How to revise for Edexcel A level Politics? (new spec 2017) Watch

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Hey guys,
I need help figuring out how to revise politics over the Christmas holidays. We have mocks after the holidays, and I want to get above a B. Unfortunately, we have the new specification so looking at past papers won't help much. We have 3 essay questions to do: one source question, one on a political party (I think) and another on a political ideology (like Socialism etc.) I lack in my evidence a lot in my essays and I tend to waffle, so does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get the best grade possible?

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I'm finding mind maps very good at the moment. Past papers may be something and then you can at least learn to structure answers better, even if they aren't the most perfect fit.

When doing practice questions, time it, then mark it. Section the text into paragraph and rewrite them section by section to improve to an A standard. I found this method very good to make my work concise and improve the content generally. As they were separate paragraphs I could also cut them out and re order them so it makes more sense and other things like that.
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what topics have you covered so far? i might be able to help

as for general advice for the 30 mark essay question, it should take you 50 mins and consist of 8 - 10 paragraphs (i usually do 4 massive paragraphs with my argument and counter-argument in the same paragraph tbh) and you need a substantial conclusion and introduction.

the 10 mark question should take you 15 mins and consist of 3 - 4 paragraphs not including the first paragraph where you define key terms. good luck
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We've covered democracy and participation (so stuff like direct/representative democracy, widening the franchise), political ideologies (liberalism, socialism, conservatism), political parties in the uk, and we've just finished looking at the voting systems like AMS and STV

I'm terrified for the essays because I have no idea what to put for evidence most of the time, I either put too little evidence or the evidence isn't relevant to the topic

Idk if this is because the spec has changed but I don't think we have the 10 mark question, we only have two 30 markers and one 24 markers (I think?)

Thank you for the advice!

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what topics have you covered so far? i might be able to help

as for general advice for the 30 mark essay question, it should take you 50 mins and consist of 8 - 10 paragraphs (i usually do 4 massive paragraphs with my argument and counter-argument in the same paragraph tbh) and you need a substantial conclusion and introduction.

the 10 mark question should take you 15 mins and consist of 3 - 4 paragraphs not including the first paragraph where you define key terms. good luck
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I am in the exact position as you except we have covered Democracy & participation, electoral systems, voting behaviour and political parties (starting ideologies after xmas holidays) ngl I am really struggling with the timing for the 30markers as I am getting 23/30 but not timed, and when I do timed essays I get around 14/30 which is SO annoying
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(Original post by anonoymous1234)
I am in the exact position as you except we have covered Democracy & participation, electoral systems, voting behaviour and political parties (starting ideologies after xmas holidays) ngl I am really struggling with the timing for the 30markers as I am getting 23/30 but not timed, and when I do timed essays I get around 14/30 which is SO annoying
Aaaaah same I tend to get 18-20/30 when I'm timed and it's just so frustrating bc hellooo I'm trying to at least get a B here 😭😭😭. I have my mocks next week and my teacher lost my folder so I'm looking for some revision notes online but cannot find any at all smh. How are you dealing with the source questions?
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thats so peakkkk, I feel ya, and tbh ik most people moan about source questions but I don't acc find them too bad, I think the hardest thing is trying to find source questions (because there isn't a lot out there) I think the main thing is you talk about what the source describes for one argument, give some of your own evidence, then consider the opposing argument, then critque it using the source, well thats what got me better marks (25-28/30) but obvs that wasn't timed. Im a bit worried we aren't covering the topic quick enough, we have almost finished paper 1 of the a level with half of conservatism and socialism left to cover (our school isn't doing the AS) what about you?


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Aaaaah same I tend to get 18-20/30 when I'm timed and it's just so frustrating bc hellooo I'm trying to at least get a B here 😭😭😭. I have my mocks next week and my teacher lost my folder so I'm looking for some revision notes online but cannot find any at all smh. How are you dealing with the source questions?
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thats so peakkkk, I feel ya, and tbh ik most people moan about source questions but I don't acc find them too bad, I think the hardest thing is trying to find source questions (because there isn't a lot out there) I think the main thing is you talk about what the source describes for one argument, give some of your own evidence, then consider the opposing argument, then critque it using the source, well thats what got me better marks (25-28/30) but obvs that wasn't timed. Im a bit worried we aren't covering the topic quick enough, we have almost finished paper 1 of the a level with half of conservatism and socialism left to cover (our school isn't doing the AS) what about you?
I'm rlly stressing 😩 And I feel like acc having to remember all the evidence is such a stretch and sometimes difficult. And yh that's what I'm worried about as well bc we're still at the beginning of unit two, we don't do AS either but it feels like yr 12 is so close to ending kmt
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same here , its so annoying how there's so much evidence to know but you use so little of it in an essay, we haven't even started unit 2 yet oh gawdddd, I still can't believe its already February tbh



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I'm rlly stressing 😩 And I feel like acc having to remember all the evidence is such a stretch and sometimes difficult. And yh that's what I'm worried about as well bc we're still at the beginning of unit two, we don't do AS either but it feels like yr 12 is so close to ending kmt
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(Original post by anonoymous1234)
I am in the exact position as you except we have covered Democracy & participation, electoral systems, voting behaviour and political parties (starting ideologies after xmas holidays) ngl I am really struggling with the timing for the 30markers as I am getting 23/30 but not timed, and when I do timed essays I get around 14/30 which is SO annoying
omg that's still really good compared to what our class gets. we normally get like 14-15 on every essay it is so difficult, our teacher's a pretty harsh marker as well
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omg that's still really good compared to what our class gets. we normally get like 14-15 on every essay it is so difficult, our teacher's a pretty harsh marker as well
On timed essays I normally get between 15-18/30 and I have my mock exam tmmro and I rlly wanna get 24 or over, but my timing is the biggest issue and I find it hard to remember facts. And yh my teachers are very very harsh markers, but I guess that's a good thing bc you'll probably end up with higher marks in the real exam. Maybe try to change the current exam technique you use and see if you get a higher grade???
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Feel you big time OP. I've got mocks in a couple of weeks and there's nothing online. Wish my school didn't put so much pressure on us to do a tonne of revision after I sat as AS in another subject only a couple of weeks ago (which took all my time) and there's not enough time for me to make revision notes for the entire year of work. Argh!
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thats so peakkkk, I feel ya, and tbh ik most people moan about source questions but I don't acc find them too bad, I think the hardest thing is trying to find source questions (because there isn't a lot out there) I think the main thing is you talk about what the source describes for one argument, give some of your own evidence, then consider the opposing argument, then critque it using the source, well thats what got me better marks (25-28/30) but obvs that wasn't timed. Im a bit worried we aren't covering the topic quick enough, we have almost finished paper 1 of the a level with half of conservatism and socialism left to cover (our school isn't doing the AS) what about you?
im only getting 15/30 still and am in year 13!! im really struggling. if you could post links to your notes or something i would be so grateful, i need at least a B to get into uni!!
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I'm finding mind maps very good at the moment. Past papers may be something and then you can at least learn to structure answers better, even if they aren't the most perfect fit.

When doing practice questions, time it, then mark it. Section the text into paragraph and rewrite them section by section to improve to an A standard. I found this method very good to make my work concise and improve the content generally. As they were separate paragraphs I could also cut them out and re order them so it makes more sense and other things like that.
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