The Student Room Group

Got a U in philosophy mock, how to improve??

I’m really struggling in philosophy. I’m in Year 13 and I basically don’t know any of the year 12 content. My other A levels I’m doing okay at (getting Bs) but philosophy I’ve been getting Ds and Us. what to do? I’ve been making detailed notes on each topic but it takes me a while to finish them and then actually remembering it and understanding it. I’m struggling sooo much on exam technique too.
1.
Please tell me what A-level board you are doing?
2.
Please kindly answer each of the following philosophy resources questions
What are your Textbooks book?
Do you have Revision books?
Please Include resource links for example website, Youtube links
Do you have access to your syllabus, Moderators report, or Exemplar past papers?
Where do you study?
School
College
3. Can you/your parents/main care giver purchase a tape recorder, Dictaphone ASP?
4.What grade if you've applied were you predicted for University?
5 Why did you elect to do A-level Philosophy- As in what was your motivation?
6 What course if you have applied would you like to do at university?
7. What are your career aspirations?
Original post by annastasiqaxx
I’m really struggling in philosophy. I’m in Year 13 and I basically don’t know any of the year 12 content. My other A levels I’m doing okay at (getting Bs) but philosophy I’ve been getting Ds and Us. what to do? I’ve been making detailed notes on each topic but it takes me a while to finish them and then actually remembering it and understanding it. I’m struggling sooo much on exam technique too.


Some revision note reources:

AQA exam board - https://philosophyalevel.com/aqa-philosophy-revision-notes/

Some revision tips for long essays:

https://www.titaniumtutors.co.uk/post/a-level-philosophy-revision-tips-long-essay-answers

Flashcards:

https://www.brainscape.com/subjects/a-level-philosophy

The best advice is to go and see your teacher. Ask their advice about resources and how to answer exams questions. Get some past papers, try some questions and learn from the mark scheme about how to answer them.
Original post by annastasiqaxx
I’m really struggling in philosophy. I’m in Year 13 and I basically don’t know any of the year 12 content. My other A levels I’m doing okay at (getting Bs) but philosophy I’ve been getting Ds and Us. what to do? I’ve been making detailed notes on each topic but it takes me a while to finish them and then actually remembering it and understanding it. I’m struggling sooo much on exam technique too.


When I was doing philosophy I found that as soon as how to word and structure the essays clicked with me, I went from getting D’s to only As and Bs. I suggest first getting the essay structure down and then practice applying knowledge to it
Original post by newuserr
When I was doing philosophy I found that as soon as how to word and structure the essays clicked with me, I went from getting D’s to only As and Bs. I suggest first getting the essay structure down and then practice applying knowledge to it


I also found that detailed notes did not help as I would just re read it and not learn anything. For me, short notes that triggered my knowledge was the most helpful as it actually got the information to stick. As for not knowing year 12 content. I recommend going through the topics one by one and making revision sheets on them, just get all the important content onto one sheet and learn from that. Maybe also ask your teacher if you can have revision sessions
Original post by Ambergris
1.
Please tell me what A-level board you are doing?
2.
Please kindly answer each of the following philosophy resources questions
What are your Textbooks book?
Do you have Revision books?
Please Include resource links for example website, Youtube links
Do you have access to your syllabus, Moderators report, or Exemplar past papers?
Where do you study?
School
College
3. Can you/your parents/main care giver purchase a tape recorder, Dictaphone ASP?
4.What grade if you've applied were you predicted for University?
5 Why did you elect to do A-level Philosophy- As in what was your motivation?
6 What course if you have applied would you like to do at university?
7. What are your career aspirations?

AQA
We get textbooks/learning booklet on each topic from college they have everything we need to know
I use moodle and massiolit for revision and the learning booklets given to me
I know how to access the syllabus on the exam board website yeah
I have not looked at past papers yet
I study at college
I’m not sure but I can ask bursary
I’m taking a gap year after I finish my a levels, I’m working at ABD (philosophy is my worst one)
I found it interesting and I still do, i really enjoyed the moral and ethics part of religious studies during GCSE. But when I started my a level course I was and still am homeless and was struggling badly with mental health so it kinda messed me over.
I’m not sure but I would like to work a 9-5 office job or some sort of degree apprenticeship. Maybe in civil service.
Original post by normaw
Some revision note reources:

AQA exam board - https://philosophyalevel.com/aqa-philosophy-revision-notes/

Some revision tips for long essays:

https://www.titaniumtutors.co.uk/post/a-level-philosophy-revision-tips-long-essay-answers

Flashcards:

https://www.brainscape.com/subjects/a-level-philosophy

The best advice is to go and see your teacher. Ask their advice about resources and how to answer exams questions. Get some past papers, try some questions and learn from the mark scheme about how to answer them.

Thanks so much! I was reluctant to try past papers cuz I felt like I didn’t know enough but I’ll give it a try. I really need to practice year 12 content
Original post by newuserr
When I was doing philosophy I found that as soon as how to word and structure the essays clicked with me, I went from getting D’s to only As and Bs. I suggest first getting the essay structure down and then practice applying knowledge to it

Thankss , I’ll deffo try this today! I don’t think the detailed notes are working much for me either, I end up forgetting it after a week or two and they’re so long to read I lose focus quickly :/
Original post by annastasiqaxx
I’m really struggling in philosophy. I’m in Year 13 and I basically don’t know any of the year 12 content. My other A levels I’m doing okay at (getting Bs) but philosophy I’ve been getting Ds and Us. what to do? I’ve been making detailed notes on each topic but it takes me a while to finish them and then actually remembering it and understanding it. I’m struggling sooo much on exam technique too.

