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AQA AS History Techniques

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    Hello,

    I'm currently an AS student and I recently did my exams in May and failed abysmally... I would like some advice in how to approach History as I am definitely retaking it.

    I used to love History however my passion for it soon disappeared the week started AS History and everything went downhill from there. There were many factors that perhaps led to this: the restriction of interpretation, teachers, the sheer load etc. but mainly I have MYSELF to blame. I wasn't motivated and was lazy thus I paid the price.

    Now I want to restart again and resit the whole AS in January but I'm not sure where to begin as I'm doing it independently.

    Please can anyone advise me in how to approach it.

    If helps, I'm studying:
    • Life in Nazi Germany
      Britain 1906 -1951


    Thank you
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    I'm also an AS student doing AQA History, but I haven't studied the topics you have specified, so this is going to be very general.

    The first unit should not contain sources, so basically, it's just three set of questions with a 12 mark and 24 mark question in each one. In terms of structure, for the 12 mark question, you should put three developed reasons/points and a conclusion. For the 24 mark question, there should always be an introduction, four developed reasons/points and a conclusion. If you can't think of three/four points for the 12 marker, often two very well developed points will suffice. Same for the 24 marker (with three indepth points). To get the high marks, you should put in a couple of historian quotes. My teacher advised we do the 24 mark questions first, then do the 12 mark questions.

    This structure is similar in how you answer the second unit paper which contains sources. For example, for the 12 mark question, you should put at least 2 similarities and 1 difference or vice versa. Make your point from the sources which answers the question and develop with your own knowledge. For the 24 markers - exactly the same structure as stated previously, except you have to integrate sources into your answer. My class were advised to do the source question as normal (12 mark, then 24 mark) and the opposite for the other set of questions.

    That's all I can think of so far. I often use this approach and it hasn't gone wrong for me.
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    (Original post by Prestoria)
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    Thanks, that's really helpful

    Any advice on revision/ learning etc
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    (Original post by Neurology.)
    Thanks, that's really helpful

    Any advice on revision/ learning etc
    For the learning aspect, I made notes in class and read the textbook (issued by our teacher) for further understanding. I know that not all teachers will give textbooks to their classes for use outside of college, but usually it is available in the library. AQA specific textbooks are very helpful.

    In terms of revision, I personally did lots of past papers, especially for the source questions - with practice, it's easier to pick out similarities/differences. Bulleting key points of what you will include in your answer instead of writing a full answer to each question can work, too. I personally made revision cards for historian quotes and dates as a way of memorising it, but others learn it by writing it out multiple times. Do what works for you.
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    (Original post by Prestoria)
    For the learning aspect, I made notes in class and read the textbook (issued by our teacher) for further understanding. I know that not all teachers will give textbooks to their classes for use outside of college, but usually it is available in the library. AQA specific textbooks are very helpful.

    In terms of revision, I personally did lots of past papers, especially for the source questions - with practice, it's easier to pick out similarities/differences. Bulleting key points of what you will include in your answer instead of writing a full answer to each question can work, too. I personally made revision cards for historian quotes and dates as a way of memorising it, but others learn it by writing it out multiple times. Do what works for you.
    Thanks again

    Did you do extra reading. I assume your an A grade student
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    As Prestoria said, nothing beats practice questions, over and over and over and over....
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    (Original post by Neurology.)
    Thanks again

    Did you do extra reading. I assume your an A grade student
    I did, but it wasn't excessive. I was just really interested in the topics we did, so that helped!
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    Im also doing the Aqa course I just did the antisemitism in germany 1919-45 and russia germany 1870 - 1914 I am doing the making of modern britain for A2 interested in these responses as i feel i let myself down in may
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