Possible Psya1 8-12 Mark Questions & Model Essay Answers
Below you have a copy of the specification for AQA Psychology Psya1. It outlines exactly what can be asked for the Psya1 exam and more specifically what the 12 mark questions could possibly be.
This is taken from the 2014/2015 AQA Psychology specification so the possible 12 mark questions are valid from this date going forward. I will update this as the specification changes but as of now this is completely up to date. We then break this down into possible questions which are:
- The Multi-Store Memory Model
- The Working Memory Model
- Eyewitness testimony (EWT), Factors affecting EWT such as Misleading Information & Anxiety and Age of witness
- Improving Accuracy of Eye Witness Testimony (EWT) including the use of the Cognitive Interview
- Strategies for memory improvement
- Explanations of attachment including Learning Theory and Bowlby’s theory
- Use of the “strange situation” in attachment research
- Cultural variations in attachment
- The effects of disruption of attachment, failure to form attachments (Privation) and Institutional care
- The impact of different forms of daycare on children’s social development including the effects on aggression and peer relations
- How research into attachment and day care has influenced childcare practices
As you can see there is possibly up to 11 possible psya1 12 mark essay questions. Not all may be asked as 12 markers as there may not be enough material, for example strategies for memory improvement is unlikely to be a 12 marker but you never know AQA.
What you then need to do is create model essay answers for each of these questions. Its a good thing I have you covered there however. You can get A grade perfect 6-12 mark model essays for Psya1 here.
Your next task is to learn these answers so if the question is asked you can simply recall the learn’t material from memory. Learning all of these is tough so you need to narrow your focus and concentrate on the what’s likely to come up. You predict the future by learning from the past. To do this you need to look at the past 12 mark questions for psya1 here.
Narrow down the possible 12 mark questions by looking at those that haven’t been asked in a while as 12 markers (they may have been asked as smaller questions such as 6-8 markers). Write off the most recent 12 mark essay questions as less likely, especially the ones from the last 2 exam papers.
By focusing on those that haven’t come up your hedging your bets on what is possibly more likely. I must emphasise this isnt a guaranteed process as with Psya1 and Psya2 they can throw some curve balls too which they like to do so its always best to revise everything to some degree just to be safe.