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I can't be the only one. Basically myself and pretty sure the rest of my class are struggling to get to grips with this subject, and this ranges from evaluation to answer structuring. Does anyone have any tips or anything for these? Little over 2 months until the exam and I swear it will be the death of me xD
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Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you've posted in the right place? Here's a link to our subject forum which should help get you more responses if you post there.
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yes i am , look on the website called psychology rocks i found it very useful for issues and debates
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I did it and somehow survived! Even managed to get an A! I always found when evaluation it was important to do a description first and then use a structure to form an evaluation. I know we used SODA for theories but I cant remember what we used for studies sorry! I still have lots of powerpoints, example essays and other resources so I might be able to give you some useful resources

S - supporting evidence
O - opposing evidence
D - different theory
A - applications
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I can't be the only one. Basically myself and pretty sure the rest of my class are struggling to get to grips with this subject, and this ranges from evaluation to answer structuring. Does anyone have any tips or anything for these? Little over 2 months until the exam and I swear it will be the death of me xD
Hi there dont worry you stll have time if you want you can dm me your nnumber i will add you on our whatsappy group for psychology where we help eachother send materials etc . if you are interested send me your number
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Hi there dont worry you stll have time if you want you can dm me your nnumber i will add you on our whatsappy group for psychology where we help eachother send materials etc . if you are interested send me your number
i don't have whatsapp is there a facebook group chat or anything?
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Yeah that could be really useful! I could dm you my Email?
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I did it and somehow survived! Even managed to get an A! I always found when evaluation it was important to do a description first and then use a structure to form an evaluation. I know we used SODA for theories but I cant remember what we used for studies sorry! I still have lots of powerpoints, example essays and other resources so I might be able to give you some useful resources

S - supporting evidence
O - opposing evidence
D - different theory
A - applications
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Yeah that could be really useful! I could dm you my Email?
Sure!
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I have also sent you my email
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I'm doing the Edexcel spec too, it's really annoying because we're on a new spec so there's hardly any past papers and then it seems like no one does the edexcel spec either so there's a lack of resources.
My teachers have taught us GRAVE to evaluate studies, G - generalisability R - reliability A - application V - validity (external/internal) and E - ethics. I'm struggling with issues and debates mostly, if anyone has any tips then please do share
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I’m in my AS year. We use RAVES (Reliability, Application, Validity, Ethics, Sample) for the evaluation of studies, CARS (Credibility, Application, Supporting evidence, Refuting evidence) for the evaluation of theories, APRC (Aim, Procedure, Results, Conclusion) for the description of studies and claims + components for the description of theories...

Honestly, I’m more nervous about getting all of the content onto notes and flashcards due to the sheer amount. The material isn’t particularly bad. Also worried about Paper 3 but that’s something to worry about in summer. Any advice please?
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has anyone got any advice for learning studies that support a disorder/content , for example learning the supporting studies for schizophrenia?
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I’m in my AS year. We use RAVES (Reliability, Application, Validity, Ethics, Sample) for the evaluation of studies, CARS (Credibility, Application, Supporting evidence, Refuting evidence) for the evaluation of theories, APRC (Aim, Procedure, Results, Conclusion) for the description of studies and claims + components for the description of theories...

Honestly, I’m more nervous about getting all of the content onto notes and flashcards due to the sheer amount. The material isn’t particularly bad. Also worried about Paper 3 but that’s something to worry about in summer. Any advice please?
I didn't make flashcards for the content, I made my own notes and then just learned the notes using mindmaps or look, cover, say, write, check. It worked at AS as I got an A, but the content in year 13 is so much more so I'm just making sure i'm constantly recalling the content so I don't forget it. Also, if you're in year 12, aren't you only doing 2 papers then?
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has anyone got any advice for learning studies that support a disorder/content , for example learning the supporting studies for schizophrenia?
I think simplifying the content as much as possible before you learn it really helps, also just being able to link everything and writing out the supporting evidence's/opposing for each study or theory. I can send you my notes if that helps.
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I didn't make flashcards for the content, I made my own notes and then just learned the notes using mindmaps or look, cover, say, write, check. It worked at AS as I got an A, but the content in year 13 is so much more so I'm just making sure i'm constantly recalling the content so I don't forget it. Also, if you're in year 12, aren't you only doing 2 papers then?
I’m not very good with mindmaps- I hate making them and much prefer flashcards (which have worked well in the past). You’re right about recall as there’s just a LOT, and I know it gets worse. I am making my own notes and will learn from those as well as flashcards.

