Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions About Economics

Is Economics tuition necessary?

In Singapore, many parents invest significantly in tuition for their children, believing it to be crucial for academic success. However, Dr. Anthony Fok views tuition as a supplement to a student’s education rather than a necessity. The purpose of tuition is to address any knowledge gaps that may exist.

What sets apart H1 Economics from H2 Economics?

While H1 and H2 students may be in the same class, there is a distinction in the examination format. H1 students are required to respond to two case study questions, whereas H2 students must answer two case study questions and select three out of six essay questions. Additionally, H2 students are expected to attend additional classes during the June holidays, August, and September, which are not mandatory for H1 students.

Are ten-year-series guides still beneficial for students?

Ten-year-series guides (TYS) are annual publications that compile past GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ level exam questions from the past ten years. TYS has been utilized in schools for over 40 years due to its ability to reveal patterns in the types of questions asked over time. However, it is important for students not to rely solely on TYS for exam preparation. Dr. Anthony Fok has authored a series of Economics guidebooks that encompass evaluation points, diagrams, summary notes, and model essays, serving as valuable supplements to TYS.

Why is Economics considered a challenging subject?

The GCE ‘A’ level Economics exam places emphasis on higher-order thinking skills such as Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation. Students are tasked with explaining current economic events using relevant economic principles, integrating different topics to construct a cohesive argument, and assessing the effectiveness and limitations of economic policies. To succeed in Economics, students must stay abreast of current events and apply economic concepts in the appropriate context.

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What distinguishes Dr. Anthony Fok from other tutors?

Dr. Anthony Fok is a highly regarded Economics tutor in Singapore, acknowledged by The Sunday Times as one of the top tutors in 2008. His success extends beyond teaching Economics as he inspires students to develop a genuine love for the subject. Dr. Fok imparts values and life lessons while acting as a mentor and friend. He bridges the gap between school curriculum and national exams, taking pride in helping students achieve their academic goals.

How does Dr. Anthony Fok motivate his students?

While most JC students who seek tuition are already self-motivated, Dr. Fok maintains regular communication with his students to provide personal support and encouragement, especially during exam periods. He actively listens to his students and offers guidance when needed.

Does Dr. Anthony Fok teach H3/IB Economics?

No, Dr. Fok specializes in teaching A-level Economics for H1 and H2 students exclusively.

Does Dr. Anthony Fok provide one-on-one tuition, and is group tuition less effective?

Dr. Fok’s group tuition classes at his branches in Bishan, Bukit Timah, and Tampines are fully booked, so he does not offer one-on-one tuition. He believes that his well-prepared lesson plans and interactive group discussions allow students to achieve a deeper and better understanding of the subject. Unlike tutors without extensive teaching experience and structured materials, Dr. Fok has a proven track record of producing excellent results and receiving positive testimonials from former students.

Does Dr. Anthony Fok offer classes at locations other than Bishan, Bukit Timah, and Tampines?

No, Dr. Fok exclusively teaches at his branches in Bishan, Bukit Timah, and Tampines.

What sets Dr. Anthony Fok apart as an Economics tutor?

Dr. Anthony Fok is widely recognized as one of the top Economics tutors in Singapore. The Sunday Times named him as one of the five most sought-after tutors in the country in 2008. Parents highly value his ability to consistently produce outstanding results, often making significant efforts to enroll their children in his classes. Dr. Fok’s teaching philosophy goes beyond imparting Economics knowledge; he inspires students to develop a genuine love for the subject, instills valuable life lessons, and acts as a mentor. He is dedicated to achieving excellent results as long as students put in the effort.

How does Dr. Anthony Fok maintain his students’ motivation?

While most JC students are already self-motivated, driven by the desire to secure distinctions for top local and overseas universities, Dr. Fok maintains regular contact with his students. He communicates with them on a personal level, offering support and encouragement, especially during exam periods.

Does Dr. Anthony Fok teach H3/IB Economics?

No, Dr. Fok specializes exclusively in teaching A-level Economics for H1 and H2 students.

