difference between an A and an A* history essay?

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at alevel..?
(doing edexcel i believe)
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at alevel..?
(doing edexcel i believe)
GCSE or A Level?
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GCSE or A Level?
a level (: xx
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a level (: xx
Sorry can't help you, got an A* at GCSE but im doing edexcel too and I'm on a B, in my defence my teachers are shite. x
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Sorry can't help you, got an A* at GCSE but im doing edexcel too and I'm on a B, in my defence my teachers are shite. x
ahh i see... are you yr13/12? -well done for the A* as well!!!

which bits of history are you doing! (: -im really enjoying mine
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ahh i see... are you yr13/12? -well done for the A* as well!!!

as well which bits of history are you doing! (: -im really enjoying mine
Y13, doing Communist Russia, GDR, British Warfare and did the French Rev for my coursework, and thanks x
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at alevel..?
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I sat my history a level this year, and came out with an a* (but aqa). Honestly I still don't 100% know what makes an a* essay, but a big turning point for me was when i started to fully unpick a question. For example, a question we had on our exam was like

"the emancipation of the serfs was the main cause for economic change in the years 1861-94"

think about the assumptions in the question. it's not just a basic economy question
-was there actually economic change in these years (there doesn't have to be). was is positive or negative?
- was the economic growth actually significant in the overall picture
- is there actually a strong enough correlation between emancipation and economic growth to agree with this question, be sure to answer the question!! it's asking you to look at economic change from the perspective of emancipation, so you should be constantly linking back to that

the most important things are making sure you cover the whole scope of what the question is asking you, that you're coming to a substantiated judgement (mini conclusions at the end of each para) with prioritised points (most important factors), and that you cover the whole time period from start to end, not just one part, and think about key turning points and change and continuity. think about your paras as arguments or points, not "themes", as these can be a bit too basic

hope this helps!!
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