A-Level Economics Case Study Skill

Econs Tuition Singapore – A-Level Economics Case Study Skills & Tips


Every JC Economics student must attempt 2 case studies, regardless of whether he or she is doing H2 or H1 Econs.

And that’s what we will prepare you in our A-Level Economics tuition programme.

In particular, we will first help you to identify all possible question types that can appear in a exam paper, after which for each question type, you will learn the various Econs case study skills involved in ensuring you secure full marks for each type.

Here is an example for illustration:
Compare the changes in the price of oil and the price of rice from 2000-2012. (2 marks)

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A-Level Economics Case Study Skills & Tips – Econs Case Study Samples

I believe most of you know this type of question is known as Trend Analysis Question. However, do you know that there are 5 such types of questions that you can be tested in any JC Economics case study question exam paper?

Let us explain the first 3 types here:

  1. Summarise trends
  2. Comparing trends
  3. Explaining trends in rates of change instead of absolute levels.


  1. Summarise Trends This is the most straight forward type of question. For 2m, you simply have to offer 2 separate observations of the trends. One way is to summarise the general or overall trend. That is, how the price behaves from the beginning to the end of the time period concerned.
    The second way is to look for any refinements or reversals in the data given, with respect to the overall trend. I other words, you look for a turning point, also known as peaks or troughs in the data set.
  2. Comparing Trends
    For this type of question, you will have to perform a little more work. Briefly, you will again have to offer 2 different observations. Most likely, you will have to explain one similarity and one difference. In some cases, you are expected to compare with 2 differences in the trends. Never will you be required to offer 2 similarities. Because if you do, then there aren’t any comparisons… Just a quick note, you will realise that the above given sample is the comparing trends type. So all you have to do is to stick to the exam techniques our JC Economics tutors impart to you, and you accordingly explain the data piece.
  3. Rates of Change VS Absolute Levels
    For certain trend analysis questions, it can become trickier. For example, the data given the Economics case study paper show the percentage changes of the price of oil over the past 10 years. However, the question may be phrased as such:
    Example: Explain what happens to the price of oil from 2000-2012.
    If you read carefully, you will quickly realise that the question ask for the absolute levels of the rice of oil, NOT the rates of change of it. So in order to gain full marks, you will have to convert the data in some way, so as to extract the actual price oil price levels. (We will share with you the remaining two types in our regular Economics tuition classes. These two types need to be demonstrated in class. before you can clearly understand it.)



Likewise, our Econs tutorial lessons will share with you all other possible types of case study sample questions. Do not underestimate this ability to identify question types. After all, the Econs case study is primarily an assessment mode to test exam skills!

When you possess the full set of the relevant Economics case study skills, you will achieve the grade you desire! And our A-Level Econs tutors are very much known for their ability to do exactly that.

So are you ready to excel in your JC Economics? Attend our Econs tuition free trials now , just give us a call at https://m.me/adamsmithlc or for group tuition contact us here.

Thank you, and Happy Revision!

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