(Original post by StephMusic)
My teacher gave us some tips for the exams which may be of some use
- in the reading time, if you have a chance, work out the timings and write them down when you can (eg. start 13:00, 2nd question 13:45) - and you can split times for introduction/middle/conclusion. - this is mostly helpful for paper 1 though (7 mins Q1a/b, 10mins Q2....)
- you should spend no longer than 45 mins on each question ) and for paper 3 this gives you an extra 15 mins at the end in case you go over)
- you should be able to make a concise plan in 2 mins - practise these multiple times with past papers
- think about the question and if it says analyse
, with reference
, to what extent
- the majority of the time, questions can be answered chronologically (better structure than thematically, as you can progress from one paragraph to the next) -- especially applies to causes of war (1. longterm 2. short term 3. immediate)
- have 5 paragraphs as a bare minimum with PEEL - Point Evidence Explain Link. use more than one example/evidence for each point if possible.
- Write fast
- Make sure you do some conclusion, even if its just 2 mins and a couple of sentences, there should be some conclusion to your essay
- If your coming to the end of the 45 mins, leave lines if you think you can come back to it, scribble a rough conclusion, and start the next essay (with 2 min plan)
- leave lines between written lines, as you can come back and add stuff if you think you'll have time.
- make sure the question is answered in the conclusion. you should be able to read only the intro and concl. and get the answer to the question.
- try and have at least one historian for each point you make in the essay.
- make sure you answer the questions from different sections. you cannot answer 2 questions from the same section!
- Start each question on a new side
. - yes it destroys trees, but you can use as much as you want, and leaves room if you wanted to come back (if you have time) and add another paragraph/point. You can use asterisks - in the middle of an essay, put asterisk and then place the extension of a paragraph or a whole new paragraph after the conclusion (next to another asterisk).
Following these you should have (depending how fast and large your handwriting is) 6 or 7 sides for each essay.
-- Practice exams, class averages 15 sides for 2 questions.
I would make sure you answer the question. Assuming the question was somewhere along the lines of "hitler had total control". Go through trying to answer the question, but give your conclusion (after each point) saying that he didn't. you have to give both sides for a balanced argument anyways, but if there is more evidence pointing towards your opinion, then say that. If the question says "analyse" I would only give your opinion in the summation of the evidence, so in the final conclusion, other wise try and infer your point across the whole essay I'd say. -- as long as your essay answers the question you chose. (read the intro and conclusion, does it answer the title question?)
That's my opinion anyways
And Good Luck people