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    WJEC Media Studies (The best exam board as my teacher says :P)

    Anyone doing this?

    What topics are you revising? I'm learning newpapers, radio and TV.
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    I'm doing TV and Film.
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    (Original post by Luize)
    I'm doing TV and Film.
    Same.

    Do you do WJEC aswell?... I thought my college was the only one!

    Hows revision going?
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    Yeh WJEC...strange board...Though they have given me two A's so I won't complain.
    It's not going that great. Have made notes for all of tv now and started film.
    Will need to write some essay plans and check online for anything else I have missed by tomorrow. So overall not going well...or as well as I had hoped. If I didn't have a TV it would go much faster.
    Hows yours going?
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    (Original post by Luize)
    Yeh WJEC...strange board...Though they have given me two A's so I won't complain.
    It's not going that great. Have made notes for all of tv now and started film.
    Will need to write some essay plans and check online for anything else I have missed by tomorrow. So overall not going well...or as well as I had hoped. If I didn't have a TV it would go much faster.
    Hows yours going?
    Same here, got 3 A's from AS modules and a C A2 for coursework I think... so pretty good. Really unprepared for tomorrow and friday though.

    At the moment I'm just reading up on PSB and narrowcasting vs broadcasting at the moment.

    Going to start on film at 10 and try and do a few hours of that.

    you might find this handy for british film:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/...ry/default.stm

    wanna discuss some potential questions?
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    Ah good to know I'm not eh only person with an A as AS but a C in AS coursework. It worried me a bit when I first seen it.

    Do you have much on new technology? I have been told that WJEC do seem like like those questions because it tests the current and up to date knowledge.
    What other TV industry did you do for comparison?
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    (Original post by Luize)
    Ah good to know I'm not eh only person with an A as AS but a C in AS coursework. It worried me a bit when I first seen it.

    Do you have much on new technology? I have been told that WJEC do seem like like those questions because it tests the current and up to date knowledge.
    What other TV industry did you do for comparison?
    I know abit about covergence (between TV and the internet) and how basically this will lead to 'unicasting' (which is when people put together their own tv schedules by downloading programmes - I think) in a few years time and if this happened broadcasters like the BBC and ITV would become obselete, plus advertisers would have to take a different approach.

    We didn't study any other industry in particular (my teachers are rubbish ) but I know a little about the US - basically theres only cable/satellite which most people have - and you get basic channels equivelent to itv I guess and then you can pay more for specialised channels like foodTV and whatnot.
    It's all based on the freemarket with no government intervention although there is a regulator for censorship - the FCC I think it was.

    Which one you going for?
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    I'm doing US as well.
    We studied it but I don't remember much and so will need to go over it soon.
    I know they had multi channel tv much much earlier than us because of distance that a signal would need to travel.
    There at 6 main channels instead of our 5.
    Some are funded by public contributions in phoneathon things. They will let you watch one show and then ask for more money before letting you watch another.
    The original ethos of TV there was for entertainment while here it was to educate.
    And thats about all I know at the moment.

    New technology I just have loads of stuff about piracy and the introduction of digital tv. And stuff about about tivo.
    For film new tech I have digital screening, handheld cams and piracy again.

    You going to have essay plans before hand?
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    (Original post by Luize)
    I'm doing US as well.
    We studied it but I don't remember much and so will need to go over it soon.
    I know they had multi channel tv much much earlier than us because of distance that a signal would need to travel.
    There at 6 main channels instead of our 5.
    Some are funded by public contributions in phoneathon things. They will let you watch one show and then ask for more money before letting you watch another.
    The original ethos of TV there was for entertainment while here it was to educate.
    And thats about all I know at the moment.

    New technology I just have loads of stuff about piracy and the introduction of digital tv. And stuff about about tivo.
    For film new tech I have digital screening, handheld cams and piracy again.

    You going to have essay plans before hand?
    Ahh, I better read up a bit more on piracy in a minute.
    Just learnt various scheduling techniques:
    hammocking - putting new shows between 2 popular ones to try and gain ratings for it... doesnt work much these days though coz people flick onto cable
    theming - putting all shows on 1 genre on during the same evening e.g. monday comedy nights on bbc2
    stripping - showing the same programe at the same time each day e.g. neighbours/hollyoaks
    stranding - similar to striping but with similar types of programes on each day e.g. chat-shows on around 11-12

    Wasn't going to do essay plans beforehand - do you think I should?
    ...how can you predict the questions :confused:
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    I don't think you can predict the questions. It's quite hard to do. I was jsut told about the new tech being common by my teacher. Doesn't help that past papers need to be paid for. Could try to predict general questions...one about PSB, ONe with UK compared to another country. Something to do with channel identity. Future of British tv..in relation to digital/multichannel or psb. Something with Stars, maybe could be linked to channel identity. Something with dumbing down

    I don't know about essay plans. because the questions are difficult to predict it makes it hard to make an essay plan. I was thinking of making a list of all the possible topics and remembering that so that I have something to remind myself of everything in the exam. Give me idea on how to approach the question type of thing.

