Thursday 11 February 2021 – 4pm
Wednesday 24 March 2021 – 4pm

CODE: 8071


Given the disruption to education, many A level teachers and students might be very concerned about gaps in foundational knowledge. This webinar is designed to help address these concerns by building on knowledge and skills developed in year 12, help encourage retrieval of knowledge and prime students for success in year 13. It’s designed for all students of Psychology across all exam boards, and will provide a focus on one of the most challenging areas of the A level – Memory.

This interactive webinar will provide essential tips on what the examiners are looking for and pitfalls to avoid, from an experienced senior examiners point of view. Students often do well with recalling knowledge from this topic such as models of memory and MSM in particular but struggle to apply this knowledge in A02 type questions / scenarios. Working memory and the different types of LTM have also proven to be a real differentiator in previous exam series


  • Raises student awareness of how to raise their own attainment
  • Consolidate and improve knowledge on one of the most challenging areas of the specification – Issues and Debates
  • Focus on top mark band requirements by working through exemplar exam scripts on Issues and Debates and avoid common faults and mistakes from previous answers candidates have given
  • Practice marking exercises using real candidates’ scripts from the 2019 Issues and Debates to understand what the examiners are looking for.
  • Gives a reference point for future teaching and revision of this topic


All students of A level Psychology

4.00 pm    Memory – teaching the key features

  • Understanding the different types and features of memory as to be able to short answer exam questions on these
  • Addressing short exam type questions on key features of memory using structured definitions and appropriate (non-colloquial) examples that examiners want to see

4.20 pm   Understanding the main theories of memory

  • Highlighting the differences between MSM and WMM so as to be able to make comparisons between them in terms of A01 and or A03 in an exam question.
  • Addressing exam questions on both models of memory and getting the balance right between description and evaluation

4.40 pm   Using key research studies to help assess these models of memory

  • Understanding how case studies of brain damaged patients such as HM and Clive Wearing can be used to provide strengths and weaknesses for models of memory, as well and using them in their own right for issues and debates.
  • Addressing exam questions using research evidence for memory with an emphasis on focusing on how to describe just the findings of research to support a given model of memory rather than describing the whole study itself

5.00 pm   Final tips

Ali Abbas

Ali is a regular speaker at Educational Conferences and has been providing INSET to schools and colleges nationally, and now internationally since 2003 and was a key speaker at the Visible Learning World Conference, Edinburgh 2019 and the Aspire Psychology Conference, Dubai 2019. Ali is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (FCIEA) and is a published author at A level and GCSE Psychology. He has taught for nearly 20 years and was a Principal Examiner with 13 years’ experience in writing Psychology exam papers and awarding grades for a major exam board, he was also part of the team that wrote the current A level specification

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