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How to get a H1 in the Leaving Cert Economics Exam

By Adam R. - 3 minute read

Economics is a social science, and studying it can open you up to a range of opportunities, and career options. The course may seem long and immense, but it isn’t that difficult. In this blog, Adam goes through his top tips and tricks on getting a H1 in this subject.

Don’t focus on predictions

Don't make predicting the exam your main priority. If something hasn’t come up in a long while, then maybe it’s a safe bet. However, the SEC have been on a mission to make the Leaving Cert as unpredictable as possible in recent years, so it wouldn’t be worth spending time predicting, when you could be studying. Trust me on this, this year I expected the short questions to be a walk in the park as they have been in recent years. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

For help with the Research Project, check out this guide here written by an Economics teacher

Major Topics

Having said that, some topics always appear at least once on the paper each year due to their extensive size. I believe it is crucial for you the study the following well, because a question on at “least 3” tend to appear on the examination:

  • Market Structures (Perfect, Imperfect, Monopoly, and Oligopoly)

  • Supply & Demand

  • Factors of Production (Land, Labour, Capital, and Enterprise)

  • Elasticity

  • The Economists (and their contributions to Economics) 

Avoid using your phone

While studying, if you must use your phone, I suggest you turn it on airplane mode while you study to prevent any distractions (such as texts, phone calls, or social media).

Study early

Try to get up to study in the morning. Splash cold water on your face, and JUST DO IT! You will be fresher and less tired. It is much more efficient than staying up until 10 at night. You can get more work done is less time. 

Stay positive

If you feel like you are simply unable to study, that’s fine. People are different, we all have our own way of learning. Try some of the following study techniques, and see which works best for you!


Use the first letter of each word to describe something, and make a new word. For example, to remember the features of Economic Goods, we used the word PUT. It commands a Price, it gives Utility and it is Transferable)

Teach others

Test others on the subject, and explain to them the meanings, and if they understand, you know it well. If you can’t explain it, you don’t know it well enough.

Test Yourself

In addition to practicing past papers, Studyclix's Quizzes are a great (and fun!) tool to help test your knowledge. They can help you figure out what you know already and what topics you need to work harder on. Take the test and see how you get on!


Repeat, repeat, repeat, just revise everything on a regular basis, instead of one  chapter week after week, and you’ll retain more, and improve your concentration too! Studyclix is perfect for practising questions as often as you can, use it to your advantage.


For more tips and tricks, read our Economics Guide by clicking the button below.

Best of luck!

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