hello and welcome to my channel now in today’s video I’m going to be teaching you how you can potentially get an a start in your history coursework by following the tips and advice that I got slash acquired from doing my history coursework and gaining an a star oh that firstly disclaimer this is not guarantee that you will get an a star obviously you gonna put in the work the time the effort and hopefully with that and a bit of luck then you can also get an a star as well but it’s not guaranteed so don’t come running to me if you don’t get any style this is just the advice that I’m giving from what I’ve done to get the a star okay now that this claimant is done we can actually get on to what we’re gonna be talking about so answer the first thing that you need to be doing to get your start is to engage in the content that is being taught quick side note my coursework was based on the causes of the First World War just so it gives you a bit of context for when I gives you some examples so in my school they taught us all the content that we needed to know for our coursework to be able to write a substantiated argument so firstly just engage in that content make sure you’re not now you don’t have to enjoy it but enjoying it definitely helps and so make sure you understand what’s being taught and just get a foothold in it and understand what’s going on so leading on from that I would say make sure to try and get ahead so read up and what’s going to be taught about for example if you’re going to be talking about the Algeciras conference in 1905 then make sure to read up about that so then you know our way Germany got a conciliatory strip of the French Congo and then BAM you know that so when you’re in the lesson you already know what’s going on it’s refreshing your memory and then if your teacher asks you questions on it make sure you put up your hand because then that’ll just reinforce what you’ve very been taught and you’ve already learned so really getting ahead really does give you that foothold to jump onto the higher level okay so next I would say once you start engaging in the content and you started to learn about it and read ahead maybe trying to find a few sources that can add to your repertoire of knowledge they get some contemporary sources and get some secondary sources also get maybe ten of each as like a little baseline to aim for if you get the contemporary sources as they are the main things that you want to be researching and writing about when it comes to your coursework but make sure to know what you’re going to add to them so you think about okay maybe how could I interpret this what does this mean so start thinking about how you would add to the sources and how that would link into your arguments even though at this point in time you may not know what question you’re going to be writing about just get some ideas blowing through your head that’ll really help when it comes to planning paragraph whilst you’re doing this make sure to think about the context of the sources so when was it written or what would this suggest how does this context infer what might be said like what’s the socio-political climate at the time has this got a bearing on what would be said and just go along with that and then hopefully that will give you something to think about and it will get your bearings of why something’s been written like your next piece of advice I have is to write some practice essays I don’t think this is very common but our teacher definitely said to write some practice essays for it so they gave us some looks like homeworks go and do and I really do think it helped so just right you don’t have to know much just write a normal history essay on a topic so give yourself a question or get your teacher to give you a question I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to do that for you and then it just means that you get a bearing of what’s going on it gets you into this thing it acclimatize you essentially into the content that you’re learning about and with those essays get your teacher to mark them and then if you they mark them they should be able to give you some feedback now that feedback is gonna be crucial with your coursework because essentially it isn’t your coursework so they can mark it and then give you feedback on it and this feedback will be used for your coursework so if your teacher says oh it’s a really good essay but you haven’t evaluated it enough then think okay well I’m – my coursework I need to be extra sure that I include lots of evaluation and make it good evaluation okay so this comes to the point where you need to start figuring out what your question is going to be so firstly decide your judgement so what is the issue that you’re going to be talking about and what side are you arguing for please do not sit on the fence is a level you should be sitting on the fence I’m sure you won’t be sitting on the fence but just pick an argument and stick with it and at this point you should have had quite he sources so it should be some direction of which I do you think would have more evidence to support it and then just go with that side and pick a question I argued for my question say for example my question was how far was Germany’s decision to go to war in 1914 driven by the desire the territorial expansion now I was arguing for territorial expansion so therefore this question I was supporting whereas if it was how far was Germany’s decision to go to war in 1914 driven by defensive measures that I’ll be arguing against the question so think about which way you want to go okay so once you decided your question I would say to create a sheet I’m so quick yourself a table and this is where you’re going to start citing what kind of paragraph ideas you’re going to be doing so I started thinking about things like the slit throat of the bring hypothesis defensive concerns territorial expansion diplomatic failure things like that so I just started going off those and I started to create a sheet so I got all the sources I had acquired by this point and I put them in a column and then I wrote a little summary about each one so just to remind myself when I came back to it what it was about and then I put the Harvard reference on it say I had that when I came around to it please do that I’ll save you so much time at the end and you don’t have to rush and think about it or like the last day and then just put in the last little column what paragraph you were going to be putting that in and then once you’ve done that go back to move your summary bit and underneath it do a couple spaces and say how that source will contribute to that paragraph and what you’re going to write about in it that gives you some basis and understanding of where you’re going to go that sauce and how you can use it okay so next point I would say is draw up a detailed plan so let’s say just draw up your ideas and organize them neatly into a document as this allows you to move them around a later date if you don’t feel they fit quite right I did this so I started off things with like my first paragraph and then I found that this paragraph wasn’t actually gonna work very well being there so I adjusted it and I think that made my argument a bit stronger I guess after you’ve done your detailed plan I would then move on to do your completion which sounds like a really bizarre idea because firstly yourself there in judgment ways I’d say do your conclusion because this is the last thing in your paragraph so it makes you keep a consistent line through your work so by doing a paragraph in conclusion obviously you will come back to re-enter later at some point after you’ve agitant all your other paragraphs but to start off with just do your conclusion so you know