Aqa Human Biology Unit 5 Essay

 
  1. Firstly, I am NOT LOOKING FORWARD to the ESSAY QUESTION!

    Just wondered, if anyone had any tips?

    Also, maybe we could share past questions and think up possible essay questions?

  2. Ive got some title for you to look at..you might want to write it down here so people can correct it

    Synoptic Questions

    1. How the structure of cells is related to their function.

    2. The different ways in which organisms use ATP.

    3. How bacteria affect human lives.

    4. The biological importance of water.

    5. The transfer of energy between different organisms and between these organisms and the environment.

    6. Ways in which different species of organisms differ from each other.

    7. Negative Feedback and its importance in biology.

    8. Condensation and hydrolysis and their importance in biology.

    9. Inorganic ions include those of sodium, phosphorus and hydrogen. Describe how these and other inorganic ions are used in living organism.

    10. Polymers have different structures, they also have different functions. Describe how the structures of different polymers are related to their functions.

    11. Describe how nitrogen-containing substances are taken into, and metabolised in, animals and plants.

    12. Carbon dioxide in organisms and ecosystems.

    13. Why offspring produced by the same parents look different in appearance.

    14. Cycles in Biology.

    15. Describe and explain the uses of genetic engineering in Medical Science.

    16. How the structure of protein is related to their function.

    17. The movement of substances within living organisms.

    18. The structure and function of carbohydrates.


    Maybe start with 9:

    9. Inorganic ions include those of sodium, phosphorus and hydrogen. Describe how these and other inorganic ions are used in living organism.
    (Original post by vixen23)
    Firstly, I am NOT LOOKING FORWARD to the ESSAY QUESTION!

    Just wondered, if anyone had any tips?

    Also, maybe we could share past questions and think up possible essay questions?

  3. (Original post by arvin_infinity)
    Ive got some title for you to look at..you might want to write it down here so people can correct it

    Synoptic Questions


Just a few tips on how to tackle the essay best:

Before the exam:

  • In addition to recapping units 1, 2 and 4 (you may wish to do some past papers), try and pick up at least one extra fact not in the course related to each unit 5 topic - you'll need it to maximise your chances in the essay!

[0:00] At the start of the exam:

  • Flick forward to the essay titles and look at them.  If you think you'll panic more doing this, then don't, but it can be helpful to keep the titles in the back of your mind as some of the questions in the bulk of the paper may have information useful to the essay itself.
  • Don't stress yourself over the essay; the UMS boundaries are almost always low for biology unit 5 (I saw one year where you could pretty much flunk the essay completely and walk away with 90% UMS)

[1:05] With 40mins to spare:

  • Stop the question you're on and move onto the essay.  If you're blundering through those really hard later questions, you're probably not going to get many (if any) marks and are certainly going to get less marks for your time than if you started the essay
  • PICK THE TITLE WISELY.  If you can't decide in the split second which one you know more about, pick the one that sounds broader, as it'll probably have more scope for you to cram in extra topics if need be.
  • MAKE A PLAN.  Most, if not all, candidates who got the A's and A*'s made some sort of plan.  Even if you're not aiming that high, it goes to show how a plan can boost you up.  Examiners will look at your plan if your essay is unfinished.  It should be a spider-like diagram with the topics you're going to cover coming off of the centre bubble, and overviews of the finer points you're going to make coming off of those.  Examiners can give breadth / scientific content marks for stuff in your plan that's not in your essay.
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