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    In preparation for the English Literature exams next week, I have been writing essays from past paper questions. Of course, unlike Maths or Science, marking English is much more subjective, and mark schemes generally offer little in the way of guidance to mark questions.

    In order to identify little areas upon which to focus, what do you is the best way to critically look through an essay and decide upon a mark? Following that, how can you find what more you need to do to improve upon such an essay?
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    (Original post by SummerStrawberry)
    In preparation for the English Literature exams next week, I have been writing essays from past paper questions. Of course, unlike Maths or Science, marking English is much more subjective, and mark schemes generally offer little in the way of guidance to mark questions.

    In order to identify little areas upon which to focus, what do you is the best way to critically look through an essay and decide upon a mark? Following that, how can you find what more you need to do to improve upon such an essay?
    It's difficult without marking experience. Have a look at some sample essays (there should be some online) and see what mark they got. If they have comments, even better.

    When you go to award a mark to an essay yourself, start from the bottom of the mark scheme and try checking off each individual skill on it. If you've got them, move up to the next marking band. A lot of past paper mark schemes have indicative content points (examples of credited responses) that are really useful to tell you what sort of ideas the mark scheme is looking for.
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    (Original post by emmald583)
    It's difficult without marking experience. Have a look at some sample essays (there should be some online) and see what mark they got. If they have comments, even better.

    When you go to award a mark to an essay yourself, start from the bottom of the mark scheme and try checking off each individual skill on it. If you've got them, move up to the next marking band. A lot of past paper mark schemes have indicative content points (examples of credited responses) that are really useful to tell you what sort of ideas the mark scheme is looking for.
    Thank You!
 
 
 
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