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Hiya all. Just to cut to the chase- I'm studying economics, sociology, and psychology. For my ideal university, Bristol I need 3 A'S. The issue is in my mocks i got ABB and no matter what i do for psychology and sociology I just cant get past a B. Like its actually driving me crazy- in year 12 i had 6 psychology assessments and they WERE ALL B's. So yeah- I guess I just need some advice- how can i get myself up that next level for my subjects. I've been considering getting a private tutor but I don't really know if that would help as my subjects are essay based and a lot of it is just remembering content. Any advice is much appreciated! <3
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(Original post by pancakekreps)
Hiya all. Just to cut to the chase- I'm studying economics, sociology, and psychology. For my ideal university, Bristol I need 3 A'S. The issue is in my mocks i got ABB and no matter what i do for psychology and sociology I just cant get past a B. Like its actually driving me crazy- in year 12 i had 6 psychology assessments and they WERE ALL B's. So yeah- I guess I just need some advice- how can i get myself up that next level for my subjects. I've been considering getting a private tutor but I don't really know if that would help as my subjects are essay based and a lot of it is just remembering content. Any advice is much appreciated! <3
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i dont really seem have a major weakness based on feedback, my feedback seems to vary each time, from the occasional lack of analysis in my essay to poor a01, there doesnt seem to be a specific issue i guess
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i dont really seem have a major weakness based on feedback, my feedback seems to vary each time, from the occasional lack of analysis in my essay to poor a01, there doesnt seem to be a specific issue i guess
Have you tried redoing any after getting the feedback
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I did A level psychology and sociology (both AQA) last year and got A*s in both
My main tips for psychology would be:
- quizlet is really useful for helping to memorise the content (If you'd like I could give you the details to access the ones that I made?)
- practice as many essays as you can and ask your teacher to give you feedback on them
- for research methods in particular, past papers are your best friend
- for biopsychology, using the images/diagrams helps to make it easier to learn the content
- make flaschards on areas that are shown to be less confident on based on how well you answered the quizlets/past papers

My main tips for sociology would be:
- create quizlets (again I could give you access to mine if you'd like0
- once you are confident on a quizlet, use blurting to see if you can recall the content without prompts
- create flashcards on less confident areas shown by the quizlets/blurts
- essay plans are useful for summarising the key question, introduction, main points, evaluations, conclusion and core debates
- see if you can write a full essay on each topic and practice multiple times to see if you can improve (our school did an asessment in every subject once every 2 weeks which enabled continuous improvement in performance so if your school doesn't do something like this then I would suggest doing it yourself then asking the teacher to give feedback)

Hope this helps and I'm happy to answer any specific questions you have
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Has anyone used tutor2u for psychology i'm thinking of buying all the courses
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I did A level psychology and sociology (both AQA) last year and got A*s in both
My main tips for psychology would be:
- quizlet is really useful for helping to memorise the content (If you'd like I could give you the details to access the ones that I made?)
- practice as many essays as you can and ask your teacher to give you feedback on them
- for research methods in particular, past papers are your best friend
- for biopsychology, using the images/diagrams helps to make it easier to learn the content
- make flaschards on areas that are shown to be less confident on based on how well you answered the quizlets/past papers

My main tips for sociology would be:
- create quizlets (again I could give you access to mine if you'd like0
- once you are confident on a quizlet, use blurting to see if you can recall the content without prompts
- create flashcards on less confident areas shown by the quizlets/blurts
- essay plans are useful for summarising the key question, introduction, main points, evaluations, conclusion and core debates
- see if you can write a full essay on each topic and practice multiple times to see if you can improve (our school did an asessment in every subject once every 2 weeks which enabled continuous improvement in performance so if your school doesn't do something like this then I would suggest doing it yourself then asking the teacher to give feedback)

Hope this helps and I'm happy to answer any specific questions you have
Congrats on those grades, and really useful tips, thank you so much, and if you could please give me access to your quizlets that would be amazing, as I haven't really tried it- my main way of revising for mocks was blurting and practice questions. Essay plans seem to be a great idea- and i will definitely also give those a try. I guess my only other question was how did you really manage all the content, as both psychology and sociology are very content heavy and I'm finding it quite hard to keep up with all the current work as well as going over last years stuff. Also as an A* student if you have any more tips regarding exam technique or something that would be great thanks!
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Congrats on those grades, and really useful tips, thank you so much, and if you could please give me access to your quizlets that would be amazing, as I haven't really tried it- my main way of revising for mocks was blurting and practice questions. Essay plans seem to be a great idea- and i will definitely also give those a try. I guess my only other question was how did you really manage all the content, as both psychology and sociology are very content heavy and I'm finding it quite hard to keep up with all the current work as well as going over last years stuff. Also as an A* student if you have any more tips regarding exam technique or something that would be great thanks!
In terms of keeping up with the content, I found it best for me to manage was by creating the quizlets in my next free period after the lesson or when I got home that day then over the weekends and holidays, I would allocate a previous chapter (or multiple depending on how long it took) to each day then spend the day testing myself on the quizlets/blurting and tried to manage my time so I had as much spare time as I could to do active recall
Also, for sociology, I wouldn't try to remember absolutely everything in the textbook and instead I'd just pick out the points that you think you would use in an essay on the topic plus a few extras that you would use if a shorter question was asking from a different angle
For pscyhology, I would try to find where areas of content overlap and try to be flexible as this will help to reduce the overall amount of content that you have to learn (for example, rather than learning a 5th study/argument to evaluate the learning theory of attachments, you can use Harlow as you are already required to learn this study)
As a general tip, I found an academic planner really useful when combined with a main to do lists to create daily to do lists and check that I was covering all the content regularly
Hope this helps
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I did A level psychology and sociology (both AQA) last year and got A*s in both
My main tips for psychology would be:
- quizlet is really useful for helping to memorise the content (If you'd like I could give you the details to access the ones that I made?)
- practice as many essays as you can and ask your teacher to give you feedback on them
- for research methods in particular, past papers are your best friend
- for biopsychology, using the images/diagrams helps to make it easier to learn the content
- make flaschards on areas that are shown to be less confident on based on how well you answered the quizlets/past papers

My main tips for sociology would be:
- create quizlets (again I could give you access to mine if you'd like0
- once you are confident on a quizlet, use blurting to see if you can recall the content without prompts
- create flashcards on less confident areas shown by the quizlets/blurts
- essay plans are useful for summarising the key question, introduction, main points, evaluations, conclusion and core debates
- see if you can write a full essay on each topic and practice multiple times to see if you can improve (our school did an asessment in every subject once every 2 weeks which enabled continuous improvement in performance so if your school doesn't do something like this then I would suggest doing it yourself then asking the teacher to give feedback)

Hope this helps and I'm happy to answer any specific questions you have
Woah, those grades are so impressive. Is it possible for you to let me know your quizlet as well? Thank you
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