Hello. My name is Habeebah.
I am currently a law student at the University of Birmingham. I had got into Birmingham by achieving the grades ABB in my chosen A-levels, which were Sociology, Philosophy and ethics, and media studies. I had achieved an A grade in sociology, which is my chosen field. I have been studying sociology since year 10.
I was always that student that achieved a constant B grade in all of my sociology exams, no matter what I did. However, I gained tutoring from 'my tutor' which enabled me to boost my grade in A2. Through my tutoring sessions i learnt various of techniques, structures and methods that helped me tremendously to improve my exam answers to get into those high bands.
As a tutor i will teach these key factors to my students, alongside motivating them to work to towards their full capability. I will set them homework, which i will mark and assess using a mark scheme; I will also give them feedback so they can improve upon their essay writing skills. In my sessions i will also be going through past exam papers so my students can get used to the kinds of questions asked by examiners; I will be going through theoretical perspectives with them and i will give them the opportunity to see exemplary answers, and to ask me questions too.
A key part of sociology is learning theoretical perspectives; the more perspectives one uses the more marks they gain. All students are taught the same type of perspectives, i.e. Marxism, Feminism, Functionalists and so on. Yet each institution is taught different theorists. The theories put forward are usually complex and lengthy, so i would highly suggest that you read through the theories given to you by your teachers, and translate them into your own words. This will allow you to understand and memorise the studies more easily. Another way to learn numerous of perspectives is by finding an effective revision technique for yourself, as each student learns differently. A few examples of techniques that have worked for me are spider diagrams, flashcards, and posters. Once you have made your revision notes you can get other individuals to test you. This will make revising fun, yet effective, as you can learn theoretical perspectives more easily.
To improve your grade from a B to an A your exam answer must be in depth and concise. A B grade student will include key terminology that will earn marks for knowledge; however, an A grade student would take this a step further and define the key terminology within their answer to portray knowledge and understanding, which will subsequently earn them more marks. Furthermore, a B grade student will answer the question adequately, yet they may not illustrate outstanding understanding of a concept to be in the top bands. To improve upon this one may use a paragraph structure known as: PEEL. P: point. E: example. E: explanation. L: link. This simple structure will enable you to earn marks for your application, and for your knowledge. This technique will also allow one to answer the question properly, as it is easy for students to lose track of what is actually being asked from them. The explanation part should dominate the paragraph as it is significant for the student to include relevant theoretical perspectives. This differentiates a B grade student from an A grade student.