questions

·       Incorporating contextual knowledge, theory & data to answer higher order questions

10 August

Essay 7

·       Full Essay Practice - Graded

17 August


·       Full Case Study Practice - Graded

24 August

Essay 8

·       Common mistakes in writing essays by students

31 August


·       Common mistakes in case study answers by students

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10:00 AM10:00

Macroeconomics Crash-course (June)

National Income Statistics & Standard of Living

10am – 12pm

·      Importance of various economic indicators in measuring economic performance

o   Economic growth

o   Price stability

o   Full employment

o   Favourable position of BOP

·      How to compare standard of living over time & space

National Income Determination

(AD & AS analysis) &

Macroeconomic Aims

1230pm – 230pm

·      Factors affecting AD & AS

·      Causes and consequences in relation to

o   Economic growth

o   Inflation & deflation

o   Full employment and unemployment

o   BOP deficit and surplus

Macroeconomic Policies

3pm – 5pm

·      Monetary Policy (includes Quantitative Easing)

o   Centred on Interest Rates

o   Centred on Exchange Rates (SG)

·      Fiscal Policy (includes Fiscal Austerity)

o   Discretionary Fiscal Policy

o   Automatic stabilisers

·      SS side Policy

o   To improve quantity, quality and mobility of factors of production

o   To increase efficiency and remove barriers to competition and trade in product markets

o   To give incentives and encourage enterprise

Globalisation & International Trade

530pm – 730pm

·      Factors affecting globalization

·      Benefits & costs associated with globalization

·      Theory of Comparative Advantage

·      Patterns of Trade (SG)

·      Protectionism

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10:00 AM10:00

Microeconomics Crashcourse (June)

Demand, Supply, Price Controls, Deadweight Loss & Elasticities

10am – 12pm

·      How to deal with simultaneous events covered in essay questions & do weightage / synthesis

·      Using non price factors of demand & supply

·      Price floor & price ceiling

·      Understanding how to spot ‘deadweight loss’

·      The basics of elasticities

o   Definition

o   Formula

o   Magnitude

o   Sign

o   Determinants

·      Application of elasticities concepts for firms

Production & Cost + Market Structure

1230pm – 230pm

·      Shut-down condition for various market structure

·      Economies of scales + Minimum efficient scale

·      Comparison between Market Structure

·      PC vs Monopoly

·      MC vs Oligopoly

·      Price Discrimination

Market Failure

3pm – 5pm

·      Public Goods

·      Income Inequity

·      Imperfect Information

·      Externalities

·      Merit Goods & Demerit Goods

·      Market Dominance

Government Policies & Government Failure

530pm – 730pm

·      Taxes & Subsidies

·      Quotas & Tradeable Permits

·      Joint & Direct Provision

·      Rules & Regulation

·      Public Education

·      Effectiveness of Policy Measures + Government Failure


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