Has anyone got any advice for AS History [Edexcel] Tudors and Russia?

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Hey! I've started AS History in September and I'm not doing as well as I would like to do. So I was wondering if anyone has any advice or tips or any way in which I can improve my grades.

Notes, websites, example essays etc would be very useful!


Posted Fri 14th December, 2012 @ 19:09 by Lauren

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I was the same as you! I did really well in GCSEs, but I seemed to struggle in AS. The best thing you can do is read around the subject and if you get stuck, ASK FOR HELP!! Best thing you can do!

Answered Fri 14th December, 2012 @ 20:08 by Skye
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In history i'm doing Nazi germany and Tudors and i too got a very good grade a GCSE. In genneral i'm finding Tudors significantly more difficult as i find it much less interesting. What my teahcer suggested was to read historical fiction from the time as it helps put it into context. I've found this really useful as it makes it more interesting and inspires/interests me to do some more background reading which is important at AS level. It also helps consolidate my knowlege as i find i start to think about the other things i know about an event even if their not actually mentioned in the book. I aslo find discussing the period with someone who isn't doing history really useful, particularly if they are interested and want to know more and ask questions. If i can't pursuade anyone to talk about history with i talk to my dog or cats, i know it's wierd but it works, hehe :) i really hope this helps and good luck x 

Answered Wed 26th December, 2012 @ 22:43 by sammy
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I really stuggled with Russia, I think the best way is to make some revision notes and then practice some exam questions. If you don't feel like answering the questions fully just make plans for them. If you take a look on my profile I have uploaded the notes and revision material which I used for my exam which might be useful to you, but I encourage you to make your own aswell, as I find the process of making the notes to be the most beneficical as opposed to reading them. Also I find quizzes really useful, have a search around the website to see if anyone has uploaded any, if not then try making your own and getting someone else to test you. As for Tudors, I dropped history at the end of AS, but I had to start a bit of the course before we broke up the summer so I have some Tudor factfiles on my page. I got an A in the end so my revision really paid off! Just do what works for you and see if your teachers could give you some extra support. Hope this helps :)

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 19:17 by Jess
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I did as history last year and did the exact same topics at you. For Russia, I believe the best way to get the top grade is to make sure you know the text book inside out and to get the structure right when you're answering the question. The best way to do this is to do a short introduction, which will outline what points you are planning to make and perhaps a small insight to your conclusion. Then make four point in four clear paragraphs. In each paragraph make your point, so for example how you think a factor contributed to Stalin becoming the leader in 1929. Then use evidence to support your point (dates look really good here) and explain how the evidence supports what your point is. Do that for all 4 points you make but remember not to tell the story and only use evidence which is relevant. Then do a short conclusion in which you can say what your most important point is and why and what your least important point is out of all that you have mentioned. Make sure you do prioritise and link your points. That should get you top marks. Once you get the hang of this, it is so much easier when answering question.

For the tudors, I would say it is much easier as long as you get the hang of the structure once again. But in this structure is much more important than knowledge. For the 20 marker, you don't need any type of knowledge at all. You just have to see how the sources agree with each other and don't agree with each other. I think you look into bias a bit.

For the 40 marker you use all three sources but don't deal with them separately. You have to cross reference, meaning when answering a question look for themes to answer the question and show how they support or don't support the statement given. When mentioning these themes, pick/quote parts of the source(s) that support this and then expand what this quote means with your own knowledge. For example, if a source mentions the pilgrimage of grace but doesn't go into any more detail and this event supports what you're trying to say, expand on it and say what it was and when it occurred etc.

Therefore you do need to have knowledge for the tudor paper but you don't have to come up with anything from the top of your head as the sources lead you and give you insight of what you can talk about.

Really hope this helps :)

Answered Wed 23rd January, 2013 @ 19:48 by Mez
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hi, ive just seen all your comments about history at A2 and i was wondering is it really that hard? because i do history now and i find it ok and enjoy it and i get good grades so it made sense to do it next year but i was deciding whether to do modern history or early modern which involves the tudors and id decided on early modern but do you think i should do the other one? :)

Answered Mon 4th February, 2013 @ 18:07 by Saima