Any A/A* tips for AQA GCSE English Lit & Lang?Watch
Try this website of a sample A grade essay:
hope this helps
For my GCSE English Literature I just made sure I read through the set texts (you'll need to do this several times - not just glance but critically reading), did plenty of essay practice - got set them every five minutes - and discussed the texts a lot. For this, I also had a group convo's on msn with some friends about it - it really helped me organise/ gain ideas and I was having to express them in a written form too!
For English Language creative writing, it's all about practice! Just keep doing lots of practice writing etc. (making sure to include those pesky techniques, and so on) and get it marked by your teachers. Learn from what you do right/wrong and you'll gradually notice yourself improving and using techniques automatically.
Also, if you use the thesaurus heavily (but appropriately) when practice writing you can build up a bank of 'exam words' to impress the examiner with... :P
Oh - and another tip I would give: try to put a slant on your creative writing. (a) this allows you to manipulate the question slightly to something you'd want to write about and (b) it makes you stand out and increases the creativity or interestingness. For example, my question was 'describe yourself', for which I wrote about a person sitting in the middle of a town center and the day passing by - it made it easier and I'd recently written something fairly similar! Or for other things I would often take a very ironic tone, like my other question was write a 'survival guide' - or something - for a teenager staying home alone for a week; I set this like staying in the wilderness and created a scene where the people were animals etc.
The reading paper is all about exam technique and thinking on your feet, in my opinion. You have to learn to look out for certain technique and express your idea/ enough ideas appropriately. Your teachers should help you with this.
I hope all of that helps and that I didn't go too off track! (and I did AQA so I hope it's the same exam to the one you're doing... It sounds like it is)
(P.S. All of the above is my own opinion - I may be very wrong and it may not work for you as it did for me! Health Warning! ^_^)
Also the text i had to study was of mice and men again i used 3 different books to revise for this i used- GCP,LETTS and york notes this way i read all the books and then chapter summaries and then i made my own notes from what i understood.
Again writing essays is usefull. They helped me alot also if you buy the CGP book they have model A grade answers and they also give you a template to follow when writing a respond.
In the end i got an A* so it does help
For English Lang, I practised writing descriptions and stories (we had to do one of each in the exam) and made sure I would be able to use all the techniques i.e. alliteration, sibilance, metaphors etc. etc. Just practise writing in different formats, and you'll be fine
(I did WJEC though so your exams may be totally different).