Lesson 3:  Examination Techniques
What does an examiner want to know that a candidate can do? <ul><li>An 'A' level candidate should be: </li></ul><ul><li>fa...
Example Theorists & Contributions to Sociology <ul><li>Karl Marx:  Historical materialism, mode of production, alienation ...
Answering your Examination Paper <ul><li>Number the question that you are attempting. </li></ul><ul><li>Write out the ques...
Advice on what to do (and not do) on an exam... <ul><li>Leave at least one line between each paragraph.  You may remember ...
Materials even count... <ul><li>Use a decent clear writing pen. Avoid biro. Errors of fact, spelling and grammar are  far ...
Finally, a word about...  <ul><li>There is no such thing as  the answer . There is only  your  answer. Attempt four questi...
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AS & A2 Examinator Expectations

  1. 1. Lesson 3: Examination Techniques
  2. 2. What does an examiner want to know that a candidate can do? <ul><li>An 'A' level candidate should be: </li></ul><ul><li>familiar with sociological terms and language. </li></ul><ul><li>familiar with the main themes and the important theorists. (Examples on next slide). </li></ul><ul><li>able to write good clear logical English prose. </li></ul><ul><li>able to construct a clear line of argument. </li></ul><ul><li>able to express an opinion in the sense of being able to evaluate and comment on the material of Sociology. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Example Theorists & Contributions to Sociology <ul><li>Karl Marx: Historical materialism, mode of production, alienation and class struggle. </li></ul><ul><li>Emile Durham: Division of labour, social fact, religion and society. </li></ul><ul><li>Max Weber: Social action, ideal types, authority, bureaucracy, protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. </li></ul><ul><li>Talcott Parsons: Social system, pattern variables. </li></ul><ul><li>Robert K Merton: Latent and manifest functions, anomie, conformity and deviance, reference groups. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Answering your Examination Paper <ul><li>Number the question that you are attempting. </li></ul><ul><li>Write out the question as a heading only if it helps you to understand what the question is asking. </li></ul><ul><li>Calculate the amount of time available for each answer and stick to it. </li></ul><ul><li>Write an excellent essay plan and use it. </li></ul><ul><li>Write frequent short paragraphs. If in doubt, start a new paragraph. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Advice on what to do (and not do) on an exam... <ul><li>Leave at least one line between each paragraph. You may remember something that you ought to add. </li></ul><ul><li>Start each question on a fresh page and leave space for amendments if you have time. </li></ul><ul><li>Read what you have actually written , not what you think that you have written. This means reading every single word carefully . </li></ul><ul><li>Never use slang or casual language of any kind. There are clear formal rules in the English language for essay writing. Only the very confident should take the risk of a joke. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Materials even count... <ul><li>Use a decent clear writing pen. Avoid biro. Errors of fact, spelling and grammar are far easier to notice if your handwriting is untidy or difficult to read. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Finally, a word about... <ul><li>There is no such thing as the answer . There is only your answer. Attempt four questions if you are asked to answer four-- there is no harm in attempting a question, but you will most certainly get a 0% if you make no attempt at all. </li></ul><ul><li>If you do not know the answer to a question, then twist the wording to suit what you do know, however do this only in the most extreme of circumstances. </li></ul>

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