How to get a 9 in English GCSE

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Whats the best way to achieve a level 9 in English GCSE.
Currently at the start of year 11
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Just done my GCSEs, I didn't do this but the best way to get a high grade in English Lit is to pick broad quotes and analyse them yourself instead of using online resources because unique responses allow you to access the higher grades. For English language (I did aqa) practice the 40 markers at the end and you can find practice questions online
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Hey,
Whats the best way to achieve a level 9 in English GCSE.
Currently at the start of year 11
okay so this one is a toughy...

literacy - what i did was thouroughly get to know the entirity of my themes, characters and settings like literally for each one know like 5 small quotes or 3 big quotes for each
AND USE THIS YEAR TO FIND AN ESSAY STRUCTURE THAT YOU CAN REMEMBER TO DO IN THE EXAM THAT WORKS FOR YOU LIKE LITERALLY WRITE OUT THE ORDER IN WHICH UR GONNA WRITE THINGS (eg point then evidence yadda yadda yadda) OUT SO MANY TIMES AND THEN IMPLEMENT INTO PAST PAPER QUESTIONS
language - honestly this one is basically essay structure, essay structure, essay structure!! for the creative, poems and writing to inform/persuade/the other one think of ideas that are out of the box to give u more flare eg for the poetry i managed to get some **** about how the first was happier and childlike compared to the more cold-feeling second poem but what really made my essay was i wrote a **** ton on how the first one used words like we and had a sense of togetherness and familial values and how because of this everything is fun, even shopping but the second only mentioned 'I' insinuating lonlieness and desolation and how maybe the writer has lost someone close making shopping seem like the hardest task in the world

in my gcse mock i got a grade 5, then i actually started to try and really get to know the books and really expand my imagination and pull out the more obscure points and in my actual gcse i got a 9

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Okay so, I always got grade 3's 4s and 5's. I learnt a few phrases and sentence openings by reading model grade 9 answers, I understood grade 9 answers and also tried to be as analytical. Make sure you know your terminology too. Also I recommend on the papers do question 5 first. its 25% of the whole GCSE (this is if your doing AQA). Also try to make your story an extended metaphor. Best advice I can give is watch Mr Salles Teaches English. He's on youtube and so long as you listen to his advice your practically assured grade 7s 8s and 9s. Somehow I got a grade 9 which was way beyond my expectations considering that was all I did not even a week before the exam. Imagine how well you can do from the start of year 11. Also best advice is to chill atm. Just casual revision here and there is okay for the moment. Not worth the stress, I spent my whole GCSE's calm and relaxed- best thing I could've done.
EDIT: Also, Mr salles Teaches English is a literal gem. In my literature GCSE I had only ever read a few literature pieces. Hardly knew any quotes. Had never read the poem that came up on the actual GCSE (do not recommend haha) but thanks to mr salles and his easy structures, I used them in the exam. Ended up with a 7 in lit. Highly recommend, since you have the whole year you could indefinitely get a 9!!!
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Amyheran's advice is really good. For language, think wayy outside the box. Like into the 4th dimension. As long as you can back up what you say with a quote or two, and it makes sense within the context of the piece, it's fine to write. That shows that you've apprehended the piece to a really high level.

(I got a 9 in both Lit and Lang, if it really matters. I got a 6 and a 7 in my mocks)
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Agreed, but not everyone has that type of creativity. It's also helpful to look at model answers to gain understanding of what they consider '4th dimension'
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Amyheran's advice is really good. For language, think wayy outside the box. Like into the 4th dimension. As long as you can back up what you say with a quote or two, and it makes sense within the context of the piece, it's fine to write. That shows that you've apprehended the piece to a really high level.

(I got a 9 in both Lit and Lang, if it really matters. I got a 6 and a 7 in my mocks)
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nil English language is an easy gcse if you read books frequently and if you know basic English devices like verbs, adjectives etc. I read a few example answers like a month before the exams and tried a bit go questions. However, if creative writing doesn't come naturally, try making a flexible plan that you can adapt to lots of different titles. I got my 9 that way: by reading example answers and trying a dew questions until I got my exam technique right.
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Hi guys Ive just seen this post. English lit is not one of the hardest subjects to get a 9 in actually. I know it seems like what am I talking about by that a 9 is so hard to get but I was in the lowest set and first expected a 4/5 and I ended up getting a 9. I would recommend doing a lot of past papers looking at model responses buy all the revision guides you can and actually READ THEM and also be interested in what your reading and research things related to them. Best of luck.

If you need any help with Maths this resource is really good and I was able to get full marks in my exam.
https://www.tes.com/teaching-resourc...ponse-12180433
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(Original post by hoixw)
Amyheran's advice is really good. For language, think wayy outside the box. Like into the 4th dimension. As long as you can back up what you say with a quote or two, and it makes sense within the context of the piece, it's fine to write. That shows that you've apprehended the piece to a really high level.

(I got a 9 in both Lit and Lang, if it really matters. I got a 6 and a 7 in my mock
aw ty hoixw, honestly tho the_million the fact that you are really trying to improve says a lot, perceverence is key to getting good grades in english, theres no formula, just finding out what works for other people and then what works for you like your doing is honestly the best way KEEP IT UP X
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Heyy, I realise this may come a little late but I do have one major tip for English Lit.

This tip is mainly for the poetry, although it would probably also work with the prose. For every poem I would try to find a thesis paper on the internet (about that poem specifically if it was famous enough, of if not a thesis on the author ) and try to extract at least one major point from it that I could use in an essay. Thesis papers tend to be rather long so I would often just skip through parts until I found something that I thought I could really write about in my own words.

I found that it really helped because it went into much more depth than what we had covered in class and if you really develop just one intelligent point that’s not commonly talked about (at least not at GCSE level) it can definitely help your paper stand out; that’s always a good thing!

Thesis papers about the author are a bit harder to use but if you find something really clever that you can link back repeatedly to the poem in your analysis, it can make you sound pretty smart!

Also, these arguing points can really help to build your introduction if you rephrase them slightly and can make your essay sound way smarter from the start. I really liked to use the introduction format in this video:
https://youtu.be/idiQ6WAOWV0
Skip to the part where he talks about the formula for an introduction. (If you watch the video, you’ll see that whatever point you found in the thesis paper can be worked into the THEME and further developed in the PURPOSE)

Best of luck!!
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