Why don't the AS history papers give you enough time to write?

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People have done it before so it must be possible. But we're given one hour and 15 minutes to answer the part a) and b) questions.

I think part a) is harder because it’s a source question – the sources aren’t exactlyeasy to read because some of it is written in old English which really does nothelp!!The teachers said to spend 25 minsbut I think I’m going to spend 35 minutes – about 10 minutes for each paragraphand just a 5minute conclusion (pretty quick at those).Then 10 minutes to actually read the sources.This leaves me 40 minutes for part b).

How did you divide your time?Also how many papers are we sitting is it 2separate ones: 1 for wars of the roses and one for Henry VIII?
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I get extra time for reasons other than slow handwriting- and I still can't finish the entire essays satisfactorily in time
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Part B needs way more time than Part A, as it needs more planning


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(Original post by Maya331)
People have done it before so it must be possible. But we're given one hour and 15 minutes to answer the part a) and b) questions.

I think part a) is harder because it’s a source question – the sources aren’t exactlyeasy to read because some of it is written in old English which really does nothelp!!The teachers said to spend 25 minsbut I think I’m going to spend 35 minutes – about 10 minutes for each paragraphand just a 5minute conclusion (pretty quick at those).Then 10 minutes to actually read the sources.This leaves me 40 minutes for part b).

How did you divide your time?Also how many papers are we sitting is it 2separate ones: 1 for wars of the roses and one for Henry VIII?
AS History is so easy (189/200UMS), compared to A2 History where there are some massive essays. The source question is actually easier for me, particularly because the information is there for you. I also struggled at this period of the course;however, when you learn the content you will naturally write a lot faster.
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(Original post by Magnus Taylor)
AS History is so easy (189/200UMS), compared to A2 History where there are some massive essays. The source question is actually easier for me, particularly because the information is there for you. I also struggled at this period of the course;however, when you learn the content you will naturally write a lot faster.
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1. Create a timeline of key dates for each chapter, and spend time learning them. This is because knowing the dates enables you to fully understand the context, which would allow you to make links easier
2. Place greater emphasis on learning the content rather than exam skill. I find too many people gambling on trying to create the perfect answer to only 3 of the possible essays in the course
3. Source questions are easy, spend sufficient time with highlighting the information. Once you have identified the right information, you merely are putting it onto paper
4. People recommend having time to go back and check over your work at the end of the exam. Don't. Instead focus on perfecting a response with every minute possible, the marks you lose on grammar are minimal compared to a weak conclusion.
5. Make sure on the sources question, you use the sources or else you cannot acheive the highest brackets

These tips are generic tips for AS levels, I could only help with topics that I have studied hitherto. In relation to AS, these were the cultural reformation in Europe 1500s and the Sixties Social Revolution in Britain.
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