I'm sitting my aqa modern texts exam on monday, early entry. I really want to secure an A* but an A at least, but I consistently waver between a high B or a low A, with the occasional A*, but in my last mock I got a b which kinda worried me. Do you guys have any tips on how I can atleast secure a solid A grade in my exam. Btw I'm studying of mice and men, and an inspector calls.
Urgent help securing that A/A* Watch
- Thread Starter
- 16-05-2013 16:40
- 16-05-2013 18:42
I'm doing those two as well XD
Erm... Just practise a lot, and make sure your comfortable with any kind of question they could throw at you I suppose...
- 16-05-2013 19:01
Hi! I did AQA for my English Lit and Language GCSEs and managed to get A* for both. I studied Of Mice and Men as well (loved it!) Like you I always got low As or high Bs in my class exams. The best advice I could give you is to read examiners' reports. They tell you exactly what an examiner wants so use this as best as you can. Use it to your advantage. For example, if the report says something like 'the best candidates understood why the author presented the character in that way', start a few of your sentences in your essays with 'the authors presented the character in this way because...'. Just basically do exactly what they say the best candidates do and do it explicitly. If you make it obvious for them that you meet the criteria then it will be easier for you to reach higher grades.
Avoid what they say those who got lower grades did.
Read the examiners' reports, study them or you can even make a template of how you're going to answer your questions with them. I did that and it helped me so much more than my teachers.
Also, they release a sample answer usually that got high marks. Break that text down and understand what they did that the examiner liked. Use this in your essays.
It's basically about pleasing the examiner. Make sure your ideas are somewhat original and you analyse rather than just describing.
Hope this helped. Good luck!