ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE

The aim of this NEW AQA examination board specific A Level Psychology conference is to provide students with practical, engaging and motivating preparation day for their upcoming examinations

 

Students will hear from leading and well known A level Psychology experts, examiners, and authors and will take away  top quality key guidance, advice, tips, techniques and revision focus points to give best possible preparation for examination success.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Develop an understanding of what examiners are looking for in top level responses to shorter-answer and application questions
  • Reinforce understanding of key topics
  • Develop an understanding of how to effectively answer 16 mark questions
  • Take part in activities to improve examination responses
  • Develop an understanding of how to interpret and answer research method questions
  • Take away a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answer

10:25 – 10:35am: Welcome & Introductions

 

10.35 – 11.20am: Tackling the challenging topics in Paper 1: Social Influence

  • A critical look at obedience to authority and its status within contemporary social psychology
  • Minority influence – how and when does it work? A look at contemporary research in this area to add substance to your exam answers
  • Social influence and social change – harnessing your social psychology to answer questions in this area
  • Implications and applications of these topics to make your exam answers stand out, including their relevance to the world in which we live

11:20 – 11:50am: Examiner workshop on Paper 1

11:20 – 11:50 am: Paper 1: Attachment and Psychopathology

  • Explanations of attachment: learning theory and Bowlby’s monotropic theory. The concepts of a critical period and an internal working mode
  • Definitions of abnormality, including deviation from social norms, failure to function adequately, statistical infrequency and deviation from ideal mental health
  • Examine as a group what differentiates top from lower level responses
  • Explore the skills that gain the highest marks, including the importance of short answer questions to the final grade
  • Quick-fire exercise on how to pick out key aspects of questions, followed by a comparison task to see what examiners are looking for

 

11.50 – 12.10pm: Break – submit your questions on Psychology to our expert panel

 

12.10 – 12.30pm: Successfully answering 16 mark questions

  • Strategies and techniques to answer the 16 mark questions well
  • What examiners are looking for in the best responses
  • Developing high level responses to the 16 mark questions

 

12.30 – 13.10pm: Lunch

13.10 – 13.20pm: Ask the expert

 

 

 

14.20 – 14.00pm: Paper 2: Dealing effectively with Approaches and Biopsychology           

  • Utilising learning approaches, the cognitive approach, the biological approach, the psychodynamic approach and humanistic psychology effectively
  • Biological rhythms: circadian, infradian and ultradian and the difference between these rhythms. The effect of endogenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers on the sleep/wake cycle
  • Group activity to improve examination responses
  • Exam questions, and question types – what the examiner is looking for in this section to attain top level answers

14.00 – 14.30pm: Paper 2: answering Research Methods questions effectively in examinations

  • Gain expert insight with examples of what really gets the highest marks
  • Helping students to interpret the questions and produce concise answers
  • Strengthen student responses by examining common errors made by Psychology students on this Paper
  • Student marking exercise on example answers

 

 

14.30 – 14:45pm: Interview: the current gender debate and how Psychology is responding to it

Chair – Mike Cardwell

  • How changing concepts of gender are affecting social behaviour and Psychological research
  • A unique opportunity to ask questions on how a contemporary topic that can be utilised in research and exam answers

 

14:45 – 15:15pm: Paper 3 – Issues and Debates in Psychology

 

  • Expert advice on how to plan and structure answers for this paper – short answer, application, selection and essay questions
  • Review examples of exam answers to improve student responses
  • An opportunity to learn what examiners are looking for

 

 

15:15 – 15:20pm: Final Top Tips and close

  • Extra tips on excellent revision ideas, including using the specification
  • Action plan – what to do after today to get the highest grades

Jean-Marc Lawton

 

Jean-Marc Lawton has taught Psychology for over 30 years and has a long history of producing high-attaining and well-motivated students. Jean-Marc has written many best-selling books on the subject and bases his own teaching around practical learning experiences and the development of student responses to exam-type questions. Jean-Marc has many years’ experience working as an examiner in senior positions for several exam boards and so is able to impart valuable guidance on how to [and how not to] write exam answers

 

 

Mike Cardwell

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