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Jane – Higher Level

This was the exam that I had procrastinated until 24 hours before hand, where I decided to seriously knuckle down and you couldn’t tear me away from my history book! I started with questions 4, 5 and 6. If I could ever give someone golden advice, it would be to do this in your JC History exam! People in history though, how weird. Can someone tell me why they couldn’t have used a manor rather than a castle? I winged it big time. George Washington I was pretty okay with, I’d revised this one. I was disappointed D Day or Cold war didn’t come up though!

I could almost feel everyone freaking out around me for Part C of Q5. I did too at the start. How dare they use explorations! Once I got in to it it was grand. I just did P)B and used my own general knowledge about the British Empire. Hopefully my examiner will be impressed that I knew so much about the British economy haha. On to Question 6. well Part a was grand, kind of winged the accounts but they were okay. Very surprised with P6. They didn’t us the option of the blockade! If I hadn’t studied the entire cold war the night before I would have been snookered!
The rest of the paper after this was pretty easy,as it always is.

I regret leaving my study so late and hope this does not affect my grade! Certainty it has taken an effect on my mental health and sleep patterns though and I deeply regret that I let that happen.

Art – Higher Level

For some reason or another, maybe because it gives me a bit of confidence, I like to start with the short questions in history. To be safe, I answered around 14 to assure full marks. Then onto the pictures question. I wasn’t very confident on what Picture A was, but I wrote something down. The black death and Mary Robinson were both pretty easy then, I thought. The Documents questions didn’t seem to be too challenging. It’s really just a matter of getting the answer from the source for the most part. I found it interesting however. If I’m honest, I think I spent a bit too long on the beginning of the paper. For any 2nd years reading, don’t spend much over a half an hour and all of these.

Then onto the more important ones. I decided to begin with the Long Questions on Q6 because I was most confident here. I did international developments in the 20th century and the Irish history one. Overall, I was pretty happy with both. I’m worried I wrote a bit too much in places though. One or two of the small questions on Ireland were a bit harden than usual. I then did Q5, the source questions on the age of exploration. For the most part, I was pretty happy with all of these. Finally, I left little time for Q4. I wrote up a good answer on George Washington I thought but Michelangelo was a little bare as the clock beat me.

Overall, I thought it was a bit trickier than most years. I think I may have gotten a high B, but I doubt I got the A, which I’m sickened over as I love history!

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