ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE

This exciting, interactive and refreshed AQA GCSE History programme will provide students with a motivational, informative and valuable revision day.  Specially designed by practicing senior examiners, the day will give your students expert advice, guidance and examples on how to improve their performance in their examinations.

 

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • A refreshed AQA GCSE History conference for 2020, covering the key topics and skills required to succeed on every question type
  • Fully interactive day, engaging, informative; the specification brought to life in engaging sessions
  • Expert guidance from examiners on improving performance in the four different exam paper sections
  • Take away a new set of notes which give excellent revision advice and demonstrate the levels required for success

 

 

10.15-10.25am: Welcome and Introductions: Key messages from previous exam series

  • What students did well in the most recent exam sessions – and how to match it
  • Common pitfalls to avoid examiners will demonstrate, discuss and analyse with student examples key mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Having a plan- expert advice from our examiners on how to ensure exam success including time suggestions and exam technique.

10.25 – 10.55: Understanding the question types

  • Utility questions – what does ‘how useful’ actually mean and ways to approach answering this style of question.
  • Write an account questions: why a narrative answer is not enough and what is really expected.
  • The 16 mark questions: how to structure and plan answers to enable success.
  • Working with the AQA Mark schemes- understanding the command words.

10:55 – 11:35pm: Paper 1 Section A – Germany, 1890 – 1945: Democracy and dictatorship

  • Key features and characteristics of Germany, 1890 – 1945
  • Methods to develop and secure responses that require elements of interpretation.
  • Producing specific detail for full marks on description questions e.g. “Describe two problems facing Jews living in Germany during the years 1933 to 1939.”
  • Handling evaluative questions such as “Which of the following was the more important reason why Germany became a dictatorship:
  • Germany’s problems
  • Hitler’s actions?”

11.35 – 11.55am: Break – Quiz Box submit your questions to our examiners and experts for a prize

11.55 – 12.35pm: Paper 1 Section B – Conflict and tension: The inter-war years, 1918 – 1939

  • Working with sources to gain the highest levels: developing personal responses and perceptive comments “Source A is critical of the League of Nations. How do you know?”
  • How to write effective answers to the 16 mark questions ensuring appropriate detail and agreement. e.g. “The main reason why Germany hated the Treaty of Versailles was because of its military terms.’ How far do you agree with this statement?”

12.35 – 1.05pm: Lunch 

1.05– 1.15 pm: Quiz Box with the examiners

1.15 – 1:55 pm: Paper 2 Section A – Health and the People (Medicine)

  • Key features and characteristics of Health and the People questions that students need to know
  • Short and long term impacts of key figures e.g. Hippocrates and Galen
  • Historical significance eg of anaesthetics in the development of medicine- developing the context and ways to address this.
  • Understanding the Comparison questions eg “Compare the Black Death in the Middle Ages with the Cholera epidemics in the 19th In what ways were they similar?”

1.55 – 2.35pm: Paper 2 Section B – Elizabethan England

  • Key features and characteristics of Elizabethan England – making links across the period
  • The ‘How convincing question’ and how to answer it well- key features of a top grade answer eg “How convincing is Interpretation A about the motives for Drake’s round the world voyage?”
  • The importance question: what are examiners looking for, avoiding common pitfalls – “Explain what was important about the rebellion of the Earl of Essex for Elizabethan England.”
  • The Historic Environment question: what makes a Level 4 response?

2.35 – 2.45pm: Break

2.45 – 3.15pm: Workshop Revision strategies that really work

  • Excellent ideas and advice that works: methods to remember key facts and use recall them under pressure
  • Student Exercise: What’s the same? How to link concepts and methods
  • Improving memory skills: pair mind-mapping exercise on key content

3.15pm: Final top tips and reminders

  • The key skills required to achieve Grades 7 to 9
  • Action Plan – what students should do after today

Student £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT