So I feel like I know sufficent knowledge for my psychology exams...
I just can never seem to get the last mark on 3 mark questions. I just don't seem to have A grade exam technique, but my knowledge is normally really good getting 10-11 marks on my essays out of 12.
Is there a trick? It's bugging me that I know so much stuff, yet never seem to do as well on the exam!
Exam technique! AQA Spec B Watch
- Thread Starter
- 14-04-2013 17:54
- 22-04-2013 22:25
Depends on the type of question you're being asked.
Commands like identify, state, name, suggest and give require the very briefest of answers.
Commands like outline and describe require straightforward description.
Commands like explain and distinguish require some analysis or elaboration of concepts. In the case of distinguish you need to explain the difference(s) between the two things.
The command briefly discuss requires some description and some evaluation or criticisms and is usually worth 4-5 marks
If asked to describe a study for 4 marks, you should refer explicitly to the aim, method, results and conclusion.
I usually remind myself that if it's a 3 mark question then I MUST make three points. Usually with 3 marks they want some form of evaluation i.e. case study method is subjective and open to bias in response to Freud for the final mark.