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I do A Level Business and A Level Economics as 2 out of my 3 A Levels and I need to get better at sticking within an examined time limit but I struggle (I also struggle with writing fast in general), with loads of marks missing. Any tips to fix this?

Hi Ajmal, Firstly, do not worry. I totally understand your situation. As someone who also studied Economics and Business A Level, I also suffered from the exact same problem. However, I soon discovered how to fix the timing issue. Remember quantity does not equal quality. So when you see the extracts the first thing you should do is jot down all the points you can think of. Then pick the most suitable points that will allow you to make the most of the context in the extract. Then write down really simple analysis chains of reasoning (no need for long complex sentences) developing your point. Then link back to the question and move on. As much as there is that desire to keep writing when you have so much to talk about it can end up harming you, so please resist. You want your paragraphs to be lean and not filled with unnecessary stuff, so cut the waffle. It’s those students who are able to master this that excel and not necessarily those who know the whole syllabus and nothing more. In summary remember: be selective of your points and develop clear and concise chains of reasoning and then move on. No waffle and no extra long paragraphs on shorter mark questions. All the best and good luck!💪

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Hi Ajmal, I also studied Economics and had a similar problem. My recommendations would be: 1. Always write a bullet point plan to start which allows you to not waste time thinking whilst you are writing the main essay body. 2. Adopt a concise and simple approach to explain concepts. Try to use as few words possible. Shorten sentences and get rid of unnecessary words. 3. Always start with the definitions of key economics words and concepts at the beginning. Analyse afterwards. Hope this helps. Amy

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