How to get 8s and 9sWatch
So I wanna get 8s in history and maths, can someone tell me how? I’m doing Edexcel for both. I wanna get 9s in eng lit and Lang, I’m doing Eduqas for both.
Help will be appreciated💚
For Maths, it's all about practising past papers. The more you do, the more you draw out your weaknesses.
Once you get a feel for which topics you're less confident on, find a bunch of questions online or in a textbook about that topic (starting with easy questions to build up a base knowledge and gradually upping the difficulty). I know it might seem pointless to start now, but I cannot stress enough how important past papers and practise questions are, even in January!
There's no proper way to revise for English Language in my mind I'm afraid. The best I can advise is have a few pre-prepared and polished narratives in the back of your head that could be applied or twisted to fit a number of briefs. Also, get familiar with all the different styles of writing for the non-fiction writing. Perhaps get your teacher to set you some briefs for this, write a short non-fiction piece and ask for feedback? Again, practise makes perfect.
For poetry, I made eighteen double sided A5 revision cards, each colour coded, with very small writing, jam-packed with information. I put the title and a little picture at the top to help me remember, left a small column for social and historical context on the left of the page and annotated lines as I went, and only wrote down key quotes and lines that had many interesting interpretations that I could talk about for many paragraphs.
(Essentially, it's not worth learning all eighteen poems off by heart in my opinion. However, some of my friends just recalled the poems like this and analysed them on the fly and ended up with 9s so it's whatever style of learning you prefer.)
For English Literature, I did An Inspector Calls, Silas Marner and Othello. Can I help you with any of those?
Do you have any revision resources you had in year 11 for an inspector calls? Do you have the themes?
I bought a very useful book from York Notes on An Inspector Calls. It has some great historical and social context and good quotes you can use. Link to book:
Themes I can think of off the top of my head were:
And then of course the characters
then make sure your essay writing skills are up to par! and practice so you can get full marks without waffling good luck
maths - get a practice questions workbook (best way to improve and avoid mistakes in the real thing)
english lit - mindmaps and essay plans so you're prepared for the exam. find quotes that can be used for most questions too, that always helps. definitely practice writing the essays if you have time!
english lang - practice the comprehension tasks so you can do it as quickly and efficiently as possible (know exactly what the mark schemes looking for). maybe plan a basic story (i tried this but ended up making one up on the spot anyway heh, but it does work for some people), then for the non-fiction things, practice as many as you can with different prompts
this is a bit waffly but hope it helps haha