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    I've only been at sixth form for 4 months, (Year 12) and I'm really struggling with English Lit already. Obviously its a lot more difficult than GCSE, higher workload, more essays etc. and I've gone from a B at GCSE to an E at A-Level. I'm finding essays really hard, I don't seem to be including enough detail, or going into depth like I should be. I just end up feeling really confused and stuck and don't know what to write when it comes to essays.

    My most recent task was to write a few paragraphs comparing The Bloody Chamber and an extract from Pride and Prejudice, which is already a week overdue because every time I try to write it, I end up staring at a blank page. I understand the story and the meaning behind it, I just can't make the right links or put what I'm thinking into words . I even emailed my teacher for help and she gave me plenty of suggestions but I'm just confused, stuck and feeling very stressed about English Lit rn. Any advice would be appreciated :/
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    I don't study the same texts as you, but I am also an AS student. I have had a lot of success with my essays so far so I would be more than happy to help. But first, ask your teachers where you are dropping marks. Is it for example, the lack of literary techniques, the lack of clarity, perhaps even context or tentative interperetation.
    I think the main thing is making sure you are analysing in depth, when you take a quote relevant to the theme you are discussing, make sure you are acknowledging a literary device which exemplifies what the author is trying to portray. Even try analysing certain words and why the author used that word instead of something else. Linking this to both the question and the content of the book is very important too. Something which also gains marks and is a very valuable skill is offering a possible interpretation on a wider scale, eg. Perhaps ... did this because...
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    (Original post by rosie.mn)
    I don't study the same texts as you, but I am also an AS student. I have had a lot of success with my essays so far so I would be more than happy to help. But first, ask your teachers where you are dropping marks. Is it for example, the lack of literary techniques, the lack of clarity, perhaps even context or tentative interperetation.
    I think the main thing is making sure you are analysing in depth, when you take a quote relevant to the theme you are discussing, make sure you are acknowledging a literary device which exemplifies what the author is trying to portray. Even try analysing certain words and why the author used that word instead of something else. Linking this to both the question and the content of the book is very important too. Something which also gains marks and is a very valuable skill is offering a possible interpretation on a wider scale, eg. Perhaps ... did this because...
    Thank you for replying! As far as I know, its the analysing that I need to improve on, I feel like I'm still stuck in the GCSE style of writing. My teacher told me that instead of writing a point, and linking it to maybe one thing and moving on, I need to go into more depth, link it to other parts of the book/play/poem, add context and things like that. I konw where I need to improve really but I still struggle, as soon as I go to write the essay I go blank. I rely on the internet quite a bit, of course I don't plagiarise but I use it to help with ideas and points, I don't really know if thats a bad thing or not but I guess the fact that I'm working an E at the moment isn't really making me feel postitive about my work, its such a drop from GCSE when I was getting As in all my assesments and got a B in the GCSE exam.
 
 
 
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