AQA Psychology Questions [A2]

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I have a couple questions about A2 Psychology.

- How many IDA points do we have to have in each essay? Are they required?

- If a question involves two theories do we have to evaluate the second theory if we already have five evaluation points from the first theory and the accompanying study?

- How much does structure matter? If I don't follow a conventional structure but I still include the necessary information will I get less marks? Nothing too weird, for example:

Intro
Theory 1 Explanation
Study
Evaluation of Study
Evaluation of Study
Evaluation of Theory
Evaluation of Theory
Evaluation of Theory
Theory 2 Explanation
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I have a couple questions about A2 Psychology.

- How many IDA points do we have to have in each essay? Are they required?

- If a question involves two theories do we have to evaluate the second theory if we already have five evaluation points from the first theory and the accompanying study?

- How much does structure matter? If I don't follow a conventional structure but I still include the necessary information will I get less marks? Nothing too weird, for example:

Intro
Theory 1 Explanation
Study
Evaluation of Study
Evaluation of Study
Evaluation of Theory
Evaluation of Theory
Evaluation of Theory
Theory 2 Explanation
1. Our teacher says to include 2 IDA's but really you can just do one really well elaborated one.

2. I'm not sure but I'd personally say yes because it shows the examiner that you know the knowledge to evaluate both and your knowledge is equally spread between both explanation/theory.

3. I'd say firstly, do whatever you're comfortable with but it is best to have a good, clear structure as the examiner will be very grateful. Simple things such as a space between each point, will make the examiner happy and a happy examiner means more marks (hopefully)

Hope that helps!
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1. Our teacher says to include 2 IDA's but really you can just do one really well elaborated one.

2. I'm not sure but I'd personally say yes because it shows the examiner that you know the knowledge to evaluate both and your knowledge is equally spread between both explanation/theory.

3. I'd say firstly, do whatever you're comfortable with but it is best to have a good, clear structure as the examiner will be very grateful. Simple things such as a space between each point, will make the examiner happy and a happy examiner means more marks (hopefully)

Hope that helps!
Yeah, my essays do have paragraphs, lol.

Thanks for the advice mate, started revision a little late I guess.
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Yeah, my essays do have paragraphs, lol.

Thanks for the advice mate, started revision a little late I guess.
Yeah was going to say signpost but don't know if you're taught that & don't worry late revision is better than no revision
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Always evaluate every theory explained. And for top marks/better flow try and integrate theories and studies rather than paragraph of each (got A* at A-level and a psych graduate so know what I'm talking about!)
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Always evaluate every theory explained. And for top marks/better flow try and integrate theories and studies rather than paragraph of each (got A* at A-level and a psych graduate so know what I'm talking about!)
So you absolutely have to evaluate every theory, even if you've already got 5 AO2 points?

Honestly, I find that it's a bit messy to do it like that. Paragraphs become large if a study and theory are mixed together and I find that I'd have to remove detail in order for it to look good. None of the teachers in my college have ever recommended that either.
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So you absolutely have to evaluate every theory, even if you've already got 5 AO2 points?

Honestly, I find that it's a bit messy to do it like that. Paragraphs become large if a study and theory are mixed together and I find that I'd have to remove detail in order for it to look good. None of the teachers in my college have ever recommended that either.
Well if the question is about 2 theories (or more) then obvs yes. But if it's just about 1 theory then just explaining another is sufficient I guess, but I would still evaluate the other theory(s). Essays aren't just about getting in all the A02 marks.

I was recommended it at both sixth form and uni so I guess it differs. But it is a lot better flow if you can do it. If you can't then obvs don't as it will make you lose marks but generally speaking, if you can, do.
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Well if the question is about 2 theories (or more) then obvs yes. But if it's just about 1 theory then just explaining another is sufficient I guess, but I would still evaluate the other theory(s). Essays aren't just about getting in all the A02 marks.

I was recommended it at both sixth form and uni so I guess it differs. But it is a lot better flow if you can do it. If you can't then obvs don't as it will make you lose marks but generally speaking, if you can, do.
Well, some questions specifically ask for evaluation from both theories but if a question is vague and just asks about a topic, I take it that I don't have to?

I could do it but I prefer separating them and just linking them with a line at the beginning. Thanks for the advice.
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Well, some questions specifically ask for evaluation from both theories but if a question is vague and just asks about a topic, I take it that I don't have to?

I could do it but I prefer separating them and just linking them with a line at the beginning. Thanks for the advice.
Well I would say that using another theory to evaluate the main theory discussed should be fine. But maybe a couple of lines refuting back to the current theory may be advisable to maximise chance of top marks.
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