How did you study for igcse English first language cie ? how much did u get ?

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I am retaking igcse English cie first language and I want to know the routine u had for English and how u studied , along with how much u got ? And any advice or tips ? Videos , books , websites u used ? Any help is appreciated . Thank you !
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I am retaking igcse English cie first language and I want to know the routine u had for English and how u studied , along with how much u got ? And any advice or tips ? Videos , books , websites u used ? Any help is appreciated . Thank you !
I sat CiE IGCSE English Language 0522 back in November 2015 and got an A (2 marks off an A* )

I'm pretty sure all I did was do the past papers that my teacher gave out in timed conditions.

Timing is incredibly important for this exam, so you need to keep on doing as many papers as possible within the time limit.
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I did CIE English first language and got an A*. Practice as many past papers and focus on your weak point. Mine was the writer's effects question in paper 1 so I made myself practice it to the point where I was consistently scoring around 8/10.

Also for the narrative and descriptive writing in paper 2, making your stories/descriptions as fluid as possible is important. Adding a few big words won't hurt but make sure you're using them in the correct context and know their meanings.
(If it matters, I did my IG's in the June 2016 session)
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Hi, sorry if I'm being a bother by asking this as the original question to this was asked a year ago, but I've just been looking for tips and resources for the IGCSE First Language English exam and can't really find anything. Do you have any tips on the styles of writing you had to learn, the ways you had to answer questions/ what you think got you an A*? I'm an external candidate so I don't have a teacher to ask, and I won't be doing coursework for the exam so I'm trying to study efficiently. Sorry again if this question was annoying, have a lovely day ~
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I did CIE English first language and got an A*. Practice as many past papers and focus on your weak point. Mine was the writer's effects question in paper 1 so I made myself practice it to the point where I was consistently scoring around 8/10.

Also for the narrative and descriptive writing in paper 2, making your stories/descriptions as fluid as possible is important. Adding a few big words won't hurt but make sure you're using them in the correct context and know their meanings.
(If it matters, I did my IG's in the June 2016 session)
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Hi, sorry if I'm being a bother by asking this as the original question to this was asked a year ago, but I've just been looking for tips and resources for the IGCSE First Language English exam and can't really find anything. Do you have any tips on the styles of writing you had to learn, the ways you had to answer questions/ what you think got you an A*? I'm an external candidate so I don't have a teacher to ask, and I won't be doing coursework for the exam so I'm trying to study efficiently. Sorry again if this question was annoying, have a lovely day ~
No problem! However its been a while so my memory is a bit fuzzy, but I feel like I scored the most in Paper 3. I chose to write a descriptive piece and I spent 10 minutes planning it before I began to write. I planned out EVERY single detail so all that was left was just to transfer the content into coherent sentences. As for Paper 2, I suggest you read a lot of model answers and try to copy their style of writing. It helped me a lot especially for writers effects.
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That makes perfect sense! Thank you so much for replying! Do you remember where you got your modal answers from? I've read the mark schemes but they are all answered in phrases.

Did you also take English Literature by any chance? I'm studying that subject right now but as they haven't released and past papers for the books and poems I'm taking, I'm really unsure of what to do/ how to study for that subject.

Thank you so much again!
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