English 9-1 GCSE

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Im doing the OCR english 9-1 GCSE, its closed book for literature and I literally do not understand how to structure anything, im doing Romeo and Juliet and Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde. Im terrible at English, i got a 6 in my mocks, I prefer maths and the sciences, any tips?
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Im doing the OCR english 9-1 GCSE, its closed book for literature and I literally do not understand how to structure anything, im doing Romeo and Juliet and Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde. Im terrible at English, i got a 6 in my mocks, I prefer maths and the sciences, any tips?
Have a look at past papers, ask your teacher for a mark scheme it will show you how to structure an answer. Lit requires embedded quotes look at that and build around that
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I'm doing OCR as well!! What anthology are you doing?
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Im doing the OCR english 9-1 GCSE, its closed book for literature and I literally do not understand how to structure anything, im doing Romeo and Juliet and Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde. Im terrible at English, i got a 6 in my mocks, I prefer maths and the sciences, any tips?
a 6 is not bad at all, im sure you will get a 7 in the real thing
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a 6 is not bad at all, im sure you will get a 7 in the real thing
thanks hopefully but im kinda worried that I will mess up, because there is no answer for English so its harder to revise for, theres no set mark scheme or anything which makes it like ten times harder for me xD
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I don't know if this will help, but i structure my essays as introduction, two paragraphs about the extract, three about the rest of the novel/play and then a conclusion. If you are short on time then try to make it two paragraphs about the extract and two about the book . Always try to make sure you have a conclusion and an introduction. In your introduction, write about the theme of your essay and what part it plays in the novel/play, and about its importance. For example, if your essay is to explore the idea of duality of human nature in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde then you could talk about how this is a prominent and key theme throughout the novel and how Stevenson centres the novel around this idea in order to highlight to the reader the idea that man has both a good and evil side.
I'm not sure if i was of an help to you , but I hope i was.
Also, good luck on your exam
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A 6 is good! That's my average target grade... want to know what a pass is I've been told it's a 4.
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I'm doing OCR as well!! What anthology are you doing?
im doing conflict for poetry, i really dont like english though
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A 6 is good! That's my average target grade... want to know what a pass is I've been told it's a 4.
I know but I want at least a 7 because i have to take my results to sixth forms on results day and I want to have high results so they are more likely to accept me as i didnt apply in January :/
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I don't know if this will help, but i structure my essays as introduction, two paragraphs about the extract, three about the rest of the novel/play and then a conclusion. If you are short on time then try to make it two paragraphs about the extract and two about the book . Always try to make sure you have a conclusion and an introduction. In your introduction, write about the theme of your essay and what part it plays in the novel/play, and about its importance. For example, if your essay is to explore the idea of duality of human nature in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde then you could talk about how this is a prominent and key theme throughout the novel and how Stevenson centres the novel around this idea in order to highlight to the reader the idea that man has both a good and evil side.
I'm not sure if i was of an help to you , but I hope i was.
Also, good luck on your exam
oh thank you
i will use that structure, but the problem is, is that we have to memorise all the quotes :/
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Yeahh i know, just go through both the play and book and underline any quotes you think are useful, then try to narrow them down to about two or three words and then you can just paraphrase the rest, for example "sordid negligence", "transcendental medicine" , "neither bell nor knocker". I am also doing the 9-1 GCSE but with AQA not OCR.
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Yeahh i know, just go through both the play and book and underline any quotes you think are useful, then try to narrow them down to about two or three words and then you can just paraphrase the rest, for example "sordid negligence", "transcendental medicine" , "neither bell nor knocker". I am also doing the 9-1 GCSE but with AQA not OCR.
yeah most of the country did AQA but my school, being clever as always chose to do OCR which only 3 percent of the country did, so i dont see grade boundaries changing that much for OCR, but they should lower for AQA based on the large percentage of students probably with different ranges of scores...
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Oh no! Does that mean that you need more marks than those doing the AQA papers to pass?
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Oh no! Does that mean that you need more marks than those doing the AQA papers to pass?
it might do, depends on how the whole country does
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A 4 has been verified as a pass for colleges. So if you get a 4 it's fine! When analysing novels and books - you need to include plenty of quotations from the text in order to back up your opinions!
For example, if you say 'Jeckyll is presented as a more human character trying to fight off Hyde... This is highlighted from (insert quote here) this emphasises that Hyde is.. etc etc.'
You just need to use the quotes as much as you can in order to develop your point, but I'm sure you'll do great; if you're getting a 6 in your mocks you could definitely get a 7 in the actual exam!
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A 4 has been verified as a pass for colleges. So if you get a 4 it's fine! When analysing novels and books - you need to include plenty of quotations from the text in order to back up your opinions!
For example, if you say 'Jeckyll is presented as a more human character trying to fight off Hyde... This is highlighted from (insert quote here) this emphasises that Hyde is.. etc etc.'
You just need to use the quotes as much as you can in order to develop your point, but I'm sure you'll do great; if you're getting a 6 in your mocks you could definitely get a 7 in the actual exam!
thanks now time to revise :/
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thanks now time to revise :/
You're welcome, and same here!
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