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Im really stuck on how to revise for a level politics. My teachers are really bad and the notes that they provide arent good also the politics textbook has way too much in there ( hodder education) which is quite overwhelming and unrealistic to memorise but the revision guide to it is too simple as it doesnt have any case studies at all so can please tell me how to revise? 😭😭😭
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hey there are you doing the new Edexcel specification ?
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I'm not sure what exam board you're doing, but the Pearson textbook for Edexcel is by far one of the best textbooks I have used. I'd also recommend finding other resources to supplement it, such as Heywood's 'Political Ideologies' for when you revise/learn core and non-core political ideas. There's also an open-access textbook on UK democracy by LSE Press which has applicable content for UK Politics and Constitution.

In terms of revision, recall is always a great method. Print out a copy of the specification and try and recall all of the relevant information for each part. Use your notes/textbook to fill in gaps and keep going until you know everything. Once you know the basic level content, you can go onto essay plans which you can write up on flashcards and do the same recall method.

For examples, Google is your friend. You need to keep updating your examples so that they are super fresh. Keep up with the news in the UK and US (if you're doing US) and note down anything pertinent (CMR resignations, relative power of the Commons, divisions within the Tory party and US govt shutdown are quite relevant atm). Also, use Twitter to follow news outlets in UK/US, UCL Constitution Unit, Trump, Democratic Audit etc because you can always find really useful stuff for your essays.

Hope this helps!
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hey there are you doing the new Edexcel specification ?
(Original post by EPMFM)
I'm not sure what exam board you're doing, but the Pearson textbook for Edexcel is by far one of the best textbooks I have used. I'd also recommend finding other resources to supplement it, such as Heywood's 'Political Ideologies' for when you revise/learn core and non-core political ideas. There's also an open-access textbook on UK democracy by LSE Press which has applicable content for UK Politics and Constitution.

In terms of revision, recall is always a great method. Print out a copy of the specification and try and recall all of the relevant information for each part. Use your notes/textbook to fill in gaps and keep going until you know everything. Once you know the basic level content, you can go onto essay plans which you can write up on flashcards and do the same recall method.

For examples, Google is your friend. You need to keep updating your examples so that they are super fresh. Keep up with the news in the UK and US (if you're doing US) and note down anything pertinent (CMR resignations, relative power of the Commons, divisions within the Tory party and US govt shutdown are quite relevant atm). Also, use Twitter to follow news outlets in UK/US, UCL Constitution Unit, Trump, Democratic Audit etc because you can always find really useful stuff for your essays.

Hope this helps!
Hello, yes im doing edexcel a level politics new specification from 2017 onwards. Thank you so much i am going to buy the edexcel book but i just wanted to ask since politics is very heavy content how did you manage to memorise it all and when did you start also how many pages are in the edexcel book?
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okay so in the revision guide there are those "now test yourself questions"throughout the revision guide. I basically put those questions on side of a flashcard and the answer(which are in the back of the revision guide) . I have used this as a basis to learn the content and then just built my knowledge up from there . I found it really useful because I found it so content heavy and it was a good place to start also suggest doing essay plans for all the questions at the end of each topic . I am also revising for my mocks next week and oml there is so much content so know i what are you going through
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Hello, yes im doing edexcel a level politics new specification from 2017 onwards. Thank you so much i am going to buy the edexcel book but i just wanted to ask since politics is very heavy content how did you manage to memorise it all and when did you start?
The basic content should come quite naturally because it's quite common knowledge. You'll never forget the structure of UK government, or the qualities of the UK Constitution, for example. The best way to then go about revising and remembering is to then build up example-based knowledge around interpretations and debates (it is paramount that you spend lots of time on the areas of the specification where the debates arise), and have a general 'set' of evaluation techniques to use in conclusions and throughout your essays, usually significance, ranking, impact upon wider political context etc. This will narrow the amount you need to focus upon, but also allows to draw commonalities as to the examples you are using which have multiple applications. Ofcourse there will be some examples you will need to learn as required by the specification (GE differential turnout and voting stats, work of 2 PMs, pressure groups), but for the rest try and find some good multi-functional examples.

I am really bad and haven't started revising UK yet, but the earlier you start the more information/statistics/thinkers you can bring into your long term memory and hence the better.
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The basic content should come quite naturally because it's quite common knowledge. You'll never forget the structure of UK government, or the qualities of the UK Constitution, for example. The best way to then go about revising and remembering is to then build up example-based knowledge around interpretations and debates (it is paramount that you spend lots of time on the areas of the specification where the debates arise), and have a general 'set' of evaluation techniques to use in conclusions and throughout your essays, usually significance, ranking, impact upon wider political context etc. This will narrow the amount you need to focus upon, but also allows to draw commonalities as to the examples you are using which have multiple applications. Ofcourse there will be some examples you will need to learn as required by the specification (GE differential turnout and voting stats, work of 2 PMs, pressure groups), but for the rest try and find some good multi-functional examples.

I am really bad and haven't started revising UK yet, but the earlier you start the more information/statistics/thinkers you can bring into your long term memory and hence the better.
Wow you seem so focused and knowledgeable! Im so glad that you responded. Thanks for all the help, i just have one last question (sorry) what is the colour of the edexcel book? im currently ordering it 😂
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