what your judgment is and that you’ll stick to it because the whole point to get a good mark is just keeping your argument consistent I guess after you write your conclusion then you write your introduction start setting out what your argument is where you are arguing all along with this also stay what you’re arguing against so state the other paragraph ideas so just include the other viewpoints so that the people know what you’re gonna be talking about at this point you may want to include one or two sources but I’d say that’s it and don’t get into those sources because you’ll use them later on you may also want to put why your viewpoint is superior in to you this bit of your coursework just set it sets out for when it comes down to the conclusion so it says you can clearly see if you just read the instruction and the conclusion that your argument is consistent link into a question as well okay I think at this point is probably a good time to mention that you should start referencing so whilst you’re writing things and if you include some sources in your introduction for example just give them a lot of reference if you’re using word document you can literally just click the reference button and it’ll do it and make sure you just reference it if you don’t too sure how to reference things properly just go to a website called sightless for me and elder for you pretty much also if you use a source once and then you can reference it again straight after just type in a bit that is ibid and that on me same as above okay so at this point I’ll take go back and find some more sources so once you know exactly what you’re talking about find small sources that will support you and challenge your argument I’ll say most importantly try and find some sources that count to your argument and find out how you can use them make sure to acknowledge these source so say okay well this you point has some validity but it’s the nasty falls down because of this so bring in the source that you’re going to counter against and then use your own knowledge and say okay what it’s not very good because of this then bring in say a second resource and say this is also agreed upon by Fisher or whatever like that so then it shows that you’re using your own knowledge make sure to also put some context there because that can evaluate it really well and then it contemporary source a second source even we’ll just back it up and solidify your argument on where you stand and then at this point is probably time to start writing your main paragraph finally so I’d say you need to write maybe about three four five paragraphs something along those lines they they should probably quite long because they’re gonna be big chunky paragraphs they’re gonna be analytical they’re gonna be evaluative they’re gonna be really good and they just gonna show you why you’re so good in history I’d say you need to include at least a minimum one prime resource of one contemporary source per paragraph it’s fine if you do one and a bug masonry well analyze it really well and use your second resources to back it up and things of that so I’ll say maybe between two and four sources per paragraph something along these lines and with the main paragraphs also make sure to use your own knowledge all the time so this may be a good time to give back to your learn content and go engaging it again because that’ll really help just refresh your mind also go back to a paragraph sheets where you decided what sources were gonna be in each pair and use the summaries and they will just remind you again what sources you have and which sources you can use each paragraph and then once you’ve written each paragraph I would say believe it may be a day or go back for the next day something like that and then just go over it and say okay I don’t like the sound of this it gives you a fresh perspective when you like slept on it pretty much and then once you’ve done that you can improve them which is always a good thing once you’ve read a paragraph what you could do is try and consult your teacher which is always a good thing and a noon course what they can’t tell you a lot so why would say is just give them the paragraph get them to read it and I’m pretty sure they can say if this paragraph is good or this paragraph is improving if this in is improving then obviously go back and rewrite it redo it think okay where did I go wrong in this what happened and also do this often does that keep you on track with where you are and even if that means missing a lunch time for them to go read it and tell you if it’s good or bad go to it as this is your coursework it will help you it will get your grade up it will you need to do this and then obviously once you’ve done all your paragraphs you’ll have your first draft and now with your first draft what I would say to do you’ve noticed you can do this with your paragraphs when you do them is highlight them so get each assessment objective and just highlight them and be critical with yourself as the more critical you are the better but don’t be too critical wise bad so just say okay wherever I used my knowledge wherever I evaluated where have I been analytical that kind of thing and then if you see loads of white space in a certain area go over what’s wrong with that bit and then maybe delete it rewrite it and this is where you can go back and use the essays that you’ve written before so when they say oh you’ve really lacked on your evaluation then maybe you can look at it and see okay maybe I can print in my evaluation or maybe to see Oh actually there’s quite a few white spaces or there’s not much highlighted for the evaluation so then you can say okay in this white space I’m gonna include a bit more evaluation and then go of it like that and that will just help to improve it and make a great a bit better and then once you finally finished your course for go over it get some to proofread it whether it be a friend teacher parent anyone I’ll apps get loans read it and one thing I did was I went three and if you go and click like control Evan word and then you could type in a certain word to make sure you haven’t used it too much for example one word I found myself always using was further more and more either so I would just type it in and it would say maybe like you’ve used this word ten times so then I would just click through and cut it down and replace it with something like additionally but also don’t just use a word you don’t know to replace it with if you don’t know what it means because if you put it in it could make your I can not make sense and remember to compile your bibliography as this will also be needed so just get all half a referencing that you’ve done in your paragraph sheets and just put them in and that’ll make sure that you actually got it done and so once you’ve done all this you should have quite a good piece of coursework that is hopefully an a star sign I might also say at this point if you get the chance maybe discuss your ideas with your classmates and they may have some good ideas however do not under any circumstance copy them rip them off will do anything that could to get your work disqualified so just use them for a different perspective and a different idea I’m in terms of work I would work for roughly two hours a night something along those lines and along with working each night I would obviously book my free periods and also in my history coursework the lessons so you can work out helped and I probably work and obviously I put quite a lot of effort and work into my calls work anyway that has been my tips for history coursework I really do hope this has helped you if it has wish to even like subscribe if you’d like and I will see you in the next video thanks for watching bye