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    (Original post by Nikita Marie)
    I'm really struggling with learning the content for PSYA3, and I really want to do well! Does anyone have any tips apart from: 'learn the essays'. I'm doing: Relationships, Aggression and Sleep (Bio. Rhythms)

    To remember A02 points acrostics are good :-)
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    The A02 includes the supporting studies doesn't it? I get confused with last year pretty easily and I think of A02 as being pure evaluation, but that's more A03 this year.

    (Original post by NHM)
    To remember A02 points acrostics are good :-)
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    (Original post by Nikita Marie)
    The A02 includes the supporting studies doesn't it? I get confused with last year pretty easily and I think of A02 as being pure evaluation, but that's more A03 this year.
    AO3 is IDA, AO2 is studies
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    (Original post by A-LJLB)
    AO3 is IDA, AO2 is studies
    What does IDA stand for
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    (Original post by Marli-Ruth)
    What does IDA stand for
    Issues, debates and approaches
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    (Original post by A-LJLB)
    Issues, debates and approaches
    Thank you!
    How's revision going btw!
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    (Original post by A-LJLB)
    AO3 is IDA, AO2 is studies
    Thats not necessarily true because AO3 is any further criticisms of an AO2 study which you have included so its not always an IDA. For example, you may criticise a study for lacking validity or for its design such as using self report techniques and then quickly add a summary of another study that may be more accurate. Some people see AO3 as an IDA and I can see why.

    However, I would see IDA as an entire separate paragraph which needs to be detailed and elaborated on completely and is not really criticising a specific study only but also the theory that is being used (e.g. evolutionary, biological, etc.)

    IDA could be things like
    -gender bias
    -nature vs. nurture
    -correlation vs. causation
    -reductionist
    -deterministic
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    (Original post by Nikita Marie)
    I'm really struggling with learning the content for PSYA3, and I really want to do well! Does anyone have any tips apart from: 'learn the essays'. I'm doing: Relationships, Aggression and Sleep (Bio. Rhythms)

    I'm doing the same, I've made spreadsheets of each essay. So I've broken down chunks of essays into smaller parts and added associative images. I've found it helpful as you learn bits at a time instead of being overwhelmed by a whole essay or 25 essays in this case. The pictures also help because I'm a visual learner and helps me imagine the pages when I'm writing the essays blind (no notes).
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    Anybody doing Media for paper 2?

    Do you know if we need to know 'the influence of attitudes on decision-making?" its not on the spec but is in my textbook.
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    (Original post by perez_perez)
    Thats not necessarily true because AO3 is any further criticisms of an AO2 study which you have included so its not always an IDA. For example, you may criticise a study for lacking validity or for its design such as using self report techniques and then quickly add a summary of another study that may be more accurate. Some people see AO3 as an IDA and I can see why.

    However, I would see IDA as an entire separate paragraph which needs to be detailed and elaborated on completely and is not really criticising a specific study only but also the theory that is being used (e.g. evolutionary, biological, etc.)

    IDA could be things like
    -gender bias
    -nature vs. nurture
    -correlation vs. causation
    -reductionist
    -deterministic
    Our school has advised us not to criticise studies etc, that's why I use AO3 as only IDA
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    (Original post by Marli-Ruth)
    Thank you!
    How's revision going btw!
    No problem, and I'll let you know when I've started :P
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    (Original post by A-LJLB)
    Our school has advised us not to criticise studies etc, that's why I use AO3 as only IDA
    why would they advise you to not critics studies any further? Will it make your forget your points or something?
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    (Original post by perez_perez)
    why would they advise you to not critics studies any further? Will it make your forget your points or something?
    No, my teachers are examiners and they say it's rarely credited
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    We have a thing in my sixth form for remembering A03 (IDA) it's called GRENADE
    Gender bias
    Reductionism
    Ethnocentrism
    Nature v nurture
    Animal studies
    Determinism
    Ethics
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    (Original post by A-LJLB)
    No, my teachers are examiners and they say it's rarely credited
    my teacher is an examiner and she's always told us its so important to criticise studies but you must also include general IDA points but AO2 is mainly evaluation of research linking back to the theory
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    (Original post by lucywebb123)
    Anybody doing Media for paper 2?

    Do you know if we need to know 'the influence of attitudes on decision-making?" its not on the spec but is in my textbook.
    Don't think so because it's not in the third edition of the book either
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    (Original post by ellawhite4686)
    my teacher is an examiner and she's always told us its so important to criticise studies but you must also include general IDA points but AO2 is mainly evaluation of research linking back to the theory
    I'm sticking to what I've personally been told, which is not to waste time on evaluation of individual studies as it doesn't gain credit easily as its not directly linked to evaluating the theory
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    (Original post by A-LJLB)
    I'm sticking to what I've personally been told, which is not to waste time on evaluation of individual studies as it doesn't gain credit easily as its not directly linked to evaluating the theory
    My teacher says this too, but she said that methodological criticisms rarely gain marks as they're quite basic compared to IDA points


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    (Original post by phantomspecialist)
    My teacher says this too, but she said that methodological criticisms rarely gain marks as they're quite basic compared to IDA points


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    Yeah, exactly what mine say regarding methodological evaluation. Mine just advise us to use IDA as its easily linked to the theory itself and can be elaborated on well to gain marks, and I trust them as they're current examiners, my mock was an A* so I'm happy with my essay style
 
 
 
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