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Of our students achieve NCEA with a Merit or Excellence endorsement

Our tutors will help your child:

Break complex problems down into manageable chunks

Fill gaps in their knowledge from previous years

Know how to confidently answer NCEA questions

Develop a strong intuition for these subjects

Complete assignments and practice tests with supervised support on hand

Understand the subject’s relevance to the world around them

Our top tips to excel in Economics

Memorise and apply the possible causes of curve shifts

A beefy part of just about every economics standard is graphs, most often demand/supply graphs. You’ll often be given a resource that describes a situation in the market, and you’ll be asked to show the changes on a graph. Knowing what situations cause curves to shift, which curves it shifts and which way it shifts are therefore all important things to know! There are generally pretty concise lists of the important factors that affect each curve, such as PICTS in level 1 demand or AD = C + I + G + (x-m) for level 2.

Format your answers

Economics can be pretty picky with the details they want you to include in your answers, such as referencing the material and referring to shifts on a graph. To make sure you include all the details and still answer the question logically, figure out some answer formats such as including graph labels in brackets. The question will generally include bullet points for you to cover, so a good idea is to number off the bullet points and write one paragraph each.

Comparing and contrasting

The biggest skill for Merit and Excellence questions is being able to compare and contrast two situations or effects, so get some practice looking for similarities (comparing) and differences (contrasting). Also, practice how you structure your answer – having a logical structure stops you from confusing yourself, and makes it easy for the marker to understand and award you marks. A good idea is to state the characteristics of one situation, and use a connecting phrase like “this is similar to” or “this is as opposed to” before writing about the other situation.

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