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    im failing english and i dont know what to do. i try a lot in english but its just not coming to me i do well in other subjects like maths/science/geography but english is different i just find it so difficult and im so bad at it the english teachers at my school are aware of how bad i am and try to help me but im still failing. Also its not just one specific area its all of english language and all of english literature so can anyone tell me what i can do to get better

    engage with the subject material, discuss it with peers and learn to structure your responses to questions in the way the exam wants you to. if you can, buy a revision guide for your course with example questions and model answers then try to recreate the elements that make those answers good on the questions you are set. read as many books as possible, be it fiction or nonfiction, people really underestimate how much just absorbing as much English as possible helps with your analytical and literacy skills
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    A fool-proof plan would be writing out every possible essay, theme & character, getting it checked so that it's a good grade, and then memorising it for the exam (I know that's probably unrealistic, but it's an idea). Or at least just practise technique and the AOs, which is often more important than your skill. Get that fancy terminology and pre-plan some deep ideas. Also, lots of Mr Bruff.

    Watch Mr Bruff on You Tube, he has a brilliant set of videos about the English language exams.

    Read across genre, so read tabloid news papers and broadsheets, different books from the library, or pick them up dirt cheap in the charity shop. For the story imagine you are the main character.

    Learn the technical devices, sentence structure adverbs, adverbial phrases, nouns, noun phrases, why paragraphs are written a certain way and things like forshadowing, mirroring and discourse markers. Go over your work to edit before handing it in.

    Practice writing - it doesn't matter what - just write something whether it's an essay, a letter, a newspaper report etc.

    Ask your teachers what specifically is the problem you have - if it's spelling then do work on that etc. You need to know where you have to improve and that means you need the specifics.

    Have a positive mental attitude, it's a skill you can learn.

    Read books that’s what I did. I went from a D to an A in one year from reading books.
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