Below you will find all the marking codes used in general homework. In order to use this, locate the QR code on your work which will have a diagnosis code. That will tell you what the main issue was with your work, or the place that improvement would make the biggest difference to your grade. Scan the QR code and it will bring you to this page. Scroll down to find your code and it will give you a diagnosis, and then importantly a therapy. This is a task to complete on the bottom of your work in green pen which will help ‘treat’ the problem. Mrs Pepper can then test if the therapy has worked and give you a rough indication of how this would change your grade.
Diagnosis = Lack of Precision/Vague
It is especially important in Psychology, and even more so in methods that your answers are precise. The mark schemes will normally contain very specific terms/ideas that get you the marks and without them your answer is considered to be ‘vague’ and therefore loses you at least one if not more marks.
Therapy: from the verbal feedback given about the mark scheme write out what the required features/terms were that you needed to say. Reanswer the question including exactly the terms required with no extra details.
Diagnosis = Missed Command Words
There are several parts to a question which tell you exactly how you should be answering it. If you misinterpret these or do not pick up on them you can lose marks and time focusing on recalling the wrong information.
Therapy: One the question itself colour code, instructions in one colour. For example describe, outline, discuss. In a second colour highlight the topic matter. For example social learning theory. Lastly circle any dodgy bits. For example demands for a particular number of things, exceptions. Now look at your question again to decode what to do, rewrite in your own words if needed. In future write the questions out when you submit work.
Diagnosis = Too Short
It is important that you look at the mark allocation. You have about 1min per mark in the exam with the left over for planning and reading. If a question is worth 4marks it should be 4-5mins of time in the exam.
Therapy: Time yourself writing as fast as possible for one minute on any topic you like. This gives your 1min word/line count guide. Use this to judge if you are writing enough. Go back and add more to the question you were too short for up to this guide amount.
Diagnosis = Waffling
It is important that you look at the mark allocation. You have about 1min per mark in the exam with the left over for planning and reading. If a question is worth 4marks it should be 4-5mins of time in the exam. It is also important in Psychology, and even more so in methods that your answers are precise. If you waffle it looks like you have more content than you really do.
Therapy: Time yourself writing as fast as possible for one minute on any topic you like. This gives your 1min word/line count guide. Use this to judge if you are writing too much. Try highlighting what parts actually got the marks and rewrite shorter.
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