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    (Original post by ImagineCats)
    Already explained the A* in lit, but languages I was naturally good at so I loved those and aced them. Geography was the exam I worked hardest for- did enough past papers to get a feel for the exam layout and how to answer those annoying "LOOK @ THIS GRAPH. TELL ME ABOUT THIS GRAPH!!!!!!" evil questions, went through the revision guide and if I ever got a question in a past paper wrong, I'd go back and learn about it. I also love keeping tallys of my past papers so I can keep track of my progress. All my past papers leading up to the exam were the D/E mark, but I just keptgoing and somehow got that mark. Remember examiners are geniuses in their subject and they mark your paper using the mark scheme for guidance, not as a Bible. If your answer answers the question and you deffo use an example, you'll get the mark. Know your case studies, know a few MEDCs/LEDCs and throw in some key words- you'll be absolutely fine.

    I think for languages you ought to get used to fluency. Listen to music, watch youtubers, watch films/TV shows in that language- anything to make sure the listening exam isn't you like"woah ok this isnt english!!!panic!!!"

    Good luck!
    For english we're told we need to come up with some random perspective to get an A*. Did you do that?
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    (Original post by ImagineCats)
    Major respect for you right there, best of luck with everything

    loool gotta get myself into med school somehow first then focus on cliques. Hoping to slide in w the pediatricians lot
    You have a foot fetish?
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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    For english we're told we need to come up with some random perspective to get an A*. Did you do that?
    Eh not too sure what you mean by that. Generally not sounding like a robot whos sat in a class for 9 months repeating after a teacher will get you a few more marks in the bag i.e having an opinion.

    By random, I doubt throwing out "george and lennie are secretly gay together" will get you anywhere, although it is unusual and I know a few people write about that, but I think you're talking about your own personal opinion about texts? I remember being strong on my own opinions. I really disliked Curley in OMAM, as did most people, so I remember saying harsh stuff about him in the exam which wasn't mentioned in the book i.e "hes a coward, as he controls curleys wife" rather than stating "he controls curleys wife, meaning he is controlling" ygm?

    Having a cool perspective can either get you a U or an A*. Any perspective is what gets you 1 mark- but its all about the evidence. Teachers stress evidence ofc but they never talk about the benefits of it. Really look at the question like a court case that you need to win- make a point and back it up with evidence AND context! Any perspective is a good one, and I really do advise thinking out the box but not enough to throw you off in the exam or waste time. If you've got an unusual opinion about a character now, keep hold of it and work from now on backing yourself up because there's a high chance it could be useful in that exam!
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    You have a foot fetish?
    I want to be a pediatrician and they're children doctors
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    I got an A* in lit last year (WJEC) and i honestly started work for it a week before - i just made essay plans for lots of topics and characters and literally made a list full of opening topic sentences categorised by theme and character and used them in my exam.
    Idk if that helps
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    In my opinion, it's the easiest thing ever. Here's why.
    We had a mock in February (as you do) and i had prepared the night before at 11pm. As it was a mock, i didn't give a damn because you know, it's a mock.
    I go into the exam hall. Write absolute BULLCRAP (seriously, I'm still laughing) and turn out with 61 marks, A1 (2 away from A*). I was astonished when I got my grade back. So now, I am revising genuinely. I'm still scared but not as much. What I am worried about, is Poetry.
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    (Original post by greys-anatomy)
    I got an A* in lit last year (WJEC) and i honestly started work for it a week before - i just made essay plans for lots of topics and characters and literally made a list full of opening topic sentences categorised by theme and character and used them in my exam.
    Idk if that helps
    Thanks I'm also doing WJEC and I have been doing word clouds, practice points, mind maps etc. I'm not sure why I'm just really apprehensive about the exam.
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    I think that people over-think English literature - they think you need to make some spectacular, un-heard of, perceptive point to even consider getting good marks. But this is not really the case, unless you make generic points with no evidence you can easily get a good grade.
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    (Original post by hello654321)
    In my opinion, it's the easiest thing ever. Here's why.
    We had a mock in February (as you do) and i had prepared the night before at 11pm. As it was a mock, i didn't give a damn because you know, it's a mock.
    I go into the exam hall. Write absolute BULLCRAP (seriously, I'm still laughing) and turn out with 61 marks, A1 (2 away from A*). I was astonished when I got my grade back. So now, I am revising genuinely. I'm still scared but not as much. What I am worried about, is Poetry.
    Supposedly poetry is the part to worry about least as anything is valid with evidence to support it apparently. However I do understand what you mean - it scares me that I could get poems that I just don't understand whatsoever.
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    (Original post by ImagineCats)
    I want to be a pediatrician and they're children doctors
    Sorry I thought they specialised in feet.
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    (Original post by MBK14)
    Thanks I'm also doing WJEC and I have been doing word clouds, practice points, mind maps etc. I'm not sure why I'm just really apprehensive about the exam.
    Dw man you'll be fine - honestly the first 17/20 I got was the night before when i quickly emailed one to my teacher. i was honestly aiming to scrape an A bcos i needed almost full marks in every essay to get an A* but hey i managed to do it somehow - so if I can do it you can aha
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    (Original post by MBK14)
    How hard is it to get A* in English Literature GCSE?
    Personally, I don't believe so. For the actual literature texts if you remember short and condensed down quotes rather than revising long quotes, then you will remember them a lot easier. And I think many people forget to include context and linking to the rest of the book in the essay question. Also for the extract, I focus on picking out themes and language techniques(punctuation, alliteration, anaphora...)

