(Original post by owen1994)
I got 93/100 in F582 and 100/100 in f584 (unit3). I keep posting in these help threads to get good marks in OCR economics because I feel as though I have a system to get the best grade possible. As you have already said, re-writing the book is like the most important thing ever. Other than what I am gunna copy and paste from my other post. I think it's vital you know all the definitions off by heart for the next exam to guarantee your Ao1 marks. To guarantee your Ao2 marks you should look at the "economics in context" pages in the OCR BOOK as it has real life examples that you can use not only for Ao2 but to back up your argument. Watch the news regularly can be helpful. To guarantee A03 marks include every single graph you know that is relevant. E.g. AD/AS graphs, how the value of the pound is made graph e.g. exchange rate graph. consumer surplus if you can. For the Ao4 marks write atleast a page of Ao4 in the exam, preferably page and a half. There is so much Ao4 for every unit, all you need to do is find it in the book in the "the effectiveness of...monetary policy..etc". There is also loads of evaluation on the markschemes. If you still feel like you need more, a google search can often get some great results.
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.
Finally, a week or night before the exam. Depending on what suits you and your memory. You should do between 4 and 8 questions of what you, your teacher and people on this forum think will come up on the exam. (this forum has been good many times for me, for instance the nerds in the exams section said rail privatization would come up on the unit 3 exam, and guess what?). Once you have done these essays to like a really high quality using your book, notes and mark schemes. You should re-write them the night before. You may ask why? Well because if you re-write them before you go to bed it will be the only thing you are thinking about and thus it will make it much easier to remember what you have learnt. Also on the day of the exam, bring your perfect essays with you and read them over and over and over again prior to entering the exam room. Dont be a dick head and talk to your friends (or your enemies) as it will distract you from completing your objective and may even compromise your exam result.
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.