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Hello I was just wondering whether anyone had any tips to do well in year 12 history mocks :smile::smile:
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Original post by user/23
Hello I was just wondering whether anyone had any tips to do well in year 12 history mocks :smile::smile:

Start revision early! Use Quizlet to make flashcards and test yourself on key dates/facts. Make sure you have key events committed to memory really well. Past papers! I know teachers bang on about past paper practice but they really are your only way of applying the knowledge. If you don't have time to write a whole essay then make essay plans. Just a few bullet points and a clear structure of how you would answer the question is a good start. There is only so many questions they can ask and if you have previously made an essay plan for a question you can often apply aspects of it to another similar question. This means you can go into the exam confident that you have a mental 'bank' of essay structures and plans readily available to utilise if a similar question is given to you. Near the date of your exam start practicing timed essays. It is all well and good practicing writing essays but if you can't achieve this in the time of the exam then it is pointless! Timed essays also help with getting your hand used to writing for that long and that quickly. Try and include nuance in your essay conclusions....think long-term versus short-term, or differences between political/social/economic factors.
Original post by user/23
Hello I was just wondering whether anyone had any tips to do well in year 12 history mocks :smile::smile:


Hey,

I did history A Level and there are definetly some things that I wish I had done before my year 12 mock so ill do my best to help!
Firstly, its never too early to start revising... but make sure you take your time! You don't want to burn out! I think what can be really helpful for a starting point can be flash cards and revision websites to get the basics down, I found Seneca Leaning super helpful and detailed without it seeming overwhelming. Make sure you have the basics down before trying to move on to the more complex aspects! Also crash course videos can give a lighter touch to revision for what can be a heavy subject!

Also, plan as many essays as you can and ask your teachers to have a look. Actually writing the essays can be time consuming but just planning them out can give you feel for how to write an essay and how you would structure it! Structure is key! Especially in those source and extract questions.

Something else I never really noticed until the end of the course was that whilst dates are important to a degree, don't become too fixated on them. Its better to be able to develop your judgements and understandings than be able to recite dates, just make sure you roughly know when the event happened and if you have time then go back and look at the specifics. This really helped me.

Ill link some of the websites I found helpful here:
https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/
https://www.mrallsophistory.com/revision/
https://s-cool.co.uk/gcse/history

Hope this helps and good luck!

Eleanor-
Student Ambassador
Original post by Coventry University Student Ambassadors
Hey,

I did history A Level and there are definetly some things that I wish I had done before my year 12 mock so ill do my best to help!
Firstly, its never too early to start revising... but make sure you take your time! You don't want to burn out! I think what can be really helpful for a starting point can be flash cards and revision websites to get the basics down, I found Seneca Leaning super helpful and detailed without it seeming overwhelming. Make sure you have the basics down before trying to move on to the more complex aspects! Also crash course videos can give a lighter touch to revision for what can be a heavy subject!

Also, plan as many essays as you can and ask your teachers to have a look. Actually writing the essays can be time consuming but just planning them out can give you feel for how to write an essay and how you would structure it! Structure is key! Especially in those source and extract questions.

Something else I never really noticed until the end of the course was that whilst dates are important to a degree, don't become too fixated on them. Its better to be able to develop your judgements and understandings than be able to recite dates, just make sure you roughly know when the event happened and if you have time then go back and look at the specifics. This really helped me.

Ill link some of the websites I found helpful here:
https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/
https://www.mrallsophistory.com/revision/
https://s-cool.co.uk/gcse/history

Hope this helps and good luck!

Eleanor-
Student Ambassador

When planning essays would you recommend doing past paper questions or planning essay for each topic and learning focus?
Reply 4
Original post by Coventry University Student Ambassadors
Hey,

I did history A Level and there are definetly some things that I wish I had done before my year 12 mock so ill do my best to help!
Firstly, its never too early to start revising... but make sure you take your time! You don't want to burn out! I think what can be really helpful for a starting point can be flash cards and revision websites to get the basics down, I found Seneca Leaning super helpful and detailed without it seeming overwhelming. Make sure you have the basics down before trying to move on to the more complex aspects! Also crash course videos can give a lighter touch to revision for what can be a heavy subject!

Also, plan as many essays as you can and ask your teachers to have a look. Actually writing the essays can be time consuming but just planning them out can give you feel for how to write an essay and how you would structure it! Structure is key! Especially in those source and extract questions.

Something else I never really noticed until the end of the course was that whilst dates are important to a degree, don't become too fixated on them. Its better to be able to develop your judgements and understandings than be able to recite dates, just make sure you roughly know when the event happened and if you have time then go back and look at the specifics. This really helped me.

Ill link some of the websites I found helpful here:
https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/
https://www.mrallsophistory.com/revision/
https://s-cool.co.uk/gcse/history

Hope this helps and good luck!

Eleanor-
Student Ambassador

Thankyou so so much for such useful advice !

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