AQA History A-Level New Specification 2017

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Hi guys,
I'm new here and I'm not sure if I've put this in the right place, but I've been looking everywhere for a discussion/thread for the new AQA spec and haven't really found any. I was just wondering if anyone has any advice when it comes to studying for the exams, particularly with topics 1C "The Tudors: England 1485-1603" and 2Q "The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-1980".
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I'm struggling too, would love to help but I'm doing Russian Absolutism and Enlightenment 1682-1796 and Britain 1906-1957
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Hi! I'm doing my second year of the AQA A-Level spec, I'm doing the Tudors as well! What I'm finding really helpful now that I'm nearing the end of the course is to really try and make links between the Tudor monarchs. The wider picture helps to understand everything a whole lot better, you could make flashcards to remember the dates of important events.

Print out a copy of the specification and try to rewrite your notes as part of your revision to make things short and concise. Note down a few statistical figures or examples that you can use to help support your arguments - they will push your marks further up the grade boundaries. I hope you'll find this useful, feel free to ask me about stuff!!
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You can also look at the various revision guides published by Hodder - search My Revision Notes. They are packed with lots of exam questions. I always tell students to divide their revision time between content (writing up notes etc.) and skills. Practice doing exam questions in timed conditions. Look for model answers, examination reports etc. Also, try and anticipate questions and create plans for them. Revision is no good if you can't deliver in exam conditions! Good luck.
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I'm doing Industrialisation (1783-1832) and The American Dream Any predictions for USA (1945+) Truman, Eisenhower, Kenndy for AS 2017?
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I'm doing Tudors as well!!!! And the other one is French Revolution which is so difficult😭😭I've got my mocks coming up next month and doing two exams one after each other. I just don't know how to revise, especially history

Anyone got a structure for writing essays? Especially for Tudors


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Hey I'm doing exactly the same as you!!!
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Ahh nice to see this chat!

I do 1D: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603 - 1702

And 2J America: A Nation Divided, c1845–1877
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I'm doing the Making of Modern Britain and Tsarist and Communist Russia.
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I'm in my first year and im doing Tudors(1485-1603) and the Cold War(1945-91). I got my mocks in 3 weeks but have no idea how to revise for them. any help? I got a3 paper and was thinking of making mindmaps of whole topics e.g vietman. do you have any ideas what i should do

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I just finished my Stuart Britain paper, which went alright I think. But now I've got the French Revolution to do, which I've found a lot harder because my teacher has been much more confusing in her teaching style. Has anyone got any useful resources for it? And also has anyone got any structural tips?
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(Original post by FreeTheDoggo)
I just finished my Stuart Britain paper, which went alright I think. But now I've got the French Revolution to do, which I've found a lot harder because my teacher has been much more confusing in her teaching style. Has anyone got any useful resources for it? And also has anyone got any structural tips?
Many thanks


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How did you find the Stuart paper and which questions did you do? I thought the source question was quite difficult as they were both kinda saying the same thing so I only wrote 2 arguments down for the second source and three for the first one. Then I did the question on James' view of the monarchy which at the time I thought I did ok on, but now I'm wondering if I argued my points in enough detail. What about you?
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Anyone doing Stuart Britain and the Crisis of the Monarchy 1603-1702 and Democracy and Nazi Germany 1918-45 for A2?
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Anyone doing Stuart Britain and the Crisis of the Monarchy 1603-1702 and Democracy and Nazi Germany 1918-45 for A2?
I'm doing the Nazis but also Britain 1851-1964
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Is there anyone else doing the Tudors? In comparison to the Russia course, I find it really hard to understand the Tudors. It would be amazing if you guys could share some example essays!
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(Original post by sammychu00)
How did you find the Stuart paper and which questions did you do? I thought the source question was quite difficult as they were both kinda saying the same thing so I only wrote 2 arguments down for the second source and three for the first one. Then I did the question on James' view of the monarchy which at the time I thought I did ok on, but now I'm wondering if I argued my points in enough detail. What about you?
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I thought the Source question was hard too. I just went through the interpretations and explained what their meaning was. The only argument I made was in Source B opening sentence.
I'm not sure how else I could have answered this question!
For my conclusion, I just said that Source A was a specialist writer, Source A flowed better and there were errors in Source B's argument.
I gave an explanation of events rather than argue anything because the writer of Source A was correct so I effectively corroborated what he said. What do you think?
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I'm doing exactly the same - 1C Tudors and 2Q American Dream! I just have no clue how to revise for Tudors and the exam is in a week......
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i'm doing 1C tudors and 2R cold war! so terrified for the exam next week :/
any predictions for possible tudor essay titles?
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(Original post by Sabnamraii)
Is there anyone else doing the Tudors? In comparison to the Russia course, I find it really hard to understand the Tudors. It would be amazing if you guys could share some example essays!
I'm doing the same as you and doing my exam next Friday, funnily enough I find the Tudors easier, I really hope the questions are good because the as level paper this year was horrendous 😩
There are specimen answers in the aqa website if that's any help! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE 👍
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(Original post by pixiejoanna)
I'm doing the same as you and doing my exam next Friday, funnily enough I find the Tudors easier, I really hope the questions are good because the as level paper this year was horrendous 😩
There are specimen answers in the aqa website if that's any help! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE 👍
haha tbh history is just PAINFUL in general and i just wanna wallow in self pity ;(( For Russia essays I can easily structure it into themes and know what info i need even though the content is HUGEE. Tudors is just ridiculous 😭 GOOD LUCK GUYS
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