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My Woodhouse Economics

Tagbo Egwuonwu
Tagbo Egwuonwu
Tagbo Egwuonwu came to Woodhouse from Finchley Catholic High School and lives in Mill Hill. He studied economics, history and English literature at A level and graduated in 2018 with A*AA. He is currently at Warwick University studying Law.
He spoke to us during his second year of A levels...
“I wanted to move forward with my education. I felt like I was sitting still at school and needed a new experience… to meet new people in a new environment… in order to mold me and develop life skills. I wanted to challenge myself. Woodhouse really appealed to me, it’s kind of formal and informal at the same time and an interesting place to learn.
I like economics because it’s literally the study of how we live our lives. Everything we consume is a product of economics – and I want to delve deeper and understand the economic factors and variables that affect us.
I did business studies at GCSE and some parts, like ‘economies of scale’ are continued on in to economics A level. The subject is maths inclined and you will have to use formulae to find out profits, revenue or costs – it’s very graph and table based –so it’s helpful to have a background in maths.
What I most like is that the lessons are varied. Sometimes lessons are led from the front with us taking notes and learning an aspect the syllabus. If it’s a complicated area we do a lot of group activities, study questions and a lot of research. A significant part of the course is research – getting some insight before we go through it in the lesson – I find that very different method of learning than I’ve been used to. We also read articles in the Economist and other publications.
Last year we had a project to make a video about a specific topic, and my group did a comedy drama sketch about ‘perfect and imperfect knowledge’ and the difference between the parties. I operated the camera and our story was about a guy selling dodgy phones. It was a fun way to remember the concept.
We definitely have access to good resources online and teachers flag up where to find them via regular emails, they are very helpful. Recently I emailed my teacher about my homework and they replied in a matter of minutes! So efficient.
A level is way more intensive. From the start we had assemblies telling us A level was harder than GCSE, but I didn’t really believe it because at GCSE you can get away with slacking a bit and catch up – but this was a massive jump for me and kind of a shock at first. I had to step up and realise ‘there’s a lot do now’. I now understand the mistakes I’ve made in the past and I feel like I’m much more stable when it comes to handling my work.
I took art for enrichment and found drawing vases of flowers quite relaxing and a contrast to the chaos and stress of my A levels. At home, I used to draw a lot, but now like to use graphic design software and Photoshop to make digital graphics. I’m honing my design skills as they may be useful in the future – building businesses, websites and brands.
I also took law workshops where we staged a mock trial, went on a trip to the Old Bailey and had a guest speaker talk about law at university – useful stuff.
I’m going to study law at university and have applied to UCL, Oxford and Warwick. I plan to work in corporate law, so economics is definitely relevant to my degree and career path.
Woodhouse is a great place, but you don’t want to delude yourself… You may think college is great for socializing, and it is, but realise it’s also a very intense place to learn and for good reason – that’s why it’s one of the best sixth form colleges in the country. I really recommend it. I feel like I’ve matured as a person and am more confident which is an important skill to have in the outside world.