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    I'm in my first year of A Level English Literature, and every essay I've handed in I've got a B and I feel like I'm not going anywhere. I really want to get an A or A* and apply to a top uni and it's so disheartening to be doing consistently lower than where I want to be. Does anyone have any advice on English a level essays and English lit as an a level?? (my exam board is OCR)
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    I'm in my first year of A Level English Literature, and every essay I've handed in I've got a B and I feel like I'm not going anywhere. I really want to get an A or A* and apply to a top uni and it's so disheartening to be doing consistently lower than where I want to be. Does anyone have any advice on English a level essays and English lit as an a level?? (my exam board is OCR)
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    You are going to improve when you get more practice, become more familiar with the texts and exam technique. Look at the mark schemes and listen to the feedback given by your teacher.
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    (Original post by powis3103)
    I'm in my first year of A Level English Literature, and every essay I've handed in I've got a B and I feel like I'm not going anywhere. I really want to get an A or A* and apply to a top uni and it's so disheartening to be doing consistently lower than where I want to be. Does anyone have any advice on English a level essays and English lit as an a level?? (my exam board is OCR)
    If you want an A/A* it would be useful for you to look at the OCR mark schemes to see what is expected for a A-grade essay.

    Is your grammar and spelling perfect? A lot of students underestimate how important grammar and spelling is. Are you using a wide range of vocabulary? One obvious grammatical or spelling error will automatically prevent you from getting an A.

    Are you using correct academic register? Using abbreviations in a academic essay is a big no. Make sure you aren't using colloquial phrases.

    How familiar are you with your texts? You should know the plot, characters, themes, and the context of the text by heart. If you are forgetting a character's name or what happened in a certain chapter, you need to re-read your texts a couple of times.

    Do you know all the AOs? AOs are what will get you the marks. Examiners mark papers according to a set mark scheme that lists out the AOs. This is what they will be marking you on and it is important that you know what they all are.

    Read the feedback your teacher writes on your essays. If you are making the same mistakes, you need to find out why. Set yourself three goals you want to achieve in your next essay.
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