Exam Tips

The Key Assessment Objectives:

Assessment Objectives

Evaluation and The Essay Questions:

  • Ensure that any description you write as part of an essay is both accurate and detailed.
  • When writing evaluation it is important that you use a perfect paragraph rule (something like PEE (Point, Evidence/Example, Elaborate) or PEEL).
  • The exam-board don’t award marks for the number of evaluation points stated. Marks are awarded for quality not quantity – using PEE/PEEL will ensure you write quality evaluation paragraphs.
  • For a 16 mark essay, include no less than three evaluation paragraphs.
  • It is difficult to say how many A4 pages a student should write for their 16 mark essay (the size of our handwriting is different).
  • It is hard to remember so many paragraphs of evaluation – learning how to use and apply the PEE/PEEL paragraphs effectively can help to cut down your revision – don’t aim to remember the paragraphs word for word, learn how to formulate the perfect paragraphs and then all you will need to remember is the additional research to support/refute the AO1 you have described.
  • You can use research methods as part of your evaluation also – having a good knowledge of research methods can also help to cut down your revision. However, it is important that you don’t rely completely on using research methods to evaluate in your essays. Showing that you have a knowledge of additional research/studies is also important and will help you to get the best grade possible.

Revision Tips:

  • Use the notes on the website to create mind maps, cue cards, glossaries of key terms etc… Like the psychology hub Facebook page to get regular suggestions on how to revise effectively.
  • Remember, it is not simply about creating revision resources – you need to learn these resources and be able to recall the information without the aid of the resource.
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