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    Title pretty much says it. In particular, I think its the exam technique I need help with.
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    The other day, I was handed back my history essay(Explain developments of government policy towards Plains Indians 1936-1961). It was an 8 mark question and I only got 6. Now here's the thing. I was so sure that I tried to do everything right. I have bought myself a textbook to help me answer these questions but to no avail. I put down all the information in the textbook to answer the question but still end up with a measly mark. I covered the two pointers and added one of my own. the teacher said that I should include information that covers the whole time period in the question. Is this necessary? Because I'm very clueless. I just wrote about 1851 because it is in the time frame. Probably a dumb mistake?
    Also any other tips on how to write a good history answer. I just suck at exam technique in general. I know a lot of people in my class who are good at history even more so on TSR so there must be something I am doing wrong but my ignorance prevents me from stepping forward.

    So to sum up: What are the things you need fora good history answer(to get full marks)?

    And to clarify: Is history a regurgitation subject? Can you just open the floodgates in your brain and let out the knowledge? That might be the problem.
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    Title pretty much says it. In particular, I think its the exam technique I need help with.
    WARNING LONG READ

    The other day, I was handed back my history essay(Explain developments of government policy towards Plains Indians 1936-1961). It was an 8 mark question and I only got 6. Now here's the thing. I was so sure that I tried to do everything right. I have bought myself a textbook to help me answer these questions but to no avail. I put down all the information in the textbook to answer the question but still end up with a measly mark. I covered the two pointers and added one of my own. the teacher said that I should include information that covers the whole time period in the question. Is this necessary? Because I'm very clueless. I just wrote about 1851 because it is in the time frame. Probably a dumb mistake?
    Also any other tips on how to write a good history answer. I just suck at exam technique in general. I know a lot of people in my class who are good at history even more so on TSR so there must be something I am doing wrong but my ignorance prevents me from stepping forward.

    So to sum up: What are the things you need fora good history answer(to get full marks)?

    And to clarify: Is history a regurgitation subject? Can you just open the floodgates in your brain and let out the knowledge? That might be the problem.

    Six is a good mark and the teacher was generous. Have a look at mark schemes from the exam site if you wnat to know what the marks are for.

    Imo your mistake is you didnt read the question and you should have covered the whole period or most of it, not just one year. The measly mark as you call it is down to yur own lack of observation..
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    Six is a good mark and the teacher was generous. Have a look at mark schemes from the exam site if you wnat to know what the marks are for.

    Imo your mistake is you didnt read the question and you should have covered the whole period or most of it, not just one year. The measly mark as you call it is down to yur own lack of observation..
    Now that you mention it, yeah... anything else u need to write a good answer from ur experience?
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    6 is not a bad mark. Saying that can also put others down.
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    How many points should one write for an 8 mark question as a rule of thumb?
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    How many points should one write for an 8 mark question as a rule of thumb?
    It depends on the question. If it is a utility question you should write about the useful content of source one, then the limited content, then the same for source 2, then the nature origin purpose positives and limitations of source 1, the same for source 2, then the conclusion. So for a utility 8 marker I'd say write around 2 sides at least. But this is because I find them the hardest to answer.
 
 
 
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