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    Hi really useful notes will help with my gcse revision as I have my exam in May 2016

    Which other gcse revision notes did you do. I am studying biology, chemistry, physics, spanish, history, geography,

    Would be grateful if you could send them to me.

    Thanks for all your help

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    (Original post by kennethdcharles)
    Hey, so this is by far my weekest subject. I'm doing the edexcel course and the 2 exams I'm sitting will be in Unit 3 and Unit 16 (Mark's Gospel). I got a C in my mock, which i was really disappointed about. Somehow, my teacher has still predicted me an A, which I would love to get, but the way things are going now, that will never happen. I'm really good at memorising the key words, but that is about it. I never seem to have enough points to back up my argument, and I never remember scripture passages. It would be much appreciated if someone could give me some revision tips on how best to succeed in R.E and also, their method for remembering evrrything required to get an A/A*.

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    Hi there! I've moved this to the correct forum for you check out the other threads in here - they may have an answer for you.
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    Hi there! I've moved this to the correct forum for you check out the other threads in here - they may have an answer for you.
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    Hey I got UMS 100% in my edexcel re gcse last year. I did Unit 3 and Unit 10.

    For (a) make sure you learn all the definitions off by heart as they're supposed to be easy marks. If you learnt the exact ones in the book you're guarenteed 2/2 marks. I did this by making cards with the word on one side and the definition on the other side and got people to test me.

    My teacher recommended for us to watch the videos by Mr McMillan REvise on YouTube. He does a 5 minute revision video on every topic in Unit 3. I found them very helpful as points are clearly presented with no waffle. You can remember all the points then use them when answering part c) questions.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNmrIM4Dl3U

    For part (b) and (d) questions can can use the same points. So just learn 4 points for every topic to be able to answer a part c) question.
    For example:
    For "Do you agree with euthanasia? Give two reasons for your point of view" you could use 2 of the exact same points as you would use for "Explain why some Christians do not agree with euthanasia."

    I found part (d) questions the trickiest, but I basically learnt 3 points for agree and 3 points for disagree from every possible topic.

    It's important that you learn some scripture quotations to impress the examiner. However it's not essential for every topic, just typical ones such as "thou shalt not kill" when talking about abortion.

    I'm afraid I didn't do Unit 16 so I can't help on that.

    Good luck
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    I also attained an A* at GCSE. It is definitely all about structure more than anything! My teacher taught me to keep the explanations short, but concise. All we really had to do was describe, and then link to the question. It is also a good idea to use different ideas from different religions. I always used Christians and Muslims.

    A very brief example:

    Some religious people believe that abortion is wrong. Do you agree? (8)
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    Some possible answers:

    Agree:
    "Family is the cornerstone of society" - Allah made it a Muslim's duty to reproduce and have as many children as possible (Islam)

    Playing God - God is the only one who should be allowed to control life / death due to his omnipotence. Therefore, if we were to choose if the fetus lived or died, we would be taking on the role of God, which is wrong.


    Disagree:
    "Love thy neighbour" - If the person was raped, an abortion may cause the person to become mentally distressed. Therefore, having an abortion would be the most loving thing to do. (Christianity)

    Quality of life - If the couple are unable to support the child due to unstable finance, or even that that child may have a disability, it may be the most loving thing to have an abortion, since the prospective parents will not be able to fulfill the commandment.

    (Please correct me if I did get anything wrong, it's been a while since I studied religious studies).
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    I chose R.E thinking since I'm a Christian, it will be easy.
    The thing with R.E, if you're studying your religious background, it is still hard to get an A/A* as you have to get the exam technique and understand how to answer.
    As other people have said, make sure you state the Pros and Cons of a point.
    Secondly, since you're studying Mark's gospel (lucky), link quotes from it as these carry a bit of marks.
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    (Original post by MilenaW)
    Hey I got UMS 100% in my edexcel re gcse last year. I did Unit 3 and Unit 10.

    For (a) make sure you learn all the definitions off by heart as they're supposed to be easy marks. If you learnt the exact ones in the book you're guarenteed 2/2 marks. I did this by making cards with the word on one side and the definition on the other side and got people to test me.

    My teacher recommended for us to watch the videos by Mr McMillan REvise on YouTube. He does a 5 minute revision video on every topic in Unit 3. I found them very helpful as points are clearly presented with no waffle. You can remember all the points then use them when answering part c) questions.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNmrIM4Dl3U

    For part (b) and (d) questions can can use the same points. So just learn 4 points for every topic to be able to answer a part c) question.
    For example:
    For "Do you agree with euthanasia? Give two reasons for your point of view" you could use 2 of the exact same points as you would use for "Explain why some Christians do not agree with euthanasia."

    I found part (d) questions the trickiest, but I basically learnt 3 points for agree and 3 points for disagree from every possible topic.

    It's important that you learn some scripture quotations to impress the examiner. However it's not essential for every topic, just typical ones such as "thou shalt not kill" when talking about abortion.

    I'm afraid I didn't do Unit 16 so I can't help on that.

    Good luck
    Hi there, im doing my exam this year for Unit 1 and 8 and aiming for an A*! But in current mocks i've not been getting that.

    My teacher keeps telling us that for the 8 mark (c) question to write 4 PEE paragraphs and often i find myself struggling to fit that all in the space they give u in the exam paper and in the time you're supposed to.

    And other people on youtube videos - e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sV_L7UNaTc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19sNFW9jYdE - have said that you simply need 4 points and thats it! So im really confused.

    How did you tackle the 8 mark questions, did you simply write 4 points? Because if so, then this exam is definitely easier than i thought!!!
    THANKS SO MUCH!
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    (Original post by Colonel Sanders)
    Hi there, im doing my exam this year for Unit 1 and 8 and aiming for an A*! But in current mocks i've not been getting that.

    My teacher keeps telling us that for the 8 mark (c) question to write 4 PEE paragraphs and often i find myself struggling to fit that all in the space they give u in the exam paper and in the time you're supposed to.

    And other people on youtube videos - e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sV_L7UNaTc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19sNFW9jYdE - have said that you simply need 4 points and thats it! So im really confused.

    How did you tackle the 8 mark questions, did you simply write 4 points? Because if so, then this exam is definitely easier than i thought!!!
    THANKS SO MUCH!
    Hi sorry for the late reply!

    Yes, for the 8 markers I just wrote 4 points, but separated them into paragraphs to make it easy for the examiner to identify them. So then if they look at your paper and see 4 distinct paragraphs they will automatically know you've got 4 points and so will likely give you full marks. Obviously they have to be correct but it's not very difficult to learn them.

    There's definitely not enough time to write PEE paragraphs. Your teacher seems to be over-complicating things!
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    in the 2012 RE edexcel past paper Q8) the 8 marker was a bit weird? check it out and tell em if you think this type of question will come up.
    qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Religious%20Studies/2009/Exam%20materials/5RS01_01_que_20120515.pdf
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    (Original post by MilenaW)
    Hi sorry for the late reply!

    Yes, for the 8 markers I just wrote 4 points, but separated them into paragraphs to make it easy for the examiner to identify them. So then if they look at your paper and see 4 distinct paragraphs they will automatically know you've got 4 points and so will likely give you full marks. Obviously they have to be correct but it's not very difficult to learn them.

    There's definitely not enough time to write PEE paragraphs. Your teacher seems to be over-complicating things!
    you should include 4 points and briefly explain them. approx 3-4 lines each
 
 
 
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