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English Literature - New Spec - AS level - AQA - exam MAY 2016. watch

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    Hi all,

    I was just wondering if you could help me out by answering a few queries of mine.

    All of the mocks that I have completed in class, I continuously received a C grade: no higher, no lower - and that is since September, 2015.

    My aspirational target is a B, and although I have been trying to get there, the feedback that I have been given has not been entirely useful.

    So...


    How can I structure my essay answers?
    What revision methods are best?
    What is the essential criteria that I MUST include in each individual paragraph?

    But generally: how can I progress?


    Thank you in advance for your replies, and kind regards.
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    Hi,
    I generally go with the structure of PETER:
    Point
    Evidence
    Technique
    Explain (connotations, denotations, alternative meaning, word level analysis)
    Reader Response

    I also like to include single word quotes to back up my explanation. For example, when saying a point about Macbeth, I would say "described by his wife as a 'coward'..."
    Another good tip for sophistication is using the third person (try 'one could say' or 'this indicates to the reader'). For revision I would definitely suggest past papers and analysing the text very closely. Reading around the subject can also help.
    Hope this helped
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    (Original post by Cal1999)
    Hi all,

    I was just wondering if you could help me out by answering a few queries of mine.

    All of the mocks that I have completed in class, I continuously received a C grade: no higher, no lower - and that is since September, 2015.

    My aspirational target is a B, and although I have been trying to get there, the feedback that I have been given has not been entirely useful.

    So...


    How can I structure my essay answers?
    What revision methods are best?
    What is the essential criteria that I MUST include in each individual paragraph?

    But generally: how can I progress?


    Thank you in advance for your replies, and kind regards.
    Ensure that, whenever you're answering the question, you're picking out the intricacies that lie within it and create a strong argument that is in response to it. Try to have an argumentative style to your essay and construct alternative counter arguments that you can evaluate using particular elements of language, structure and form or contexts. Remember that when you construct a counter argument, however, that you do not distort the question and start talking about something completely different, but that you give reasons why the view laid out in the question is not feasible.

    Try to make sure you are analysing language both closely and widely. It is often the case that students do one but not the other and it is equally likely to find a student who completely forgets to write elements of language (and structure and form). You want to be looking at how particular words and their connotations may be used to influence your viewpoint and the possible significances these have, but then you also want to not zoom in too closely that you lose the bigger picture, but zoom back out and explain how this is related to the text as a whole - and also the question.

    Evaluation is key to a top band answer. This is not just saying x is better than y, but it is writing about why you believe this is the case. It is about giving your examiner a personal response, showing the ability to critically analyse a piece of literature, appreciate some other interpretations and then state why yours is more judicious and credible in the light of the writer, the context and the text. There is no interpretation that is more likely than the other, either - as long as you manage to support your points well, you should be absolutely fine
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    (Original post by lightbrigade)
    Hi,
    I generally go with the structure of PETER:
    Point
    Evidence
    Technique
    Explain (connotations, denotations, alternative meaning, word level analysis)
    Reader Response

    I also like to include single word quotes to back up my explanation. For example, when saying a point about Macbeth, I would say "described by his wife as a 'coward'..."
    Another good tip for sophistication is using the third person (try 'one could say' or 'this indicates to the reader'. For revision I would definitely suggest past papers and analysing the text very closely. Reading around the subject can also help.
    Hope this helped


    Thank you very, very much for your reply. It is very much appreciated.
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    (Original post by kingaaran)
    Ensure that, whenever you're answering the question, you're picking out the intricacies that lie within it and create a strong argument that is in response to it. Try to have an argumentative style to your essay and construct alternative counter arguments that you can evaluate using particular elements of language, structure and form or contexts. Remember that when you construct a counter argument, however, that you do not distort the question and start talking about something completely different, but that you give reasons why the view laid out in the question is not feasible.

    Try to make sure you are analysing language both closely and widely. It is often the case that students do one but not the other and it is equally likely to find a student who completely forgets to write elements of language (and structure and form). You want to be looking at how particular words and their connotations may be used to influence your viewpoint and the possible significances these have, but then you also want to not zoom in too closely that you lose the bigger picture, but zoom back out and explain how this is related to the text as a whole - and also the question.

    Evaluation is key to a top band answer. This is not just saying x is better than y, but it is writing about why you believe this is the case. It is about giving your examiner a personal response, showing the ability to critically analyse a piece of literature, appreciate some other interpretations and then state why yours is more judicious and credible in the light of the writer, the context and the text. There is no interpretation that is more likely than the other, either - as long as you manage to support your points well, you should be absolutely fine
    Thank you very, very much for such a detailed and in-depth reply. It is very much appreciated.
 
 
 
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