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I am starting year 12 in around a month. I wanted to know if any politics students have advice for politics, and what I should start doing from the beginning if I am aiming to get an A*.
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Hi there! I have just finished my Politics A-Levels and expecting my results this August.

My advice to you is don't stress too hard.

The Exams are based on 3 areas mainly. UK Government, US Government (Compared to the UK) and Ideologies.

Now the UK Government is pretty easy to learn and remember, literally read the textbook you've been assigned and discuss it with your classmates or friends interested in politics. (This is all I personally do for revision since GCSEs and I get good grades, got me an A in Politics revising this way in my first year.)

I'd suggest learning the Parliament acts and dates off by heart and major reforms to the structure of the government as it is the easiest way to incorporate into most exam questions, from relationships between the 3 branches of government to their powers. Just learn who caused the reform(s), when, why and how, then the overall outcome.

As for US Government, it again is pretty easy just learn the constitution and come to an understanding why their government has a constitution, why it is formed how it is and what it was in response to (British Tyranny). Do this and you will better understand the American culture and their reasoning for why and what they are today.

Some shortcuts I took to Politics to condense the needed content to acquire an A* are the following:

Only learn one Theory of comparison and master the **** out of it. You have 3 theories of comparison when doing UK and US Comparison. Structural theory, rational theory and cultural theory. You are not awarded any additional marks if you mention more than one theory. So only learn one of them, you can incorporate all 3 just as easily to any question they give you. Personally, I mastered Structural theory of comparison and be sure to make it painfully obvious when using it in the paper to achieve higher marks.

As for Ideology you have to learn two sets. You will need to learn the Core Ideologies: Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism. As you will get a question on these ideologies. That being said, You are given 2 questions if memory serves me correctly and they are multiple-choice. Meaning you can gamble (which I did) and learn only 2. HOWEVER, they can ask you 2 questions based on the same ideology. Personally, I got one on Liberalism and one on Conservatism (the two I learned off by heart) as they overlap a lot.

To learn these ideologies again read the textbook and go on Discord. Join some political discord servers and talk to some individuals belonging to that ideology. You can also talk to people from extreme backgrounds, from Fascists to National Socialists, to Hardcore Leninists and Marxists. As well as moderate conservatives, socialists etc. You can also meet a bunch of yanks who typically love to talk about their constitution and the structure of their government which is also a good source of revision and entertaining. If you want some links to these Discord Servers PM me.

As for Non-Core ideologies, again you only need to know one as you only answer one question. I suggest Feminism as it is very very simple to do and you can wing it really as it is common sense after you've read its chapter.
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this is so useful for me... thank you so much.
(Original post by Husky018)
Hi there! I have just finished my Politics A-Levels and expecting my results this August.

My advice to you is don't stress too hard.

The Exams are based on 3 areas mainly. UK Government, US Government (Compared to the UK) and Ideologies.

Now the UK Government is pretty easy to learn and remember, literally read the textbook you've been assigned and discuss it with your classmates or friends interested in politics. (This is all I personally do for revision since GCSEs and I get good grades, got me an A in Politics revising this way in my first year.)

I'd suggest learning the Parliament acts and dates off by heart and major reforms to the structure of the government as it is the easiest way to incorporate into most exam questions, from relationships between the 3 branches of government to their powers. Just learn who caused the reform(s), when, why and how, then the overall outcome.

As for US Government, it again is pretty easy just learn the constitution and come to an understanding why their government has a constitution, why it is formed how it is and what it was in response to (British Tyranny). Do this and you will better understand the American culture and their reasoning for why and what they are today.

Some shortcuts I took to Politics to condense the needed content to acquire an A* are the following:

Only learn one Theory of comparison and master the **** out of it. You have 3 theories of comparison when doing UK and US Comparison. Structural theory, rational theory and cultural theory. You are not awarded any additional marks if you mention more than one theory. So only learn one of them, you can incorporate all 3 just as easily to any question they give you. Personally, I mastered Structural theory of comparison and be sure to make it painfully obvious when using it in the paper to achieve higher marks.

As for Ideology you have to learn two sets. You will need to learn the Core Ideologies: Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism. As you will get a question on these ideologies. That being said, You are given 2 questions if memory serves me correctly and they are multiple-choice. Meaning you can gamble (which I did) and learn only 2. HOWEVER, they can ask you 2 questions based on the same ideology. Personally, I got one on Liberalism and one on Conservatism (the two I learned off by heart) as they overlap a lot.

To learn these ideologies again read the textbook and go on Discord. Join some political discord servers and talk to some individuals belonging to that ideology. You can also talk to people from extreme backgrounds, from Fascists to National Socialists, to Hardcore Leninists and Marxists. As well as moderate conservatives, socialists etc. You can also meet a bunch of yanks who typically love to talk about their constitution and the structure of their government which is also a good source of revision and entertaining. If you want some links to these Discord Servers PM me.

As for Non-Core ideologies, again you only need to know one as you only answer one question. I suggest Feminism as it is very very simple to do and you can wing it really as it is common sense after you've read its chapter.
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You are welcome mate and don't forget to keep up with current events as you'll need to use them as examples in the exams, luckily a lot of stuff is going down these days so it's interesting to follow and will be a plethora of choice to choose from when giving examples. I suggest listening to BBC Radio 4 in the morning on the way in as they cover everything and most News Stations simply repeat what they say.
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this is so useful for me... thank you so much.
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Make sure that you write down any notable political events that happen throughout Y12 and Y13 and what part of the course they relate to so you can use them as examples. Using good examples is important and can really help your essay. Ideally you want every point and counter-point to be supported with an example.
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