Heya!
I haven't done philosophy myself but perhaps this article (link here) could be useful for you. It talks about tips and tricks on what to do and how to get higher scores :h:

I hope this helps!
Milena
UCL PFE
Study Mind
Thank you for sending me the information and I hope some of this will be of assistance. Despite the predicament you find yourself in there is a need to engage with your subject A level Philosophy subject. I think you are in need of a boost, an injection of hope to motivative to work through your difficult circumstances.

Please contact your College Pastoral care tutor/Counsellor to assist you with your application for a bursary or to put a good word in for the bursary for the recording item, printing out syllabuses and suggested book. If your college may allow you to borrow equipment if they provide learner supporters for those who are dyslexic or have learning difficulties. I don't know when such people will be free because there is much unrest with all the various strikes. It not great for any of us students but think this strike is warranted because teachers are unable to cope with all the illnesses and absences, unmotivated students indeed some are recovering from Covid themselves.

That said I recommend you consider applying for the Oxford or Cambridge Foundation year you are clearly very clever it would be a shame for a person such as yourself to fall by the wayside. These two universities have very good Bursaries and lifelong career assistance. If you could try you could try and get especially focuses and reflective over the three and bit months it would be great to try and turn ABD into A*AB or AAB. How easy it is to type those letter in. I wish gaining such grades was as easy. Now you have missed the deadline it was a few days back. However why not contact them and find out their grade requirement you maybe eligible to apply next year because they will take into consideration your personal circumstances.

Oxford University
https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/increasing-access/foundation-year

Cambridge University
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/foundation-year

https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/foundation-year-more-info

The Kitchen Sink
Printout and downloads the syllabus and inserts it into your files. We are going to learn what structure is required in answers, this is needed to hang the knowledge we will eventually learn.

I and some of my fellow students love to write copious amounts of class notes which we then don't really read until it comes to revision and exam times. Then we find that we have forgotten it even though we may have been doing the course for one or two-year but there are always mitigating circumstances. What then we do we then try and cram it all in, some of us did GCSE where we were able to gain such qualifications relatively easily gaining A*, A and B's. However, the truth of the matter with A-levels is they are based on the foundation of GCSE but require more in-depth knowledge, understanding and further to this an ability able to apply it.

First ports of call:
How we as students are required to structure our answers for A-level philosophy
https://philosophyalevel.com/exam-guide/

Read carefully through access the links where it gives mark allocations

"All questions except 25 mark questions are 100% AO1. This is simple enough when it’s a small question e.g. 3 marks you might just need to give a short definition of the key points.

Longer questions such as 5 marks and 12 marks are a little more difficult, but still 100% AO1. "

have look and see what it says here

An outline of the structure of a 25-mark question
https://alevelphilosophyandreligion.com/philosophy/how-to-write-a-top-band-essay/

Moderators report
https://www.aqa.org.uk/search?form=web&f.Subject%7CS=Philosophy&query=moderator+reports&collection=aqa-web-meta

Sample Commentary paper 2019
https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/philosophy/AQA-71721-2-EX.PDF

You will work out what works for you:

The important thing is to reflect and what you have learnt and if you write at all then do it in your own words and ask yourself questions. You need to know stuff and beable to be analytical about it.

In the morning I like to have an AQA A- level revision book to accompany my syllabus. I read my syllabus and then read the revision books and do small questions if any. This week I am covering Epistemology perhaps I record certain things' definitions, terminology and five theory of knowledge on my mobile phone and test my recall throughout the day answering out loud or writing it down.

Epistemology

https://alevelphilosophyandreligion.com/philosophy/epistemology/

https://philosophyalevel.com/aqa-philosophy-revision-notes/#Epistemology

Perhaps in the evening I will go over some of the Philosophy and answer legacy paper closed book 3 questions, 5 mark, and 12 using the mark scheme to see if I need to do any corrections. In the evening I listen to the recorded chapter "How to Get an A in A-Level Philosophy," and I may look at my college textbook. or the board teaching resources. I will start the Moral Philosophy and refresh my memory for Epistemology at the end of the week and do 25 mark questions. However, the week after the week do Moral Philosophy.... work through so Metaphysics of God, and the Metaphysics of Mind by the end of February.

Perhaps working consistently You'll have a foundation of U, E, and D after a month, next month March D, C, and April C.B last weeks of May perhaps B, A. You may find that you speed up as you prime your brain and feel you are making headway.

Depending on what device you use you can write the time of time and title of the chapter. If you have a mobile you can perhaps record definitions, for example, things from Epistemology Gettier's 2 scenarios. You can hear yourself ask a question, pause and answer it out loud, in addition, write it down in your own words. There is plenty of definitions to learn, and 5 theories associated with knowledge and more. Work to get all the section in Epistemology.

If you managed to get a recording device you will save a whole lot of time and play a chapter each day it is very repetitious. However, recording voice notes or model answers you're planned and then listening to them back is a great way to turn downtime into revision time. Even if you're not really paying attention when you listen back, the information definitely goes in just through sheer repetition!

If not able to obtain a recording equipment

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkZ2FGJhR5R_mzDp76DZH5n5mG-ni72LC

Memory techniques:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-S8e6uC_oE

Book
https://libreture.com/static/books/the-victorious-mind.pdf

Night - Liz Murray from Homeless to Harvard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYtGH7fRcsQ

Homeless to Harvard[url= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0vbIvUSVaA] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0vbIvUSVaA

Resource List (The books in the syllabus)
https://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/philosophy/as-and-a-level/philosophy/teach/resource-list

Perhaps have a look at the scheme of work for the teacher the exam board will expect the teacher to have done this for their students.
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/philosophy/a-level/philosophy-7172/teaching-resources

Quick Reply