How to structure a short-answer question response on models of memory

MSM for blogHow to structure a 9-mark SAQ on models of memory (for the new curriculum, exams May and Nov 2019):

Describe one model of one cognitive process, using suitable research to support your answer. [9]

1 Introduce your model of memory – draw and label it. Say how it conceptualises memory e.g. as separate storage components; as a version of the STM etc.

2 Go into more detail on the model – what does it assume about memory? What does each component/aspect of it say about how memory works? DO NOT EVALUATE! Focus only on description and detail; expand your ideas, give examples.

3 Use ONE piece of research to demonstrate the model in action e.g. Serial Position Effect studies or the case study of HM for the MSM; dual-task studies or the case study of KF for WMM.

4 Expand on how the study you’ve used supports the MSM or the WMM. Be absolutely EXPLICIT in doing this, don’t leave any question marks or assume that the examiner knows what you mean. You should be LINKING BACK to the question throughout your answer, but particularly in your last paragraph

Word count – should be around 250-300 words. Use your time well – you only have 20 minutes to write this in an exam!

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