MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

684 views

How should I approach source questions in the exam?

That depends an awful lot on the question itself. Source questions can seem really scary, especially if you haven’t seen the source before, but there are a few little tricks which make it a lot more manageable.

First of all, there are some key ‘buzz words’ that it is really important to look out for.

For example, words and phrases that often crop up included ‘what does this teach us/ suggest about…’, ‘are you surprised by this source….’, ‘how useful is the source...’.

For now, let’s discuss the ‘shortcut’ for remembering how to structure your answers to questions including the phrase ‘what does this teach us/ suggest about…’. Remember: MASK. ‘M’ stands for MESSAGE- what did the author/ creator of this source aim to transmit to the reader/ consumer? ‘A’ stands for AUDIENCE- who is the intended audience for the source? ‘S’ stands for SOURCE- use some evidence from the source. ‘K’ stands for KNOWLEDGE- bring in some of your own knowledge, perhaps to explain why the information in the source is important to our understanding of the topic (without this you will not have fully answered the question).

Hannah N. A Level History tutor, GCSE History tutor, GCSE English and...

2 years ago

Answered by Hannah, a GCSE History tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

188 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£36 /hr

Jack Robert C.

Degree: PhD French Philosophy and German Literature (Doctorate) - Durham University

Subjects offered:History, Politics+ 2 more

History
Politics
Philosophy
English

“The beckoning of an authentic life shattered my soul around the age of twelve, falling into anabyss where the light of Philosophy and study of the academic disciplines redeemed my existence and became my redemption. I am now happy in ...”

£24 /hr

Megan T.

Degree: English (Bachelors) - Exeter University

Subjects offered:History, English Literature+ 1 more

History
English Literature

“I am an English Literature student at Exeter University, and I have just started my second year here. I have always loved reading and analysying texts, so am excited to inspire you too. I do realise that literature can sometimes be a ...”

£18 /hr

Holly G.

Degree: English (Bachelors) - Exeter University

Subjects offered:History, Maths+ 5 more

History
Maths
French
English Literature
English Language
-Personal Statements-

“I'm Holly, a 3rd year English student at the University of Exeter, and I am looking to help tutees with English and History in particular. ”

About the author

Hannah N.

Currently unavailable: for new students

Degree: History (Bachelors) - St. Andrews University

Subjects offered:History, Psychology+ 2 more

History
Psychology
English and World Literature
English Literature

“Friendly and passionate tutor studying History at the world-renowned University of St Andrews. Ready and more than happy to help those who want an extra boost in History, Psychology or Literature.”

You may also like...

Posts by Hannah

How do I revise novels my English Literature GCSE exam?

How should I approach source questions in the exam?

Why can longitudinal studies be problematic?

Why is it important to look at who wrote a source that I want to use for my coursework?

Other GCSE History questions

What were the Short Term Causes of WW1?

How do I analyse a historical source?

How do I obtain the most marks in questions which require me to make a comparison? I.e. "Which was the bigger threat to European peace in the 1930s: • the re-militarisation of the Rhineland 1936 • the Nazi-Soviet Pact 1939? [10 Marks]

How had the SA helped Hitler to power by 1934?

View GCSE History tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok