(Original post by ATCAdam)
Hi I have made two practise papers for AS OCR Business Studies exam a week on Monday. They are intended for my own personal use but I thought I may as well upload them!
Hope someone finds them useful
Quality, cheers. You seem like an A grade student, got any tips for the exam in terms of how to answer them and any guidelines? I've received a case study pack from my school containing loads of probable questions and a complete analysis of the case study but I'm still really unsure about how to approach the exam in terms of answering Section B questions. I know Section A is just theory knowledge so I should be alright with that but with this F292 exam I have no idea what structure to use to answer the questions.
For example, do you plan out your answers using a brainstorm of ideas before answering or do you jump straight into answering? Also, how do you structure your answers because we have been taught to use the Level's system or EIO (Evidence, Impact, Outcome). And one last note, do you have any resources for F292 Section A in terms of revision? Just in case, not been taught too well this year...
Last edited by SkrillaGB; 13-05-2012 at 17:41.
This is how you structure your answer as ATCAdam said, the simplest way around answering the essay questions in this exam which is absolutely pivotal to this exam because 72 out of 90 marks are from just Section B alone which is 80%! You only want to spend probably like 20 minutes on this section so you can fully focus on the Section B content.
(Original post by ATCAdam)
I would plan. Personally I bullet point relevant ideas, issues and answers rather then brainstorming.
For example if the question was on Matthew's leadership and management style a few of my bullets would be:
- Autocratic with Staff L105 "Hear Matt's plans for the future"
- Democratic with Managers L42 "I will leave you to it" to Hamza
- Motivational effects on staff; Herzberg
- Wide Span of control not congruent with Taylor scientific style of management
Planning helps ensure I don't repeat myself, stay on track and include all points I need to.
Answering questions I go through Define, Apply, Analyse and Evaluate.
e.g. define span of control, relate it to TSL (TSL has a wide span of control as evident from Appendix 2), This is good because and bad because, the most important factor is and long term/short term effects of this are.
It's my first ever attempt at this exam so whether my guidance is reliable or not I don't know but this is how I will be negotiating the Section B of this paper, let's say the question is this which I think is almost certain to come up (or close to it):
"With reference to Table 3 & Appendix 2, discuss how the addition of a Human Resource manager could boost performance at TSL."
1. Read carefully and highlight any key words in the question. You MUST strictly relate to the question when answering the questions in the paper.
So when responding to the question, constantly use the phrase "The addition of a Human Resource manager could boost performance at TSL because..." and "This would impact TSL's performance because..." and so on. Constantly link your response to the question.
2. Briefly plan out your response by bullet pointing any relevant points, these can be from the case study and from your own knowledge if in context with the question. Consider both sides of the question in terms of benefits AND drawbacks which is vitally important for a high grade.
Remember, Level 3 can only be achieved by relating to the context from the case study in response to the question, for Level 4 it is required you consider both sides of the argument in terms of benefits and drawbacks to TSL to balance the argument along with obviously, a decisive conclusion. I won't bother structuring the whole question out for you but don't forget to introduce the question by defining any key words to show an understanding and then go straight into writing the main content of the answer using the structure ATCAdam suggested which is Apply, Analyse and Evaluate.
e.g. A human resource manager could boost performance at TSL because (Apply knowledge from case study). This would impact TSL's performance because (Back up your initially applied knowledge from the case study with your own knowledge and why this would impact TSL).
Then at the end, using the question's phrasing again, the evaluation needs to consider both the benefits and drawbacks of how the Human Resource Manager could have an impact on TSL's performance before ultimately coming to an opinionated judgment on whether a human resource manager would improve performance within TSL.
Now that's just how I'll be going about answering the questions using the Define, Apply, Analyse & Evaluate which can be split up into Define (Introduction), Apply & Analyse (Main section of the answer) and Evaluate (Conclusion)... good luck!
Last edited by SkrillaGB; 18-05-2012 at 21:17.
Read above, it could be that you are possibly straying from the question and not relating to the question enough or even including non-relevant knowledge in response to the question. Always remember this is different to F291 in that the questions are phrased differently and marked more strictly.
(Original post by seanaffleck)
I've adopted the bullet pointing of relevant ideas to the question being asked, I agree it's really useful.
I was just wondering how you guys structured the actual essays? such as having a small introduction, a body and a final conclusion to each essay?
or whether you just literally start the essay with a level 1 mark, then a level 2 mark, then level 3, then level 4 mark and then repeat the cycle, L1, L2, L3, L4 throughout all the essays.
I've used the second technique; the L1, L2, L3, L4 and repeat approach for the whole of my business studies so far and it's resulted in getting 2 U's in a row for F292. I even got the marked paper back for my January 2012 attempt which scored 27/90 :/ It seemed like the examiner just wasn't giving me marks for my whole attempt at an essay and I'm not sure where I'm going wrong at all.
I have the returned paper as a PDF if anyone could look at it and maybe help me out a bit?
The main part is obviously the most important which involves the applying and analysing. Firstly, phrase your answer in response to the question like I showed above, then apply knowledge from within the case study which may seem like spoonfeeding but its a way of showing albeit an obvious understanding of what the question is asking. Once you have applied knowledge from within the case study with relevance to the actual question analyse the impact this will have on TSL using your OWN knowledge considering both sides of the argument.
Make it as obvious as possible that you are showing a thorough understanding of what the question is asking for. If you show this understanding and can apply knowledge from both the case study and externally providing that it is relevant to the question and is in depth and shows an understanding of the impact this will have on TSL, you have a level 3. Also, remember you must always balance your answer in response to the question by showing a balanced argument with both benefits and drawbacks.
Last edited by SkrillaGB; 18-05-2012 at 21:33.