When revising there is a temptation to just learn the content. Obviously this is important as without knowledge and understanding (AO1) you can’t even start to answer the examination questions. However, in order to ensure exam success it is also important to practise the skills. Here is one revision technique that involves building analysis (AO3) and a sprinkling of evaluation (AO4) into your active revision. Obviously you also need to add application (AO2) to this, therefore you can consider the types of businesses or industries that may appear in the examinations. For example, necessity or luxury, local or national, start-up or established, niche or mass etc.
Let’s take a topic like training. You start by ensuring you know the definition and the content. For example, can you define:
Can you link training to the benefits and costs to a business and motivational theorists?
Now consider why a business trains its workforce. In other words, what is the business’ motive or objective? This will often be given to you in the question. Possible motives could include:
We now have the cause training.
And the effect improve workforce performance.
To practise analysis we can now think about how we will travel from our cause to our effect. This requires a logical and fully developed chain of reasoning.
So we started on training and ended on a specific example of workforce performance i.e. labour productivity. Also look at the number of business terms built into the line of argument.
Now you give it a go. Start on training and end on lower unit costs.
When revising repeat this exercise with a variety of end points. It takes practise. So why not try again with the other 2 end points suggested earlier.
Now you can start to consider evaluative points (or counterbalance). Obviously, in the examination these need to be in context but you can have an idea of the sorts of comments you might make.
Why not consider:
Choose another topic e.g. quality control and practise this revision technique.
Do you have all the necessary resources to support your revision?
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