- Make sure that you are sticking to the structure expected (see here)
- Are you demonstrating understanding of the research process?
- Ensure there’s no confusion over hypotheses, aim and what actually happens – if you’re doing a correlation make sure that the hypotheses are correlational.
- Be concise.
- Use headings to show the different areas of the report (abstract, methodology, results …)
- Keep within the word limit (it’s 1,400 and a limit – you don’t get 10% – you don’t get anything – it’s 1,400!!)
- References: make sure that all studies are referenced properly and not just a bibliography.
- Is everything in the appendices that needs to be?
- In the header/footer: Name, candidate number, centre number, page numbers.
- Are the issues actually explicitly raised by the source?
- Is the study / research / theory that you’re applying apposite to the issue or just forced to fit?
- Include the original source or you will receive 0 marks for Issues.
- Make sure that you’ve referenced all your studies
- Stick to the structure of the mark scheme and label as such:
- Issues: 250/300 words (approx)
- Evidence: 500 words (approx)
- Suggestions: 200\250 words (approx)
- Word limit is a limit: 1,000 words! Don’t lie – examiners can tell.
- Within the last 24 months – better to be within last 12.
- Not too long – try to keep under 2 sides of A4 – the examiners have to read this too!
- Include the full article, not just a relevant part.
- Include the article with the coursework when sending off (if you don’t you’ll loose all the marks for the first section!).
- Highlight the relevant parts with a pen or highlighter to identify where the issues have come from.