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    Hi I'm currently sitting on AAA (b), however I would love an A* in either History or Government & Politics (Both CCEA).

    I realise for an A* I need an A at AS which I have and then a 90% average.

    At the moment (with these exams next week/week after :P) I'm getting A's in my essays that I give to my teachers.

    What extra spark could I add to bump these essays up to 90%? I mean I realise my teachers are quite hard markers so I'd prob get high A's in those same essays under exam conditions, but still 90% is a big ask.

    Additionally, If any of you have any experience with CCEA government % politics/ History that would helpful (especially if you did very well )


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    (Original post by thetobbit)
    Hi I'm currently sitting on AAA (b), however I would love an A* in either History or Government & Politics (Both CCEA).

    I realise for an A* I need an A at AS which I have and then a 90% average.

    At the moment (with these exams next week/week after :P) I'm getting A's in my essays that I give to my teachers.

    What extra spark could I add to bump these essays up to 90%? I mean I realise my teachers are quite hard markers so I'd prob get high A's in those same essays under exam conditions, but still 90% is a big ask.

    Additionally, If any of you have any experience with CCEA government % politics/ History that would helpful (especially if you did very well )


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    are you doing A2 or AS modules and which topics?

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    I got 99 in my AS unit 2 on Russian Rev.

    I guess if you are getting As you already have good argumentive ability that is coming through in the essay. I suggest read through the mark schemes and take the points the make, expand on them as much as possible (and stay within the time limit at the same time), then maybe add in any extra points that you think should be included that aren't in the mark schemes.

    TBH, it is pretty hard to tell you what you need to do to go from an A to A* as nobody will know where you are going wrong, it would be different a D to an A*.

    the mark schemes also have info on what is required for each level, check those out and that should tell you what you need to do
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    (Original post by bestofyou)
    are you doing A2 or AS modules and which topics?

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    I got 99 in my AS unit 2 on Russian Rev.

    I guess if you are getting As you already have good argumentive ability that is coming through in the essay. I suggest read through the mark schemes and take the points the make, expand on them as much as possible (and stay within the time limit at the same time), then maybe add in any extra points that you think should be included that aren't in the mark schemes.

    TBH, it is pretty hard to tell you what you need to do to go from an A to A* as nobody will know where you are going wrong, it would be different a D to an A*.

    the mark schemes also have info on what is required for each level, check those out and that should tell you what you need to do
    I got 98% in Russia and 84% in Germany (my source work isn't wonderful sadly)
    That's why I'm thinking maybe the politics would be a better option to aim for an A* because there is source work but it is much simpler.

    I'll definitely take another look at the marks schemes, I'm assuming you mean to see what they want for Level 5 etc?


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    (Original post by thetobbit)
    I got 98% in Russia and 84% in Germany (my source work isn't wonderful sadly)
    That's why I'm thinking maybe the politics would be a better option to aim for an A* because there is source work but it is much simpler.

    I'll definitely take another look at the marks schemes, I'm assuming you mean to see what they want for Level 5 etc?


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    yeah, think its 1-5 isn't it.

    you should just work on the sources, I'm sure there are loads of sites that you can find that would help analyse them. I think the main problem with the sources is that they change every year as opposed to essay questions that are basically exactly the same as a previous year but worded differently.

    maybe just go over the source question mark schemes and look and see if any mian points continue to come up and take it from there
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    (Original post by thetobbit)
    I got 98% in Russia and 84% in Germany (my source work isn't wonderful sadly)
    That's why I'm thinking maybe the politics would be a better option to aim for an A* because there is source work but it is much simpler.

    I'll definitely take another look at the marks schemes, I'm assuming you mean to see what they want for Level 5 etc?


