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English gcse sure tips to get writing from D to B+ watch

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    Yeah. I go deep but I need sure mark gainers. Simple things I could include to gain marks. Tips please as this can help others who read this thread too.

    Know how to answer the question, come up with a generic format to follow. Also use the PEE structure.
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    (Original post by ZeroName)
    Yeah. I go deep but I need sure mark gainers. Simple things I could include to gain marks. Tips please as this can help others who read this thread too.
    structure is important, use PEE for each paragraph and make sure you order paragraphs in a sensible order. perhaps you could write out a template for a exam answer to give you an idea of how to structure it. (if you need help with this i have one for GCSE english AQA for the section A questions)
    with creative writing use imagery so metaphors, similes, vary your sentence lengths and types use a semantic field to create a certain tone that sort of thing.

    You can expand on your PEE structure with PEEZEE, where the Z is for zoom. Zoom in on very specific words or phrases and analyse them in depth. Examiners will base a strong candidate of their ability to be clear, concise and detailed.

    Some minor advice, (I did GCSE English last year and got two A's), there are no "sure tips"but there are things that can/will increase your chances of getting marks.
    1) Embed your quotes (E.g. They ate "like a couple of savages" showing...) Instead of: (E.g. "Jack and Sophie ate like a couple of savages" This shows... because...).

    2) Use PEED. Point, Evidence, Explanation and Development.
    P - What is your point? What are you trying to say?
    E - Have you got a quote? A picture to describe?
    E - Why does your evidence support your point?
    D - Can you go into greater detail or give alternate suggestions?

    3) Alternative ideas - these gain you marks as long as they show a different perspective on what you previously said. "E.g. It could mean they were physically hungry or, alternatively, it could mean they were angry and the anger was projected into their behavior."

    4) Spelling and grammar marks - practice writing academically on Word and see which words you consistently get wrong and work on improving.

    5) Write in a sophisticated way such as using higher level language (e.g. anguished instead of sad) and connectives like therefore, ergo, in juxtaposition...

    Good Luck!
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