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    How difficult is history in A Levels and what's the best way to prepare for it in my first year of A Levels?
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    I've just done AS in OCR History, but this is before the changes that you will have next year. It's a lot of essays, so some may find this difficult. It's a lot easier if you have another essay subject. I do English Literature and Philosophy as well, so that helped me develop my writing skills. There is also quite a bit of content to learn, but if you work hard and effectively, it isn't too bad. I got an A, and this is how I worked, but it would be different for everyone naturally. I found the most important thing was to know all of the content well, so when you are learning it make sure you keep going back over it, and if you don't understand something, ask your teacher for help as soon as possible as what you learn builds on previous knowledge. Also, practice the exam structure. There is a structure that teachers will ask you to follow, so do lots of past papers and ask your teachers to mark them or give you feedback. Also look at other people's answers, either online or asking your teachers for them. You can see how other people structure, so you know where they are going right or wrong and you can apply this to your essays. Examiners reports are good for this as well. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

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    Hi, I did OCR History AS this past year and achieved an A, and I'll be going on to complete the full A level next year

    I didn't find it any more difficult than my other subjects (maths, biology and geography), but it's very important to keep on top of the work as it's hard to catch up when you fall behind - your workload is going to be huge throughout the year whatever subjects you take, and having to catch up will just add more to it.

    Another thing with history (and most likely any other essay based subject) is to remember that you're not going to be good at it straight away. Don't expect high grades on your first essays - you'll need a lot of practice at essay technique before you get the grades you want. So practice, practice, practice. Give your teacher practice paragraphs to ask if you're on the right track.

    Also, OCR likes themes - when you write your essays, don't try to write chronologically but instead in 'groups' of factors/events which are similar in some way. If a factor is mentioned in the question, write about that first and then go onto everything else - whatever you do don't leave it out! And if you're running out of time in the exam, write the conclusion and then use your remaining time to finish your paragraphs - it's important to get a good conclusion in there.

    And, of course, make sure you learn the content well. It's all well and good knowing how to write an essay, but if you get to the exam and you have nothing to write about...

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