How to structure 24 mark questions?

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Hi,my socialogy teacher is hopless! I was wondering how you structure the 24 mark questions in the exam? How do i structure part  D? And how do i structure a part E question ?  At an A grade standard? How many paragrapghs/timeings ect? Anthing about exam structure please!! For the AQA FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLDS PAPER. Thank you :)

Posted Sat 24th November, 2012 @ 11:55 by Vinster21

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it doesn;t matter how many paragraphs you write, its the quality of the content in your essay so it could consist of 3 paragraphs and be A grade, or 10 paragraphs and be an A grade

Answered Tue 7th May, 2013 @ 19:34 by lucy
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Hi, I agree with Lucy. It's the quality that really matters and willl help boost your grage. Mentioning theory is a MUST but you MUST elaborate on this and make sure you link it back to the question ALL the time. Making these links shows examiners that you can interpret the question and link it to context! If you want to sustain your A grade in unit 1 or any other examination you MUST revise theories. I did a question analysis with someone who is an examiner and we rekon that Functionalists and Feminists will come up on the Education - Unit 2. However, for Unit 1 the analysis showed that one 24 marker is likely to be on Demography and Ageing population and the other on Functionalists. BUT as Marxists came uo last time it is a very unlikely topic BUT revise the basics in order to create a counter argument with Functionalists. Any other issues or tips then tell me and I will give you!GOOD LUCK TO ALL!! 

Answered Wed 8th May, 2013 @ 19:38 by Ibrahim - Team GR
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I roughly do 2+ pages depending on the question because on certain topic areas or the question itself you may find you can write more points than others. Its more about what you write and the relevant info you include because examiners may look for certain sociological theories. As long as your structure is like : intro , main and conclusion - it doesn't matter how many paragraphs you do. When I mention different sociologists or a criticism I tend to do a new paragraphs. But that's just me!
It really depends how long you spend on your other questions, but I would say at least 15-20 mins should be spent on a 24 marker..you may find that when you do the whole paper you have more than 30 mins to spare so dedicate it to the long essay questions!! And practice writing in timed conditions :)

Answered Thu 29th November, 2012 @ 16:18 by HumairaaP09
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i know this is probably a bit late, but last year I got near full marks on both papers for sociology, i found that even in my exam, i bullet pointed my answer at the beginning to get a clear idea of what i wanted to say, so that even if i missed some of it out, examiners could see that i had thought about it and would have included it. I find that also if you go straight into it, for example if an essay is about "explain how marxist perspectives have helped us to understand childhood differences from the last 100 years" i would start by explaining a marxist perspective and how it relates, then i would evaluate with a functionalist, positivist, interpretivist, realist and a feminist approaches then conclude by saying how far you think the marxist perspective helps us understand childhood and the same kind of style for every question 

Answered Fri 4th January, 2013 @ 13:46 by lucy
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You start with an introduction where you briefly explain the topic and general views. (e.g. Functionalists mainly believe there is a consensus...)

In the main section, you would (depending on the question if its 'assess') write arguments for/against. You would mention a theory thats relevant and then evaluate it. 

('Murdock believes'... 'Others criticise this theory')

Its good to mention as much theories, perspectives as you can! 

In the conclusion, you relate it back to the question and conclude all the viewpoints or summarise it ('In conclusion..' or 'To summarise it all..'

Answered Sat 24th November, 2012 @ 16:00 by HumairaaP09
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Hi thank you:)

But how many paragraghs do i do to obtain an A?

And how long should i spend on the 24 markers? :)

Answered Sun 25th November, 2012 @ 16:09 by Vinster21
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I wanted to ask the same thing. I too am doing Familes and Household AQA its kinda annoying. I did two pages and a bit and got 50% which is a D I think, how many pages is enough for it as well? That is another question I wanted to ask.

Answered Sun 25th November, 2012 @ 17:59 by Khadija Hassan
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My teacher has always said, a minute a mark, so if a 24 mark question came, you have 24 minutes to answer it and if you have a 4 mark question you have 4 minutes to answer it!

Answered Tue 7th May, 2013 @ 16:26 by sarah