How do I be 'evaluative' in A-Level English Literature (Edexcel) Watch

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For the whole of last year and most of this year I've been floating between a B and an A on my English essays. I can walk out of an exam feeling like I really grappled with the question well and came up with genuinely interesting points that were well argued, yet I'll get marked a B and for someone who basically got A*s in GCSE without revising, it is a little unnerving this close to exams.
One bit of feedback I get often is to be more 'evaluative', but what does this actually mean and what would it look like in an essay?

Bonus Q: Is there a structure which would increase my chances of being marked higher? I've become used to writing very few, big loooong paragraphs that really go deep, because I personally feel it does justice to the Q and explores everything really well. However, I have some friends getting consistant As and they pretty much write 4-5 short/medium paragraphs that IMO seems much more 'unoriginal' but it seems to work. Is this the way forward? Are there any set of steps I can take to achieve the best structure? Thanks.
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(Original post by Azim_r)
For the whole of last year and most of this year I've been floating between a B and an A on my English essays. I can walk out of an exam feeling like I really grappled with the question well and came up with genuinely interesting points that were well argued, yet I'll get marked a B and for someone who basically got A*s in GCSE without revising, it is a little unnerving this close to exams.
One bit of feedback I get often is to be more 'evaluative', but what does this actually mean and what would it look like in an essay?

Bonus Q: Is there a structure which would increase my chances of being marked higher? I've become used to writing very few, big loooong paragraphs that really go deep, because I personally feel it does justice to the Q and explores everything really well. However, I have some friends getting consistant As and they pretty much write 4-5 short/medium paragraphs that IMO seems much more 'unoriginal' but it seems to work. Is this the way forward? Are there any set of steps I can take to achieve the best structure? Thanks.

Have you been looking at the mark schemes?
Read the specification?

https://qualifications.pearson.com/c...ec-Issue-4.pdf

https://qualifications.pearson.com/e...ning-materials

http://mrbruff.com/product/mr-bruffs...re-ebook-copy/

https://qualifications.pearson.com/c...logy_guide.pdf
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