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Now as GCSEs are cancelled and not happening, does anyone have any A-level revision for A-level History(OCR), A-level Eng Literature (AQA Eng Lit B) and A-level Geography(Eduqas). I want to know the context before hand so it's much easier. Thanks.
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I did OCR History. I'm predicted an A*, got A* in my Year 12 mocks (we sat the 2019 A2 papers) and an A in the most recent mock.

In terms of revision for History, I pretty much crammed. For me, what works best is to go into class and take as many notes as possible so I know that my books have all the information that I need when I go to revise. My exam technique is very good, so I never bothered too much about that, just cramming information.

Everyone works differently, however. Some people like flashcards, or blurting. For me, I like to have my books on me and I like to read them page by page and cram all the important information. So, I would recommend just waiting until you start your course and just take as many notes as possible.

You'll also need to write a piece of coursework. I recommend maybe reading around what you would like to do it on, and perhaps linking it to what you want to study at university - you can talk about this in your personal statement. I applied for Economics and I did my coursework on the Roaring Twenties and economic growth during that time. Granted, I didn't actually have the space to write about this in my PS but I enjoyed researching it and writing that piece of work.
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I did OCR History. I'm predicted an A*, got A* in my Year 12 mocks (we sat the 2019 A2 papers) and an A in the most recent mock.

In terms of revision for History, I pretty much crammed. For me, what works best is to go into class and take as many notes as possible so I know that my books have all the information that I need when I go to revise. My exam technique is very good, so I never bothered too much about that, just cramming information.

Everyone works differently, however. Some people like flashcards, or blurting. For me, I like to have my books on me and I like to read them page by page and cram all the important information. So, I would recommend just waiting until you start your course and just take as many notes as possible.

You'll also need to write a piece of coursework. I recommend maybe reading around what you would like to do it on, and perhaps linking it to what you want to study at university - you can talk about this in your personal statement. I applied for Economics and I did my coursework on the Roaring Twenties and economic growth during that time. Granted, I didn't actually have the space to write about this in my PS but I enjoyed researching it and writing that piece of work.
Oh, okay. Now I know how it is like but do you have any PDF books are like any revision books on history topics like the later tudors, Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany and russia and it's rulers. Thank you for responding.
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Oh, okay. Now I know how it is like but do you have any PDF books are like any revision books on history topics like the later tudors, Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany and russia and it's rulers. Thank you for responding.
I did AQA History, Tudors and Russia. The revision guides were really helpful, so I'd suggest those if you're doing AQA!

Edit: Oops, sorry just noticed you said you're doing OCR History lol.
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Oh, okay. Now I know how it is like but do you have any PDF books are like any revision books on history topics like the later Tudors, Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany and Russia and it's Rulers. Thank you for responding.
Yes, go on Amazon and buy the OCR endorsed textbooks. The authors for the examboard who help write the exams write the textbooks too. Quite often they will reuse sources from the textbooks in the real exam!
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I did OCR history, and I think the main things I wish I'd done before were
- read the textbooks (a lot are available online or at the library when they reopen...) as prereading the content means that you have a much better idea of what teachers are talking about how how it fits into the general picture.
- read the markschemes for different types of essays. It's very different in this respect to GCSE, but is still a box-ticking exercise... the main things to remember are to keep referencing back to your argument. My best-ever essay I referenced back to Q and to my argument (e.g. event A was more significant than event B leading up to C) at the end of almost every sentence!
- Even if you can't find the textbooks, do background reading for your topics. I wouldn't recommend reading whole books, although some people find this useful (perhaps one whole book for eqach topic to give an overview if you can't get textbooks), as I've found it easier to use googlebooks to get the specific chapters of books which are the most relevent, and google scholar to get articles which are shorter and often more specific.
- If you can, find timelines on getrevising for the periods you're studying - I made a summary timeline for each of my time periodes and that made it so much easier to understand key event etc.

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- Read the books/ listen to the audiobooks
- Keep practicing essay writing so that you don't lose your current ability.
- Find exemplar essays with high marks and compare them to the markscheme to see why they did so well.
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I did OCR History. I'm predicted an A*, got A* in my Year 12 mocks (we sat the 2019 A2 papers) and an A in the most recent mock.

