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GCSE economics (aqa)

Hi,
I literally know noone who does GCSE economics and as its a rare GCSE, there are barely any revision resources. I've done the past papers for my spec a number of times and memorise nearly all content. However, when I did my mock, I got a grade 6 (1 mark off a 7). I struggled most on the 9 and 15 markers. IF ANYONE has advice for those chunkier questions, please let me know. Like is there a specific structure for the 15 mark question??
Original post by hudxx23
Hi,
I literally know noone who does GCSE economics and as its a rare GCSE, there are barely any revision resources. I've done the past papers for my spec a number of times and memorise nearly all content. However, when I did my mock, I got a grade 6 (1 mark off a 7). I struggled most on the 9 and 15 markers. IF ANYONE has advice for those chunkier questions, please let me know. Like is there a specific structure for the 15 mark question??


Hi there! I'd be happy to help you with your GCSE economics exam preparation.

For longer questions like the 9 and 15 markers, it's important to have a clear structure in place to ensure that you're answering the question in a logical and coherent manner. Here's a general outline that you can use for your 15 marker questions:

Introduction (1-2 marks): Begin by defining the key terms in the question and providing some background information to contextualize your answer.

Main Body (10-12 marks): This is where you'll be developing your argument in more detail. Divide your answer into two or three main points, and devote a paragraph to each one. Each paragraph should have a clear topic sentence, supporting evidence (such as facts, statistics, or examples), and a concluding sentence that summarizes the main point and links it back to the question.

Evaluation (2-3 marks): In this section, you'll be analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments you've presented. You can use phrases like "on the one hand" and "on the other hand" to show that you're considering different perspectives. You can also use economic concepts and theories to support your evaluation.

Conclusion (1-2 marks): End your answer by summarizing your main points and reiterating your position on the issue.

In addition to having a clear structure, make sure that you're answering the actual question that has been asked. Read the question carefully and make sure that you're addressing all aspects of it. Use specific examples and data to support your points, and don't be afraid to draw on economic concepts and theories that you've learned in class.

Finally, practice, practice, practice! The more you do past papers and practice questions, the more comfortable you'll become with the exam format and the better prepared you'll be on the day of the exam.

I hope this helps! Good luck with your GCSE economics exam.
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Original post by Curious_Bilawi
Hi there! I'd be happy to help you with your GCSE economics exam preparation.

For longer questions like the 9 and 15 markers, it's important to have a clear structure in place to ensure that you're answering the question in a logical and coherent manner. Here's a general outline that you can use for your 15 marker questions:

Introduction (1-2 marks): Begin by defining the key terms in the question and providing some background information to contextualize your answer.

Main Body (10-12 marks): This is where you'll be developing your argument in more detail. Divide your answer into two or three main points, and devote a paragraph to each one. Each paragraph should have a clear topic sentence, supporting evidence (such as facts, statistics, or examples), and a concluding sentence that summarizes the main point and links it back to the question.

Evaluation (2-3 marks): In this section, you'll be analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments you've presented. You can use phrases like "on the one hand" and "on the other hand" to show that you're considering different perspectives. You can also use economic concepts and theories to support your evaluation.

Conclusion (1-2 marks): End your answer by summarizing your main points and reiterating your position on the issue.

In addition to having a clear structure, make sure that you're answering the actual question that has been asked. Read the question carefully and make sure that you're addressing all aspects of it. Use specific examples and data to support your points, and don't be afraid to draw on economic concepts and theories that you've learned in class.

Finally, practice, practice, practice! The more you do past papers and practice questions, the more comfortable you'll become with the exam format and the better prepared you'll be on the day of the exam.

I hope this helps! Good luck with your GCSE economics exam.

Thankyou so much!! I'll be using this structure next time I write up a 15 mark question (:
Original post by hudxx23
Thankyou so much!! I'll be using this structure next time I write up a 15 mark question (:


You're welcome! I'm glad that the tips were helpful. Remember to also practice your time management skills and make sure you allocate enough time to each part of the question. Good luck with your studies!
Original post by hudxx23
Hi,
I literally know noone who does GCSE economics and as its a rare GCSE, there are barely any revision resources. I've done the past papers for my spec a number of times and memorise nearly all content. However, when I did my mock, I got a grade 6 (1 mark off a 7). I struggled most on the 9 and 15 markers. IF ANYONE has advice for those chunkier questions, please let me know. Like is there a specific structure for the 15 mark question??

Remember that (for some questions) AQA GCSE Economics is level marked - the marks you get is based on the level you reach:

For 9 markers, there are 3 levels. Level 3 is 7-9 marks and your answer must have:

A fully justified conclusion with sustained evaluation, which is coherent and relevant, with judgements supported by evidence.
A full analysis of the economic evidence, a well-developed and logical chain of reasoning.
Comprehensive application of knowledge and understanding of pertinent concepts/issues relevant to the context; specialist language used throughout.

The item/figure is there to help so use it - it usually also includes some clues on possible answers. Including lots of specialist terminology is also very important to reaching the higher levels of the mark scheme.

A 15 marker is very similar, but for level 5 (13-15 marks) your answer must have:

A justified conclusion with sustained evaluation, which is coherent and relevant, with judgements fully supported by evidence.
Analysis of a relevant selection of the economic evidence, with a well-developed logical chain of reasoning.
Comprehensive application of knowledge and understanding of pertinent concepts/issues relevant to the context; effective use of specialist language maintained throughout.

Examiner reports suggest that students lose a lot of marks with their conclusion - try not to just sum up what you have said and instead evaluate it. Consider other factors that may affect the economic concepts, what it “depends on”, the magnitude of possible effects and short and long term effects.

I know what you mean about there not being many revision resources for the AQA spec so let me know if you have any other questions.
Reply 5
Original post by chunkychips
Remember that (for some questions) AQA GCSE Economics is level marked - the marks you get is based on the level you reach:

For 9 markers, there are 3 levels. Level 3 is 7-9 marks and your answer must have:

A fully justified conclusion with sustained evaluation, which is coherent and relevant, with judgements supported by evidence.
A full analysis of the economic evidence, a well-developed and logical chain of reasoning.
Comprehensive application of knowledge and understanding of pertinent concepts/issues relevant to the context; specialist language used throughout.

The item/figure is there to help so use it - it usually also includes some clues on possible answers. Including lots of specialist terminology is also very important to reaching the higher levels of the mark scheme.

A 15 marker is very similar, but for level 5 (13-15 marks) your answer must have:

A justified conclusion with sustained evaluation, which is coherent and relevant, with judgements fully supported by evidence.
Analysis of a relevant selection of the economic evidence, with a well-developed logical chain of reasoning.
Comprehensive application of knowledge and understanding of pertinent concepts/issues relevant to the context; effective use of specialist language maintained throughout.

Examiner reports suggest that students lose a lot of marks with their conclusion - try not to just sum up what you have said and instead evaluate it. Consider other factors that may affect the economic concepts, what it “depends on”, the magnitude of possible effects and short and long term effects.

I know what you mean about there not being many revision resources for the AQA spec so let me know if you have any other questions.


Thank you so much! That criteria made it a lot clearer on what to write in my essays (: So, I'm allowed to add new points in my conclusion?

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