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History Rocks

38 EpisodesProduced by Melanie VanceWebsite

Welcome to podcasts are designed for those studying or teaching A level History. They are packed full of advice from experienced examiners! The contents are the opinion of the presenter and are not endorsed by any UK exam board. See website for details.

38 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Government reforms and reaction Alexander II and III

March 26th, 2020


This episode for walks you through some of the changes in government and reaction under Alexander II and III. This will be useful …

Alexander II Legal/Judicial Reforms compared to Alexander III

March 24th, 2020


Welcome to this Podcast from History Rocks for those studying Tsarist Russia!

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Alexander II Reforms: Education

November 25th, 2019


Do you need more help on your sources, extracts or essays? We have a brand new range of webinars coming in February to help you ace the exam. You will need to act quickly as the tickets will run out fast!

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November 20th, 2019


Check the website and the blog post for more info on how to sign up!

Tsarist and Communist Russia (AQA 1H) background

October 30th, 2019


Brought to you by History Rocks This series of episodes goes out to those studying AQA A level 1H Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964, but it will …

Reflections upon AQA A level Sources - Paper 2

October 9th, 2019


Brought to you by History Rocks this episode offers some personal thoughts on the quality of answers to source questions. It offers some of the weaknesses found in tackling provenance especially and what to do about it.

Reflections on AQA A level History Extracts

September 18th, 2019


Brought to you by This episode is a personal reflection upon the quality of answers to the extract questions in AQA A level History Paper 1. It covers some of the highlights and lowlights of …

Last minute tips for A level History students tackling AQA sources

May 31st, 2019


Brought to you by this episode gives you a few reminders on the source skills that you can't do without!

Best of luck History Rockers!


African American Civil Rights 1945-1980 Special

May 5th, 2019


As requested by a History Rocker out there, this is a special podcast looking at the development of African American Rights throughout this period. This primarily looks at the records of the US presidents but it also …

Kennedy's involvement in Vietnam

May 4th, 2019


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Why did the USA get involved in Vietnam?

April 30th, 2019


This episode brought to you by explores why presidents before Johnson got involved in Vietnam after 1954. It considers the …

Achievements and Limitations to the Thaw/Peaceful Coexistence

April 26th, 2019


Welcome to podcasts! This episode explores if there were any achievements in the so called Thaw between East and West in the period 1955 to 1963. If you have any questions, jokes or thoughts please …

What was Peaceful Coexistence and New Look?

April 16th, 2019


This episode brought to you by, it delves into the shifts and developments after 1953. What was Eisenhower about? What was New …

The Korean War and its impact

April 15th, 2019


Welcome to historyrocks, podcast special on the Cold War. Today's episode takes an overview of the Korean War and explores its impact. Feel free …

The outbreak of the Korean War 1950

March 29th, 2019


Welcome to the podcasts! Check our website out for resources, training and much more. This episode gives some background to the …

The loss of China

March 25th, 2019


You are listening to the podcasts for students studying the Cold War, especially those doing HIS2R AQA A level. This episode …

The Berlin blockade - causes and significance

March 18th, 2019


Brought to you by this episode offers some explanation of the causes and consequences of the Berlin Blockade. Great for all those who are revising it!

If you have any comments, jokes or shout-outs …

The Marshall Plan

February 21st, 2019


Presented to you by, today we are looking at the Marshall Plan. What is it? Was it an unselfish act? How did the soviet Union respond to it? Some thoughts about its effectiveness too. Feel free to …

Let's proof read your essay!

February 19th, 2019


Presented to you by This special episode is for any A level History student (but especially AQA) who has just completed an essay on cause/consequence or significance. It will talk your through each …


February 12th, 2019


All A level AQA History teachers or students looking to practice some source skills, should head over to website today! Email me …

Soviet Expansion across Eastern and Southern Europe

February 8th, 2019


If you are studying or teaching AQA A level Cold War, why not grab one of our section A exam papers with detailed indicative content! …

The collapse of the Grand Alliance

January 20th, 2019


This episode is designed to specifically help those studying AQA A level History - HIS2R Cold War, but could be useful to anyone studying the period. …

The Long Term Causes of the Cold War

January 15th, 2019


Listen to these special episodes to help anybody studying the Cold War - especially A level Students studying AQA 2R. Teachers: come and see our …

Introduction to AQA Coursework

September 2nd, 2018


This is a little intro to the coursework module and some of the key headlines. Email in any questions, shoutouts or jokes to

Top of the flops: The don'ts of AQA History Paper 2

June 11th, 2018


A list of the top 10 things to avoid for paper 2 AQA History. You don't want to skip this!

How to use own knowledge when evaluating interpretations in an AQA A level History section A response?

May 23rd, 2018


This episode explains how to use own knowledge more effectively when evaluating arguments in extracts for AQA History, Section A of paper 1. I do hope you enjoy it! If you want any shoutouts, have a joke or want to make …

How to structure an AQA History A level, Section A (interpretations) answer for paper 1?

May 17th, 2018


The much anticipated episode is finally here! This episode suggests an effective way of structuring your answers to Section A, AQA interpretations for paper 1 in the A level History exam. It is also packed with advice …

How to spot the difference between fact and opinion in AQA History paper 1?

May 14th, 2018


This episode begins to explore how to approach interpretations in section A of AQA History - component 1. This segment explains the difference between a fact and an opinion and how to spot them. This is all crucial in …

How to structure an AQA Section A History Source answer?

May 11th, 2018


This episode offers a suggestion on how to structure a Section A AQA History source answer for paper 2. Of course, there are lots of approaches, but …

How to tackle tone in an A level History source answer!?

May 8th, 2018


This episode gets to grips with tone - what is it? what's the point? how to do it? Most students don't tackle tone well in A level History source answers, so listen in for these little tricks!

What is provenance and how to do it in an A level History source answer!?

May 2nd, 2018


This episode explains what provenance is, why we do it and what to discuss. It warns you against the evil ways of discussing BIAS and other pointless stock phrases. Enjoy :-)

What makes a History A level source valuable?

May 1st, 2018


This episode is especially helpful for those tackling paper 2 of the A level AQA History paper. What do we even mean by value? This segment tries to …

How to write a conclusion to an A level History essay!

May 1st, 2018


This episode will explore why conclusions are important in A level History essays and how to go about them. Send us your feedback to @myhistoryrocks

Why PEE and PEEL doesn't work in A level History essays!

April 30th, 2018


This episode explodes the myths about paragraph structures. It offers and alternative structure that is more likely to get you higher marks. Enjoy :-) Contact us on twitter @myhistoryrocks

What is the difference between description and analysis?

April 27th, 2018


This episode will shed some light on what your teachers mean when they tell you to be more analytical in your History essays. Send feedback and jokes to twitter @myhistoryrocks

How to start a paragraph!

April 26th, 2018


This episode gives you some useful hacks on how to start a paragraph in an A level History essay to maximise your marks!

How to write an introduction to an A level History essay!

April 26th, 2018


This episode exposes the worst and best approaches to writing an introduction to an A level History essay. Send us feedback or question on twitter @myhistoryrocks

How to plan an A level History essay!

April 25th, 2018


The very first episode of the History Rocks podcasts aimed at determined A level History students. This episode explores how to unpack a question and plan for it.

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