A level History 25 mark question help!Watch
Some advice to go alongside this: when making a point, drop in phrases such as “[point]…however, as is commonly debated by historians, [counter arguement]”. Some others include “it can’t be denied the significance of [event/individual etc]”, “historians often debate over how significant this [factor] was in determining the outcome of [event]”.
My teacher got us to do lots of wider reading, to help us drop in extra nuggets of information, which will really help you push for a higher level. Some of these recommendations can be found on my original thread. Since you’re in year 12, you’ll have only just covered the beginning of the revolution, won’t you? If so, Lenin on the Train would be a good one to help build a good picture of the details of his return to Russia/ steps towards the April Thesis etc.
Another tip that’s just come to me: back up each point with 3 pieces of evidence, but always ensure you explain. I often made the mistake of jumping in to my answers and throwing out as much facts as I knew, which isn’t good and meant I didn’t get as many marks. You need to explain your arguments thoroughly and explain how each of your evidences support or challenge it (I know it may sound obvious, but when you’re in the stressful exam conditions it is easy to panic and want to just prove how much you know of the subject).
Be careful around the term “bias”. You can use it, however it is more of a vague GCSE term, so unless you can’t think of any other way argument, try to go into more depth.
Do you use the TAPP structure for your source questions? If not, this may help you in finding points to support your arguments. Time, Author, Audience, Provenence, Purpose (and tone). This last one will nearly always feature in your answers- the tone is such a key- yet overlooked- factor to take into consideration when understanding the source: is the speaker angry, bitter, critical? Why do they have this tone? How does this impact on the value of the source?
Don’t be afraid to really pick apart your arguments. You don’t have to split them into paragraphs- one for the value and one for the challenge. It looks really good if you can argue your FOR point and then in the next sentence go “on the other hand…” to challenge it. This really shows you have the confidence to balance your arguments- try keeping a mindset of there is rarely a strict black-and-white explanation in history- it is all grey areas.
If I think of any more tips I will reply them in this chat, is there any particular AO that you struggle with? Again, I don’t have any example essays to send you, but I can try my best to give you tips on what I found the most helpful.
Good luck with your upcoming tests, have confidence in yourself and remember to breath
PS is your Revolution/Dictatorship paper 1 or 2? Ie is it your breadth or depth study?
I still have not figured out how to get the top band marks or effectively write an essay with my highest score this year being 17/25.
At the end of year 12, I was at a C grade, and over summer I spent time making Flashcards and revising/ practicing, and so I managed to get an A in my progression exam at the start of y13. Before handing in my work, I looked back at my first essays in year 12 compared to my latest in y13, and it was interesting to see how my argument structures developed over time, after adopting the tips I mentioned above. Im sure that this will be the same for you- it just happens naturally over time, with the more practice you have at answering questions.
Again, I’m rlly sorry I can’t send over an example essay, but hopefully somebody else on TSR will have something to add!