(Original post by Marmaduke)
What I did was to revise about twelve grammatical/semantic terms to impress the examiner with my tremendous skill. People laughed but I got an A* at GCSE and I did it last year and got an A at A Level!
Examples of such words are;
Also include phrases such as
The writer employs lingustic techniques such as similes (EXAMPLE), words that appeal to a certain socio-economic group(EXAMPLE) and slang terms (EXAMPLE) to create drama and excitement for the article without seeming dull and objective.
Hey, that does sound impressive
Got any more? That's a good idea though, I should try and think of some posh phrases...
Don't worry too much about it. As people doubtlessly have told you, you do improve significantly between now and the summer. What do you think it was that let you down in your mocks? Lack of time & management? Lack of PQE (point, quote, explain)? Just a general lack of sophistication? If you could identify what your problem is, it's easier to achieve a higher grade.
There is no last-minute revision tips for English language, but there are things you could be doing regularly - the most important one is probably to read books. When you read, you subconsciously pick up new (and posh
) words, as well as diverse sentence constructions. So yeah, read lots of books. You could perhaps make a list of different words for "suggests", "said", "and", "however" etc because they're the words that are used most.
Oh, and what my teacher tells us constantly is PQE - point, quote, explain - and CLASP - content, language, audience, style and purpose. If you cover CLASP for everything, and employ PQE for each point, you should be able to improve your marks.