How to improve GCSE history grade from A to A*?

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I'm doing the AQA History course and it's irritating me that I can't get that A*
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I don't do History, I do Geography. However, in Geography we structure our answers as Point, Evidence, Explanation then Link it. I'm sure it's the same in History
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I'm doing the AQA History course and it's irritating me that I can't get that A*
Specific knowledge, dates, examples and stuff. Make sure you include them
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I'm doing the AQA History course and it's irritating me that I can't get that A*
The best tip I can give you for GCSE is "Answer the Question". You can provide as much historical information and analysis as you want, but if that information isn't relevant to the question, you won't get the marks. Similarly, if you provide lots of relevant information but don't explain how that information answers the question, you also won't get the marks.
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When I did my History GCSE, I was getting B's throughout the year, I was pretty bad and my marks reflected that. Nearer the exam, I worked really hard. I separated days of revision into 'knowledge' and 'structure' days. After those we complete, I would do as many practice questions and try to mark them with a critical eye. In my experience, knowledge is fundamental; you will have this throughout the course, you can read up, make notes ect. - however you can remember and absorb info the best. (knowledge days were about learning the stuff you'll write about)

However, structure in my opinion is incredibly important. MAKE SURE you get a sheet from your teacher as to how to structure the 4, 9, 12, 16 mark questions. Make sure you have a point structure firmly in your mind when presenting your argument. I revised the hell out of structure, made sure I knew enough/significant knowledge to write a answer and I did very well. I believe I got the highest in the year, 2 100% modules, one module scored 98/100 and the other was coursework the year before when I did poorly.. 78/100 ish. All in all, 94%, A* - it worked.

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