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Author: Melanie Vance

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These podcasts are designed for those studying or teaching A level History. They are packed full of advice from experienced examiners! The contents are the opinion of the presenter and are not endorsed by any UK exam board. See website for details.
38 Episodes
Brought to you by This episode is a personal reflection upon the quality of answers to the extract questions in AQA A level History Paper 1. It covers some of the highlights and lowlights of answers I have seen and offers some suggestions on how to improve. I hope you find this useful! If you are looking for effective training with takeaway resources at a budget-sensitive price, drop me an email now on
The Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan


Presented to you by, today we are looking at the Marshall Plan. What is it? Was it an unselfish act? How did the soviet Union respond to it? Some thoughts about its effectiveness too. Feel free to send in any jokes or shout-outs to
Presented to you by This special episode is for any A level History student (but especially AQA) who has just completed an essay on cause/consequence or significance. It will talk your through each paragraph, point out some of the pitfalls and give advice on what you could do.



All A level AQA History teachers or students looking to practice some source skills, should head over to website today! Email me on This episode looks at what was containment. It explores what methods of containment were used during the Cold War and why it was adopted by President Truman. I do hop you enjoy it and that you are revising hard!
If you are studying or teaching AQA A level Cold War, why not grab one of our section A exam papers with detailed indicative content! This episode looks largely at the debate - Was Stalin aggressive and expansionist or were his actions in Eastern and Souther Europe defensive? Any shout-outs, jokes or feedback? Email us on
This episode is designed to specifically help those studying AQA A level History - HIS2R Cold War, but could be useful to anyone studying the period. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website for some exam based resources today!
This is a little intro to the coursework module and some of the key headlines. Email in any questions, shoutouts or jokes to and follow us on twitter @MyHistoryRocks
This episode explains how to use own knowledge more effectively when evaluating arguments in extracts for AQA History, Section A of paper 1. I do hope you enjoy it! If you want any shoutouts, have a joke or want to make a request, please email
The much anticipated episode is finally here! This episode suggests an effective way of structuring your answers to Section A, AQA interpretations for paper 1 in the A level History exam. It is also packed with advice when approaching the paper and things to avoid. Send us your feedback, suggestions or requests for shout-outs to
This episode begins to explore how to approach interpretations in section A of AQA History - component 1. This segment explains the difference between a fact and an opinion and how to spot them. This is all crucial in the overall structure - so pay attention!
This episode offers a suggestion on how to structure a Section A AQA History source answer for paper 2. Of course, there are lots of approaches, but this example should produce an answer that includes balance and judgement that will help you get higher marks! Send us feedback, jokes or a request for a shout-out to
This episode gets to grips with tone - what is it? what's the point? how to do it? Most students don't tackle tone well in A level History source answers, so listen in for these little tricks!
This episode explains what provenance is, why we do it and what to discuss. It warns you against the evil ways of discussing BIAS and other pointless stock phrases. Enjoy :-)
This episode is especially helpful for those tackling paper 2 of the A level AQA History paper. What do we even mean by value? This segment tries to unravel the mystery!
This episode will explore why conclusions are important in A level History essays and how to go about them. Send us your feedback to @myhistoryrocks
This episode explodes the myths about paragraph structures. It offers and alternative structure that is more likely to get you higher marks. Enjoy :-) Contact us on twitter @myhistoryrocks
This episode will shed some light on what your teachers mean when they tell you to be more analytical in your History essays. Send feedback and jokes to twitter @myhistoryrocks
This episode gives you some useful hacks on how to start a paragraph in an A level History essay to maximise your marks!
This episode exposes the worst and best approaches to writing an introduction to an A level History essay. Send us feedback or question on twitter @myhistoryrocks
The very first episode of the History Rocks podcasts aimed at determined A level History students. This episode explores how to unpack a question and plan for it.
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