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1. OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
25th May 2012, 9:00 AM, Time 1h 30m

Yeah, so.. post advice, questions, concerns about exam technique, course content, revision etc.

Here are a few tips of mine for F581 (all of which are relevant to this module too) which I've just lifted from the Jan thread. Some people said they found these quite useful:

This idea of learning perfect exam technique / golden essay structures is one I just didn't follow. We did two practice papers in class, and I did two at home which didn't get marked, and that's all I did in terms of actual exam practice. The main bulk of my revision was going through the brilliant textbook and making notes. I literally re-wrote the entire book in my own bullet point form.

When writing essays, yes I stick to a rough guideline, but it's really not a strict one for me, and it depends largely on the question. I planned my essay on a blank sheet for about ten minutes before I wrote it, and then the essay was roughly as follows:

Intro (briefly describe the problem - I know some people put in textbook definitions here, but it seems too formulaic for me to do that). Then I started with the first solution, talked about +ve/-ve, and moved onto the second problem using a "however" phrase. e.g. (positive point about sol.1) -> however (negative about sol.1) -> an alternative could be (sol. 2) as this avoids the problem of (-ve sol.1). Make it flow, linking all four ideas, and then at the end comment on which one is the best in your opinion. It doesn't matter if you're right or wrong in terms of your decision as long as you have compared all the pros and cons and written a comparative conclusion at the end.

Throw in a graph whenever you feel it could help the explanation, or if you don't think it will help much anywhere just put a couple in anyway for the marks. I didn't comment on the solutions in the order they were mentioned - rather in the best order for fluency. For example if there are two with similar positives, but one has a huge negative, put that one first and the other second so that you can easily contrast the two.

I got 88%. I think the problem is that so many people are fixated on learning exam technique. Everyone asks how to write a perfect 18 marker, but that's the wrong question. The question should be how to write an answer to a question on pollution, a question on tax etc. It's the content, ideas and arguments which you need to know, not a formula to write an essay.
I think the key thing right now is that people get solid notes and understanding of the key ideas and arguments. I've been doing the same as I did for my Jan exam - just copying out the textbook in my own bullet point form from start to finish (of course this time with the macro content). The textbook is actually amazing - you don't need anything more than it. There was someone last year who didn't go to lessons and got an A using the textbook.
2. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by Junaid96)
25th May 2012, 9:00 AM, Time 1h 30m

Yeah, so.. post advice, questions, concerns about exam technique, course content, revision etc.

Here are a few tips of mine for F581 (all of which are relevant to this module too) which I've just lifted from the Jan thread. Some people said they found these quite useful:

I think the key thing right now is that people get solid notes and understanding of the key ideas and arguments. I've been doing the same as I did for my Jan exam - just copying out the textbook in my own bullet point form from start to finish (of course this time with the macro content). The textbook is actually amazing - you don't need anything more than it. There was someone last year who didn't go to lessons and got an A using the textbook.
shouldn't the title be "OCR AS economics F581 May 2012"?
3. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by Junaid96)
25th May 2012, 9:00 AM, Time 1h 30m

Yeah, so.. post advice, questions, concerns about exam technique, course content, revision etc.

Here are a few tips of mine for F581 (all of which are relevant to this module too) which I've just lifted from the Jan thread. Some people said they found these quite useful:

I think the key thing right now is that people get solid notes and understanding of the key ideas and arguments. I've been doing the same as I did for my Jan exam - just copying out the textbook in my own bullet point form from start to finish (of course this time with the macro content). The textbook is actually amazing - you don't need anything more than it. There was someone last year who didn't go to lessons and got an A using the textbook.

other than that: If you don't have it, get the OCR book http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0...r_1?pf_rd_p=10 3612307&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=04353 30845&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_ rd_r=18Q8X58E68W407GG32P8 It's either chess or dominos depending on if your AS or A2.

If you are an AS student you can pretty much guarantee a high grade if you re-write the text-book. Everything in the text-book is relevant to the exam, it's also written very well. Although this may sound like a lot of work, it really isn't as long as you do say 5-10pages a day. If your consistent you will finish the required part of the book very rapidly. Your knowledge will instantly be increased on the subject.

