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What is the best way to revise for A2 psychology?

I found the jump from AS to A2 psychology to be the biggest of all my A-levels, simply because of the difference in the way it is examined. While AS was mainly 2/4/6 mark questions, A2 was entirely essays. I found, therefore, that I split my revising into two sections. 

The first was mainly knowledge based. When it comes to memorising information, there are many ways you can do this. Using mindmaps and flashcards are usually the most obvious. I chose to make each topic into a powerpoint. I found this really helpful as I could split each section into it's own slide so it felt less overwhelming. For example, I could have a slide per study. Also, I find having visual cues really helpful but I am terrible at drawing, so using the computer meant I could have memorable pictures from the internet on each slide. However, I also found it best to use multiple ways of revising. After I made the slides, I condensed them futher into flashcards so my friends could test me. I would also make mindmaps using everything I could remember off the top of my head, and then fill in the gaps using my slides using a different colour pen so I knew what I needed to go over. 

While the knowledge revising is time-consuming, the most important bit of your revision will be writing exam answers. One of the things people tend to struggle with, even if they have an exceptional knowldge of the course, is translating that knowledge into the exact essay format the exam board want. Therefore the most useful thing you can do to revise is past papers. Firstly, these will help the actual paper seem far less daunting because you will be so familiar with the format. It also means you can write essays out, in full, and then mark them against the mark scheme, or get your teacher to. Most teachers will be happy to mark extra essays you do and give you advice on how to improve. I also found that once you become familiar with the questions you realise there is a limit as to what kind of question they can ask. I created a list of every possible question they could ask on each topic, and made sure I knew what to write for each. While for some I just wrote plans, it was important that I wrote others out in full, under timed conditions. This meant I could practise structing my essays and linking my evaluation to the question. In using the information I revised, it also helped to remember it as it made it revelevant to an exam situation. 

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