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    (Original post by farawayfromnowhere)
    Ooo thank you for that!! Very helpful. I prefer the causation questions, mainly because I'm used to structuring them from AS last year.
    Also, regarding the judgement question, do you have to give a solid yes or no answer? What if I don't come to a solid conclusion, only stating that the Stresseman years had it's successes and failures and had supporting evidence of this showcasing that it was not successful but not a complete failure either? As this would be your judgement?
    (I know someone who did this in an exam and came out with a B then got it remarked for an A)


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    I would always recommend making a solid yes/no conclusion rather than sitting on the fence. You can, however say "whilst ... to a certain extent, overall the extent (of change etc.) was limited" or vice versa.

    I'm pretty sure the mark scheme awards a high mark for a clear conclusion rather than simply appreciating both sides of the argument but not judging which is most convincing.


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    (Original post by Tow)
    AQA does Maths? What? I didn't even know they did anything aside from science xD

    Everyone does Edexcel maths!!!

    But yeah Maths is fine. Although I have a feeling I've been underestimating it. I've seen a few weird questions that would put off even the best mathematicians. I'm definitely going for an A* in Maths and it would be a real shame if I got anything below simply because of my progress through the year xD

    Well we'll have to wait and see!

    RE is the hardest subject I do. I'm going for an A for that one because A* is very unlikely. I could get it, but it's just so damn hard xD something like that wouldn't put me off but there's another issue: examiners in RE are like retarded...

    I got marked down by 20 marks because I used asterisks in a paper. It's out of 90 so I got 67 which was a scrape A in one of the papers.... I know. My teacher complained but we all know the exam board don't give a **** xD so I had to suck it up.

    Then you have people like this girl in my class who wrote EVERYTHING WRONG! Like didn't even answer the question and she got 88/90. That's right. 88/90. Again, that's right. 88/90.

    K.


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    Lol yeah they do maths. Humanities subjects are so subjective, it's awful.


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    I would always recommend making a solid yes/no conclusion rather than sitting on the fence. You can, however say "whilst ... to a certain extent, overall the extent (of change etc.) was limited" or vice versa.

    I'm pretty sure the mark scheme awards a high mark for a clear conclusion rather than simply appreciating both sides of the argument but not judging which is most convincing.


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    Exactly.

    If you don't show a coherent line of argument you won't get the top band.

    Thing is, there's not much difference between an A grade and A* grade essay, even a B grade sometimes. The only thing is the links made and the intro/conclusion. The content would be expected to be the same.


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Lol yeah they do maths. Humanities subjects are so subjective, it's awful.


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    I did English last year and they wanted me to take it as a 4th A-level. I swear I was gonna stick my middle finger up at them.


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    (Original post by Tow)
    You shouldn't sit on the fence. That's considered bad. You need to show a line of argument and the ONLY way to do this is by stick on one side. This is of course if you're aiming for that top A/A*. I'm surprised you're friend got marked up, a B is quite high for someone who sat on the fence for the essay. XD


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    (Original post by CD223)
    I would always recommend making a solid yes/no conclusion rather than sitting on the fence. You can, however say "whilst ... to a certain extent, overall the extent (of change etc.) was limited" or vice versa.

    I'm pretty sure the mark scheme awards a high mark for a clear conclusion rather than simply appreciating both sides of the argument but not judging which is most convincing.


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    Thanks guys!! That really helped.
    Yeah I think the reason he got the higher marks was because he did have a line of argument but worded in a way that basically correlated with his conclusion, if that makes sense?

    But yeah I always make a solid judgement, I was just wondering in case the question that does come up blind sides me and I won't have enough points/evidence for both supporting sides haha. Hopefully that won't happen.



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    (Original post by Tow)
    Exactly.

    If you don't show a coherent line of argument you won't get the top band.

    Thing is, there's not much difference between an A grade and A* grade essay, even a B grade sometimes. The only thing is the links made and the intro/conclusion. The content would be expected to be the same.


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    Do you have any examples of an A^ essay?


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    (Original post by Tow)
    I did English last year and they wanted me to take it as a 4th A-level. I swear I was gonna stick my middle finger up at them.


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    Doing 4 A2s and maintaining a part time job and a social life has been near impossible this year.


