As Media Studies: The Essential Revision Guide by Peter Wall, Joanne Barker

By Peter Wall, Joanne Barker

AS Media stories: the basic Revision advisor for AQA is the must-have, self-help source for college kids getting ready for AQA AS Media reports tests. person sections hide the major subject matters, together with media language, viewers, illustration, movie and broadcast fiction, and marketing among many, many extra. Written via skilled lecturers and examiners, this wonderful revision advisor also provides worthwhile recommendation and help, and comprises: actions  examination questions  labored examples  suggestion on the way to process the exam – using the examining time, observe taking, making plans a solution, ordering your principles and writing your reaction revision information  urged assets. The authors additionally conceal vital questions for college students – together with: why can we have assessments? what's AS point? what's AQA Media stories? and the way does the examination approach paintings? – in order that any scholar of media stories will locate themselves armed and able to take on their path head on.

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50 MED1 – READING THE MEDIA A strength here is that it is clear which key concept is being dealt with – representation. There is some precise textual support but analysis of it is limited. Or you might write along the following lines: The gun battle is made more dramatic by the use of the shaky camera which produces the reality effect and is more believable to the audience. Emphasis on facts and figures portrays the event of the gun battle as heroic and honourable, and the shots of American and British soldiers fighting for their country also maintain this.

Another is the fact that mark schemes for all exams are now available on the boards’ websites. Unfortunately for candidates these are mark schemes from past papers rather than the ones you will be taking, but they should still be useful to you in a number of ways. 35 36 INTRODUCTION Let us consider some of the ways in which looking at mark schemes might help you. As you will have read on p. 32, mark schemes are written by the Principal Examiner and are designed to be used by examiners to mark scripts in their allocation.

It is best to try to prepare two that have been covered in class. Of course, if you didn’t actually make it to any classes and your teacher has been kind enough or daft enough to let you take the exam, then you may as well just look at any two topics that take your fancy. Cynically, Film and Broadcast Fiction and British Newspapers probably offer you the best bet. Once you have your topics sorted out, you need to find some texts to use to support your answers in the exam. Clearly if you are looking at the two topics above, you might well use a couple of fictional programmes from tonight’s television or go down to your local rental shop and get a couple of recently released titles.

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