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SO IT'S NEARLY THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN

I'm studying education and families and households, along with research methods and methods in context.

What do you guys thing will come up for both these units?

What do you think we will be asked to define, and what would the 20 marker question be on?

Last year the 20 marker was on educational policies, so I doubt that would come up again.

Kind of getting worried now, as the time is so close!
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Hey! I hope you don't mind me intruding - I do sociology at A2 with AQA and did the same units as you!
The exam wasn't that bad and I got a B in it, but I really wouldn't advise not revising educational policy (One of the guys who did psychology didn't revise one of the studies because it came up in the last one. Guess what was on the paper?)
IDK how good your teaching has been for methods in context, but my teacher is friends with one of the soc AS examiners, and suggested this layout as the most efficient way to get top marks
Intro --> Why was the topic chosen, explain the method
Main Body --> A ratio of 2:3 for strengths and weaknesses for that method in that context, linking points together normally shows a top band candidate (make a weakness a strength and vice versa)
Link --> Use a study of that topic and how the method may have been applied (such as using a structured interview in Rosenthal and Jacobson if you still do that study)
Conclusion --> Positivism vs interpretivism (if you cover that at AS) with a link to the topic and method, suggest which method may be better for the context

Best of luck and if you have any questions about the AS stuff, feel free to shoot me a message!
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(Original post by AlteredBoy)
Hey! I hope you don't mind me intruding - I do sociology at A2 with AQA and did the same units as you!
The exam wasn't that bad and I got a B in it, but I really wouldn't advise not revising educational policy (One of the guys who did psychology didn't revise one of the studies because it came up in the last one. Guess what was on the paper?)
IDK how good your teaching has been for methods in context, but my teacher is friends with one of the soc AS examiners, and suggested this layout as the most efficient way to get top marks
Intro --> Why was the topic chosen, explain the method
Main Body --> A ratio of 2:3 for strengths and weaknesses for that method in that context, linking points together normally shows a top band candidate (make a weakness a strength and vice versa)
Link --> Use a study of that topic and how the method may have been applied (such as using a structured interview in Rosenthal and Jacobson if you still do that study)
Conclusion --> Positivism vs interpretivism (if you cover that at AS) with a link to the topic and method, suggest which method may be better for the context

Best of luck and if you have any questions about the AS stuff, feel free to shoot me a message!

WOW, Thank you so much for the response! Really did help!
I'm just curious to know what's most likely going to come up, although there's no way of finding out :'(
Well done on getting a B though!
The thing is, I keep getting a D in the essays and its so annoying now, I don't know where i'm going wrong.
My targets are to always revise but revision isn't going so well either
I wanted to ask you, how do you revise for these units?!
Much appreciated!
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I'd say there's no point in trying to work it out, but looking at the specimen paper and past paper questions would be one way of seeing what's 'overdue'. As for revision, going through the text book and making notes is always good although you probably don't have enough time to do this now. Making a glossary of all your key terms and what each sociologist said/did in brief should be sufficient enough to get a good mark.
I'd take that up with your teacher to see where else you need to go with your essays - sometimes revising is only half the story and your essay writing skills may need work.
Believe me when I say that I know getting D's are frustrating, but your teacher may just be a harsh marker. I don't understand why some are like this, but I have a feeling its to make you work harder for the next essay (as if you only do sociology -_-). One of mine is like this and her superior has had a bit of a chat with her about it (idk if the one that's giving you D's is the head of department or what but it might be wise to have a chat with a relevant teacher of higher status?)
Honestly though if you have a point in the exams, do it. I'm not quite sure how but I managed to cite the NHS as a cause of domestic violence, I think I got a mark from it but oh god 😂
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