Does Dr. Anthony Fok provide one-on-one tuition?

Is group tuition considered less effective? No, Dr. Fok’s schedule for group tuition at his locations in Bishan, Bukit Timah, and Tampines is fully booked. He believes that interactive group discussions offer students a deeper and better understanding of the subject matter. Unlike home tutors who may lack teaching experience and structured materials, Dr. Fok meticulously plans his lessons to optimize delivery.

Is Dr. Fok the only teacher?

Yes, Dr. Anthony Fok is the sole teacher who conducts economics tuition lessons. He ensures all lessons are delivered live and maintains a high standard of teaching.

What happens if Dr. Fok is unable to conduct lessons (e.g., due to reservist or sickness)?

If unforeseen circumstances such as reservist or illness prevent Dr. Fok from conducting lessons, there will be no replacement teacher. The lesson will be cancelled, and a replacement class will be arranged.

Does Dr. Fok offer a trial class?

Due to limited vacancies, currently does not offer trial lessons. However, students are free to withdraw from the classes at the end of the first four lessons if they do not find them beneficial.

Does Dr. Fok have a waiting list for students?

As popular time slots for JC2 Economics classes tend to fill up quickly, interested students may be placed on a waiting list.

Can students ask questions in class?

Yes, Dr. Fok actively encourages students to ask questions during class and will arrange ad-hoc consultations if needed. He also provides his personal mobile number upon registration, so students can reach out to him for help with economics outside of tuition hours.

What is Dr. Fok’s track record of success?

Every year, publicly acknowledges the names of students who have achieved distinctions under Dr. Fok’s guidance. He teaches a diverse range of students from different educational backgrounds, including those from non-branded schools, and is committed to helping them excel academically.

Are all the testimonials on the website from Dr. Fok’s former students?

Yes, all the testimonials featured on the website are from Dr. Fok’s former economics tuition students.

Can Dr. Fok predict the questions that will appear on this year’s A-level Economics exam?

Dr. Fok emphasizes the importance of comprehensive revision in his tuition classes and does not encourage students to solely rely on predicting exam questions. As an author of ten-year-series answers, he is knowledgeable about past examination questions and can advise students on the frequency of certain question types. Dr. Fok also stays updated with the latest exam trends and updates his notes accordingly. However, he believes there is no guarantee of what will appear on the exam, and students should not rely solely on predicting questions to achieve success.

Can Dr. Fok guarantee students a distinction?

Dr. Fok does not provide guarantees for distinctions. He believes that academic success is a result of hard work and proper guidance. Dr. Fok emphasizes the importance of students’ efforts and working closely with him to achieve their academic goals.

Does Dr. Fok offer essay marking services?

Yes, Dr. Fok provides personal essay marking services for any additional essays students wish to write. He offers written feedback to help students improve their work and develop the necessary skills for the A-level Economics exam.

Are Dr. Fok’s books the same as the notes given in his tuition classes?

No, the books are not duplicates of the notes provided in Dr. Fok’s tuition classes. Instead, they focus on specific skill sets that students may need to improve, such as writing evaluation points, drawing diagrams, or excelling in essays and case studies. Dr. Fok recommends students to purchase his books as supplements to their learning, addressing their weaknesses.

How can Dr. Anthony Fok’s books aid in exam preparation?

Dr. Anthony Fok’s Economics books are a valuable resource for students preparing for the GCE ‘A’ level examination. These books comprehensively cover various topics and skills required for the exam, including diagram drawing, evaluation points, and essay and case study writing. They target specific weaknesses or skill sets that students may need to improve. By purchasing these books, students can enhance their learning, practice exam-style questions, and better prepare for the A-level Economics exam.

Is it possible to purchase Dr. Anthony Fok’s Economics notes instead of attending tuition lessons?

No, Dr. Fok’s notes are not available for purchase. The unique and effective delivery of his lessons, along with his teaching style and direct interaction with students to clarify doubts or questions, contribute to their learning experience. Attending his tuition lessons allows students to maximize their learning and improve their understanding of Economics concepts and exam techniques.

