At the start of each term, I always ask my students to show me their notes. More often than not, I am greeted my line after line of black text on white lined paper.

‘How do you feel when you read that?’ I ask.

‘Bored…’

‘Hard to concentrate…’

‘Can’t spend more than five minutes looking at them.’

These are some of the more common responses. Research suggests that notes that are vibrant, colourful and have pictures or illustrations are 40% more likely to be recalled by students. As a consequence, I put together some quick glance revision notes, usually based around a specific theme for my students to look at as examples. These can be downloaded below, and I hope you find them useful:

Families and Households:

Functionalism and the Family Functionalism and Family

Marxism and the Family Marxism and Family

Feminism and Family Feminism and Family

Post and Late Modernity and Family Post and late modernity and family

Great 8s – Making the links between different parts of the specification 

8 Great – social policy and family

Great 8 working women and changes to family life

Education 

Functionalism and Education Functionalism Education on a page

Marxism and Education Marxism Education on a page

Marxism and Education.jpg

Top 5…Top 5 external reasons for class and achievement

Top 5 external reasons for class and achievement

Top 5 internal reasons for differences in social class experience

Top 5 internal reasons for girl’s improvements in educational achievement

Top 5 external reasons for girl’s improvements in educational achievement

Top 5 External reasons for ethnic differences in educational experience

Top 5 Reasons for girl's improvements ExtTop 5 Reasons for girl's improvements in educational achievement internal

Top 5 Marketisation Policies

Top 5 policies serving needs of economy

8 ways schools shape identity

Globalisation and Education

Top 5 policies serving needs of the economy

Methods in Context

On Paper 1 the Methods in Context Question asks students to think like a sociologist conducting a piece of research. On this site I have a few activities for students to try thinking like a sociologist themselves with some blank templates on teachers, students and parents, and to think about different context that may be investigated. The blank copies can be found on Revision Materials

However, if you want to check out my responses or just skip the hard work and peek at the answers – the complete versions are below.

Setting and Streaming CC

 Parental Considerations 

Anti-school subculture context

Anti-school subcultures CC

Social Class Achievement

 Institutional Racism

Labelling

Material Deprivation

Parent Points MiC

Student samples MiC

Teacher Features MiC

Global Development 

Modernisation Theory

Dependency Theory

Neo-Liberalism

Crime and Deviance 

8 views on control and punishment

Great 8s Crime and Globalisation

8 Great – Crime and Media

Top 5 influences on state crime

 

Theory and Methods 

Can sociology be a science?Top 5 Features of Post Modernity

Top 5 features of Post Modernity

Top 5 features of Social Action Theories

Sociology not informing policy

Sociology not informing social policy

8 great contributions of Feminism

Top 5 Criticisms of Feminist Approaches

Top 5 Criticisms of Interactionism

Top 5 Ethical Concerns

Top 5 Practical Considerations

Top 5 Theoretical Considerations

Top 5 considerations about values in sociology

 

 

Media

Top 5 media and class

Models of Media

8 ways new media has influenced society

 

I will continue to update these in the run up to the exams – so please keep checking back and follow me on Twitter: @thesociologyguy for updates