I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on my question: I am currently resisting my A-level Tudors and Russian History which last year I got a C in, with the hope of getting an A this time around. Does anyone have a tried and tested formula which works for them as I feel my exam technique is the area I need to improve upon.
If anyone could give me any tips that would be much appreciated.
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- 21-02-2018 16:05
- 21-02-2018 16:22
yeah I've found a "hack" that works for me (aiming to get an A* in history this year)
In your into give brief background knowledge, statement your 3 main points that you will discuss and explain them briefly. Then establish a criteria that you will use to judge which factor is most important/significant depending on what the question askes-this is an top level skill so dw if you don't do this) then at the end of your intro state your overall judgement.
I usually start with the least important factor, in your opening sentence sum up why it is the least important. Then add TWO pieces of evidence-this say sound like very little but in an exam you won't have time for any more but make you you EXPLAIN your evidence throughly and link back to the question. Then evaluate the factor, and link back to the criteria ie why is this the least important? And to finish your paragraph end with an overall sentence to sum up what you've said.
Repeat the above for your other two points, remember for your most important point say why it is better than the other two.
In your conclusion sum up what you've said for each factor, but state your overall judgement at the end.
I think the most important thing to remember in an essay is to STICK TO YOUR ARGUMENT, keep referring back to it throughout your answer.
I do Russia as well but I'm with Edexcel, PM me if you want me to send you one of my essays, hope this helped!
- 09-05-2018 17:14
Why not check out the History Rocks podcasts on how to write essays and source skills. The content is created by experienced examiners www.anchor.fm/historyrocks