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A Level Politics

Does anyone have any advice about how to revise/ stay on top of the workload for politics? I'm about to start yr 13 and definitely found it my hardest subject in yr 12. Are there any techniques/ things to revise throughout the year apart from past papers/ staying up to date with the news and government???
Yes!! I get A's in politics and am planning to take it at uni, I am also yr 13 so I think I can help!! I reccomend reading the news headlines every day, whilst your brushing your teeth, making breakfast etc, if reading isn't your thing, put the news on in the background. I reccomend reading two different news sources to balance out the political spectrum so I read the telegraph and the guardian but the bbc is pretty good too. REVISE KEY WORDS!!!! they will really help in your exams, especially when the question has phrases you may not be aware of. I tend to reccomend making an essay plan every day (doesn't need to take ages, try get it done in 20 min) this means you can switch around on different areas of the course. I do Edexcel so if you are doing that then pick 2 ideologies to study and study them HARD im doing socialism and conservatism, (and feminism) I have read extracts from the works of the key thinkers books etc read into people you like about their political allignment. apart from that, general religion and wider reading of specific sections work quite well, if you have questions please don't hesitate to reach out, hope this helps <3333
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Original post by rowan_willow
Yes!! I get A's in politics and am planning to take it at uni, I am also yr 13 so I think I can help!! I reccomend reading the news headlines every day, whilst your brushing your teeth, making breakfast etc, if reading isn't your thing, put the news on in the background. I reccomend reading two different news sources to balance out the political spectrum so I read the telegraph and the guardian but the bbc is pretty good too. REVISE KEY WORDS!!!! they will really help in your exams, especially when the question has phrases you may not be aware of. I tend to reccomend making an essay plan every day (doesn't need to take ages, try get it done in 20 min) this means you can switch around on different areas of the course. I do Edexcel so if you are doing that then pick 2 ideologies to study and study them HARD im doing socialism and conservatism, (and feminism) I have read extracts from the works of the key thinkers books etc read into people you like about their political allignment. apart from that, general religion and wider reading of specific sections work quite well, if you have questions please don't hesitate to reach out, hope this helps <3333

Thank you for your suggestions! I try to read The Guardian and then The Daily Mail articles on key topics but probably should make more of a habit of it. I also do edexcel and definitely studied liberalism and conservatism in more detail compared to socialism before yr 12 mocks! The revising key words for exam questions is a great idea that I'll definitely try. The thing I struggle with is consistent short revision for politics because it feels so dense sometimes - I'm guilty of long winded revision and less so of short recaps. Any tips regarding that??
Original post by tillie06
Thank you for your suggestions! I try to read The Guardian and then The Daily Mail articles on key topics but probably should make more of a habit of it. I also do edexcel and definitely studied liberalism and conservatism in more detail compared to socialism before yr 12 mocks! The revising key words for exam questions is a great idea that I'll definitely try. The thing I struggle with is consistent short revision for politics because it feels so dense sometimes - I'm guilty of long winded revision and less so of short recaps. Any tips regarding that??

Something I did was make a big list of things that will be mentioned in the exam so specific bills or acts (such as representation of the people acts) and do like 10-20 min on them? or specific events etc. If you do have enough time then you can write 1 paragraph thats a couple sentances long? making the list will take a while I cant lie, but once it's done I've found it super helpful.

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