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    Hey everyone!

    So basically, I'll try to keep this short. My teachers are quite great when it comes to covering the syllabus content but we literally get NO homework. At this point, we are meant to get used to writing essays at a good standard but I am very lost since I can do exam prac by myself but I find it quite hard to mark business essays since I do not know the correct way. Also, when I do essays by myself and hand them in to my teachers (optionally) - they sometimes completely forget about me and yeah... any advice on doing exam practice for business? How to mark exam questions and how to get as many marks as possible? Anything linked to exam technique and methods of revising/practicing for business would be welcome!
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    Hey everyone!

    So basically, I'll try to keep this short. My teachers are quite great when it comes to covering the syllabus content but we literally get NO homework. At this point, we are meant to get used to writing essays at a good standard but I am very lost since I can do exam prac by myself but I find it quite hard to mark business essays since I do not know the correct way. Also, when I do essays by myself and hand them in to my teachers (optionally) - they sometimes completely forget about me and yeah... any advice on doing exam practice for business? How to mark exam questions and how to get as many marks as possible? Anything linked to exam technique and methods of revising/practicing for business would be welcome!
    I'm doing A level EDEXEL business as well (so glad I've met someone on the same exam board!)
    My 2 business teachers seem similar to yours in that when we finish an essay for homework and give it in, they don't give them back - this has actually happened several times (I don't even know why..), it was different before in that we were always doing essays and hardly covering any content. But when we did go over content they literally made their power points presentations from the textbooks or showing us tutir2u videos and expecting us to understand the hard/confusing concepts or rather link concepts together. The only good thing is they marked it, actually gave us SOME feedback. I struggled a lot in business last year (year 12) even though the content is easy to grasp but it's just the exam techniques. I got a tutor and he is a big help. I think I understand how to links concepts and kinda form chains of logic (which is basically one thing leading to the next and that thing leading onti the next - e.g price decrease of an elastic products leads to a dispraportionate increase in demand to a change a price, which in turn leads to an overall increase in revenue, at least 2 or 3 chains of logic in a Paragrapg is ok!). The best advice I could give is to focus on linking concepts in us essay like forming a paper chain. Using minaps might help you develop this. Keep ask yourself WHY. E.g why is a motivated employee who feels part of the business important? And then back that up with evidence I.e Hertzberg. Use KEYWORDS also. In terms of marking essays you might need to remind your teachers nicely if you'll get them back soon, as all teachers are very busy, especially at this time of the year. You could also independently mark your essays by highlighting or underline the AO's you've included I.e AO1 have you defined the subject, AO2 have you linked back to the case study AO3, AO4 Etc. In ALL mark scemes they have a grid of different levels/marks and EDEXCEL explicitly says what needs to be included so having a look at that might be very helpful.
    Writing essays in business can be difficult as if you took gcse business you'd know that it's not just 'one thing leading to higher profit' there's so much than that. Good luck!
    On a side note: How's your research on the Chocolates industry going?
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    HEY!

    Thanks for your detailed reply first of all!

    I have a question though. When you mentioned that I should have 2-3 chains of analysis per paragraph you mean like the one you just gave me as an example + another one?

    In regards to your question, our research based on the chocolate industry is going kinda meh. I mean they only briefly told us about it and they said that we are meant to do it ourselves which is quite annoying... But yeah, I'm a bit concerned as to what I will end up getting in my real exam. I think that I am going to be fine with the content since I seem to be understanding concepts easily from the book because they give lots of examples but I'm just scared of the exam questions themselves.
 
 
 

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