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    (Original post by zxh800)
    I tried but never made it for English Language. That A ruined my dream of a clean sweep.
    Wargwarn with RE short course doe?
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    Using point, quotation, comment is the best way to analyse. Include context and authorial intention.
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    PEE all over the page.
    Point
    Evidence
    Explain

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    (Original post by AtomicMan)
    What I do, and I have yet to drop from the magical garden of A*/A land in english literature and language essays is to basically SCREW YOUR NOTES

    Seriously, do not even consider refering to notes you have copied down in class, because everybody will pull that tripe in the exam and you wont look special.

    Try and develop your own interpretations of the poems, even if they sound beserk - I wrote that heaney in 'midterm break' was advocating a transdimensional war! But I backed it up with evidence and got the high mark

    Also, constantly practice with timed essays. I've been doing two a week and my writing has improvied from low A to solid A* in year 11. All beause I took onboard my teacher's (who is a very strict marker) advice.

    Also, because I do alot of reading in my day, I have a large bank of vocab to cover my essays with, which gets you into the 'solid A yard', bonus marks if vocab is appropiate to theme and poem

    Moreover, LINK. If a line in a poem reminds you of something, SAY SO. But only if it relates to the theme, as it will impress the examiner since you can draw from knowledge and link to poem

    Top tips from me:

    - BE ORIGINAL, or else you will not enter A* land
    - Use complex vocab
    - Have an opinion, say what YOU think
    - LINK to things outside poetry

    And believe you me, after having been taught by the most rigged marker in the whole of english, you'll A*

    Name them for me please! I want C

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    (Original post by mufas)
    Name them for me please! I want C

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    This is like my dream thread. I really struggle with English and fear that it will put my grades now. How do you think I should revise????

    I would be grateful for any help.
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    (Original post by bsblitter)
    This is like my dream thread. I really struggle with English and fear that it will put my grades now. How do you think I should revise????

    I would be grateful for any help.
    :rolleyes: I haven't passed myself!
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    (Original post by bsblitter)
    This is like my dream thread. I really struggle with English and fear that it will put my grades now. How do you think I should revise????

    I would be grateful for any help.
    BiteSIZE?
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    Read a book for once.
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    (Original post by Mr Inquisitive)
    This PEEL nonsense is extremely rigid, you need to consider other perspectives, analytical terms, the fact that there's no set interpretation, the significance of metaphors; poetry as a metaphor, the background of the poet and what could have inspired their literature.

    Comment also on structure and what that can tell us in conjunction with language, form and theme. Integrate quotations rather than following a structure which fails to take account of creativity and ingenuity.
    This.

    Perhaps its just me but I never think 'must do this, then do that'. Through analysing the poems it comes naturally that a decent answer would have any points substantiated then explained. Its always just confused me when the teacher stressed about having a PEE or PEEL structure, it tends to split the answer up into rigid parts that don't follow a general idea that you're discussing or interpreting, such as political dimensions, faith etc. It almost feels like deconstructing into the most basic points when I never lost more than a couple of marks by simply integrating quotations as I go. There's a limit to how much you can break the answer down before it sounds unoriginal and formulaic, exactly what you want to avoid to get an A*.
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    (Original post by Bardem)
    This.

    Perhaps its just me but I never think 'must do this, then do that'. Through analysing the poems it comes naturally that a decent answer would have any points substantiated then explained. Its always just confused me when the teacher stressed about having a PEE or PEEL structure, it tends to split the answer up into rigid parts that don't follow a general idea that you're discussing or interpreting, such as political dimensions, faith etc. It almost feels like deconstructing into the most basic points when I never lost more than a couple of marks by simply integrating quotations as I go. There's a limit to how much you can break the answer down before it sounds unoriginal and formulaic, exactly what you want to avoid to get an A*.
    Definitely - great minds think alike.
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    Well, when I did my GCSE English exam I was told by my teacher that unless I included a semi-colon in my piece of creative writing, I couldn't get an A*. Looking back on it, this was probably a load of rubbish. However, through including punctuation such as semi-colons it does show that you're producing writing with quite a complex structure. So basically, just show off; whether you're chucking in a handful of metaphors and similes into a piece of creative writing or analyzing a quote to death, it's all important in proving that you have flair in your writing.
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    Thanks to all your help, everyone, I did manage to get an A*!! So happy right now.
 
 
 
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