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WRITING ESSAYS FOR PAPER 1 B and Paper 2. Paper 1 A. Paper 1B. Choose one of the three essays One hour App.. 800 words. Answer all three SAQs One hour App.. 250 words. Same assessment criteria as for paper 1 B. Paper 2 SL. Paper 2 HL. Choose two essays, each from different options.

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Paper 1 A

Paper 1B

Choose one of the three essays

One hour

App.. 800 words

  • Answer all three SAQs
  • One hour
  • App.. 250 words
same assessment criteria as for paper 1 b
Same assessment criteria as for paper 1 B

Paper 2 SL

Paper 2 HL

Choose two essays, each from different options

  • Choose one essay from three possibilities for each option
assessment objectives for saqs and eaqs
Assessment objectives – for SAQs and EAQs
  • Students will be expected to demonstrate the following:

1Knowledge and comprehension of:

  • A specific content
  • B key terms and concepts
  • C psychological research methods
  • D a range of appropriately identified psychological theories and research studies
  • E the biological, cognitive and sociocultural level of analysis
  • F one option (SL) and two options (HL)
assessment objectives for saqs and eaqs5
Assessment objectives – for SAQs and EAQs

2. Application and analysis

A demonstrate an ability to use examples of psychological research and psychological concepts to formulate an argument in response to a specific question

3 Synthesis and evaluation

A evaluate psychological theories and empirical studies

B discuss how biological, cognitive and sociocultural level of analysis can be used to explain behaviour

C evaluate research methods used to investigate behaviour

4 Selection and use of skills appropriate to psychology

A write an organized response

writing essays for paper 1 b and paper 26
WRITING ESSAYS FOR PAPER 1 B and Paper 2
  • Have a look at the assessment details for paper 1 B and paper 2 (SL + HL)

A: knowledge and comprehension

Total of 9 marks

B: Evidence of critical thinking: application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation

Total of 9 marks

C: Organization

Total of 4 marks

the traditional structure of an essay
The traditional structure of an essay
  • The Introduction: introduce the essay question and your line of argument
  • The main body: present information in a clear and logical manner – build an answer to the essay question

Each paragraph should contain an argument and include relevant knowledge to support it (maybe also counter-argument)

  • The conclusion: relate directly to the question raised – your ultimate answer based on your argument
before you start writing
Before you start writing…
  • Read the essay question very carefully
  • Identify command terms and content (what are you suppose to do and with what?)
  • Make an outline (e.g. mind-map) – spend ten minutes planning – and you will have 50 minutes to write and check your answer
general advice about writing in psychology
General advice about writing in psychology
  • Focus on the question
  • Clear structure
  • Apply critical thinking skills
  • You have to argue! ( persuasion)
  • Write for an audience
  • Your job is to convince by solid arguments and evidence
  • Don’t let the reader be left to guess!
an eaq example
An EAQ example
  • Discuss the use of one research method (e.g. experiments, case studies) in the cognitive level of analysis. Use relevant research studies in your response. [22 marks]

Now, with eight steps, create an outline

  • Step one: identify command terms
  • Step two: identify content
  • Step three: find one relevant research study
  • Step four: what argument?
  • Step five: consider the argument
  • Step six: make an outline
  • Step seven: write according to your outline
  • Step eight: read through your essay
eight steps
Eight steps
  • identify command terms: discuss
  • identify content: one research method is the experimental method
  • find one relevant research study: Loftus and Palmer (1974) on the role of leading questions on recall (memory)
  • what argument? 1. Why the experimental method is used in the cognitive level of analysis 2. possible reasons for using it in Loftus and Palmer 3. Was it a good choice - evaluation
  • consider the argument: could other methods be used instead? And why do they use the experimental method?
  • make an outline: structure of your essay
  • write according to your outline
  • read through your essay
possible outline
Possible outline
  • Introduction: explain why the experimental method is used in the cognitive level of analysis and how this is illustrated in Loftus and palmer (1974)
  • Paragraph 1: The cognitive level of analysis – discuss why the experimental method is used in some studies
  • Paragraph 2: characteristics of the experimental method, including strengths and limitations
  • Paragraph 3: why the experimental method was used in Loftus and Palmer (1974) rather than another method
  • Paragraph 4: Briefly describe the study, focusing on the experimental features to justify the use of the experiment
  • Paragraph 5: evaluation
  • Conclusion: how the experimental method has proved useful in research studies on memory, but it is important to be aware of the limitations of the method, especially when generalizing to real-life memory