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    im doing history at AS level along with psychology and english lit, i love my other two subjects but i really cannot cope with history. My teacher and the history department in my highly prestige sixth form is not that great and i dont even know what i am doing. im doing britain AQA challenge and transformation and i really cant deal with it. has anyone got any advice for me pleaseeee. i really dont want to drop it. has anyone gotten a high grade, what are your best tips?


    I'm currently doing history A2 and I had an A at AS but I do the WJEC exam board which I'm not sure is similar to AQA in exams. WJEC exams are basically two 30 mark essays. I was particularly good at my unit 1 where they would ask a question and ask about your opinion on it e.g the primary reason for wanting parliamentary reform between 1780-1845 was for political reasons. Discuss. Here is some of my tips if your exams are similar to mine

    1)You don't need to learn everything - the examiner isn't looking for factual knowledge, they're looking for your ability to debate and form an opinion

    2)State your opinion immediately in the introduction

    3)*BIGGEST TIP* - DEBATE. The examiner loves seeing people debate the issue. The way I like to present this is that I state my opinion and reasons as to why I support that opinion. However, I also mention the reasons for the other side of the argument except I then basically destroy them and explain why that opinion is invalid.

    4)Practice loads of essays and give to your teacher to mark

    The difficult thing about history A level is that it's not like other subjects where if you learn and understand the facts and concepts you'll be fine. History a level is all about the exam technique for writing an essay

    If someone learnt everything in the course but didn't know the exam technique, he'd probably get a C/D

    But if someone didn't learn too many facts but had a great exam technique, they would do a lot better.

    I only revised for a week but I did essays to ensure my exam technique was on point and it worked out. Once you figure out the exam technique, you're sorted

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