Pitfalls for Papers 1 and 2

IB Psychology: Pitfalls for Papers 1 and 2

When it comes time to revise for the examinations, it is not enough to just drill studies and revise the learning objectives. It is also important that students discuss strategies for answering the exam questions. The Powerpoint show below is a review of what I feel are some of the most important tips for students with regard to the ways in which they may end up losing marks on Papers 1 and 2. Pitfalls on Papers 1 &...

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Comments 8

Katarzyna Płachta 29 January 2017 - 11:31

Dear John, I am a rookie in DP and have a few questions in regard to SAQ and ERQ.
1. Namely, is it true that students should use one study in SAQ unless specifically asked for more. Is that right? In your PP I find two pieces of information that appear to be contradictory -- for it isays use one study and a few slides later you say use 2-3 studies/ theories in your essay. Do you mean in SAQ or ERQ?

2. Paper 1 section A is for SAQ? And section B for ERQ? Please, correct me if I am wrong.

3. Paper 2: what type of writing is required?

Thank you so much in advance!!!

Katarzyna Płachta

John Crane 30 January 2017 - 04:27

The SAQ should have only one study. It never asks for more than one.
The ERQ (essay - it stands for "extended response question") should have 2 - 3 studies. And yes, Paper 1 section A has three SAQs, one from each level of analysis. All must be answered. Part B has three ERQs, one from each level of analysis; the student chooses one to answer. Paper 2 is an essay.

Katarzyna Płachta 31 January 2017 - 14:35

Thank you so much, Mr Crane! By the way, access to In Thinking has helped me tremendously so far :)

John Crane 31 January 2017 - 16:32

Glad to hear that, Katarzyna!

Richard Knuckey 18 October 2017 - 02:33

Hi John
In the (old) BLOA syllabus, can a SAQ response on "Outline ethical considerations into research into genetic influences on human behavior" also be used for "Describe one ethical consideration related to one research study at the BLOA". That is, the specific genetic response is also suitable as a general ethical response at the BLOA?

(Hope this makes sense)


John Crane 18 October 2017 - 04:36

Dear RIchard,

Yes, both of those questions can be asked.

Richard Knuckey 20 October 2017 - 02:06

Thanks for that. Confirming ... a student need only prepare an BLOA SAQ for a genetics ethical issue (LO13), as this can be also used as an general ethics issue (LO4)

John Crane 20 October 2017 - 05:09

Dear Richard, actually, a student may be asked to write an essay on ethics in genetics. You may want to look at this page for advice: thinkib.net

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