The other thing you should do given you have done part 1. You should go through the past papers. Don't be a fool and just answer the questions, use the markscheme as it has the perfect answer word for word for every question almost. If you feel it still isn't enough, you should also use your text book.. Too much bold. Mark schemes and mark schemes....more mark schemes. I cant stress the importance of using them. You will understand what the examiner is asking from you when answering a question. You will also be able to spot trends in the exams. You will become more adaptable to change because you have covered all other possible scenarios.

Cliffs:
1. Buy book. (maybe read). Re-write book, steadily but consistently. Not too little, not too much or brain hurts.
2. Go through mark scheme questions. You mentioned unit 3, I did all the questions from the past 2 years (3 lots of exams i think). I did a lot, I know. I felt that you had to because so many potential questions on unit 3 (I did transport btw)
3. Find the main areas for questions, make potential questions on these areas, make the questions very open so you can include alot of information in these potential areas. (Try keep them 3 sides of A4 or less, otherwise task 4 is hard).
4. Re-write these perfect potential essay answers to your made up questions the night before the exam. (I 'only' re-wrote 4 because I thought questions would only be based upon sustainability, market structures, CBA, road pricing)
5. READ OVER NIGHT BEFORE IF POSS. And make sure you read them before the exams. All of the above is pointless if you remember ****.

Optional: make a revision time table on getrevising.co.uk for when you have a random week/two week off before exam time. If you do some every day, it all adds up. But be realistic in what you can do. What I have done may be impossible for some people because they have a part time job etc or caring for family. (I quit my job).

Result: You have maximised your potential, nothing else could be asked from you. My result 100/100 absolute erection.
4. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by owen1994)

other than that: If you don't have it, get the OCR book http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0...r_1?pf_rd_p=10 3612307&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=04353 30845&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_ rd_r=18Q8X58E68W407GG32P8 It's either chess or dominos depending on if your AS or A2.

If you are an AS student you can pretty much guarantee a high grade if you re-write the text-book. Everything in the text-book is relevant to the exam, it's also written very well. Although this may sound like a lot of work, it really isn't as long as you do say 5-10pages a day. If your consistent you will finish the required part of the book very rapidly. Your knowledge will instantly be increased on the subject.

The other thing you should do given you have done part 1. You should go through the past papers. Don't be a fool and just answer the questions, use the markscheme as it has the perfect answer word for word for every question almost. If you feel it still isn't enough, you should also use your text book.. Too much bold. Mark schemes and mark schemes....more mark schemes. I cant stress the importance of using them. You will understand what the examiner is asking from you when answering a question. You will also be able to spot trends in the exams. You will become more adaptable to change because you have covered all other possible scenarios.

Cliffs:
1. Buy book. (maybe read). Re-write book, steadily but consistently. Not too little, not too much or brain hurts.
2. Go through mark scheme questions. You mentioned unit 3, I did all the questions from the past 2 years (3 lots of exams i think). I did a lot, I know. I felt that you had to because so many potential questions on unit 3 (I did transport btw)
3. Find the main areas for questions, make potential questions on these areas, make the questions very open so you can include alot of information in these potential areas. (Try keep them 3 sides of A4 or less, otherwise task 4 is hard).
4. Re-write these perfect potential essay answers to your made up questions the night before the exam. (I 'only' re-wrote 4 because I thought questions would only be based upon sustainability, market structures, CBA, road pricing)
5. READ OVER NIGHT BEFORE IF POSS. And make sure you read them before the exams. All of the above is pointless if you remember ****.

Optional: make a revision time table on getrevising.co.uk for when you have a random week/two week off before exam time. If you do some every day, it all adds up. But be realistic in what you can do. What I have done may be impossible for some people because they have a part time job etc or caring for family. (I quit my job).

Result: You have maximised your potential, nothing else could be asked from you. My result 100/100 absolute erection.
Great advice. I'll bear in mind your tips on preparing for possible questions, although it seems a little risky to put all your eggs in one basket (or four baskets in this case). I will probably do something similar but answering brief questions such as "advantages of a low interest rate" etc. Thanks again though
5. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by owen1994)
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I'm currently self-teaching AS Economics, and have both F581 and F582 in May (covered all of F581 and in the process of covering F582)
Last edited by Kravez; 13-03-2012 at 20:03.
6. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by Kravez)

