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    Look at the possible essays which come up for your texts(there's usually a pattern and for a lot of the questions you'd be writing very similar essays, e.g- turning point and important event which effects the course of the play/novel/etc) and have plans/practice essays written for each so if these questions come up in the final exam, you feel prepared. And always make sure you have a conclusion if you struggle to finish as you're more likely to be penalized for not finishing it than missing out one point you want to make. For referring to the question, make sure you answer each part of the question at some point in each of your paragraphs to show that your analysis is relevant and your essays will be more secure. For close reading, I think it's all about practice(and luck, because there's nothing worse than a boring and/or complicated passage coming up). And it's good that you have a strong folio too, as this gives you a starting point for achieving a good grade.

    Good luck, though. I really hope you do well.
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    (Original post by JackoGeddes)
    hello guys, i'm needing a bit of advice and help regarding higher english. It's my second year running in the class after obtaining a C the first time around. i'm not going to lie, last year was entirely different and i'd be lying if i said i put in any sort of minimal level of work because i just didn't. In fact i don't think i did anything for any subjects until about a week before the exams which i realise now was so stupid and bottled it :rolleyes:

    after achieving AACC in the exams last year i realised i'd need to buck my ideas up and give my last shot at exams a real go this time round. I achieved an A in higher history, an A in higher chemistry, and a C in both english, biology and failed maths
    This year's prelims i have gotten AAAB (maths, biology,modern studies and english). however although my university conditions are BB i'd like to obtain the highest grades i can because i'm not certain on my course or even career path, with political journalism being my ideal right now.

    For a real shot at journalism i realise an A in english would be without a doubt the most important, but for some reason i just can't bloody get it. the prelim seen me get 61% which was OK, but its just so hit or miss i don't understand. my essays fluctuate from 13 to 23 all the time it's so hard to judge, with constant feedback being 'refer to the question more'. it seems regardless of my adept ability to write people are getting sometimes far higher by just 'answering the question' despite their ability to write being somewhat lesser. i have a friend who got 71% with both essays being 19's in the prelim and when i read over them, his writing is overall pretty weak it completely baffles me!

    i'm pretty good at close reading because I am an avid reader, i usually get 38+ when i'm doing them at home with very little problems, understanding questions which is good, but for some reason when i enter an exam hall I crumble? Struggle to answer questions i get as soon as i walk out, panic and end up in a frenzy eventually running out of time.

    My folio this year consists of 2 graded 19s by my teacher, bordering 21 she said so that part is sorted i believe.

    I just need some sort of advice, some way of becoming more solid in achieving an A. I find studying for the other subjects so much easier, but I need and want english this year more than anything and I know i'm more than capable. HELP!

    i apoligise for tl;tr, i'm just in a bit of a panic as we finish for easter this week and i feel like i'm on top of every other subject bar english before i start battering past papers!
    Well first of all, you are essentially verging on an A grade. The grade boundaries for an A in Higher English tends to fluctuate between 63%-65% so you haven't got far to go.

    If your teacher is correct and you get two 19's in your folio, that gives you 15 extra marks to add to whatever you get in the exam. So essentially, you need to pick up between 48 - 50 marks in the exam for an A grade, however, your marks are not simply whatever you get out of 50 in each paper. You can see how they add together to form your overall grade here.

    If you can get 35+ marks in the close reading paper and your folio estimates are correct, you could get a comfortable A with two 15's in the essay paper. Don't believe me? Type in 38 in the folio section (19+19), 35 in the Close Reading section and then 30 in the Critical Essay section and it comes out as 69, which is an A.
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    (Original post by nerd434)
    Well first of all, you are essentially verging on an A grade. The grade boundaries for an A in Higher English tends to fluctuate between 63%-65% so you haven't got far to go.

    If your teacher is correct and you get two 19's in your folio, that gives you 15 extra marks to add to whatever you get in the exam. So essentially, you need to pick up between 48 - 50 marks in the exam for an A grade, however, your marks are not simply whatever you get out of 50 in each paper. You can see how they add together to form your overall grade here.

    If you can get 35+ marks in the close reading paper and your folio estimates are correct, you could get a comfortable A with two 15's in the essay paper. Don't believe me? Type in 38 in the folio section (19+19), 35 in the Close Reading section and then 30 in the Critical Essay section and it comes out as 69, which is an A.
    While I agree with this to an extent, I'd say that with this in mind, a student could get complacent and I'm speaking from experience. In class, my essays averaged 17 - 21 with the odd 23 here and there; my close reading ranged from 30 - 40; and, the SQA gave my folio 18/20 (two 23s or one 25 and 21). Yet, even so, I got a B for my Higher. The thing is, my exam technique was just never good - I got 34/50 for my essays and my close reading got 23/50 I think. Overall, I ended up getting 63/100, one mark off an A.

    Therefore, even though my folio did well, my exam let me down considerably. I'd say that the reason was because I couldn't perfect my exam technique and near the end of Higher English, I kind of stopped trying and bothering in doing my best/improving in essays. Instead, they became really formulaic (the same link words, the same points and never any interesting interpretations/analysis) and I never went above and beyond with my analysis of the text, nor the question or even my vocabulary!

    As for close reading, near the exam time, I simply didn't do enough practice.
 
 
 
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