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GreenPotatoez
Studying Economics Outside School?

Is it doable / worth it? Was just contemplating my options as idt I’ll be able to rely on Biology for points as it’s a drag to study... Would love a security blanket in an 8th subject but I’m worried I wouldn’t have enpugh time to gove to other subjects, has anyone done here done this? Thoughts?


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sjshortall
I am going into 6th year and have spent 5th year doing Economics by myself. Some tricky concepts but nothing that can't be managed. The Less Stress More Success covers majority of concepts but a textbook is also handy for explaining difficult topics. If you're looking for good quality notes to help explain topics and give you chapters. It is also possible to leave out certain topics you find tricky as the exam paper is predictable. Marking Schemes from www.examinations.ie are also a very useful resource. Good luck with it! :-)
GreenPotatoez
I have heard the course is changing and a project will now become part of the final %, would I need a teacher for this?
sjshortall
Are you going into fifth year or sixth year? If you're sitting your exam in 2020 it's the old course that you will be studying which has no project. If you're sitting it in 2021 then the course will have changed by then. I don't know a huge amount about the new course but it seems to be a lot of the same stuff. I would reccomend speaking to a business/economics teacher in your school about the new course to find out more and whether or not a teacher would be needed for the project. As far as I know the project is 20% so worth the effort. Let me know if there's anything else you need notes-wise as I have an archive here from various sources. :-))
GreenPotatoez
Appreciate all the advice, it is really kind of you! Sitting the LC in 2021 but was forced to do Biology due to a lack of options (it was either Biology or Chemistry). Science was never my strong suit and I much prefer business based subjects. My school doesn't run Economics so hence the questions. I will speak to my business teacher to see if she is aware of anything, but if not then I'll have to drop the idea I'm assuming.
sjshortall
Of course, I am happy to help as I was in the same boat last year. If you are sitting it in 2021, I would say speak to the business teacher. Sometimes the projects are doable by yourself but you would probably need to put in a lot of work. Don't give up just yet though because it's a fascinating subject and I would reccomend it to anyone!! ;-)
sjshortall
Of course, I am happy to help as I was in the same boat last year. If you are sitting it in 2021, I would say speak to the business teacher. Sometimes the projects are doable by yourself but you would probably need to put in a lot of work. Don't give up just yet though because it's a fascinating subject and I would reccomend it to anyone!! ;-)
brockhampton
Im sitting the LC in 2020 and am in 6th year currently debating about taking up economics this year. Is the workload too much for one year or do you think its manageable
sjshortall
If you are sitting the LC in 2020 it's the old course you will be studying and is manageable in 1 year I would think. I would reccomend you cover all microeconomics first (consumer, supply + demand, elasticity, costs, market structures and factors of production) and then choose certain macroeconomics topics to study (ones that come up a lot, e.g. National Income, Trade, Money + Banking and History of Economics). If you have any more queries or need any notes or info you can email me --> sjshortall@gmail.com I am in the same boat as you (doing it by myself) so I am happy to help!!
brockhampton
email noted, thanks so much!
IrishJuniorCert
Oh wait you're actually seriously considering this?
Geffakin01
doing a 8th subject will inevitabally take time away from your other subjects
EmmaWright
Hi, I decided to sit the LC in June after studying 6 subjects in just over one year (I didnt study every day at the start). I moved to Spain after TY with no Spanish and school was too difficult and I had to repeat 5th year here. In februray 2018, we decided that I would study the LC from home and sit the exams in June 2019 because we read that if you are out of Ireland 3 years or more by the time you have to sit your exams then Irish can be forgotten (couldnt study Irish alone). I sat 6 subjects, passed all except for Economics. Economics isnt that difficult but after 3 years I had forgotten how to study, had no notes and I didnt know what was important to study as I had no teachers or classmates to help. I'm repeating economics and I have decided to repeat business too to higher my points. In Spain, they will add my points from 2 sittings of the leaving cert (I only found this out a few days ago and I was so happy to hear that I didnt have to repeat all 6 subjects). If anyone has any notes or know of any good websites that may help me study, that would be fantastic.
wasCF
wasCF
I'd recommend it if you're into it. DO NOT take it for an easy H1 though becquse by god it is not. Marking schemes are absolutely horrible, but if you do countless past papers and try to study EVERYTHING (you will get caught out otherwise, questions can be mixed together quite frequently) you'll do fine. It's not that short of a course I find and there are lots of things to learn off (countless definitions and lots of explanations). So it's a huge amount of work to do it in a uear, but doable if you enjoy the subject.
sjshortall
@EmmaWright Economics is both difficult and easy at the same time. Very enjoyable and interesting course but the marking schemes are picky so you have to be thorough. Your main source for notes should be the marking schemes on www.examinations.ie since these are pretty much H1 sample notes. There are two other websites I'd reccomend for economics notes: 1. https://www.thebusinessguys.ie/economics.html (covers most chapters in word documents and explains everything really well in-depth) 2. https://pdst.ie/sc/economics/cresources (every chapter done out in a powerpoint, also some great resources). Hope this has been helpful and best of luck!
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