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    basically at the end of the year 9 Sats i got an level 7 in English, i'm in year 11 now .
    when i took it November i only got a C so basically i haven't improved over 2 years.
    I would just like any tips or hint on to improve my writing to an A grade standard

    Ask your teacher, look at the mark scheme?

    Try to read a lot of the types of material that come up at GCSE - newspaper articles, for example (if it's the same as when I did it! ) and try to identify any literary/poetic devices used. You could also make sure you're comfortable with words such as these http://www.mantex.co.uk/samples/eng.htm and, if you're feeling really brave, look for a similar kind of glossary at AS level standard.

    Maybe if you have time, ask your teacher for a past paper, have a go at some of the question and get him/her to mark it and give you feedback.

    Learn what techniques are needed in different types of writing, and make sure that you're including lots of those as you write. So for example in a descriptive piece you'd be using imagery, alliteration etc. etc.; in a persuasive piece you'd be using hyperbole, statistics, emotive language, etc.
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