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Transcript of Exam terminology
Results & Findings
The focus is on areas/perspectives/debates - core studies are there for supporting evidence
Section B - Areas/Debates
You will often see the following
Look at the question. Does it state how many points you need to make?
How much do you write?
But it's not that difficult
Don't panic! Do Plan.
The 15 marker
Navigating the Core Studies maze
It feels like you need a translator
Sometimes it seems like
examiners speak another
Just make sure you follow it!
Make a judgement
Give a brief description
Give a detailed description
Debate. Give a 2 sided argument
Look at the number of marks.
8 marks cannot be achieved in eight words.
"in your chosen study"
"in this study"
"in the study by ....."
this tells you that your answer must be
This means you must link your answer to specific details from the core study OR lose half the marks
"to what extent"
Make a judgement
Never start your answer with a study!
Show understanding of debates by defining them
Identify sim/diff of area
Give example from each area
Write down any relevant studies and then make a plan
Aim for 3 PEEL - 4 mins each
Support points with core study evidence!!!
Psychology as science
Where possible state numerical results.
Where possible make comparisons between conditions.
Make sure it is contextualised.
Make sure you state the units (e.g. miles per hour).
Keep engaging with command of question and the focus (issue/debate/area etc)
Assumptions are important!
They can feature in section A & B
You need to learn 2 for each area.
Almost always contain the word behaviour
Make sure you read the question at least twice.
Underline key parts to remind you if it has more than one part.
Tick them off to check that you've completed them
Silly mistakes can cost a lot!!!
Sometimes called principles/concepts of the area
When linking anything to an area, start off with the assumption
Section C - Application
Read the source carefully - highlight any useful quotes. Lots of marks are for linking to the article - so get some useable quotes
"Psychological issue" means what is the psychology in the source?
Linking to area - use assumptions
Linking to study - Summarise study briefly - Aim, Method, Sample, Result, Conclusion. Then link to source.
Managing the issue
Make 2-3 suggestions
Give specific details of your programme/intervention
Sound like a psychologist.....
Education programmes, Social learning theory, Operant conditioning are your friends
Evaluation - can be very general e.g. cost, would it work?
Keep in context.......
105 marks - 120 minutes - 35% of A level
Each section = 35 marks - 40 minutes
Focus is core studies - unless "use your knowledge of Psychology"
Section A: Core studies
Example from each study
Key theme - questions can relate to this. How does a study change our understanding of it?