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    I got an A* in CCEA History. Don't see many NI people on here so glad I found at least one. At our school the AS modules were Germany and Italy, not Russia as you seem to have done. The A2 modules were Ireland and Russia. Which modules are you doing currently out of interest?
    Unlike yourself, I excelled at the source-based modules (got full marks in the Germany and Ireland modules, and a good deal lower in the other two, essay centric modules (though I'm not complaining!). Strangely, I also put far less effort into revising for the source-based exams. The other two papers I found much harder, therefore I concentrated my efforts on these weak points of mine. Though as I say, it still yielded significantly lower UMS marks for me than in my strong modules, Germany at AS and Ireland at A2.
    To be honest, the A* was more of a nice bonus than an absolute must for me. Personally, I was much happier scraping A grades in my other two A levels (Chemistry and HE) than in getting the top grade in history.
    I'm not sure what I can offer in terms of concrete advise, you will already no doubt have your own strategies for revising and for the exams themselves. You say sources are your weak spots; my best advice is, remain calm. Seriously. The best way to ruin an exam performance is to get uptight and nervous, which will throw your analytical and thought processes down the drain, skills you will need for these papers. Try not to get too bogged down in the old author, motive, date ect routine teachers sometimes lean on rather heavily. Yes, these are important considerations, but such an approach tends to produce a bland, generic response which the examiners will not credit highly. Be specific to the source, refer to its content exactly, and most importantly but often forgotten in the heat of the exam: answer the damn question! Not what you think or want the question to be. At all times, remember to answer the question in terms of how the examiner is looking for it to be answered. Simple, yes? Its amazing how often basic exam technique is thrown out the window at the crucial time. Sources are not evil texts of writing with more hidden meanings than Egyptian hieroglyphics, they can be straightforward enough if you tackle them in a logical, common sensely, structured manner, honestly!
    You are obviously an intelligent person. Go in there and make sure you give as good an account of yourself as is possible. If you do that, you will have no regrets whatever the final result. Believe me, I know
    PS It seems appropriate to say (though I don't belive in it): good luck! If you have any specific queries re the way to approach sources or the actual content of the Ireland module, please don't hesitate to ask.
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    (Original post by Harbour)
    I got an A* in CCEA History. Don't see many NI people on here so glad I found at least one. At our school the AS modules were Germany and Italy, not Russia as you seem to have done. The A2 modules were Ireland and Russia. Which modules are you doing currently out of interest?
    Unlike yourself, I excelled at the source-based modules (got full marks in the Germany and Ireland modules, and a good deal lower in the other two, essay centric modules (though I'm not complaining!). Strangely, I also put far less effort into revising for the source-based exams. The other two papers I found much harder, therefore I concentrated my efforts on these weak points of mine. Though as I say, it still yielded significantly lower UMS marks for me than in my strong modules, Germany at AS and Ireland at A2.
    To be honest, the A* was more of a nice bonus than an absolute must for me. Personally, I was much happier scraping A grades in my other two A levels (Chemistry and HE) than in getting the top grade in history.
    I'm not sure what I can offer in terms of concrete advise, you will already no doubt have your own strategies for revising and for the exams themselves. You say sources are your weak spots; my best advice is, remain calm. Seriously. The best way to ruin an exam performance is to get uptight and nervous, which will throw your analytical and thought processes down the drain, skills you will need for these papers. Try not to get too bogged down in the old author, motive, date ect routine teachers sometimes lean on rather heavily. Yes, these are important considerations, but such an approach tends to produce a bland, generic response which the examiners will not credit highly. Be specific to the source, refer to its content exactly, and most importantly but often forgotten in the heat of the exam: answer the damn question! Not what you think or want the question to be. At all times, remember to answer the question in terms of how the examiner is looking for it to be answered. Simple, yes? Its amazing how often basic exam technique is thrown out the window at the crucial time. Sources are not evil texts of writing with more hidden meanings than Egyptian hieroglyphics, they can be straightforward enough if you tackle them in a logical, common sensely, structured manner, honestly!
    You are obviously an intelligent person. Go in there and make sure you give as good an account of yourself as is possible. If you do that, you will have no regrets whatever the final result. Believe me, I know
    PS It seems appropriate to say (though I don't belive in it): good luck! If you have any specific queries re the way to approach sources or the actual content of the Ireland module, please don't hesitate to ask.
    I'm about to my A2s, so Ireland and Russia are my modules.

    Haha I'm the opposite I'm excellent at learning of russian history and intepretations (so im confident I'll do well in Russia). I find the timing of juggling analysis during the source questions trips me up on a time level. If I want any hope of an A* in history I'll definitely need to work at it, especially since the ireland paper is 30% of the total A-level

    It's great to have someone who's strength is the irish paper, I'll definitely ask you some questions etc next week, so thanks for your help.

    My Russian paper is next Wednesday and then my irish paper is on my last day of exams :P the tuesday after.
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    (Original post by thetobbit)
    I'm about to my A2s, so Ireland and Russia are my modules.

    Haha I'm the opposite I'm excellent at learning of russian history and intepretations (so im confident I'll do well in Russia). I find the timing of juggling analysis during the source questions trips me up on a time level. If I want any hope of an A* in history I'll definitely need to work at it, especially since the ireland paper is 30% of the total A-level

    It's great to have someone who's strength is the irish paper, I'll definitely ask you some questions etc next week, so thanks for your help.

    My Russian paper is next Wednesday and then my irish paper is on my last day of exams :P the tuesday after.
    No problem. If I can help in even a small way, I'd be glad to. Because I'm such a nice guy and all that
    That's right! I had forgotten that the Ireland module carried the most UMS out of the two (indeed the four, if including the AS modules, which if I recall, were of equal weighting). Eevn more reason for you to improve in this department. Time wise you should be fine. When it comes to exams, we naturally write faster and doodle much less so don't worry about that. One thing you should know about source questions is that the examiners understand, and take account of, the fact that the range of answers available is quite wide. The reason being we all interpret events in a slightly different fashion. So the mark sheme won't be prescriptive; if you make valid points which you back up with sound evidence, you will be creditited, even if the specifics of your arguements are not included the examiner's scheme.

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