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    I am currently studying AS level History with AQA (American independence and early Tudors) but still do not know how to answer the questions for this exam board. Can someone please tell me how you answer these questions(structure, what sort of things to write about, trigger words in the question etc), thank you.
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    I am currently studying AS level History with AQA (American independence and early Tudors) but still do not know how to answer the questions for this exam board. Can someone please tell me how you answer these questions(structure, what sort of things to write about, trigger words in the question etc), thank you.
    I don't know exactly for the American independence and early Tudors exams but here is a generic structure to follow.

    AS Level/A Level History Exam Answer Structure:

    Introduction:

    Write a short introduction for your 24 marker, not the 12. Roughy explain the points you are going to discuss.

    How many paragraphs should I write?

    12 marker: From 3 to 4 paragraphs (excluding conclusion).
    24 marker: From 5 to 6 paragraphs (excluding conclusion), though this may vary depending on how strong each point is.

    What structure should my paragraph be in?

    PEEL.

    Point: What are you talking about in this paragraph?
    Evidence: Provide evidence for what you are talking about.
    Explain: Explain your evidence, what does it show?
    Link: Create a link to be able to bring your essay together, this way your paragraph would sync with your next. (Neccessary for a Level 4 answer in a 12 marker and a Level 5 answer for a 24 marker)

    Should I discuss significance?

    Yes. Do not miss this out in a 24 marker, it should be included somewhere in your essay. Most suitable place to identify the most and least significant factor/point is in the conclusion.

    Conclusion:

    Summarise your points by discussing significance/success/impact. What's your opinion?

    How can I achieve the top marks?
    • Include historians views on this, just remember generic views - something almost everyone believes in. A good historian to use is Andrew Marr (I always use this historian in my essay).
    • Discuss significance
    • Make sure all points have a link, don't be jumping to a different topic in your essay or it won't flow.
    • Read into what you are studying, and enjoy it. That way you get a taste of the subject and can write your essays in that sort of format.
    • Don't forget to answer the question. So easy to forget what you are talking about. Keep looking back at what the question is sot you can address that rather than going off topic.
    • Explicitly say "therefore this can/cannot be considered successful/unsuccessful"
    • Avoid a narrative approach
    Words to include in essay:
    • Significant/Important - What is the most significant/important point you've made?
    • This shows/suggests/means... - This makes it easier for the examiner to see that you've explained yourself.
    • Facts/dates - Gives you marks for knowledge.
 
 
 
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