The Theory & the Analysis.

In the technique "Mapping out the Subject" we discussed the importance of understanding which of the theories apply to particular senarios. We have also discussed how, when doing an exam, you are practicing and being tested on two things:

1. Your understanding of the theories, models and frameworks taught in the subject.

This is the obvious one. You need to understand and be able to re-create these in the exam.

2. Your ability to use these to analyse a situation and provide an answer.

This is the less obvious one. Generally you will need to use one or more of the models that were taught to answer a question.

These are 2 different things. Students often make one of two types of mistake:

a. Some students spend most of their time just writing about a model when something like half the marks will be given for the use of the model.

b. Other students try to answer the question without using the appropriate model from class. Again this will lose maybe half the marks.

To get great marks you need to do both well. You need to think through the list of theories and models that have been taught in class and then use the appropriate ones in your answer.

I recommend discussing with your teacher how many marks of each question applies to the use of the models or frameworks.