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im really struggling with coming up with the essays especially structuring them for example the exams are in a few weeks and im trying to practice a voting factor essay but im not sure what to add if the question was " media is the most important voting factor, explain " how would i structure it ?
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Hi there,

There is a big chance a voting factor question will come up this year, perhaps not media tho. For any voting factor question I would take 5 factors such as media, social class, ethnicity, age and gender. My advice is that you take 5 factors and memorise your paragraphs/essay plans so if this comes up in the exam you're well prepared.

Make sure you keep your structure flowing:
Introduction
Factor 1
2
3
4
5
Conclusion

If you use the PEEC structure (point, explain, example, counter argument) or as some call it PEEB and then link your paragraph to the question, you'll definitely get 12+ in this essay.

I got an A band 1 for modern studies last year
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Hi there,

There is a big chance a voting factor question will come up this year, perhaps not media tho. For any voting factor question I would take 5 factors such as media, social class, ethnicity, age and gender. My advice is that you take 5 factors and memorise your paragraphs/essay plans so if this comes up in the exam you're well prepared.

Make sure you keep your structure flowing:
Introduction
Factor 1
2
3
4
5
Conclusion

If you use the PEEC structure (point, explain, example, counter argument) or as some call it PEEB and then link your paragraph to the question, you'll definitely get 12+ in this essay.

I got an A band 1 for modern studies last year
Hello, I'm currently taking higher modern studies and we do the same in terms of structuring paragraphs. However, I've been taught to talk about 3 things instead of five, but more developed. Would you suggest to stick to this or should I learn extra and add a paragraph or two to my essays if I have time in the actual exam? Considering you got an A band 1 I am thinking of doing this.


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Sorry I haven't noticed this until now. Every school does it differently; however, you get more marks for developing more factors rather than talking a lot about three. I recommend you try and add more paragraphs

Also, if you're aiming for an A I would advise you to make sure you're good at paper 2 because it's a gift. You should be aiming for 10/10 in the source questions and around 15/20 in the DME, which is not that hard considering you get marks for structure etc.
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Hi,
Sorry I haven't noticed this until now. Every school does it differently; however, you get more marks for developing more factors rather than talking a lot about three. I recommend you try and add more paragraphs

Also, if you're aiming for an A I would advise you to make sure you're good at paper 2 because it's a gift. You should be aiming for 10/10 in the source questions and around 15/20 in the DME, which is not that hard considering you get marks for structure etc.
Hello! Thanks for getting back to me.
Yeah that makes sense, and should be possible as I know at least 4 things I can write about well for every question.

Thanks for the advice, I'm used to getting 25-28s on paper 2 so I'm hoping it isn't a problem in the exam and hopefully I bag nearly full marks with it.

I was wondering, how did you perform throughout the year? Did you find you did better in the exam result wise than you had expected?

Thanks again for getting back to me


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Throughout the year I was getting 12+ in my essays and around about 15-17 in my DME. However, in my prelim I only managed to get 68%. My final exam went really well- I predicted all the essays except one so I had basically memorised them but my last one I still had memorised factors so it was half memorised and for the DME I was including like 15 background knowledge points etc. so I knew I should have done well and I got 85%
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(Original post by bwstarr)
Throughout the year I was getting 12+ in my essays and around about 15-17 in my DME. However, in my prelim I only managed to get 68%. My final exam went really well- I predicted all the essays except one so I had basically memorised them but my last one I still had memorised factors so it was half memorised and for the DME I was including like 15 background knowledge points etc. so I knew I should have done well and I got 85%
Okay, well done! That's encouraging.
I normally get 10-12, recently got full marks on an essay (my teacher marks kind of harsh so I was pleased) and I usually do well in DME.
However in the Prelim I did terrible (in my personal opinion) as the quality of my essays were poor under the pressure. I got a C, 3 marks off a B if I remember correctly which knocked my confidence.
However, since then I've done 4 essays under time a couple of times and managed to get As and Bs so I am hoping I've improved from my prelim and will at least reach a B!

If you have any revision advice/predictions - that would be much appreciated.

Thanks for getting back to me.


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Don't worry about your prelim, people always do much better in the exam!

I just did a plan for every essay that could come up and I timed them all the time. For the DME, I practised a few and then just memorised background knowledge

A week before the exam I memorised 4 essays - the ones I predicted would come up and in the exam 3 of them came up and the other one I had a plan for so I knew what to write

Good luck!
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Don't worry about your prelim, people always do much better in the exam!

I just did a plan for every essay that could come up and I timed them all the time. For the DME, I practised a few and then just memorised background knowledge

A week before the exam I memorised 4 essays - the ones I predicted would come up and in the exam 3 of them came up and the other one I had a plan for so I knew what to write

Good luck!
Okay! Thanks so much for your help, not going to stress out too much about it, just going to learn my plans

Thanks again!x


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