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can someone please help me with structuring answers!!! i do the CAIE board currently in A2 doing china and the cold war. if youre from another board please do still help.. i do the 60/40 way. the examiners report says 'sustained answer' im not sure what that means. i have a B in AS and i really want to change that into an A or A* any tips for that????? PLEASE HELP
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hey im doing A2 cold war with OCR. To structure an essay you really need to look at the dates first within the question for example if the question wants you to assess the factors that developed the cold war from 1948-61 (for example) you need to give a specific event that happened in 48 (blockade) and in 1961(berlin wall). Also include another 2 factors. You need to have a common theme that channels through the essay such as ideological differences or change of personnel (leaders) or arms race. Make sure you ALWAYS do a judgment at the end of the factor by assessing the IMPACT.... think what makes something impactful-- did people die ? what events did it lead to? cause socio-economic problems?Make sure your intro and conclusion includes everything you have talked about and the most important factor needs to be recognized throughout, it shouldn't be like a murder mystery where you only find out the killer at the end!!hope this helps, Julia
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Sustained meaning what you initially argue within your introduction is not contradicted by the rest of your essay.
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can someone please help me with structuring answers!!! i do the CAIE board currently in A2 doing china and the cold war. if youre from another board please do still help.. i do the 60/40 way. the examiners report says 'sustained answer' im not sure what that means. i have a B in AS and i really want to change that into an A or A* any tips for that????? PLEASE HELP
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Before you dive in to answering the question, make sure you take the time to plan. Personally, I find this the most important part of writing answers; I find it more helpful to write a detailed plan because there is a clear direction to your arguments, rather than trying to make it up as you go along. Also, make sure you have enough time for each of your answers - don't get caught out as I did in the mocks by spending one hour on one question and only leaving half an hour for the other!

Introduction: Outline the factors you will be writing about and a clear judgement on them. Give a criteria on the words you will be picking apart in the essay and how you will assess this for each factor. My course doesn't cover your topics, so I can only use an example from my own. E.g. For the question "How far do you agree that the support of the Lutheran princes was the most important reason for the survival of Lutheranism in Germany in the years 1521-55?" explain what the word 'survival' actually means and pick apart the other reasons why the key event may have occurred.

Main body: Make sure you put across your argument in the first sentence of each paragraph - don't be flim flammy, be clear and concise. Ensure you make mini conclusions throughout the main body of your essay from the points you are making. No matter how tedious it may seem, link your points back to the question for all of your points and give evidence for what you're saying (make sure you give evidence that corresponds to the dates given too - sounds silly but it caught some of my classmates out!). The structure of an essay depends on the question you're given, for example for a source question it might be helpful to have a paragraph on the context of the sources analysing their provenance before investigating their claims. Write it so it makes sense to you, but also bear in mind that it needs to make sense to the examiner.

Conclusion: summarise the points you made in the main body of your essay and reinforce your judgement. Ensure you reiterate the key words being used in the question. If the question is about value, how would you prioritise the factors involved?

Sorry for the long reply, but I hope this helps in some way!
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Before you dive in to answering the question, make sure you take the time to plan. Personally, I find this the most important part of writing answers; I find it more helpful to write a detailed plan because there is a clear direction to your arguments, rather than trying to make it up as you go along. Also, make sure you have enough time for each of your answers - don't get caught out as I did in the mocks by spending one hour on one question and only leaving half an hour for the other!

Introduction: Outline the factors you will be writing about and a clear judgement on them. Give a criteria on the words you will be picking apart in the essay and how you will assess this for each factor. My course doesn't cover your topics, so I can only use an example from my own. E.g. For the question "How far do you agree that the support of the Lutheran princes was the most important reason for the survival of Lutheranism in Germany in the years 1521-55?" explain what the word 'survival' actually means and pick apart the other reasons why the key event may have occurred.

Main body: Make sure you put across your argument in the first sentence of each paragraph - don't be flim flammy, be clear and concise. Ensure you make mini conclusions throughout the main body of your essay from the points you are making. No matter how tedious it may seem, link your points back to the question for all of your points and give evidence for what you're saying (make sure you give evidence that corresponds to the dates given too - sounds silly but it caught some of my classmates out!). The structure of an essay depends on the question you're given, for example for a source question it might be helpful to have a paragraph on the context of the sources analysing their provenance before investigating their claims. Write it so it makes sense to you, but also bear in mind that it needs to make sense to the examiner.

Conclusion: summarise the points you made in the main body of your essay and reinforce your judgement. Ensure you reiterate the key words being used in the question. If the question is about value, how would you prioritise the factors involved?

Sorry for the long reply, but I hope this helps in some way!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! extremely grateful btw do you know if its possible to go from B to A* In A2?
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thank you so so much
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hey im doing A2 cold war with OCR. To structure an essay you really need to look at the dates first within the question for example if the question wants you to assess the factors that developed the cold war from 1948-61 (for example) you need to give a specific event that happened in 48 (blockade) and in 1961(berlin wall). Also include another 2 factors. You need to have a common theme that channels through the essay such as ideological differences or change of personnel (leaders) or arms race. Make sure you ALWAYS do a judgment at the end of the factor by assessing the IMPACT.... think what makes something impactful-- did people die ? what events did it lead to? cause socio-economic problems?Make sure your intro and conclusion includes everything you have talked about and the most important factor needs to be recognized throughout, it shouldn't be like a murder mystery where you only find out the killer at the end!!hope this helps, Julia
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Honestly, I'm trying to do the same thing at the moment because I got a B in my mocks in January! But since then I've rewritten one of my history mocks and I got an A nearly A* so I hope so!
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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! extremely grateful btw do you know if its possible to go from B to A* In A2?
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What did u get in AS?
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Honestly, I'm trying to do the same thing at the moment because I got a B in my mocks in January! But since then I've rewritten one of my history mocks and I got an A nearly A* so I hope so!
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