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AS Essay Help

  1. 1. General Feedback from the timed essays..... <ul><li>Timing </li></ul><ul><li>Use of quotes [ Sara’s Malcolm X = more cutting edge] LEARN THAT ONE FOR THE EXAM </li></ul>
  2. 3. General Feedback from the timed essays..... <ul><li>“ Not as different as they thought they were.....” – probably best to leave that until the conclusion. ATFQ. </li></ul>
  3. 6. General Feedback from the timed essays..... <ul><li>What level is the last slide? (That was the whole essay) </li></ul>
  4. 8. General Feedback from the timed essays..... <ul><li>Look at the circled piece of text. </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughts ? </li></ul>
  5. 10. General Feedback from the timed essays..... <ul><li>Comments on the opening introduction? </li></ul><ul><li>You never get a second chance to make a good first impression! </li></ul>
  6. 11. General Feedback from the timed essays..... <ul><li>// Paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>1960’s = NO!!! It’s 1960s , no need for an apostrophe. </li></ul><ul><li>RTTQ, ATFQ </li></ul><ul><li>Connectives, </li></ul>
  7. 12. General Feedback from the timed essays..... <ul><li>Conclusion: offer a different opinion, hypothesis, say what you’d like to have written about if you had more time! </li></ul><ul><li>Structure + Knowledge = confidence to write well </li></ul>
  8. 13. Revision Tips:- Below is the strategy I have used to pass every exam I have taken from GCSE - through to Degree level. I am not suggesting it is foolproof - or will suit everybody but it certainly has worked for me! You have to be disciplined It is about the short-term recall of facts that will enable your essays to stand out to any examiner. (I can't remember many of the facts I have learnt to this day!) You have to be able to write, and structure, essays properly, you need to highlight to the examiner that you know your stuff. Notes Before I follow the timetable below, I get my notes from my class book or folder and then in a logical order I write a whole new set. This is the first crucial part of the revision process and it helps your thinking around the topic. You need to select which information to put into your notes. It must be neat. There is no point you struggling to read it - it could be typed , although I always preferred the mechanics of researching the information and then putting it into your own words. Also separate out your essays / other example work you've produced over the course.
  9. 14. Timetable I follow this rigid timetable on days off ahead of any examination; 0900 Revise 0920 Break 0930 Revise 0950 Break 1000 Revise 1020 Break 1130 Revise 1150 Break 1200 Revise 1220 Break 1230 Revise 1250 Break 1400 Revise 1420 Break 1430 Revise 1450 Break 1500 Revise 1520 Break
  10. 15. 'Revise' This has to be done with you sat in a cool, well lit, ventilated room. There must be no noise whatsoever - and no distractions present (i.e. TV). You simply start by revising your written notes - and constantly re-read them for 20 minute segments. It is all about regurgitating the information and being able to write it out in a plan for the exam - so although it's boring it is a process you have to go through. Nearer exam time use the 20 mins to self test yourself by coping out exactly the kind of facts you will need to know (eg 20th Century medical advances). Again nearer the exam I would look again at any past papers / example essays that I've produced. You can take a past question and test yourself by looking at the wording and producing a plan as though you were in the actual exam. Break It will become amazing how many things you will find to do in the 10 mins! But, I suggest you get away from the room you are working in - make yourself a drink, eat some chocolate, walk around the garden or listen to a bit of music. It is imperative you stick to the timetable. By having 3 hours of real intensive revision you will really put in a great deal of 'quality' work rather than sitting their in your room with all your books out for 2 hours getting distracted, day-dreaming or just worrying about the forthcoming exam.
  11. 16. Why only 3 hours? Well, you can do more - and I often did during exam time when you have an exam a day - however you will never do an exam of more than three hours so why not train your brain to think and work to that timescale. You also don't want to burn yourself out with boredom - if you think about GCSE or A-Levels you will leave school in May and may not take your last exam 'til end of June. It's a long time on particular topics!!! Revise with friends? I would say a resounding NO!!!!. It just has never really worked for me , as you get distracted too easily and off task. That is not to say I haven't used other people to help me revise. Often on an evening after my revision for the day I would get members of my family to test me on what I'd learnt for the day. This is a good way to keep everyone informed of what you're doing and stop them worrying whether you're doing any work!!
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  13. 18. Pick a question... And write an essay plan for it...
  14. 19. How significant were the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 1965 Voting Right Act, and 1968 Civil Rights Act? How much did Presidents Kennedy and Johnson contribute? What stopped Johnson doing more? How much did Johnson contribute to racial equality?
  15. 20. Why was black power unfashionable by the early 1970s? How and why did SNCC and CORE change in the late 1960s? What were the aims and achievements of the Black Panthers? Was the black power movement a success or failure?
  16. 21. In what ways and why did Martin Luther King and Malcolm X differ as black American leaders? Why did Black radicalism become a major force in the 1960s? In what ways did blacks feel themselves discriminated against in the 1950s and 1960s. Account for that discrimination.
  17. 22. Account for the opposition to improve the position of blacks in US society. Why could the Montgomery Bus Boycott be regarded as a great victory for the Civil Rights Movement? What were the most important beliefs of Martin Luther King? How large an impact did the sit-ins and freedom rides have on the system of racial segregation in the south?
  18. 23. Why might the SCLC campaign in Birmingham be regarded as a success? What does the march on Washington tell us about the nature of the Civil Rights movement? How did the terms of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act benefit black people?
  19. 24. Why would the Civil Rights movement find economic and social problems more difficult to deal with than legal and political issues? What problems did King encounter in his campaigns in Chicago? What difficulties did the Vietnam War cause for the Civil Rights Movement? Why was Martin Luther King such a significant civil rights leader?
  20. 25. In what area of public life had the Civil Rights Movement made the greatest progress by 1968? What major difficulties faced the Civil Rights Movement at the end of 1968?