I’m in the throws of A-level revision at the moment and as ever struggling to teach exam technique so my students get it and more importantly remember it.
I see things in pictures so in the last week I’ve tried to visualise essays and create memorable images that will help my students. It’s had two reactions
1. They’ve liked it and can see its benefit
2. They think I am stupid but at least they remember it so fingers crossed it’ll have a positive impact at some point anyway
Here’s a few I made. Feel free to steal, criticise…
This is the structure of a main paragraph. Good history essays have argument running through, represented here by a red thread. Decent paragraphs open with a signpost sentence, something that tells the reader what the paragraph is about, e.g. “There are a lot of political reasons that the Soviets won the war…”. Then at the heart of any history essay is evidence, in this case gold bullion. But I’ve been trying to emphasise that bullion alone will only get you a D/C, you need the links, the bits after the evidence where you link it to the question explaining its relevance or significance.
Finally I’ve been going on for ages about the fact that you need to end an essay with a ‘kick ’em in the balls’ statement. There is no point leaving an essay on a damp squib “In conclusion, there were many factors…” Urgh. Punch ’em. Kick ’em. Make them remember you.
I really want a visual for introductions something which visualises both giving context and being really judgemental. Any ideas please comment below or tweet me!