Frequently Asked Questions
General Questions on Economics
Is Economics tuition a necessity?
Singapore has been dubbed the “Tuition Nation”. Even Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently commented that tuition has become a “minor national obsession”. Singaporean parents are certainly willing to splurge on tuition services for their children as they perceive tuition to be the key to academic success. In the last report on Singapore household expenditures in 2008 by the Department of Statistics, figures showed that Singapore households spent around $820 million on centre- and home-based private tuition, up from $470 million a decade earlier.
In today’s competitive society, many parents view tuition as a necessary means to scoring distinctions in examinations and getting ahead of the academic race. However, Mr Anthony Fok believes that tuition should be viewed as a supplement to a child’s education, and not an integral part of our education system or an obligatory pathway to success. The role of tuition should be to fill in the gaps of knowledge.
What is the difference between H1 Economics and H2 Economics?
All H1 and H2 students will be placed in the same class. This is because the topics are largely similar for both H1 and H2. The slight difference between H1 and H2 are topics such as Market Structure, Cross Elasticity of Demand, Income Elasticity of Demand, which are covered in JC 1 for most colleges.
The difference between H1 and H2 is largely the examination format. For H1, students need to do 2 case study questions. For H2, students need to do 3 out of 6 essay questions.
Are ten-year-series guides still relevant or helpful for students?
The ten-year-series (TYS) is an annual publication, which compiles all of the past 10 years’ GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ level examination questions. The TYS has been used in schools for more than four decades. Students claim that the TYS shows a pattern in the types of questions asked over the years. Nonetheless, the questions now tend not to repeat in the future examinations, unlike in the past. Although the TYS is still relevant since knowing how well you do in an actual past-year paper gives you an indication of how prepared you are, students should also equip themselves with more than the TYS such as other guide books which covers the syllabus adequately as well. Following from this, Mr Anthony Fok has written a series of Economics guide books which covers areas such as evaluation points, diagrams, summary notes book and model essays which will facilitate the students in their revision.
Why do so many students find Economics challenging?
In the GCE ‘A’ level examination, there is now less emphasis on testing the lower order thinking skills of knowledge and comprehension. In order to do well in the examinations, students must show evidence of higher order thinking skills (Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation) in their answers. Regurgitation of content from lecture notes will weaken their ability to achieve the highest level of response in the Economics paper. Students will need to be able to explain current economic events in terms of the relevant economic principles learnt and also integrate the different topics learnt to construct a coherent line of argument and reconcile conflicting ideas. In addition, students must be able to evaluate the effectiveness and limitations of the various economic policies learnt in the lecture notes. Finally, the answers given must be logical, clear and concise as examiners reward “quality” rather than “quantity” of response given in the essays.
Students should keep themselves updated on current affairs. They should be aware of global economic events, in particular the Singapore economy. Students need to keep abreast of current news and reports available online and on print media, as Economics is dynamic and constantly changing. Students will stand out if they are able to quote up-to-date information and statistics in their examination scripts.
Apart from having good knowledge on current affairs, students need to be able to apply economic concepts in the right context in order to excel.
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Payments And Registration Matters
How do I sign up?
To register, please SMS student’s full name, school, selected time-slot to 8251 3684. A confirmation SMS will be sent upon successful placement.
Do you provide any placement diagnostic test?
No. However, upon registration, students may wish to bring down their latest Economics examination scripts for Mr Anthony Fok to review. He will review and analyse the student’s strengths/ weaknesses and provide suggestions on how to improve. Please photocopy a copy of the examination papers for him to review.
What do I have to pay upon registration?
One month’s tuition fees and one-time material fee of $120 will be payable. This material fee is non-refundable should the student withdraw from class before the year ends.
We only accept payment by cash or cheque. For cheque payment, please indicate that it is payable to “JC Economics Education Centre Pte Ltd” . We do not accept credit card, Nets or bank transfer.
What is the $120 one-time material fee paid for?
The $120 material fee is collected upfront to pay for the printing of notes and worksheets throughout the year.
Do you issue a receipt upon collection of fees?
Yes. An official receipt will be given.
When are the monthly fees due?
Fees are payable at the beginning of each month. There will be pro-rating of fees if the student begins lesson in the middle of the month. However, there is no pro-rating of fees if the student misses any lesson, regardless of the reasons.
What if there are 5 lessons in the month?
All of our programs are based on a month-to-month commitment. If there are 5 lessons during the month, the fees will be pro-rated.
What if the student joins during the middle of the month?
The fees will be pro-rated based on the number of remaining lessons in the month of registration.
Will there be price revision from time to time?
In the unlikely event that the tuition fees are revised, parents will be notified at least 1 month in advance.
What are the modes of payment?
We only accept payment by cash or cheque. For cheque payment, please indicate that it is payable to “JC Economics Education Centre Pte Ltd”. We do not accept credit card, Nets or bank transfer.
In the event of planned absence from class (e.g. due to overseas trips, school camps or sports competitions), can I seek a refund of tuition fees?
There is strictly no refund of fees. Students are advised to plan their schedule ahead of time and attend the makeup lessons within the same week. In the event that students are unable to make it for the makeup lesson, there will not be any refund of fees.
Is there any discount?
Students on the MOE’s financial assistance scheme may wish to apply for a discounted fee. Approval will be granted on a case-to-case basis.
Will the class schedule change during the year?
The class schedule will be fixed for the entire year.
Can I have a chat with Mr Anthony Fok personally?
Due to Mr Anthony Fok’s busy schedule of conducting lessons, writing books and attending conferences, he will not be able to chat personally with potential signups. Please contact the administrative staff via SMS for enquiries.
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Please SMS your enquiry to 8251 3684 instead.
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