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Psychology AQA a level - stress - tips and advice ? :)

Heyy all, so I got my mock back and I got really bad I got an E like that's not what I ever thought would be possible for me to get in a psychology mock as my lowest/mid ish is C/D and like I'm most people in my year have also scored similarly and my teachers have said comments like we as student have to do more in A02 and like if you don't add this in your answers then the examiner will mark it 0. And like she was saying how she has lost sleep over this and she doesn't know how else to tell us, but from my point of view as a student, who's doing 3 A levels all of which are essay based and y13 being hard as it is my cw for English Literature, having her to say that makes me feel even more stressed and worried. I know there's only like 24 ish days left and I'm honestly doing as much as I can in these last couple of weeks but I just don't know how I can up my grade as I'm worried I'll be stuck at this E grade and I've never got this before in a levels as I would get Cs ish at or if really bad then a D. Any tips with revision for AQA a level psychology woudl be very appreciated esp for research mehotds too

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Reply 1
Do flashcards for studies and practice questions for recall, keep going over any and all essay plans
Original post by Lillsss23
Heyy all, so I got my mock back and I got really bad I got an E like that's not what I ever thought would be possible for me to get in a psychology mock as my lowest/mid ish is C/D and like I'm most people in my year have also scored similarly and my teachers have said comments like we as student have to do more in A02 and like if you don't add this in your answers then the examiner will mark it 0. And like she was saying how she has lost sleep over this and she doesn't know how else to tell us, but from my point of view as a student, who's doing 3 A levels all of which are essay based and y13 being hard as it is my cw for English Literature, having her to say that makes me feel even more stressed and worried. I know there's only like 24 ish days left and I'm honestly doing as much as I can in these last couple of weeks but I just don't know how I can up my grade as I'm worried I'll be stuck at this E grade and I've never got this before in a levels as I would get Cs ish at or if really bad then a D. Any tips with revision for AQA a level psychology woudl be very appreciated esp for research mehotds too

hey i’m taking AQA psychology right now (A* in mock) and honestly don’t worry 24 days is still a lot of time imo. i have quizlet flash cards for each topic and AO3 for them (if u would like to use them just dm) I find them really helpful. I also have notes for each topic that I read to refresh my memory.
AO2 is definitely rough but my advice would be to try and figure out what the question is asking (like what topic) and just apply your knowledge of the topic and add in quotes from the question that are examples of the topic if that makes sense ???
research methods is honestly not that bad i advice to make notes for all the data types etc and just do lots of past questions because they repeat questions over and over for example the stats tests and reliability questions
if u have any questions specifically let me know i’d love to help
keep memorising flashcards. you can find them anywhere, and don't stress about time. you've got this!!
Original post by imsupercool16
hey i’m taking AQA psychology right now (A* in mock) and honestly don’t worry 24 days is still a lot of time imo. i have quizlet flash cards for each topic and AO3 for them (if u would like to use them just dm) I find them really helpful. I also have notes for each topic that I read to refresh my memory.
AO2 is definitely rough but my advice would be to try and figure out what the question is asking (like what topic) and just apply your knowledge of the topic and add in quotes from the question that are examples of the topic if that makes sense ???
research methods is honestly not that bad i advice to make notes for all the data types etc and just do lots of past questions because they repeat questions over and over for example the stats tests and reliability questions
if u have any questions specifically let me know i’d love to help

hi, do you mind sending me the quizlet flashcards as well 🙂 and also what options do you do
Reply 5
Original post by Lillsss23
Heyy all, so I got my mock back and I got really bad I got an E like that's not what I ever thought would be possible for me to get in a psychology mock as my lowest/mid ish is C/D and like I'm most people in my year have also scored similarly and my teachers have said comments like we as student have to do more in A02 and like if you don't add this in your answers then the examiner will mark it 0. And like she was saying how she has lost sleep over this and she doesn't know how else to tell us, but from my point of view as a student, who's doing 3 A levels all of which are essay based and y13 being hard as it is my cw for English Literature, having her to say that makes me feel even more stressed and worried. I know there's only like 24 ish days left and I'm honestly doing as much as I can in these last couple of weeks but I just don't know how I can up my grade as I'm worried I'll be stuck at this E grade and I've never got this before in a levels as I would get Cs ish at or if really bad then a D. Any tips with revision for AQA a level psychology woudl be very appreciated esp for research mehotds too