I'm currently self-teaching AS Economics, and have both F581 and F582 in May (covered all of F581 and in the process of covering F582)
Be careful not to mix things up and mention macro policies in the micro
7. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
Does anyone know when the F581 resit is? Thank you Junaid96! I've been given the OCR textbook but never looked at it because in my college we're taught through booklets which are very similar. Since that hasn't worked for me, I will deffo learn the textbook off by heart. Thanks again!
8. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by Bonganp01)
Does anyone know when the F581 resit is? Thank you Junaid96! I've been given the OCR textbook but never looked at it because in my college we're taught through booklets which are very similar. Since that hasn't worked for me, I will deffo learn the textbook off by heart. Thanks again!
resit is on: 18th may 2012,
... and if you want to make your own exam timetable, click: http://www.education.gov.uk/comptimetable/
Last edited by nm786; 17-03-2012 at 19:10.
9. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by nm786)
resit is on: 18th may 2012, if you want to make your own exam timetable, click: http://www.education.gov.uk/comptimetable/

Thanks, is anyone else resitting?
10. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by nm786)
resit is on: 18th may 2012,
... and if you want to make your own exam timetable, click: http://www.education.gov.uk/comptimetable/
Yep, that site is awesome. I was so shocked when I saw it "What?! The government.. has made an efficient, working, helpful website... something's wrong.." Only 8 weeks till exams :O btw what do you guys do after your exams? We do a week of work experience / "Personal Development" and then start on A2 stuff and break up at normal time for summer :\
11. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by Junaid96)
Yep, that site is awesome. I was so shocked when I saw it "What?! The government.. has made an efficient, working, helpful website... something's wrong.." Only 8 weeks till exams :O btw what do you guys do after your exams? We do a week of work experience / "Personal Development" and then start on A2 stuff and break up at normal time for summer :\
lol, thanks,
yeah my school does the same, takes the piss
Last edited by nm786; 17-03-2012 at 22:18.
12. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by Bonganp01)
Thanks, is anyone else resitting?
i am
13. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by nm786)
lol, thanks,
yeah my school does the same, takes the piss
It's not too bad for me because I'm taking two weeks off, and I'll have covered all the A2 Maths/ F. Maths stuff. In Physics they're just doing random projects, so that only leaves two subjects
14. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by nm786)
lol, thanks,
yeah my school does the same, takes the piss
same, its callled "enhancement week" in our college- what a load of bull unless you think Zumba is useful LOL. Luckily for me, I'm spending most of that week at summer university to get a taste of Uni life lol. On my last day I'm doing work experience. Whats everyone doing?
15. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by Bonganp01)
same, its callled "enhancement week" in our college- what a load of bull unless you think Zumba is useful LOL. Luckily for me, I'm spending most of that week at summer university to get a taste of Uni life lol. On my last day I'm doing work experience. Whats everyone doing?
Well, for our designated "Personal Development Week" I'm not doing anything, as I'll be revising for an exam the week after. After my exam though, I may be getting a placement at Freshfields! XD although I'll have to go to London and work long hours for no pay

Haha Zumba. There's probably an A-level in it these days
Last edited by The Polymath; 18-03-2012 at 11:41.
16. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
Yes, unfortunately that's what for offer, its that or a day at alton towers.
Freshfield-that's very impressive! Just curious, what subjects are you currently taking?
17. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
has anyone found the question paper and mark scheme for f581 paper, anywhere?
18. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by Bonganp01)
Yes, unfortunately that's what for offer, its that or a day at alton towers.
Freshfield-that's very impressive! Just curious, what subjects are you currently taking?
It's not yet certain but it look likely - I need to send a CV
I'm taking Maths, Economics, German, Physics and Further Maths, you?

(Original post by nm786)
has anyone found the question paper and mark scheme for f581 paper, anywhere?
Sorry, I don't know. Try looking through the old thread http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1868624 Your teacher might be able to grab you a sneaky copy from somewhere :P
Last edited by The Polymath; 2 Weeks Ago at 14:11.
19. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
My teacher has the Jan 2012 paper and its mark scheme, I'll request it. I'm studying French, Economics, English Literature and Biology. Best of luck with your application!
20. Re: OCR AS Economics F582 May 2012
(Original post by Bonganp01)
My teacher has the Jan 2012 paper and its mark scheme, I'll request it. I'm studying French, Economics, English Literature and Biology. Best of luck with your application!
thank you very much.