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    In all the essays we have been set, i can't seem to get higher than a B grade. I don't understand why but the teacher always writes comments like "not the best way of expressing", or "not very clear", she marks my work as if she's playing dumb, i mean if I write to directly my writing will look simplistic.

    Can anyone help me out, how do i reach the A standard, and do i really have to write so clearly, that it dumbs my writing style down. Btw i'm doing AQA.
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    Please, any help would be much appreciated.
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    (Original post by canthardlywait)
    In all the essays we have been set, i can't seem to get higher than a B grade. I don't understand why but the teacher always writes comments like "not the best way of expressing", or "not very clear", she marks my work as if she's playing dumb, i mean if I write to directly my writing will look simplistic.

    Can anyone help me out, how do i reach the A standard, and do i really have to write so clearly, that it dumbs my writing style down. Btw i'm doing AQA.
    Are you able to give us some examples of points you make in essays? It might be easier to give advice on how to make your points more concise after seeing them.
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    (Original post by Groat)
    Are you able to give us some examples of points you make in essays? It might be easier to give advice on how to make your points more concise after seeing them.
    For example: I may say ,In enduring love Joe rose's character normally occupies a rationalist attitude, however in the library scene, we see him make decision from percieved idea, thus contradicting his rationalism. Consistency certainly fails to be miantained.

    I would normally give a quote for evidence aswell. But my teacher constantly pecks my head randomly like, not enough evidence, too compilcated for simplistic matter, doesn't make sense, what does this achieve,and i'm thinking what on earth will be sufficient.
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    just keep on practicing, I went from D grades at the beginning of year 10 to A* and sometimes full marks nearing the end of Year 11 in the same spec as you're doing.
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    Is this GCSE or AS?
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    Do what she tells you to, it's all about jumping through hoops.
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    (Original post by marieparis22)
    Is this GCSE or AS?
    It says AS in the title....
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    (Original post by paddy__power)
    It says AS in the title....
    I thought so, but then someone was talking about year 11 and I got confused . I thought maybe As meant A grade.
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    (Original post by canthardlywait)
    For example: I may say ,In enduring love Joe rose's character normally occupies a rationalist attitude, however in the library scene, we see him make decision from percieved idea, thus contradicting his rationalism. Consistency certainly fails to be miantained.

    I would normally give a quote for evidence aswel
    I haven't studied Enduring Love, but this is standard for all texts.

    • For a start, where would you be placing your evidence? I'm assuming this isn't an actual excerpt from an essay, as I see no quotes. Make sure you imbed your quotes.
    • Ensure you focus on the question, it seems some of your response is just re-telling the story. Ask yourself why the author chooses to make that happen, rather than just saying it happens.
    • Make it clear to the examiners that you know the characters are constructions of Ian McEwan. This is easily done, for example: Ian McEwan has Joe Rose's character have a rationalist attitude to ensure the reader perceives him as a reliable narrator. (I have no clue what the book is about, so that sentence may be utter rubbish)
    • I have always been taught to structure my essays using PEEL: Point Evidence Explain Link. In your excerpt you are lacking any clear purpose, especially with your last sentence!
    • Your sentence structure is a bit jumbled, I would try and make them more concise:
      In Enduring Love, Joe Rose's character normally occupies a rationalist attitude, yet this seems to change during the library scene. His once consistent attitude is broken as he makes a misjudged decision. I'm not saying that sentence would be an A grade, as it's lacking everything I have mentioned above, but you could just work on making your points clearer.

      I hope that helps. I'm not an expert but just telling from my previous experiences!
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    (Original post by Groat)
    I haven't studied Enduring Love, but this is standard for all texts.

    • For a start, where would you be placing your evidence? I'm assuming this isn't an actual excerpt from an essay, as I see no quotes. Make sure you imbed your quotes.
    • Ensure you focus on the question, it seems some of your response is just re-telling the story. Ask yourself why the author chooses to make that happen, rather than just saying it happens.
    • Make it clear to the examiners that you know the characters are constructions of Ian McEwan. This is easily done, for example: Ian McEwan has Joe Rose's character have a rationalist attitude to ensure the reader perceives him as a reliable narrator. (I have no clue what the book is about, so that sentence may be utter rubbish)
    • I have always been taught to structure my essays using PEEL: Point Evidence Explain Link. In your excerpt you are lacking any clear purpose, especially with your last sentence!
    • Your sentence structure is a bit jumbled, I would try and make them more concise:
      In Enduring Love, Joe Rose's character normally occupies a rationalist attitude, yet this seems to change during the library scene. His once consistent attitude is broken as he makes a misjudged decision. I'm not saying that sentence would be an A grade, as it's lacking everything I have mentioned above, but you could just work on making your points clearer.



      I hope that helps. I'm not an expert but just telling from my previous experiences!

    I understand what you mean, Thank you
    Btw did you do Lit at AS?
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    (Original post by canthardlywait)
    I understand what you mean, Thank you
    Btw did you do Lit at AS?
    I'm taking the exam in June! I've scored pretty highly on coursework, so I'm hoping the exam won't let me down. Let me know how you get on!
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    (Original post by Groat)
    I'm taking the exam in June! I've scored pretty highly on coursework, so I'm hoping the exam won't let me down. Let me know how you get on!
    Right kwl. Will do. I got a B in the coursework, 3 mark of an A, is it still possible for me to get a A overall dya know?
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    (Original post by canthardlywait)
    Right kwl. Will do. I got a B in the coursework, 3 mark of an A, is it still possible for me to get a A overall dya know?
    I have people in my class who got Ds in the coursework and As overall
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    (Original post by canthardlywait)
    Right kwl. Will do. I got a B in the coursework, 3 mark of an A, is it still possible for me to get a A overall dya know?
    Yeah, of course it is! Coursework is only 80 UMS out of 200. You're probably looking at roughly 60/80 UMS, so you'll need to get 100/120 UMS in the exam.


    (Original post by marieparis22)
    I have people in my class who got Ds in the coursework and As overall
    They must've got some very high Ds, as getting 40/80 UMS would mean you've had to get 120/120 in the exam . . .
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    (Original post by Groat)
    Yeah, of course it is! Coursework is only 80 UMS out of 200. You're probably looking at roughly 60/80 UMS, so you'll need to get 100/120 UMS in the exam.




    They must've got some very high Ds, as getting 40/80 UMS would mean you've had to get 120/120 in the exam . . .
    Kwl i appreciate the advice. Thank you
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    I'm surprised your teacher doesn't give you more helpful comments that give you some guidance in what you need to do.
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    If you're doing AQA you might as well just quit now-.- Their exams are ridiculous- national average for January exams was one mark into the D range.
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    (Original post by jhubbert)
    I'm surprised your teacher doesn't give you more helpful comments that give you some guidance in what you need to do.
    Dont get me wrong she's a good teacher. Just seems that she points out where we're going wrong, but not showing how to get to grades. I have a feeling she picks and chooses who she gives the most help to.
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    (Original post by Hazular)
    If you're doing AQA you might as well just quit now-.- Their exams are ridiculous- national average for January exams was one mark into the D range.
    wow, was the exam that hard.
 
 
 
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