    What do you think will be on the film question?
    I can think of Exhibition/distribtution/production
    comparisons to Hollywood
    Stars
    New technology
    representations of Britain.
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    (Original post by Luize)
    I don't think you can predict the questions. It's quite hard to do. I was jsut told about the new tech being common by my teacher. Doesn't help that past papers need to be paid for. Could try to predict general questions...one about PSB, ONe with UK compared to another country. Something to do with channel identity. Future of British tv..in relation to digital/multichannel or psb. Something with Stars, maybe could be linked to channel identity. Something with dumbing down

    I don't know about essay plans. because the questions are difficult to predict it makes it hard to make an essay plan. I was thinking of making a list of all the possible topics and remembering that so that I have something to remind myself of everything in the exam. Give me idea on how to approach the question type of thing.

    What do you think will be on the film question?
    I can think of Exhibition/distribtution/production
    comparisons to Hollywood
    Stars
    New technology
    representations of Britain.
    I think I might make some mind maps of different elements of each possible topic then.

    For film you got most of them but I'd add the characteristic of (contemporary) British Films and perhaps something to do with the history of the industry - how it's lacking funding.

    You might find this article a useful read for BBC/PSB - as it's the year of the renewel of the license fee I think something about that will come up:
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    How'd it go?

    What questions did you chose?
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    Hmm It went ok I think. I'm pretty confident about film anyway.
    I did question 1 and 6.
    I was a bit annoyed that a straight foward new technology question didn't come up. Did use new tech in both questions though.
    I thought that the film question (6) was worded quite strangely.."you have a friend with an idea for a film. How would you advise them on funding" Sounds like the board are trying to look cool and be 'down with the kids'

    I didn't like the TV question. Both were quite specific. I wanted to be able to pick and choose what I could include.

    How do you think it went?
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    (Original post by Luize)
    Hmm It went ok I think. I'm pretty confident about film anyway.
    I did question 1 and 6.
    I was a bit annoyed that a straight foward new technology question didn't come up. Did use new tech in both questions though.
    I thought that the film question (6) was worded quite strangely.."you have a friend with an idea for a film. How would you advise them on funding" Sounds like the board are trying to look cool and be 'down with the kids'

    I didn't like the TV question. Both were quite specific. I wanted to be able to pick and choose what I could include.

    How do you think it went?
    I did 1 and 6 aswell but almost everyone I spoke to afterwards seem to do 2 and 5.

    Better than I expected it was going to, I was quite disappointed about the lack of new tech questions but I answered them reasonably well I think - just have to wait till August now.

    Dreading, ME6 on Friday though, we are meant to be doing documenty and I don't have a clue about it and there are no past question on it either.
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    wow me5 was well easy

    i did questions
    14 and 8

    i got an A already and me6 is on friday

    How did everyone else find it?

    i thought i screwed up me1/me2 in jan and got 81/90, 88/90 and today i found me5 easier than me1/me2.

    wjec is the easiest/best board for media, coursework is worth 40% of the a level and its easy to get 95-100% in AS/A2 coursework if you work hard.
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    (Original post by Jump)
    I did 1 and 6 aswell but almost everyone I spoke to afterwards seem to do 2 and 5.

    Better than I expected it was going to, I was quite disappointed about the lack of new tech questions but I answered them reasonably well I think - just have to wait till August now.

    Dreading, ME6 on Friday though, we are meant to be doing documenty and I don't have a clue about it and there are no past question on it either.
    don't worry about it, post here if you need any help and i'll do my best to help you. You can learn it in a day or two if you work hard and depending on how many other exams you got coming up.

    Anyone need any help, post queries here and i do my best to help you.
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    Yeh I was a bit worried when people where saying they did the easy ones being 2 and 5.

    I don't mind documentary...just worried about not putting enough examples in. I was able to get loads in for film but docu always stumps me. I just can't rememeber the names.
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    (Original post by nas7232)
    wow me5 was well easy

    i did questions
    14 and 8

    i got an A already and me6 is on friday

    How did everyone else find it?

    i thought i screwed up me1/me2 in jan and got 81/90, 88/90 and today i found me5 easier than me1/me2.

    wjec is the easiest/best board for media, coursework is worth 40% of the a level and its easy to get 95-100% in AS/A2 coursework if you work hard.
    After I took me1 and me2 last summer I actually quit media becauase I thought I'd done so bad turns out I got decent A's in all the modules.
    Unfortunately I got a C (provisionally) at A2 for coursework so really need to nail me6 coz I need an A for uni.
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    (Original post by nas7232)
    don't worry about it, post here if you need any help and i'll do my best to help you. You can learn it in a day or two if you work hard and depending on how many other exams you got coming up.

    Anyone need any help, post queries here and i do my best to help you.
    Hello all, just discovered this site just in time for ME6 on Friday, why couldnt I have found this BEFORE my exams!! :confused:

    Anyhow, may I take you up on your help offer...bit cheeky I know, but if you could please tell me what areas I ought to concentrate for Doc?

    Cheers!

    PS...ME5 was quite nice on Monday, I done questions 1 and 9, and confused minority audiences with ethnic audiences for half of the question!! Oops!
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    Good luck everyone with the ME6 exam. I'm not craming in what I need to know...

    Brief History
    Examples
    Types / Sub-genres
    Codes & Conventions
    General Media Theories

    They're the main things you need to know, along with everything you've learn't in the previous units (Audience Theories, Representation, Decoding Texts etc). I'm sure any average joe could blag this exam anyway, as long as the answer follows the question.

    I can't unfortunately put all my resources on here, or I would (as they're all paper based!). Ask any questions if you need to know anything more.
 
 
 
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