Hey!! I sat aqa psych last year & I have exemplar essays by ‘tutor2u’ for aqa paper 1 if that wld be of any help to u, pm me if u wld like me to send them over. I also have a full document of summarised reserach methods notes if u would like that too!
Original post by jane_smithk8
hi, do you mind sending me the quizlet flashcards as well 🙂 and also what options do you do

i sent u a pm with the link 👍 aggression relationships and schizophrenia
Reply 7
is it possible i could use your resources to?
My quizlet is Kerryann2005 if you want to check my flashcards out 🤗 My favourite way to study was mindmaps and colour coding so when I was in the exam I could visualise my notes but I know its not for everyone. Personally I always found A01 , A02 and A03 confusing. The first step is to know what the questions asking you to do , if you google psychology exam command words it'll tell you how to answer each question , so if it says outline it just wants a brief overview but if wants you to evaluate its asking for advantages and disadvantages. For your paragraphs , use point , evidence , explain , link. Using that format usually covers all the A01,A02,A03 stuff. Try do as many past paper questions as you possibly can , it will really help. RM is quite difficult but try your best to treat like each other topic and give it the same amount of time and attention , I recommend watching YouTube videos which might help explain it better and again lots of practise questions. With 24 days left, make the most of your time , plan it all out. Psychology has lots of information so , little and often is the best way to study it. Take lots of breaks , don't allow teachers to get in your head and pressure you. They are just saying all this because they want students to get good grades and make them look good in my opinion. You can absolutely do this , good luck !
Reply 9
Original post by kerry.woollands
My quizlet is Kerryann2005 if you want to check my flashcards out 🤗 My favourite way to study was mindmaps and colour coding so when I was in the exam I could visualise my notes but I know its not for everyone. Personally I always found A01 , A02 and A03 confusing. The first step is to know what the questions asking you to do , if you google psychology exam command words it'll tell you how to answer each question , so if it says outline it just wants a brief overview but if wants you to evaluate its asking for advantages and disadvantages. For your paragraphs , use point , evidence , explain , link. Using that format usually covers all the A01,A02,A03 stuff. Try do as many past paper questions as you possibly can , it will really help. RM is quite difficult but try your best to treat like each other topic and give it the same amount of time and attention , I recommend watching YouTube videos which might help explain it better and again lots of practise questions. With 24 days left, make the most of your time , plan it all out. Psychology has lots of information so , little and often is the best way to study it. Take lots of breaks , don't allow teachers to get in your head and pressure you. They are just saying all this because they want students to get good grades and make them look good in my opinion. You can absolutely do this , good luck !


Thank you so much!! I’ll definitely check on Quizlet
Reply 10
Original post by sophiahh
Hey!! I sat aqa psych last year & I have exemplar essays by ‘tutor2u’ for aqa paper 1 if that wld be of any help to u, pm me if u wld like me to send them over. I also have a full document of summarised reserach methods notes if u would like that too!


omg yes please!! - sorry I’m using the app and idk how to dm on here lol
Reply 11
Original post by jane_smithk8
keep memorising flashcards. you can find them anywhere, and don't stress about time. you've got this!!


Thank you! :smile:
Reply 12
Original post by imsupercool16
hey i’m taking AQA psychology right now (A* in mock) and honestly don’t worry 24 days is still a lot of time imo. i have quizlet flash cards for each topic and AO3 for them (if u would like to use them just dm) I find them really helpful. I also have notes for each topic that I read to refresh my memory.
AO2 is definitely rough but my advice would be to try and figure out what the question is asking (like what topic) and just apply your knowledge of the topic and add in quotes from the question that are examples of the topic if that makes sense ???
research methods is honestly not that bad i advice to make notes for all the data types etc and just do lots of past questions because they repeat questions over and over for example the stats tests and reliability questions
if u have any questions specifically let me know i’d love to help


heyy thank so much for the advice :smile: - I can’t seem to dm on here could you possibly do it if that’s okay cause idk how to or if it’s bc I’m using the app lol
Original post by Lillsss23
Heyy all, so I got my mock back and I got really bad I got an E like that's not what I ever thought would be possible for me to get in a psychology mock as my lowest/mid ish is C/D and like I'm most people in my year have also scored similarly and my teachers have said comments like we as student have to do more in A02 and like if you don't add this in your answers then the examiner will mark it 0. And like she was saying how she has lost sleep over this and she doesn't know how else to tell us, but from my point of view as a student, who's doing 3 A levels all of which are essay based and y13 being hard as it is my cw for English Literature, having her to say that makes me feel even more stressed and worried. I know there's only like 24 ish days left and I'm honestly doing as much as I can in these last couple of weeks but I just don't know how I can up my grade as I'm worried I'll be stuck at this E grade and I've never got this before in a levels as I would get Cs ish at or if really bad then a D. Any tips with revision for AQA a level psychology woudl be very appreciated esp for research mehotds too


