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History Rocks

History Rocks

By Melanie Vance
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These 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.
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Government reforms and reaction Alexander II and III
This episode for walks you through some of the changes in government and reaction under Alexander II and III. This will be useful to any students studying A level Tsarist Russia! Why not send in some jokes or a shoutout during this dull lockdown to we would love to hear from you! Stay safe!
March 26, 2020
Alexander II Legal/Judicial Reforms compared to Alexander III
Welcome to this Podcast from History Rocks for those studying Tsarist Russia! If you have any shoutouts or jokes please email Further, check out Eventbrite for some special Lockdown webinars - search History Rocks! Stay safe people!
March 24, 2020
Alexander II Reforms: Education
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! Book them here Brought to you by, this episode focuses upon Alexander II's reforms - education. Discover the motivations, changes and the emergence of reaction.  Email your jokes and shoutouts to
November 25, 2019
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November 20, 2019
Tsarist and Communist Russia (AQA 1H) background
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 also be useful to other people studying the period. Today's episode sets the scene for the Russian Empire in the 19th century. Have a question, joke or shout-out? email Need so CPD for your centre? Email on the address above.
October 30, 2019
Reflections upon AQA A level Sources - Paper 2
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. I hope you find it 'valuable' :-) If you want some training on how to teach the sources contact me on now.  STUDENT SKILLS BOOT CAMPS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON - CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS
October 09, 2019
Reflections on AQA A level History Extracts
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 answers I have seen and offers some suggestions on how to improve. I hope you find this useful! If you are looking for effective training with takeaway resources at a budget-sensitive price, drop me an email now on
September 18, 2019
Last minute tips for A level History students tackling AQA sources
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! email
May 31, 2019
African American Civil Rights 1945-1980 Special
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 takes into account other agencies that brought about change. Best of luck in your exams! Email
May 05, 2019
Kennedy's involvement in Vietnam
Love my podcast? You can vote for it here Just search for the name 'History Rocks' and follow the instructions - done in 2 minutes flat! This podcast gives and overview as to why Kennedy got involved, what were his aims and methods and why Diem was assassinated. I hope you enjoy it and thank you for our five star review!  If you would like to reach out to us, email
May 04, 2019
Why did the USA get involved in Vietnam?
This episode brought to you by explores why presidents before Johnson got involved in Vietnam after 1954. It considers the different (and similar) reasons pressuring Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy following the French defeat. I hope you enjoy it. Do email us with any questions, shout-outs or jokes to
April 30, 2019
Achievements and Limitations to the Thaw/Peaceful Coexistence
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 send them to Best of luck! Melanie
April 26, 2019
What was Peaceful Coexistence and New Look?
This episode brought to you by, it delves into the shifts and developments after 1953. What was Eisenhower about? What was New Look? Why was the USSR keen to try something new? What was Peaceful Coexistence?  Listen in and find out :-) Email
April 16, 2019
The Korean War and its impact
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 to contact me on with any shout-outs or requests!
April 15, 2019
The outbreak of the Korean War 1950
Welcome to the podcasts! Check our website out for resources, training and much more. This episode gives some background to the Korean War and especially looks at why Truman got involved in it. Please drop us a line with any shout-outs, jokes or requests to
March 29, 2019
The loss of China
You are listening to the podcasts for students studying the Cold War, especially those doing HIS2R AQA A level. This episode explores the loss of China and why it is significant in the development of the Cold War. Drop us a line with any feedback, shout-outs or jokes on
March 25, 2019
The Berlin blockade - causes and significance
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 then email us on If your are an A level teacher, then checkout our other resources on our website!
March 18, 2019
The Marshall Plan
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 send in any jokes or shout-outs to
February 21, 2019
Let's proof read your essay!
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 paragraph, point out some of the pitfalls and give advice on what you could do.
February 19, 2019
All A level AQA History teachers or students looking to practice some source skills, should head over to website today! Email me on This episode looks at what was containment. It explores what methods of containment were used during the Cold War and why it was adopted by President Truman. I do hop you enjoy it and that you are revising hard!
February 12, 2019
Soviet Expansion across Eastern and Southern Europe
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! This episode looks largely at the debate - Was Stalin aggressive and expansionist or were his actions in Eastern and Souther Europe defensive? Any shout-outs, jokes or feedback? Email us on
February 08, 2019
The collapse of the Grand Alliance
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. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website for some exam based resources today!
January 20, 2019
The Long Term Causes of the Cold War
Listen to these special episodes to help anybody studying the Cold War - especially A level Students studying AQA 2R. Teachers: come and see our resources and like our Facebook page MyHistoryRocks. Email us on Enjoy!
January 15, 2019
Introduction to AQA Coursework
This is a little intro to the coursework module and some of the key headlines. Email in any questions, shoutouts or jokes to and follow us on twitter @MyHistoryRocks
September 02, 2018
Top of the flops: The don'ts of AQA History Paper 2
A list of the top 10 things to avoid for paper 2 AQA History. You don't want to skip this!
June 11, 2018
How to use own knowledge when evaluating interpretations in an AQA A level History section A response?
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 a request, please email
May 23, 2018
How to structure an AQA History A level, Section A (interpretations) answer for paper 1?
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 when approaching the paper and things to avoid. Send us your feedback, suggestions or requests for shout-outs to
May 17, 2018
How to spot the difference between fact and opinion in AQA History paper 1?
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 the overall structure - so pay attention!
May 14, 2018
How to structure an AQA Section A History Source answer?
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 this example should produce an answer that includes balance and judgement that will help you get higher marks! Send us feedback, jokes or a request for a shout-out to
May 11, 2018
How to tackle tone in an A level History source answer!?
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!
May 08, 2018
What is provenance and how to do it in an A level History source answer!?
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 :-)
May 02, 2018
What makes a History A level source valuable?
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 unravel the mystery!
May 01, 2018
How to write a conclusion to an A level History essay!
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
May 01, 2018
Why PEE and PEEL doesn't work in A level History essays!
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
April 30, 2018
What is the difference between description and analysis?
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
April 27, 2018
How to start a paragraph!
This episode gives you some useful hacks on how to start a paragraph in an A level History essay to maximise your marks!
April 26, 2018
How to write an introduction to an A level History essay!
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
April 26, 2018
How to plan an A level History essay!
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.
April 25, 2018