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How to get an A*

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You cant really revise for it

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How to get an A*

How?

You cant really revise for it

Any tips or tricks?

Any exam/question techniques?


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Hi I did a mock recently last year and are revised through each question and how and what to do...
I did the wrong sources in comparison and ended up with. A c which was shocking...I printed an A star exemplar paper and it really helped me understand how to structure my answers.as long as u know wat tyo write and not to write,that's all u have to go through and ur right there is nothing really to revise but that's all u need to know!pm me for anything else xxx
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How to get an A*

How?

You cant really revise for it

Any tips or tricks?

Any exam/question techniques?
hey
well each question has a particular structure and critera and although you can't revise the content of what will be on the paper you can revise the technique:

Reading Section:
Question 1 (8 marks),
about what you have understood from the text:
-Annotations: pick out key points in the text and underline quotes that support the point
-Pick out 5 points to explain in detail
-Use quotation to justify your views-Link points together.
-DON'T explain the effect of language, structure etc on the reader (NO MARKS for it)
-Use evidence from the text
-Interpret the text's ideas
-Engage with the text and make it clear you UNDERSTAND it.
-Describe what information is being given in the text.
Question 2 (8 marks),
about identifying presentational devices:
-Annotations: Highlight key words in the title and consider the effect on the reader. Link key points in the device to quotes in the article.
-Focus equally on each device, mention them all in detail e.g 2 paragraphs on each
-Need to identify a point in the device, say HOW and why it is effective to the reader.
-Use sentence starters to introduce each topic.
-Link ideas in the text to the headline or picture and use lots of quotations.
Question 3 (8 marks),
about tracking thoughts and feelings:
-Annotations:highlight key thoughts and feelings in the text and in the margin tract what the writer is feeling at each point in the text.
-Infer from the text about thoughts and feelings and support this with lots of quotes
-Structure the answer in a logical order, track the feelings from the beginning to the end
-Avoid analysing the language.
Question 4 (16 marks), about comparison of language techniques:
-Annotations: Underline key language and techniques in both articles, identify similarities and differences. Look at metaphors, similes, alliteration and repetition. DON'T look at structure e.g. sentence length.
-Pick out 3 to 4 points to compare and write about.-Make the points specific, avoid generalisation.
-Use comparative words.
Writing Section:
Question 5 (16 marks), shorter writing task:
-Based on a personal experience:
-Write to a specific audience, tailor it to the reader
-Shorter writing task-Find the genre, audience and purpose
-Make a gripping introduction-Make it well structures
-Use ambitious punctuation and vocabulary
-Make it convincing and engaging
-Make an effective conclusion
-6 marks for SpaG
Question 6 (24 marks), longer writing task:
-Longer writing task
-Find the genre, audience and purpose
-Make a gripping introduction
-Make it well structures
-Use ambitious punctuation and vocabulary
-Make it convincing and engaging
-Make an effective conclusion-6 marks for SpaG
-Asks to write about an argument/persuasion-Must sustain a viewpoint-Must write to a specific audience
hope this helps, this is what i used to get an A*
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hey
well each question has a particular structure and critera and although you can't revise the content of what will be on the paper you can revise the technique:

Reading Section:
Question 1 (8 marks),
about what you have understood from the text:
-Annotations: pick out key points in the text and underline quotes that support the point
-Pick out 5 points to explain in detail
-Use quotation to justify your views-Link points together.
-DON'T explain the effect of language, structure etc on the reader (NO MARKS for it)
-Use evidence from the text
-Interpret the text's ideas
-Engage with the text and make it clear you UNDERSTAND it.
-Describe what information is being given in the text.
Question 2 (8 marks),
about identifying presentational devices:
-Annotations: Highlight key words in the title and consider the effect on the reader. Link key points in the device to quotes in the article.
-Focus equally on each device, mention them all in detail e.g 2 paragraphs on each
-Need to identify a point in the device, say HOW and why it is effective to the reader.
-Use sentence starters to introduce each topic.
-Link ideas in the text to the headline or picture and use lots of quotations.
Question 3 (8 marks),
about tracking thoughts and feelings:
-Annotations:highlight key thoughts and feelings in the text and in the margin tract what the writer is feeling at each point in the text.
-Infer from the text about thoughts and feelings and support this with lots of quotes
-Structure the answer in a logical order, track the feelings from the beginning to the end
-Avoid analysing the language.
Question 4 (16 marks), about comparison of language techniques:
-Annotations: Underline key language and techniques in both articles, identify similarities and differences. Look at metaphors, similes, alliteration and repetition. DON'T look at structure e.g. sentence length.
-Pick out 3 to 4 points to compare and write about.-Make the points specific, avoid generalisation.
-Use comparative words.
Writing Section:
Question 5 (16 marks), shorter writing task:
-Based on a personal experience:
-Write to a specific audience, tailor it to the reader
-Shorter writing task-Find the genre, audience and purpose
-Make a gripping introduction-Make it well structures
-Use ambitious punctuation and vocabulary
-Make it convincing and engaging
-Make an effective conclusion
-6 marks for SpaG
Question 6 (24 marks), longer writing task:
-Longer writing task
-Find the genre, audience and purpose
-Make a gripping introduction
-Make it well structures
-Use ambitious punctuation and vocabulary
-Make it convincing and engaging
-Make an effective conclusion-6 marks for SpaG
-Asks to write about an argument/persuasion-Must sustain a viewpoint-Must write to a specific audience
hope this helps, this is what i used to get an A*
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