You’re right- there are two papers for AS but I’m worried about the year 13 stuff in the back of my mind. It’s different to my other subject worries for year 13 (I take Maths, Chemistry and Physics alongside it). For those subjects, it’s more about the increase in difficulty of the content as the Chemistry and Maths as all of the papers are identical in style to first year, except those paper 3s ask anything from papers 1 and 2. Physics paper 3 is a practical paper but the questions are similar in style to practical questions in other papers (both at AS and A2, I think) and are covered during the compulsory practicals I have completed this year and the ones I have next year. For all of those subjects, the new content is much more difficult but there’s only a few more topics per paper.

Paper 3 psychology is completely different to papers 1 and 2. Issues and debates for everything covered before and after 1st year, longer questions than anything I’ve dealt with before at both GCSE and A Level (biggest I’ve dealt with is 8 markers in RE), new methods, the in depth analysis of a study. I have no idea on how I’d do any of that. It’s the sheer amount and the new style. And paper 1 and 2 have twice the amount of content than AS (sinceAS papers 1 and 2 are combined into paper 1, right?).

I know it’s something to worry about after my internal exams in May but it’s daunting.
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(Original post by bookloverlolly)
I’m not very good with mindmaps- I hate making them and much prefer flashcards (which have worked well in the past). You’re right about recall as there’s just a LOT, and I know it gets worse. I am making my own notes and will learn from those as well as flashcards.

You’re right- there are two papers for AS but I’m worried about the year 13 stuff in the back of my mind. It’s different to my other subject worries for year 13 (I take Maths, Chemistry and Physics alongside it). For those subjects, it’s more about the increase in difficulty of the content as the Chemistry and Maths as all of the papers are identical in style to first year, except those paper 3s ask anything from papers 1 and 2. Physics paper 3 is a practical paper but the questions are similar in style to practical questions in other papers (both at AS and A2, I think) and are covered during the compulsory practicals I have completed this year and the ones I have next year. For all of those subjects, the new content is much more difficult but there’s only a few more topics per paper.

Paper 3 psychology is completely different to papers 1 and 2. Issues and debates for everything covered before and after 1st year, longer questions than anything I’ve dealt with before at both GCSE and A Level (biggest I’ve dealt with is 8 markers in RE), new methods, the in depth analysis of a study. I have no idea on how I’d do any of that. It’s the sheer amount and the new style. And paper 1 and 2 have twice the amount of content than AS (sinceAS papers 1 and 2 are combined into paper 1, right?).

I know it’s something to worry about after my internal exams in May but it’s daunting.
I take psychology, biology and chemistry. I understand how you're worrying about how much more content you have to learn in Psychology in Year 13 but personally I think Chemistry is the hardest as in Psychology the content you learn in Year 13 is pretty much similar to AS, only difference is the A2 content everything has to be much better applied whereas in Chemistry, the content becomes more difficult to understand at A2 (i think anyway). Also, Psychology becomes much more interesting at A2 and everything starts to make much more sense as I can link topics together much better now then I did at AS. I didn't even do that well at AS, I guess I just got lucky because the grade boundaries were so low.
I don't think you should worry too much about A2 Psychology, as long as you manage to do well at AS, A2 will be a breeze lol.
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I think simplifying the content as much as possible before you learn it really helps, also just being able to link everything and writing out the supporting evidence's/opposing for each study or theory. I can send you my notes if that helps.
yes please that would be helpful
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yes please that would be helpful
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AgEcc_GUzJzGkSfskDZPLa5ggUHI

If you click on this and then click on clinical, scroll down to schizophrenia. My notes might be different to what you do as different contemporary studies etc. Hope it helps
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(Original post by fauziaa)
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AgEcc_GUzJzGkSfskDZPLa5ggUHI

If you click on this and then click on clinical, scroll down to schizophrenia. My notes might be different to what you do as different contemporary studies etc. Hope it helps
thank you so much this is very helpful!
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Hi there dont worry you stll have time if you want you can dm me your nnumber i will add you on our whatsappy group for psychology where we help eachother send materials etc . if you are interested send me your number
07933078874 I’m year 13 got my exams soon would help
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