    Whenever I've done past papers (for the WJEC board) I've got A's and A*'s.

    Best of luck to everyone!!!
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    (Original post by ImagineCats)
    Spent the whole year getting 3/20 and low marks like that last year in lit, accepted fate because I had such a bad work ethic but came out with an A*. I told a sixth former friend about it bc she wanted to do lit at uni, so she offered to help me and it did. Just 20 minutes during thursday PM reg, she sat me down with a random poem and got me to talk about it. I was so stiff and couldn't come up with anything at first, but within weeks I was writing paragraphs about them and surprised by what I could do. Remember to stick to PEE paragraphs and stick to that only, linkig sentences with snazzy words like "thus" "furthermore", or if you do a language think about all the connectives you're made to use in writing and use those. I used to get panicky over "How do I even know if its worth of a point???" in the exam, but NEVER be afraid to point out the obvious. The text is 100% your canvas and you can think about absolutely anything, as long as you use evidence and PLEASE use loads of evidence whilst in your writing (forgot the word for it) like: 'Knowing the write explains the cat as "extremely fluffy", it also links into the 1735 battle of kittens'. Use adult vocab, compliment the author as much as possible e.g "Orwell cleverly states that" bc examiners are english nerds an if they think you <3 their people they will love you. Don't be afraid to be controversial, and the more evidence the better. Know your way around your books, be aware of context and just enjoy the exam really
    but mwe dwont know adult vocab .-.
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    I started the year with a B and came out with an A*, and I took it last year a year early (year 10). I just worked really hard for about a month before, and it worked out alright
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    I got 31 on my controlled assessment which is 25%, can I still get an A* overall? 31 is just into the A's I think
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    (Original post by jazz_xox_)
    I got 31 on my controlled assessment which is 25%, can I still get an A* overall? 31 is just into the A's I think
    Using last years boundaries, 31 gives 41 UMS. This means you'll have to get 139 UMS between the two papers in the exam to get an A*. On last years unit 1 paper you needed 45/50 to get 70 UMS and on the unit 2 you needed 56/68 for another 70UMS, which would get you into the A*. So it is possible yeah! (WJEC btw)
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    (Original post by ImagineCats)
    No problem pal! PM me if you need anymore help.
    Nope I don't, all because I spent year 11 thinking it was my worst subject as it was my lowest projected grade and had 0 confidence in it whatsoever. When I saw the grade on results day I was absolutely ecstatic as I REALLY wasn't expecting it- but I sadly felt like one of those people on results day.
    I do German, geography, biology, chemistry AS but sort of regretting not taking lit after I realised I was pretty good at it after all, and reading books I get such a good feel for them now. It really is a matter of confidence!
    Lit, geography, French and German were my 100% UMS A* grades, so sort of wish I took those to AS but hey ho.
    What exam board did you do English Literature with?
    Any advice, as I'm really putting in the time and revision but still only getting high As (28-32/35) because I'm struggling to work out what's needed.
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    Need to analyse language in detail, such as one word in a quotation what the writer intended for it to mean and what the readers' response is to the word.

    Plus I recommend using PEARL instead of PEA or PEE.

    Point
    Explain
    Analysis
    Readers' response
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    How hard is it to get A* in English Literature GCSE?
    it's pretty rough. Last year , i thought my lit exam was the best out of the five I did , and I only managed an A* in it post remark... Assuming you're starting year ten and not approaching the end of Year 11 , I suggest you work super hard at the coursework because I've found that getting a high A* (in not just lit but any) coursework gives leeway in exams. Then for your exam , make sure you revise context and are able to give references to the text to support your points. Additionally, there are some great study tools under " GCSE English Literature" on loads of books no matter what you're doing right here on this website - I introduced them to my teacher and now she uses some in class! Finally , one trick to use for unseen poetry analyses particularly is "PETER" (Point , Evidence, technique , Explanation , reader (Effect on). I have my first exam in an hour and I've done this seemingly endless essay both to help you and to distract me from reality... good luck!
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    (Original post by Calsiwm_Silicad)
    it's pretty rough. Last year , i thought my lit exam was the best out of the five I did , and I only managed an A* in it post remark... Assuming you're starting year ten and not approaching the end of Year 11 , I suggest you work super hard at the coursework because I've found that getting a high A* (in not just lit but any) coursework gives leeway in exams. Then for your exam , make sure you revise context and are able to give references to the text to support your points. Additionally, there are some great study tools under " GCSE English Literature" on loads of books no matter what you're doing right here on this website - I introduced them to my teacher and now she uses some in class! Finally , one trick to use for unseen poetry analyses particularly is "PETER" (Point , Evidence, technique , Explanation , reader (Effect on). I have my first exam in an hour and I've done this seemingly endless essay both to help you and to distract me from reality... good luck!
    No in my school we did English language in y10 and sat the exam, and English lit in year 11 and I'm sitting next week. I have full UMS marks in the coursework and I've been trying hard for the exams, we just haven't done loads of mocks so I'm a bit apprehensive. Thanks for the advice thought I'll be sure to give it a go.


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