I’ve had a lot of people request my sleep and biological predictions for PSYA3 2017 so here they are. Just to clarify this is for retake students sitting the old specification and not the new linear specification. You should be sitting these exams this June 2017 as part of your retakes from the old spec.
Sleep was one of the topics I studied for this paper (the other topics were Aggression and Relationships) and I scored 100 UMS (full marks) in all three of the 24 mark sections. I’ll be completely open and honest here and say Sleep and biological rhythms was my most hated topic out of all of them and this includes the PSYA4 topics too. I chose this topic mostly because it seemed easier to learn than the others but it became such a chore to learn and I was too invested revision wise to suddenly change ! So I stuck with it and thankfully managed to do well using my essays I had created.
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2017 Predictions For Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Last year we had a broad question come up focusing on the role of endogenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers which helps me rule these two out. This then leaves us an interesting selection of potential big essay questions.
- Circadian, Infradian and Ultradian rhythms – these havent ever come up as sole essays and rather a smaller question is more likely I believe considering the lack of focus they have had. I would prep these just to grab those smaller marks if it does come up but if an essay does come up it may want you to discuss research into biological rhythms so its best to go in with some grasp of all 3 regardless.
- The disruption of biological rhythms (shift work/Jet-lag) – This is something thats a possibility considering its been 3 exam windows. My gut says to know this going in.
- Explanations for sleep disorders; sleepwalking, insomnia, narcolepsy – I think a question on insomnia is more likely personally but the whole section on sleep disorders is well overdue. It appeared only as a 4 marker in June 2015 for Narcolepsy and that was it! So I would brush up on these considering the lack of focus this chapter has had historically.
- The nature of sleep: Stages of sleep – a bit of an outsider but its not really appeared since June 2011 and that was a broad question.
So these are my thoughts on what I would personally prepare for – what are your thoughts? Always be sure to revise and learn everything to be safe and use these predictions merely as a guide.
Drop me a comment below and let me know if you have any questions!