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    (Original post by farawayfromnowhere)
    Thanks guys!! That really helped.
    Yeah I think the reason he got the higher marks was because he did have a line of argument but worded in a way that basically correlated with his conclusion, if that makes sense?

    But yeah I always make a solid judgement, I was just wondering in case the question that does come up blind sides me and I won't have enough points/evidence for both supporting sides haha. Hopefully that won't happen.



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    No worries!

    I think we all fear that haha! Hopefully it doesn't happen though.

    My teacher personally thinks German revolution 1918-1919 and Nazi consolidation of power 1933 for part a. What are your/your teacher's predictions?


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Doing 4 A2s and maintaining a part time job and a social life has been near impossible this year.


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    Yeah but doing English as that 4th A2 is a whole new level. English isn't like any other extra A level, it should be considered 2 A levels for the amount of work you have to put in. Very hard xD


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Do you have any examples of an A^ essay?


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    I have my essays, some are A*s. I don't have them though, I gave them to my friends xD I'll write another one soon and get it marked for you guys


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    (Original post by CD223)
    No worries!

    I think we all fear that haha! Hopefully it doesn't happen though.

    My teacher personally thinks German revolution 1918-1919 and Nazi consolidation of power 1933 for part a. What are your/your teacher's predictions?


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    Yeah my teacher doesn't think Weimer will come up. But who knows! XD


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    (Original post by Tow)
    Yeah but doing English as that 4th A2 is a whole new level. English isn't like any other extra A level, it should be considered 2 A levels for the amount of work you have to put in. Very hard x
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    Lol computing coursework has been the bane of my life this year. Had to create a ticket booking system for my local theatre, on top of preparing for a 3 hour theory exam :/


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    (Original post by Tow)
    I have my essays, some are A*s. I don't have them though, I gave them to my friends xD I'll write another one soon and get it marked for you guys


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    Cool thanks!

    I'll ask what I got in my Hitler consolidation essay and post it here if it's good.


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Cool thanks!

    I'll ask what I got in my Hitler consolidation essay and post it here if it's good.


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    Sounds good


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    (Original post by CD223)
    No worries!

    I think we all fear that haha! Hopefully it doesn't happen though.

    My teacher personally thinks German revolution 1918-1919 and Nazi consolidation of power 1933 for part a. What are your/your teacher's predictions?


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    I'm home-schooled but my tutor thinks Nazi Consolidation will come up as it hasn't come up before (as far as we can tell anyway lol) and maybe the Kaiser Reich so basically the same as you! I'm pretty confident with Nazi Consolidation but still refreshing on Kaiser-Reich. I doubt Weimar will come up this year as it's the last year of the spec and it comes up quite a lot.


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    (Original post by Tow)
    Sounds good


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    Found out I'm not getting it back until 20th May -,-


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    (Original post by farawayfromnowhere)
    I'm home-schooled but my tutor thinks Nazi Consolidation will come up as it hasn't come up before (as far as we can tell anyway lol) and maybe the Kaiser Reich so basically the same as you! I'm pretty confident with Nazi Consolidation but still refreshing on Kaiser-Reich. I doubt Weimar will come up this year as it's the last year of the spec and it comes up quite a lot.


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    It's quite funny that there's a collective push for Nazi consolidation questions this year. I'll be gutted if it doesn't come up now.


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    (Original post by CD223)
    It's quite funny that there's a collective push for Nazi consolidation questions this year. I'll be gutted if it doesn't come up now.


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    Oh gosh, I was just thinking this! But I'm not taking that risk, I'm just trying to learn all that I can making essay plans after my exams this week! What stage of revision are you in now, if you don't mind me asking?


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    (Original post by farawayfromnowhere)
    Oh gosh, I was just thinking this! But I'm not taking that risk, I'm just trying to learn all that I can making essay plans after my exams this week! What stage of revision are you in now, if you don't mind me asking?


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    Nice! Yeah no point putting all eggs in one basket! I'm just reading my revision guides and going through flash cards I've made planned essays but I don't personally find writing them useful haha.

    My first exam is 5th June so I like this stage atm. Hoping time goes slowly the next couple of weeks lol.


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    (Original post by CD223)
    It's quite funny that there's a collective push for Nazi consolidation questions this year. I'll be gutted if it doesn't come up now.


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    Imagine if Edexcel was watching this post and saw that we predicted Nazi consolidation and then decided to change it last minute xD


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