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Hi, could anyone who has done the sociology aqa a2 exam (doesn't have to be mass media/crime and deviance) tell me HOW they revised. My teacher has given us 100000 sources and texts to revise from and it's seeming an impossible amount to learn. I am also having trouble finding studies for theoretical debate within essays. e.g. if there is a question on location and crime/media how do you find studies that provoke theoretical debate without sounding elementary and writing 'marxists would argue that' also, for some of the topics it isn't noted in books what neo-marxists/liberal feminists viewpoints are on a topic: what the best way to find these theoretical views on indiscriminate topics such as 'is media democratic' etc. PLEASE HELP IM SO LOST!!! I got an A last year (only just!!!) and i would love to get an A/A*! If anyone who understands this exam and has received a high grade in it, THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!!!!! THANK YOU
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Hi, could anyone who has done the sociology aqa a2 exam (doesn't have to be mass media/crime and deviance) tell me HOW they revised. My teacher has given us 100000 sources and texts to revise from and it's seeming an impossible amount to learn. I am also having trouble finding studies for theoretical debate within essays. e.g. if there is a question on location and crime/media how do you find studies that provoke theoretical debate without sounding elementary and writing 'marxists would argue that' also, for some of the topics it isn't noted in books what neo-marxists/liberal feminists viewpoints are on a topic: what the best way to find these theoretical views on indiscriminate topics such as 'is media democratic' etc. PLEASE HELP IM SO LOST!!! I got an A last year (only just!!!) and i would love to get an A/A*! If anyone who understands this exam and has received a high grade in it, THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!!!!! THANK YOU
Heya, I'm going to put this in the sociology forum for you as you should get more responses there.

You should also check out the forum to see if there's any other threads there which might be helpful to you!

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=317
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In direct response to you not sounding elementary, some useful phrases are:

Marxist theorists posit/disagree/attempt to discredit/respond to this criticism by.

The truth is the examiners realize your time constraint and the quality of your answer is not judged on your ability to sound like you've earned a PhD at 18. They recognize that under time constraints, you might not be the most eloquent and that your wording might appear basic or elementary. But if you are able to supplement this with strong content (i.e. detailed explanations of theories and theories in action, an evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses, studies conducted from their perspectives that explain different phenomenon), you will be awarded full credit.
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In direct response to you not sounding elementary, some useful phrases are:

Marxist theorists posit/disagree/attempt to discredit/respond to this criticism by.

The truth is the examiners realize your time constraint and the quality of your answer is not judged on your ability to sound like you've earned a PhD at 18. They recognize that under time constraints, you might not be the most eloquent and that your wording might appear basic or elementary. But if you are able to supplement this with strong content (i.e. detailed explanations of theories and theories in action, an evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses, studies conducted from their perspectives that explain different phenomenon), you will be awarded full credit.
That response was really helpful, thanks! Did you do sociology a2 too?
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That response was really helpful, thanks! Did you do sociology a2 too?
Currently doing it!
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I'd echo what was previously said, when you're rushing and trying to write so much in such a small amount of time, your vocabulary and expression start to slip. It's pretty much unavoidable. If you're particularly opposed to blunt statements such as "Marxists would think/agree/argue...", then you could change it to "A traditional Marxist perspective would [state view], with [name drop] saying that [insert view]".

You could try to improve your writing style. I'm currently doing 3 essay heavy subjects and our Sociology teacher has often remarked that myself and others who do lots of essays at A level have a much more sophisticated writing style which translates through even when we're rushed. So, my main advice would be to keep doing essays and making a concerted effort to be as sophisticated in your language use as possible. You could start by doing the longer essays slowly and gradually decrease the time you have to do it. That's might help?


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