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OCR AS Philosophy and Ethics Exam 16th May 2012

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    Anyone doing this exam?

    Haven't seen any threads about it so I thought I might start one Anyone got any good revision tips and hunches on what may come up on the paper?
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    Hey!

    I'm only doing the Ethics (Did Philosophy back in January, phew 8D)

    Apparently there hasn't been anything on Preference Utilitarianism for a while....*strokes imaginary beard*.

    I'm revising like I did for January; get the specification and all the work/notes you've made in class and make flashcards of all the facts. Tick bits off on the spec when you've learnt the flashcards. Keep going over them until you get it all...hopefully 8D

    Pro (or not) tips:
    .The Philosophy will take longer to revise than the Ethics ):
    . For each unit, pick a philosopher or theologian who wasn't on the spec and get a quote from them- the examiners like that BD
    . However- if you get a Biblical question, don't do what I did and just vomit a load of quotes into the answer. It's no help D:
    . I found I had more time than I expected for the Philosophy paper, so it's ok to spend time at the beggining picking out the best questions to answer!

    I was doing late night cramming back in January. But I've learnt my lesson, and I'm starting revision now for the Ethics paper, which I am told, thankfully is easier.

    le end!
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    Urg... This is the only essay subject I do and I'm dreading it, I'm in the middle of basically making essays for everything and then memorising them, even if the same questions don't come up I can do vague questions, and that way the stuff I memorise I can pick bits out of to stick in the essay for the exam and should save me some time rather than having to pull a load of new stuff out of the hat...
    http://www.philosophicalinvestigatio...blog&Itemid=55
    This website has some blogs on tips for an A grade, it also has some pages with A grade AS answers worth full marks! So it's worth snooping around on there for good stuff ^^

    Here is a link to the page where they show you how to predict stuff, even made some predictions for ethics:
    http://www.philosophicalinvestigatio...tent&Itemid=55

    Good luck guys
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    (Original post by chees006)
    Here is a link to the page where they show you how to predict stuff, even made some predictions for ethics:
    http://www.philosophicalinvestigatio...tent&Itemid=55

    Good luck guys
    This is such a great resource and place to find examples! THANK YOU, YOU LIFESAVER.
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    (Original post by okonomiyaki)
    This is such a great resource and place to find examples! THANK YOU, YOU LIFESAVER.
    Haha anytime,

    this website is quite good too
    http://www.rsrevision.com/contents/index.htm
    I wouldn't recommend using it alone though, just use it to build on your notes that you already have as well as other sources
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    Does anyone have the January 2012 paper for Philosophy of Religion?
    Really struggling to find it (and also New Testament).. My sixth form doesnt do ethics x
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    (Original post by britash)
    Does anyone have the January 2012 paper for Philosophy of Religion?
    Really struggling to find it (and also New Testament).. My sixth form doesnt do ethics x
    My teacher will probably have the list so I'll try and get it for you
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    (Original post by okonomiyaki)
    My teacher will probably have the list so I'll try and get it for you
    If you have that would be awesome Thanks! xoxo
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    (Original post by okonomiyaki)
    Apparently there hasn't been anything on Preference Utilitarianism for a while....*strokes imaginary beard*.
    A whole question came up, asking to "Explain the Preference Utilitarianism of Peter Singer." [25] in the June 2011 paper, though apparently it was done quite badly.

    In January the questions were along the lines of:
    1. Differences between Bentham and Mills Utilitarianism
    2. The effect of personhood on abortion
    3. Religious ethics applied to genetic engineering
    4. Natural Law

    Hope this helps
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    (Original post by okonomiyaki)
    Hey!

    I'm only doing the Ethics (Did Philosophy back in January, phew 8D)

    Apparently there hasn't been anything on Preference Utilitarianism for a while....*strokes imaginary beard*.
    le end!
    It came up last Summer, I believe
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    (Original post by okonomiyaki)
    My teacher will probably have the list so I'll try and get it for you
    Any luck yet?
    I'm going to fail Philosophy of Religion if Aristotle/Plato doesnt come up :3 haha
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    (Original post by britash)
    Does anyone have the January 2012 paper for Philosophy of Religion?
    Really struggling to find it (and also New Testament).. My sixth form doesnt do ethics x
    Here You go
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    Can some please send me the mark scheme of ethics jan 2012
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    (Original post by ManPowa)
    Here You go
    You star! Thanks so much
    Also noticed your doing the same a levels as me!!
    Never seen anyone doing chemistry, biology and r.s as a combination before! x
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    I find the applied ethics so much more difficult than the philosophy- it's one thing speculating and explaining philosophical theories, but applying ethical ones to real life? :confused:
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    (Original post by anniema)
    anyone worried about what if a part a question is about something really small- like mill's criticism of the teleological, or something :s
    That is exactly how i'm feeling. I'm so worried about the philosophy exam our teacher hasn't finished the syllabus yet and isn't helping us with our essays. For some of the past paper A questions i literally have a paragraph of notes !

    How much are you all writing for the A and B ?
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    (Original post by anniema)
    anyone worried about what if a part a question is about something really small- like mill's criticism of the teleological, or something :s
    I doubt it I think the most specific question on my philosophy paper was outlining the Russel/Coplestone argument.
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    Hi!

    Thank you for recommending my philosophicalinvestigations website! The predictions for this year's AS level in the blog section are made on the basis of past trends. It's highly unlikely preference utilitarianism will appear this summer - teachers made such a fuss last time, and it is a difficult area anyway!

    I am going to try and show you how to give your answers an A grade twist in my next blog, but meantime, go to my opening paragraphs under Exam syllabuses and revision tips and you'll get a flavour of how to launch an A grade answer.

    Notice also I have put special whizz thru powerpoints on all aspects of ethics both AS and A2 - you can whizz through these in five minutes and they give you the essence of that area. They are the first item in each section.

    Peter Baron
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    (Original post by pbaron)
    Hi!

    Thank you for recommending my philosophicalinvestigations website! The predictions for this year's AS level in the blog section are made on the basis of past trends. It's highly unlikely preference utilitarianism will appear this summer - teachers made such a fuss last time, and it is a difficult area anyway!

    I am going to try and show you how to give your answers an A grade twist in my next blog, but meantime, go to my opening paragraphs under Exam syllabuses and revision tips and you'll get a flavour of how to launch an A grade answer.

    Notice also I have put special whizz thru powerpoints on all aspects of ethics both AS and A2 - you can whizz through these in five minutes and they give you the essence of that area. They are the first item in each section.

    Peter Baron
    What a wonderful site you have. I've just been on that for the past few weeks.

    I was wondering, whether they will be any A2 Ethics predictions for the coming May exam.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by pbaron)
    Hi!

    Thank you for recommending my philosophicalinvestigations website! The predictions for this year's AS level in the blog section are made on the basis of past trends. It's highly unlikely preference utilitarianism will appear this summer.
    Thank you for the resources! And oops with he preference utilitarianism on my part

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