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    I need to score really high on my English coursework if I want to achieve an A overall. The problem is I am generally borderline A/B. Last year (AS) I got both a B on my coursework and a high B on my exam (2 marks off an A), and this year I got an A in my exam, making it possible for me to get an A overall if I score highly in the coursework. I just want to know if anyone has any English Literature coursework tips to try and ensure I reach my goal?
    I am making sure to include all the assessment objectives, and am trying to make it 'flow' along a good line of discussion, but anything else I can do???
    Any help would be appreciated
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    (Original post by skygirl999)
    Hello
    I need to score really high on my English coursework if I want to achieve an A overall. The problem is I am generally borderline A/B. Last year (AS) I got both a B on my coursework and a high B on my exam (2 marks off an A), and this year I got an A in my exam, making it possible for me to get an A overall if I score highly in the coursework. I just want to know if anyone has any English Literature coursework tips to try and ensure I reach my goal?
    I am making sure to include all the assessment objectives, and am trying to make it 'flow' along a good line of discussion, but anything else I can do???
    Any help would be appreciated
    Thank you.
    Make sure you make lots and lots of detailed reference to the text - including analysis of the language, e.g. if it's a text about despair and there are lots of plodding, slow "p" words or whatever which make it more intense, then say so. Make sure you have a strong structure - each point you make, remember to make the point, prove it and relate it to the question - and make your last point the most exciting one so you end on a real high. Any more specific points I could give you if you said what type of coursework it is, e.g. analysis of play, poem, prose...
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    (Original post by skygirl999)
    Hello
    I need to score really high on my English coursework if I want to achieve an A overall. The problem is I am generally borderline A/B. Last year (AS) I got both a B on my coursework and a high B on my exam (2 marks off an A), and this year I got an A in my exam, making it possible for me to get an A overall if I score highly in the coursework. I just want to know if anyone has any English Literature coursework tips to try and ensure I reach my goal?
    I am making sure to include all the assessment objectives, and am trying to make it 'flow' along a good line of discussion, but anything else I can do???
    Any help would be appreciated
    Thank you.
    My problem at A Level was that I didn't focus on the assessment objectives enough. Make sure your focus on the assessment objectives is REALLY clear. For example if you have to analyse language, do loads of really detailed analysis and use phrases like 'when analysed this word suggests' etc. Also talk to your teacher loads and get as many drafts done as possible. At the end of the day your teacher is marking your coursework, so if they think something is a good idea, even if you don't....DO IT. x
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    (Original post by derp)
    Make sure you make lots and lots of detailed reference to the text - including analysis of the language, e.g. if it's a text about despair and there are lots of plodding, slow "p" words or whatever which make it more intense, then say so. Make sure you have a strong structure - each point you make, remember to make the point, prove it and relate it to the question - and make your last point the most exciting one so you end on a real high. Any more specific points I could give you if you said what type of coursework it is, e.g. analysis of play, poem, prose...
    Well its a comparison of three texts, a prose text - Margaret Atwood 'A Handmaids Tale' , a collection of poems - Carol Ann Duffy's 'The Worlds Wife' (of which we pick a few to look at in depth) and a play - Tennessee Williams 'Cat On a Hot Tin Roof', and my theme is the power struggle between men and women.
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    I do AQA AS Eng lit B, but i got an A in my first piece of c/w!
    My advise is to focus on your Assessment objectives. Form structure language, context, clarity of written expression (? if OCR has that in theirs), alternative interpretations etc.

    Close analysis is vital for language. Symbolism? Motifs?
    Oh yeah, for the grade A band we had to evaluate fsl, and critics etc.
    E.g. "To an extent, yes, but one may interpret it as...". I know this may sound like key stage three stuff, but make sure you refer back to the question at the end of each paragraph!
    For interpretations, try using a variety of them: e.g. marxist, feminist, post-colonial ?
    It shows how you're going above & beyond.
    I could help even more if you give me the title/topic of your coursework.
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    (Original post by EffKayy)
    I do AQA AS Eng lit B, but i got an A in my first piece of c/w!
    My advise is to focus on your Assessment objectives. Form structure language, context, clarity of written expression (? if OCR has that in theirs), alternative interpretations etc.

    Close analysis is vital for language. Symbolism? Motifs?
    Oh yeah, for the grade A band we had to evaluate fsl, and critics etc.
    E.g. "To an extent, yes, but one may interpret it as...". I know this may sound like key stage three stuff, but make sure you refer back to the question at the end of each paragraph!
    For interpretations, try using a variety of them: e.g. marxist, feminist, post-colonial ?
    It shows how you're going above & beyond.
    I could help even more if you give me the title/topic of your coursework.
    I'm guessing from you asking for the title/topic of my coursework you missed my above post, so the topic is the power struggle between men and women, and I have to compare three texts, which are listed right above your post
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    (Original post by laura_802)
    For example if you have to analyse language, do loads of really detailed analysis and use phrases like 'when analysed this word suggests' etc.
    Haha don't write "when analysed this word suggests" I suppose "This word suggests" is okay but it's better if you say something like "The repeated alliterative 's' words give a sense of ....blah." Obviously don't actually write "blah".

    (Original post by skygirl999)
    Well its a comparison of three texts, a prose text - Margaret Atwood 'A Handmaids Tale' , a collection of poems - Carol Ann Duffy's 'The Worlds Wife' (of which we pick a few to look at in depth) and a play - Tennessee Williams 'Cat On a Hot Tin Roof', and my theme is the power struggle between men and women.
    Sounds interesting! I'm only familiar with The World's Wife but I'm sure the rest are also good. When you're writing about a play it's nice to include discussion of some aspects of staging, just to show you're aware that it's a play - but make it relevant to your question, or don't include it at all. Poems - the extra thing you need to add is usually some awareness of the structure of them.

    I'm sure you've already thought of this but you could structure your essay around different aspects of power and give examples in each of where men top women and where women top men e.g. physical power (women beat men, men beat women), subversive/covert gaining of power (women beat men, men beat women), that kind of stuff. And remember to keep drawing comparisons between all three, don't forget about any of them! It sounds like an interesting topic.
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    (Original post by derp)
    Haha don't write "when analysed this word suggests" I suppose "This word suggests" is okay but it's better if you say something like "The repeated alliterative 's' words give a sense of ....blah." Obviously don't actually write "blah".


    Sounds interesting! I'm only familiar with The World's Wife but I'm sure the rest are also good. When you're writing about a play it's nice to include discussion of some aspects of staging, just to show you're aware that it's a play - but make it relevant to your question, or don't include it at all. Poems - the extra thing you need to add is usually some awareness of the structure of them.

    I'm sure you've already thought of this but you could structure your essay around different aspects of power and give examples in each of where men top women and where women top men e.g. physical power (women beat men, men beat women), subversive/covert gaining of power (women beat men, men beat women), that kind of stuff. And remember to keep drawing comparisons between all three, don't forget about any of them! It sounds like an interesting topic.
    Thanks for the tips
 
 
 
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