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A levels are coming up and Im not understanding anything in philosophy. I hate this subject so much, I shoudnt have chosen it. I feel like I'm gonna fail it.

Idk what to do. There's no videos on YouTube that can help me learn it.
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I'm guessing your in year 13. You definitely can do it, the first step to success is overcoming your mindset. Only you have to power to succeed at your subject. Hard work pays off
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What exam board are you with?
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What exam board are you with?
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What is it that you are struggling with?

Here are some websites that may be of use:

https://philosophyalevel.com/
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wik...Revision_Notes
https://getrevising.co.uk/files/docu...Philosophy.pdf
https://revisionworld.com/a2-level-l...level-revision
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Thanks!!! Is the third document yours? Do you study philosophy?
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Thanks!!! Is the third document yours? Do you study philosophy?
No worries happy to help
Yes i do however im with wjec eduqas
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No worries happy to help
Yes i do however im with wjec eduqas
Thanks again, for finding these links for me 😊
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Thanks again, for finding these links for me 😊
no worries if you need any help, just ask
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gjd800 the philosophy expert in residence
Not sure about that! I will help where I can, but I've never taught below degree-level so I'm not sure how the exam boards want this stuff presented.

I do know that we spend a year unteaching the way students have been taught at A-Level, though. ha.
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Joe312 is your man for a-level stuff. he knows exactly what the score is!
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Joe312 is your man for a-level stuff. he knows exactly what the score is!
Oh yes I came across Joe on one thread, thanks
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A levels are coming up and Im not understanding anything in philosophy. I hate this subject so much, I shoudnt have chosen it. I feel like I'm gonna fail it.

Idk what to do. There's no videos on YouTube that can help me learn it.
Philosophy A level is very hard no doubt about it. The trouble is you don't know what's going to come up in the exam and there is no choice of questions.

Basically you should print off the spec: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resourc...72-SP-2017.PDF

Every single bullet point on the spec there could be a potential 5 mark question, or the question could be to state a response in some cases. 12 mark questions will likely cover more than one bullet point, could ask for an explanation of a theory and an objection or multiple objections or a similarities/differences question.

So, you need to make sure to cover everything!

This is doable. There's 6 weeks left. You could cover the whole spec well 3 times over that time!

Yes it's a painful meatgrinder of a subject but it's worth it in the end for the mental training and grade in an impressive subject.

Time for an inspiring Nietzsche quote:

"Philosophy, as I have so far understood and lived it, means living voluntarily among ice and high mountains—seeking out everything strange and questionable in existence, everything so far placed under a ban by morality.

Those who can breath the air of my writings know that it is an air of the heights, a strong air. One must be made for it. Otherwise there is no small danger that one may catch cold in it. The ice is near, the solitude tremendous—but how serenely all things lie in the light. How freely one breathes. How much one feels lies beneath oneself!

How much truth does a spirit endure, how much truth does it dare? More and more that became for me the real measure of value."
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Philosophy A level is very hard no doubt about it. The trouble is you don't know what's going to come up in the exam and there is no choice of questions.

Basically you should print off the spec: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resourc...72-SP-2017.PDF

Every single bullet point on the spec there could be a potential 5 mark question, or the question could be to state a response in some cases. 12 mark questions will likely cover more than one bullet point, could ask for an explanation of a theory and an objection or multiple objections or a similarities/differences question.

So, you need to make sure to cover everything!

This is doable. There's 6 weeks left. You could cover the whole spec well 3 times over that time!

Yes it's a painful meatgrinder of a subject but it's worth it in the end for the mental training and grade in an impressive subject.

Time for an inspiring Nietzsche quote:

"Philosophy, as I have so far understood and lived it, means living voluntarily among ice and high mountains—seeking out everything strange and questionable in existence, everything so far placed under a ban by morality.

Those who can breath the air of my writings know that it is an air of the heights, a strong air. One must be made for it. Otherwise there is no small danger that one may catch cold in it. The ice is near, the solitude tremendous—but how serenely all things lie in the light. How freely one breathes. How much one feels lies beneath oneself!

How much truth does a spirit endure, how much truth does it dare? More and more that became for me the real measure of value."
Thanks for the encouragement!
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I keep telling people that they should always choose further math instead of their last (third or forth depending on how many subjects chosen) A level choice and I am never wrong.
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I keep telling people that they should always choose further math instead of their last (third or forth depending on how many subjects chosen) A level choice and I am never wrong.
I got like a 4 in maths and I hate and I don't think further maths is going to be any easier than philosophy.
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I got like a 4 in maths and I hate and I don't think further maths is going to be any easier than philosophy.
i wasn't serious.

Can't blame ya tho. I disliked maths at GCSE level too. It's only once I started self-studying A level math and FM (and had the freedom to explore much beyond the lame syllabus) that I decided to study math at uni!

However I can't recommend doing that as I was not aware that the understanding required in the A levels is very shallow (and that you should do oapst papers under TIMED conditions, ran out of time in all exams) so I've pretty much prepared like I should have for, uh, well and oxbridge interview tbh. Still got an A that time lol but blew up all my chances for oxbridge... So then I realized how much I hated exams because they didn't actually test quantity over quality.

the story could go on for a long time so I'll leave it at that. What I did next is none of anyone's business anyway.
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