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Online Christmas Revision Course 2020

Economics is one of the many subjects available on our Christmas Revision Course, that takes place from December 28th – 31st.

This 4-day live and interactive online course provides students from 1st – 6th year with expert tuition and exam focused notes delivered straight to their door. Pre-recorded tutorials, and all classes, will also be available for students to re-watch until the end of June.

What does it take to get a H1 in Higher Level Economics?

Sally Kiernan, a past pupil from The Institute of Education who achieved a H1 in Leaving Cert higher level economics, shares her advice for acing the exam.

Practice with past papers

Frequently attempting past questions and writing up your own concise notes from your learning material will contribute significantly towards your result.

Pay attention to current events

In preparation for my exams, I listened to current affairs programmes on the bus on the way to school every morning. I became more confident and familiar with current affairs and economic jargon which I ultimately used in my exam.

Exam timing

Fortunately the Economics paper is generous with time, but this time has to be spent effectively. I took ten minutes before I picked up a pen to read through the paper. This gave me a chance to pick my four long questions.  Time should be allocated to all questions based on the weight of the marks.

Exam presentation

The presentation of your script should be accessible for the examiner. Market structure graphs should be drawn clearly and with no ambiguity.

Throughout your paper it should be clear that with each point that you have two distinct facts to back up your point.

In the exam I used a highlighter to highlight headings to make it obvious to the examiner. When marks are being allocated, presentation is important.

Sample Notes

Students who attend The Institute of Education are provided with exclusive, exam-focussed study notes to support their home study and revision. Below are a sample of the high-quality economics notes they receive.

Reaction to 2019 Economics Exam

Each year, our exceptional teachers give their take on the Leaving Certificate higher level exam papers. Read what Ray O’Loughlin, economics teacher at The Institute of Education, had to say about the 2019 exam below.

Reaction to Leaving Certificate 2019 Economics (Higher Level) by Ray O’Loughlin, economics teacher at The Institute of Education.

Overall quite a nice paper. The even split of four micro and four macro questions would have been very well received by most students.

Section A

There was good choice and a nice variety of questions in Section A.

Question 7 was a slightly different style of question to normal. Students had to identify which of the three figures was the government rate of GDP and which was the unemployment rate.

Section B

In part C of Question 1 (the equilibrium question) the figures given in the introduction were not referenced in the diagram below on rent control. This might been slightly confusing for students.

The wording of part C, Question 2 was also quite complex and may have thrown some students.

Questions 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 were nice and straightforward.

Question 8 was very long and grouped lots of topics together.

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