What sets Dr. Anthony Fok’s tuition lessons apart from others?

The added value of Dr. Anthony Fok’s tuition lessons is evident through the testimonials of his former students. His teaching style extends beyond imparting Economics knowledge to include values and life lessons, fostering a love for the subject, and acting as a mentor and friend. He emphasizes the importance of hard work and proper guidance, while his structured and interactive lessons provide students with a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

What additional services does Dr. Anthony Fok offer?

Dr. Anthony Fok provides several additional services to his students, such as staying back after class to clarify doubts, being available for communication via texting or WhatsApp after tuition hours, arranging personal consultations upon request, and offering additional notes or revision packages that include model essays and key concepts for revision.

How can Dr. Anthony Fok assist struggling students in Economics?

For students who struggle with case studies or require more exposure to real-world context and examples, Dr. Anthony Fok has developed special notes that provide evaluation and analysis points necessary for high marks. His notes also summarize essential knowledge required for effective writing, including the Singapore context, developed countries like the USA and Japan, and developing countries such as Vietnam, Brazil, China, and India.

How can Dr. Anthony Fok help students with weak foundations in JC1?

For students with weak foundations in JC1, Dr. Anthony Fok provides new students with previous lesson materials to help them catch up. JC2 students with weaker foundations may also benefit from joining JC1 classes to cover foundational topics. Additionally, during the first lesson, Dr. Anthony Fok personally guides new students on how to study Economics, equipping them with the necessary tools for success.

Does Dr Anthony Fok offer crash courses for JC2 students who need last-minute help?

No, Dr Fok doesn’t provide crash courses for JC2 students. Instead, he conducts intensive revision programs in December to help JC1 students catch up on their foundational knowledge.

Does Dr Anthony Fok conduct extra classes during the June or December holidays?

Yes, Dr Fok does offer additional classes during the June and December holidays. Interested students can refer to the “Intensive Revision Programme” and “Case Study Workshop” links on his website.

Is it possible to join Dr Anthony Fok’s lessons at any point in time?

Yes, it is never too late to start attending Dr Fok’s lessons as long as the student is willing to put in the necessary effort. Some students have joined his classes just three months before the A-level exams and still achieved As in Economics. Testimonials from his former students support this claim.

Is 1.5 hours of curriculum time per week sufficient?

Yes, 1.5 hours of curriculum time per week is enough to cover the syllabus completely. Dr Fok’s students have achieved distinctions with this amount of time. The quality of the lessons is more important than the duration.

Which schools do Dr Anthony Fok’s students come from?

Dr Fok’s tuition students come from various colleges in Singapore, and he also teaches private candidates who will take the GCE ‘A’ level exam.

If a student misses their scheduled lesson, can they attend a makeup lesson?

Yes, students who miss their scheduled lesson can attend makeup lessons within the same week by joining other classes. All classes are repeated from Friday to Sunday of the same week.

What is the class size for Dr Anthony Fok’s lessons?

The actual class size may vary due to students attending makeup lessons. However, Dr Fok’s classes are generally large because he is a highly sought-after economics tutor who delivers quality lessons and engages his students effectively. The class size does not affect the quality of his teaching.

Payment and Registration Details

How can I enrol in the tuition classes?

To register for Economics tuition classes, send a text message containing the student’s full name, school, and preferred timeslot to 8251 3684. Once the registration is successful, a confirmation message will be sent.

Does the tuition centre provide a placement diagnostic test?

No, the tuition centre does not offer a placement diagnostic test. However, students can bring their latest Economics examination scripts to the centre for Dr. Anthony Fok to analyse and review. After analysing the scripts, he will suggest ways to improve the student’s strengths and weaknesses. It is important to photocopy the examination papers for Dr Fok to review.

What fees are due upon registration?

Students are required to pay monthly fees and a one-time material fee of $120. The material fee is non-refundable if the student withdraws from the class before the year ends. If there are five lessons in a month, the fees will be pro-rated accordingly.