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Hi guys, I got an A* for history at GCSE, however for as I'm doing Russia 1917-91 and China 1949-76 however for Russia I'm getting mainly C's and D's because I can't seem to structure an A level essay properly could anyone give me some advice please? Thanks
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When you say essay, do you mean a 25 mark essay or a 30 mark source essay?
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Just a normal 25 mark question.
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(Original post by harry998)
Hi guys, I got an A* for history at GCSE, however for as I'm doing Russia 1917-91 and China 1949-76 however for Russia I'm getting mainly C's and D's because I can't seem to structure an A level essay properly could anyone give me some advice please? Thanks
Hey dude! PM me, I'm studying Russia too (same course - Edexcel) maybe I can help?
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Just a normal 25 mark question.
How I've learnt to do it is this way:

Introduction - Briefly explain the key points of the question, giving contextual awareness and examples of events/points relating to the question.
It is also a good idea to answer the question in the introduction just in once sentence so throughout the essay you are arguing your answer to the question.

Main - You argue for and against the question.
For each side of your argument you will need to make at least 3 substantiated points with carefully selected evidence that you explain in relation to the question. You will need to be as broad as you can when selecting your evidence, not just picking 3 similar points.
In each paragraph you make, try to include contextual awareness, specific examples, historians views and then analysis of the affect.

Conclusion: You need to come to an overall decision on the question but compare both sides against each other. (Try not to use "I" "me" or "my" when stating the overall summary as it can sound like GCSE)

Hope that helps
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