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The synoptic paper tests your understanding of both micro and macroeconomic theories and concepts. The content you have revised for the first two papers remains the same but now questions...

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Preparing for the Synoptic Economics Exam
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Analysis needs to include more than just ‘one thing leads to another thing.’ This answer may be marked as ‘knowledge’ and not ‘analysis’. This short video looks at an example...

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Introduction to Building a Logical Chain of Analysis
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In this 3 minute video we develop simple chains of reasoning to help explain why the production possibility frontier for an economy might shift inwards. We also revise the difference between...

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PPF - An Inward Shift (Chain of Analysis)

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In this final video of the 2018 Synoptic Short series we just take a look at some of the highly topical issues and themes that offer good scope for testing in...

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Synoptic Short: Key themes and concepts for final revision
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Here are some thoughts on constructing an answer to this question: "Evaluate the likely micro and macroeconomic impact of a decision by the UK government to introduce a tax on...

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Building Confidence in Writing Synoptic 25 Mark Essays (EdExcel)
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Here are some examples of great evaluation phrases to use in Economics essays. And we've added two or three great short videos on using excellent evaluation phrases in your economics...

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Department of Awesome Evaluation (Updated: June 2018)
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Here is a short video looking at building a chain of reasoning to this question "Assess the likely micro and macroeconomic impact of technological change in a developed country of...

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Automation and the Demand for Labour (Chain of Analysis)
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ACE your diagrams!

Diagrams matter in economics exams! They can really help to achieve strong analysis marks and support your evaluation too especially when you develop a diagram that is relevant to a...

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ACE your diagrams!
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Here is an example of a chain of analysis on how a fall in trade union membership might affect real wages and employment in the labour market.

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Trade Unions and Real Wages (Chain of Analysis)
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Fiscal Austerity (Chain of Analysis)

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Here is an example of a chain of reasoning on the economic arguments for and against fiscal austerity

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Fiscal Austerity (Chain of Analysis)
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Here is an example of a chain of reasoning on the macroeconomic impact of a fall in world crude oil prices

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Falling World Oil Prices (Chain of Analysis)

Exam boards all say that clear chains of reasoning using connective words and phrases really help students to get better marks for analysis. 

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Chains of Reasoning and Building Higher Analysis Marks

Here is a key topic revision checklist for all four themes of the Edexcel A Level Economics (A) specification.

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Edexcel A Level Economics Topic Revision Checklist

Here is a key topic revision checklist for all four themes of the AQA A Level Economics specification.

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AQA A Level Economics Topic Revision Checklist

Here are the links to the current specifications and past paper resources for each of the main UK A Level Economics exam boards.

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A Level Economics Exams - Handy Links to Latest Specifications and Past Papers

The entire AQA A Level Economics specification is covered by this superb series of three revision flashcard packs written by Geoff Riley of tutor2u Economics.

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Revision Flashcards for AQA A Level Economics
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Here is a revision video on shaping an answer to a 25 mark essay question on the possible micro and macro economic effects of increasing VAT in the UK 

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Micro and Macro Effects of Higher VAT (Edexcel 25 Mark Question)
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Here is a revision video working through a draft answer to this question: "Evaluate the micro and macro effects of a policy that caps the level of executive pay."

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Micro and Macro Effects of an Executive Pay Cap (Labour Markets)
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Here is a revision video looking at some of the micro and macroeconomic effects of a 20% depreciation in sterling and considering potential evaluation arguments.

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Currency Depreciation (Micro and Macro Impact and Evaluation)

Here is a video taking students through a suggested answer to this 25 mark essay question. “For developing countries in particular, economic growth must always be the most important macro policy...

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Economic Growth (Essay Technique Video)

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