Monday’s Exam Prep Session

Sorry everyone – I screwed up the recording of this one, so it will only exist in the fond memories of those who were there. HOWEVER, to help you all out, I’ll review some of the key points and also, luckily, I have some pretty good lessons on video from last spring that I’ll give you links too.


  • You will have the opportunity to select one of two questions from this section on Paper 3. Your second essay will need to come from one of the other topics (ex. French Rev & Napoleon, Europe in the Interwar Years)
  • You are expected to understand the whole period, but your best bets to focus your study is to look at the rule of Alexander II in detail. There are a lot of questions about the motives for his attempts at reform (most notably the Emancipation of the Serfs) and why they failed to really put Russia on a path to “normal” development as a modern and industrial state. The other section to study in detail is the 1917 Revolutions bullet point – there are usually questions on the causes and impacts of the two 1917 revolutions.
  • I highly recommend my series of videos on Imperial Russia (links below) because they will help you understand the context for not only the rule of the final three Czars but also the Revolutions and Marxism.

Part 1 – Imperial Russia – Edpuzzle

Part 2 – Imperial Russia – Edpuzzle

Part 3 – Nicholas II and 1905 Revolution – Edpuzzle

Part 4 – 1905 and Marxism – Edpuzzle

DOCUMENTARY – The Russian Revolution – (86) The Russian Revolution – YouTube

  • For study purposes – your best bet is the 50/50 approach. 50% of your time should be reading/viewing/listening to the materials I have provided, your textbook, and your notes. This is for your content knowledge. You may take additional notes when doing this if it helps, but focus on getting a good understanding of the main events, causes and consequences, and some historiography. The other 50% should be working on practice questions. Practice tackling the question, ensuring you understand what it is asking, coming up with a thesis, and then thinking about what examples/evidence you will use to support, analyze, and evaluate perspectives on.
  • Check out the assessment criteria!!!!! Remember, a HUGE part of your mark goes to having that solid structure.
    • Intro with a thesis
    • paragraphs built around arguments – analyze the history, don’t narrate.
    • integration and evaluation of different perspectives
    • consistent linkage back to the question (why is what you are saying relevant to your thesis)
  • These are things we talked about all year in class – have a look at your old tests, and also the activity I created where you mark the IB examples (I gave you a link to this in our chat).

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