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    My first coursework essay is due in on Wednesday (although I think I will get it back to do a second draft after). It's supposed to be 500 words but my teacher said it can be over 500 as long as it's not too far over. So how many words would you say is maximum?

    I'm finding it really hard to get my essay down nearer to 500! I am writing about the narrative techniques in the first twelve chapters of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" novel and find there is just so much to write about! I really like the book but I don't know how to get the marks when so restricted to how long my essay can be. Obviously you have to use examples which means I have to include quotes which use up a significant amount of my words!

    Thanks for any help
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    They usually say that 10% over is the limit, as a general rule, although this isn't specific to your exam board.

    In terms of how difficult it was, I found it much easier, but I think that was probably to do with having an awful teacher for GCSE! I didn't do my A level with AQA though, so I'll stop there as I don't want to give you any wrong advice as far as how they're assessed.
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    Hi, I did AQA Lit B1 last year and the main way to get those marks is to stick to the mark scheme. If your point doesn't conform in some way to one of the assessment objectives, it should not be in your essay.

    Try not to overload your essay with quotes but embed them so that you use only the relevent part of the quote to back up your point - no need for long quotes if what you really need is a couple of words.

    Good luck! Hope that helped a little.
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    (Original post by Obsidian)
    Hi, I did AQA Lit B1 last year and the main way to get those marks is to stick to the mark scheme. If your point doesn't conform in some way to one of the assessment objectives, it should not be in your essay.
    Try not to overload your essay with quotes but embed them so that you use only the relevent part of the quote to back up your point - no need for long quotes if what you really need is a couple of words.

    Good luck! Hope that helped a little.
    Obsidian
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