(Original post by 5saqibm)
hey thanks for the info appreciate it, i got 146/200 and that was a B, i got 54 in my families and household paper and that was a high C, do you think i should re-sit that paper in january as it was so easy although i did naff all revision for it? would you think thats a good decision and do you know any more good sites for crime and deviance and beleifs unit?
Resit, I think. I got a C first time round, and in fact, I think I got the same grade as you! I resat and got 64/80, just an A, and it's so nice to have as little pressure as possible for June because trust me, you will want to explode with revision stress haha. I also took beliefs in Jan, but there was a large gap in between both so I could spread my revision out quite well. Also, the skills needed for Unit 1 grow so much over the next 6 months, so you will find Families a hell of a lot easier to debate etc. and you will become more familiar with the perspectives too x
(Original post by SimplyComplex)
Thanks so much! I came out the Sociology exam thinking I'd failed, but somehow managed to come out with an A.. I must have had a nice examiner, that's all I can say! xD
I had a look at a few past papers for Sociology today and I like the sound of the topics. I don't like the look of the 33 mark essays, though. Scary! How much do you have to write for one of those questions?
In the run up to exams, I found revising for Psychology more stressful than Sociology. My college does OCR AS Psychology.. the one with 15 core studies and we had to learn every little detail about them. >.< I'll be glad when I never have to hear the words 'reliability' and 'validity'ever again! xD
I've tried weighing out the pros and cons of each, but I'm still confused as ever. I did consider keeping with 4 subjects, but I think it'll just cause unnecessary stress. I got the higher UMS in Sociology, so my mind keeps telling me to stick with the subject I'll most likely get the higher grade in at A2.. My teacher for Sociology last year was a godsend and was a main factor in me getting an A.. However, she doesn't teach A2 Sociology so we'll be getting a new teacher. :/ My head of year said I can try out a few lessons of A2 Psychology and if I don't like it, I can pick up A2 Sociology.. I think I may do that.
Thanks for your advice, though. It was super helpful!
Yeah, you can always do a few weeks of both, see how that other teacher is, and see how you get on with Psych and just drop one after a week or two
A few of my friends done that with langauges, took both French and Spanish for a week or two then decided which they felt they'd excel in more/wanted to do etc.
And the 33-markers are pretty mental, for Beliefs I found them okay, for Crime and Deviance the amount of info is so large, I'm going to be honest and say that I only wrote one SIDE for hte 33 marker in June. It was purely my own fault, I didn't go into as much depth as I needed in my revision, I didn't give myself enough time, and ended up knowing a lot of stuff very flimsy ahah, but luckily I aced the rest of the paper so I still got 104/120. But usually, I would write approximately 5sides, but I have relatively large writing and in a rush I'm all over the place lol.
Oh god reliability and validity are a killer - in my Psya4 the research methods section was the largest and I absolutely despised it, missed out a whole page in the exam. Eurgh, honestly, if you don't like research, look at your spec and see how much there is and make sure you know what you are letting yourself in for
(Original post by alexsasg)
Hiya! Thanks for making this thread, I think it'll be useful
I've just completed AS AQA Sociology and got an A - which I'm very happy about, hoping to study it at university in fact
but I'm finding A2 to be a big jump from AS!
We started the crime and deviance module in school and oh my gosh, I genuinely do not know how I will remember all of the theories/theorists. Ecology theory, strain theory (actually, that one's okay!) and don't even get me started on new left/right realism...there's just SO much! How on earth did you manage to remember everything?
Btw, congrats on your A
Well Done on your grade
my friend is doing Sociology at Durham and cannot wait to start!
And I found the theories the easiest to grasp - you can use them in so many different ways, to really remember them I just made an A3 mindmap of each one, the major names, studies etc, in corresponding colours for each perspective, and we spoke about them so much in class and related them to other topics in crime and deviance remembering them became second nature. It is A LOT to learn, but you just have to find the best way for you to remember them. Once it's there in your brain, it will be fine
As I said up there <<< I did not have enough time/did not go into enough depth, in the theories and methods section, and this is why I wrote a SIDE for my 33-marker! I could have probably got an A* in Sociology if I'd revised better and nailed 'objectivity and values' haha. They KEY to all A2 revision is TIME!!!
I could not stress this enough, after kicking myself several times throughout the revision period haha. From September I attempted to write up notes from the topic we were doing as we went through the course, so when I got home I could read over everything and hope it would stick in my brain. It is a relief when, by the time exams come, you have all of your notes/mindmaps/diagrams etc. just there, ready for you to read over and learn, all necessary sheets attached and all. You can just get down to learning however you do best, without flicking through textbooks in a mad, panicked rush! Start early, you won't regret it. I condensed my notes down to stuff I felt I could remember, and if there was something I didn't understand, I would put a page reference on my notes and know that I could turn to that book and page and get the full notes. xxxx