i know a lot of other people have replied but about your A02 comment - if it’s an application question we get told just to directly quote from the question so we don’t go off track! we’ve also been taught this structure:
NEAT
Name - the a01 eg ‘____ is showing signs of having an external locus of control’ etc
Explain - the a01 eg ‘this is where people believe fate or luck etc are the reason for their actions and what happens in their lives so are more likely to obey’
Apply - quote from the question! eg if the question was about locus of control and it said how the person thought ‘I had a bad day’ because they failed an exam.
T - tie back to the question. just link again to the main a01/ key words!

quoting from the question just helps you stay on task :smile:
Original post by caitlinmm
i know a lot of other people have replied but about your A02 comment - if it’s an application question we get told just to directly quote from the question so we don’t go off track! we’ve also been taught this structure:
NEAT
Name - the a01 eg ‘____ is showing signs of having an external locus of control’ etc
Explain - the a01 eg ‘this is where people believe fate or luck etc are the reason for their actions and what happens in their lives so are more likely to obey’
Apply - quote from the question! eg if the question was about locus of control and it said how the person thought ‘I had a bad day’ because they failed an exam.
T - tie back to the question. just link again to the main a01/ key words!
quoting from the question just helps you stay on task :smile:


sorry i meant external locus of control are less likely to resist social influence than internal but that’s not the point of what i said lol :smile:
Original post by imsupercool16
hey i’m taking AQA psychology right now (A* in mock) and honestly don’t worry 24 days is still a lot of time imo. i have quizlet flash cards for each topic and AO3 for them (if u would like to use them just dm) I find them really helpful. I also have notes for each topic that I read to refresh my memory.
AO2 is definitely rough but my advice would be to try and figure out what the question is asking (like what topic) and just apply your knowledge of the topic and add in quotes from the question that are examples of the topic if that makes sense ???
research methods is honestly not that bad i advice to make notes for all the data types etc and just do lots of past questions because they repeat questions over and over for example the stats tests and reliability questions
if u have any questions specifically let me know i’d love to help


hey would you mind sending me them aswell please??
quizlet psych flashcards link (AQA) (aggression not 100% done get)
https://quizlet.com/leenahmad16/folders/psychology?i=4zjq0j&x=1xqY
Reply 17
Original post by caitlinmm
i know a lot of other people have replied but about your A02 comment - if it’s an application question we get told just to directly quote from the question so we don’t go off track! we’ve also been taught this structure:
NEAT
Name - the a01 eg ‘____ is showing signs of having an external locus of control’ etc
Explain - the a01 eg ‘this is where people believe fate or luck etc are the reason for their actions and what happens in their lives so are more likely to obey’
Apply - quote from the question! eg if the question was about locus of control and it said how the person thought ‘I had a bad day’ because they failed an exam.
T - tie back to the question. just link again to the main a01/ key words!
quoting from the question just helps you stay on task :smile:

omg this is actually such a simpler way to do it - thank you so much!! :smile:
Reply 18
does anyone have an exampro booklet of questions for cognition and development (aqa a level)? it's the only one i cannot find :frown:
Reply 19
Original post by imsupercool16
hey i’m taking AQA psychology right now (A* in mock) and honestly don’t worry 24 days is still a lot of time imo. i have quizlet flash cards for each topic and AO3 for them (if u would like to use them just dm) I find them really helpful. I also have notes for each topic that I read to refresh my memory.
AO2 is definitely rough but my advice would be to try and figure out what the question is asking (like what topic) and just apply your knowledge of the topic and add in quotes from the question that are examples of the topic if that makes sense ???
research methods is honestly not that bad i advice to make notes for all the data types etc and just do lots of past questions because they repeat questions over and over for example the stats tests and reliability questions
if u have any questions specifically let me know i’d love to help

hi 🙂 i just wanted to ask how you remember all the AO3 points, since im struggling and i am aiming for an A*? also biopsychology and research methods (AO1 and AO3) are topics im struggling to remember too, so do you have any tips for revising these specific topics? i am currently on a grade C and im hoping to still achieve an A* so if you have anymore advice please let me know!
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