(Original post by Mephestic)
Ok so tips on revising and essay structure; I use the TEEI approach which is my own invention ( I added the I at the end for the normal TEE approach).
This is basically T=Theory E=Evidence E=Evaluation I=Issues,debates and approaches.
So always put your Theory first for whatever the question is - This is basically the outline; For example for Genes and aggression you would outline how Genes have been investigated through the use of Twin studies, family studies and Adoption studies looking for high concordance rates.
For something like Evolutionary explanations for group aggression there are lots of theories you can use for your outline; I personally used the concept of lynch mobs and theory elements such as the power-threat hypothesis and dehumanization and related this to how they may serve an evolutionary purpose (increase survival)
For Evidence: This is basically studies to back up what your saying or evidence against the theory ; So remember studies and what happened in them to backup your theory element.
So for example after outlining the power-threat hypothesis and dehumanization I would have studies that supported this or contradicted this.
Evaluation: For evaluation I would begin to highlight flaws in the theory or evidence in favour of it, methodological flaws in the studies, flaws in the theory etc or strengths etc and the implications for the theory >>always refer back to implications it has; never just make a statement but state what this means then!
Issues,debates and approaches: This is where you throw in things such as gender bias, determinism, post-hoc,difficult to falsify or prove, reductionism, gender bias, animal studies, ethical concerns or implications, Free-will,other approaches it ignores that has evidence (cognitive, behavioural, biological,psychodynamic etc)
The only way I found that I remembered all this was literally writing and writing and writing it over and over and over until it stuck a bit more so I could recall it from memory.
You must always remember what we learnt in in AS and memory models: Memory is unlimited with no capacity and up to a lifetime in duration so you can remember it all if you revise it enough; it just needs constant repetition; say it in the bathroom while you shower, while you walk to school go through your answer in your head, say it out loud while your doing nothing..it will all help remember it.
So to summerise:
Theory: Outline the theory or explanation
Evidence: Back this up with evidence in favour or against
Evaluate: Evaluate this evidence and your theory with pros and cons
IDA's: Throw these in and write what this means for the theory? does it support it? does it contradict it?
Use of acronyms in remembering researchers will help as mentioned in my previous post; Its the only way I remembered.
Its long and tiring and you guys have 2 months to do it so its possible - you just need to start....NOW!