A-level english categorising text advice?

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Hey, so I really want to get an A for the first section of the exam. However I realise that my main problem is that I always run out of time because I write about A LOT of techniques, comparisons and differences between each text.

I want to know if there are any techniques I can use that will help me achieve higher marks e.g pragmatics, synthetic personalisation, specialised Lexis.......

I need to narrow down what I'm looking for, Please help me!!!!!
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I assume you're talking about English language AQA B?
I'm getting straight As at AS and we're told to only make 3 groupings, to write about

Make a table which has rows of which text you're looking at and columns of genre, audience, purpose, modality (whether they're just text, just images or multimodal) and linguistic features (under this one list if they use 2nd person pronouns, synthetic personalisation, interrogative, imperatives, declaratives, etc)
Then go through each text, annotate and write in the table the features of each text, then once you've done that, go to the table and look for which ones have the same features which you can group, you ideally want 3 groupings of 2-3 texts per grouping, including as many of the different texts as you can to ensure variety in your answers. If you choose to discuss the same text twice, make sure you're making a different point.

Write a subheading or quick introductory sentence of what your grouping is, eg "my first grouping is the use of second person pronouns in texts B, C and E." And then go straight into your first text. Be concise when writing about what it does, so do basically (using a random imaginary example text)
-what it uses (2nd person pronouns)
-evidence (such as 'your internet connection' and 'are you suffering from') ps make sure you underline the pronoun in quotes like this
-why it uses them (it is an advertisement so the purpose is to persuade)
-the effect (the audience feels directly addressed and involved which persuaded them to buy the product and they feel specifically targeted)
Also for effect consider the effect it would have on different audiences, so if it was an advertisement for something for children such as a club, bright colours may attract children but the parents may be attracted more by another aspect, and also MAKE TENTATIVE JUDGEMENTS

And then move on to your next text.

Use as many linguistic terms as possible to pick up AO1 marks, and always think of exactly who the audience is and how it will affect them based on their interpretation and intentions

I hope I helped, if you want to you can PM me

Edit: also, if you're struggling for groupings you can always group by something broader such as purpose and then in each individual text explain which features it uses to achieve that purpose, and you can group transcripts as spoken texts and then talk about non-fluency features and stuff, but DO NOT GO INTO THE EXAM WITH PRE-DECIDED GROUPINGS; choose groupings based on the texts you get in the exam

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I use the method mentioned above and by looking at the Purposes. If they have similar purposes: I group them.

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