I'm really struggling with my A-Level history essays questions, so I was wondering if anyone had any advice or a good structural plan which I could borrow. I'm very good with including factual information including dates and specific people however this is obviously only half what is needed to make a good essay.
I've asked my teachers and looked at feedback on my practise questions however most of it is generic advice which everyone is receiving (despite being at different abilities).
So if anyone has any good advice or structures for A- Level history it would be much appreciated.
BTW I'm studying the Tudors and Germany between 1919-1945
Привет! I'm doing A level history (beware it's not fun, I hate AQA) and my teacher said I have a nice essay structure. There's the basics which you probably already know as PEE or PEEL which is:
For my points I use words like "It can be argued that", "The source suggests" etc. For my evidence I use "Firstly", "secondly" and "this is shown by...". For my explanation I use words like "Therefore", "As a result".
Let's say that the question is "The consolidation of Henry VII's reign in the years 1485-1487 was primarily due to him being really cool". Something you should do is define what is meant by the key word in the question (in this case it's "cool"). Because AQA are a rubbish exam board, they'll probably use boring words such as "efficient" or "security". You've got to define what "cool" or "efficient" or "security" means within the context of the question. So for my example (Henry being a cool king), I'd explain it as being a king who had qualities such as mercy, cunning, intelligence. Another example could be "a secure dynasty", you could define "security" as a high level of royal authority, the ability of a King to quell rebellions, the solvency of his treasury etc. Then you argue how your evidence proves that he was a cool king according to your definition of "cool". I hope this rambling makes sense, if it doesn't I'll try to explain better.
For you conclusion: Let's also say that you're arguing in favour of that statement, you've got to say why the main reason for his consolidation (in the years 1485-1487) was him being "really cool" and not any of the other factors such as the rebels lack of domestic and foreign support or Henry's allies. You could say something like "although the lack of support of rebels, and Henry's own allies were important factors in the consolidation of his dynasty, if Henry wasn't a cool King, then it is likely that the rebels would have had more support and thus proven a more dangerous threat, and it is unlikely that Henry would have had such loyal and skilled allies because they would not fight for a King who was not a cool King".
I hope this helps somewhat, I tried to make it make sense to the best of my ability.
hey im struggling with history too (apparently working at an E like what?!) im doing Nazi germany as well and I have the textbook but most people seem to have other books on the side too. I don't really know if I should use another resource or if the textbook we use is good enough by itself to make notes on already, what are you using? (im using Robert Whitfields, Ofxord Press Democracy and Nazism)
Anyone knows where I can find AQA history specification with answers please? I'm doing Tudors and American Civil war☺