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    I am really really scared, my exams are coming up soon. And I don't even know how to answer the question. I don't know how to write the introduction, the body, the conclusion. I really need help, and If anyone can help, it'll be greatly appreciated. I'm doing the cie igcse english literature.
    My teachers are bad, and I live in the middle east so getting help is hard

    Thanks in advance

    Go online and check out your exam board website and find past papers so you can get an idea of how the questions are set out. I'm at school in England and our teachers have drummed into us a paragraph structure since year 7 called PQE. P is point, so just write a sentence summarising the meaning of what you are about to talk about, Q is for quote, so choose a suitable quote to back up you point. E is for explanation and this is your biggest and most important section where your analyse the quotation and could also use other quotations and talk about everything that's relevant, but don't waffle or repeat previous ideas. Don't worry too much about an introduction - examiners care a lot more about the content, but a conclusion could be a good idea if you have time, though double check this as it could vary betweens exam boards. Another mistake students often make when writing essays in not pointing out the easy stuff and just focussing on the hard stuff even though it is worth marks - so treat the examiner like they know nothing at all about the subject. Another thing worth looking at on the exam website is examiner reports which tell exactly what the examiner was looking for when they marked students exams. As for revision, make sure you really understand the texts you are studying - research into the context, create mindmaps the characters and summaries of each section of the text. Once you are confident, try past papers - these will practically be lifesavers. In the actual essay, talk about different interpetations through the language and structure and refer to the context. I'm not that knowledgeable as I'm a whole year away from my actual exam and am doing GCSE's, but I hope I helped. Good luck

    I did the CIE iGCSE English Literature exam in year 10 last year

    We were told to structure the first paper (the two texts you study in class) in the format:

    Concise Answer (basically a short introduction which answers the question in one sentence overall)

    Point 1

    Point 2

    Point 3

    Conclude (including your opinions in this)

    For the second paper, there's the unseen poetry & then the question from the poems you study in class.
    We were told to answer the unseen poetry question with the structure:

    Concise Answer

    Continuous Writing (no structure, just continuously writing, with paragraph breaks of course, since this task is short)


    For the poetry you do in class:


    Analyse first poem

    Linking point (saying how they link)

    Analyse second poem


    I did pretty well in the exam & my teacher is an examiner for them so it's good advice
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