In terms of revision for History, I pretty much crammed. For me, what works best is to go into class and take as many notes as possible so I know that my books have all the information that I need when I go to revise. My exam technique is very good, so I never bothered too much about that, just cramming information.

Everyone works differently, however. Some people like flashcards, or blurting. For me, I like to have my books on me and I like to read them page by page and cram all the important information. So, I would recommend just waiting until you start your course and just take as many notes as possible.

You'll also need to write a piece of coursework. I recommend maybe reading around what you would like to do it on, and perhaps linking it to what you want to study at university - you can talk about this in your personal statement. I applied for Economics and I did my coursework on the Roaring Twenties and economic growth during that time. Granted, I didn't actually have the space to write about this in my PS but I enjoyed researching it and writing that piece of work.
Hi i'm in year 12 right now doing history A level having to learn it at home. I'm really struggling to remember all the content aswell as my exam technique being pretty dubious but we havent done any mocks this year due to finishing earlier and im really nervous for next year. I got an 8 at GCSE from cramming which i found really helped just like you. Howevr i just cant remember all the specific details for A level- GCSE you just needed a rough idea and you could get by! Did you make notes u revised from or did u just cram from the textbooks? thanks!
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Hi i'm in year 12 right now doing history A level having to learn it at home. I'm really struggling to remember all the content aswell as my exam technique being pretty dubious but we havent done any mocks this year due to finishing earlier and im really nervous for next year. I got an 8 at GCSE from cramming which i found really helped just like you. Howevr i just cant remember all the specific details for A level- GCSE you just needed a rough idea and you could get by! Did you make notes u revised from or did u just cram from the textbooks? thanks!
Hi! Don't worry too much about finding it hard right now, you have a long time to secure a good grade. All throughout year 12 I would get B's and the occasional A on my homework essays (22/30) , (15,16/20) but ended up with A*'s in the end of year A2 mocks.

I made sure to make detailed notes in every lesson, taking down all the important bits of information, and because our teachers are subject specialists and mark for OCR, I knew that the lessons would be sufficient. So when I crammed, I used my books which had my notes in them because I knew that they had all the information that I needed. I didn't use the textbooks at all. I did, however, use the Revision Guide notes (you know, that white book?) because it had exam questions and sources in it.

It would be worth practicing your exam technique!! That's going to make life so much easier for you because then you dont need to worry about the essays because you know your quality is really good, it's like painting by numbers. You have the framework there, now it's just time to fill it in with your knowledge and analysis.
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Hi! Don't worry too much about finding it hard right now, you have a long time to secure a good grade. All throughout year 12 I would get B's and the occasional A on my homework essays (22/30) , (15,16/20) but ended up with A*'s in the end of year A2 mocks.

I made sure to make detailed notes in every lesson, taking down all the important bits of information, and because our teachers are subject specialists and mark for OCR, I knew that the lessons would be sufficient. So when I crammed, I used my books which had my notes in them because I knew that they had all the information that I needed. I didn't use the textbooks at all. I did, however, use the Revision Guide notes (you know, that white book?) because it had exam questions and sources in it.

It would be worth practicing your exam technique!! That's going to make life so much easier for you because then you dont need to worry about the essays because you know your quality is really good, it's like painting by numbers. You have the framework there, now it's just time to fill it in with your knowledge and analysis.
Hi, thanks for replying.

I'm also currently on the look out for any online revision resources for a level history but I cant find any? Did you find any relevant podcasts of videos or anything which was helpful towards your revision? As well as this, to help me with my exam structure do you know where i can find how to structure each question for the ocr "Nazi and dictatorships in Germany" and "Early Tudors" paper. As every time i have attempted a question I'm always contemplating the structure. For gcse i knew it and thats how i did so well but without a good structure its really detrimental to your grade!
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Hi, thanks for replying.

I'm also currently on the look out for any online revision resources for a level history but I cant find any? Did you find any relevant podcasts of videos or anything which was helpful towards your revision? As well as this, to help me with my exam structure do you know where i can find how to structure each question for the ocr "Nazi and dictatorships in Germany" and "Early Tudors" paper. As every time i have attempted a question I'm always contemplating the structure. For gcse i knew it and thats how i did so well but without a good structure its really detrimental to your grade!
Yeah of course, DM me and I'm happy to go through structure with you and share some resource you could use
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