Just a few last minute reminders for AS Sociology students – for the exam this Friday I recommend the following two most excellent revision techniques
Firstly, you should make sure you can answer a 24 mark question on each of the following topic areas – you should be able to use concepts (sociology words), research studies and statistics where appropriate, and be analytical and evaluative.
- – Couples (equality in relationships)
- – Childhood – the way its constructed, whether things are getting bad/ worse. whether it’s disappearing
- – The perspectives on the family – (focussing on the nuclear family) – Functionalism/ Marxism/ Feminism/ The New Right/ Postmodernism and also Giddens/ Beck
- – Demography – the causes and consequences of falling birth and death rates and
- – Changing family patterns – reasons for and consequences of changes in divorce, marriage, cohabitation and childbirth.
- – Family diversity – how family life is becoming more diverse and perspectives on increasing family diversity.
- – Social Policy and the Family – examples of how the government can influence family life and perspectives on this.
Secondly, and related to the first thing, you should focus on learning the ‘model essay plans’ I’ve given you for each of the above areas – you can tweak the plan to fit the actual essay in the exam – test yourself constantly over the next 36 hours – make sure you know the content of each topic area as well as the general structure of the essay you are likely to get.
You may get a ‘hybrid’ essay question that asks you to voer two topic areas in one question – in which case keep an eye on the clock and adapt.
The time for gimmicky learning is over, you must now force yourself to learn the information for the exam in the format of the exam- you must be able to write for one solid hour – don’t think too hard when in the exam either – quickly plan out what knowledge is relevant to the question and then regurgitate all the cocepts/ theories and research studies you know and relate them to the specific question, and evaluate constantly (which mainly means criticising)
I’m not going to wish you good luck – luck only benefits students who are ill prepared – when, for example, the two out seven topics they have happened to revise come up – in fact I hope students playing that sort of game are positively unlucky and fail so I don’t have to deal with them next year. This way justice is done and it makes my life easier – and who doesn’t love the two birds one stone thing.
If you are prepared – then luck is irrelevant.
Oh and you only answer the section on the family – five questions in total – three short answer questions and the two essays worth 24 marks each