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Hello, I am new here. I take Combined Science, Maths, English Lang+Lit Religious Studies, French Geography and Food and Nutrition. I am so bad at my subjects currently. In English I am predicted a 3 and I really want to get higher. If anyone has any help for any subjects please help thank you
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Hello, I am new here. I take Combined Science, Maths, English Lang+Lit Religious Studies, French Geography and Food and Nutrition. I am so bad at my subjects currently. In English I am predicted a 3 and I really want to get higher. If anyone has any help for any subjects please help thank you
Hi!
For geography GCSE I personally found using flash cards to learn the case studies super helpful. Pick out the most useful figures/stats that would help in an essay and try to learn those. For example, the amount of deaths in a Physical event. I also took RS and did flash cards here as well - except on these flash cards I put quotes from various religious texts that were applicable to many arguments in an essay (this is also relevant to english, find quotes that you can use for a variety of questions that could come up - e.g. in Macbeth the quote 'I am in blood / Stepped in so far, that, should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o'er' can apply to many themes). I subbed the lyrics to songs liked with book quotes and made themed mind maps to help with learning them.

Maths is not a strong point for me (I'm doing my A levels and don't do maths) but I found doing practice questions super helpful. Corbettmaths was brilliant and had loads of questions to do.
For GCSE the CGP revision guides are super helpful as they're so concise & past papers

This is just what personally worked for me
I hope this made sense!
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Hello, I am new here. I take Combined Science, Maths, English Lang+Lit Religious Studies, French Geography and Food and Nutrition. I am so bad at my subjects currently. In English I am predicted a 3 and I really want to get higher. If anyone has any help for any subjects please help thank you
Hello!
I am an A level English literature, A level English language and A level French student and am happy to help!

For English literature: ( I'm going to separate this into stages)

Stage 1:

key passages-- this is where you identify the (5 or 4) key moments in a play/novel- E.g When Macbeth gets the prophecies from the witches or when Romeo and Juliet first meet at the masquerade ball etc.
Once you have identified these key passages you need to analyse them:
so ask yourself is the writer using Metaphors, similes, loads of verbs etc.?
what structural elements are used (irony, juxtaposition, contrast etc.)
and then ask yourself why are they doing this and what effect does this produce? ( e.g. Many verbs can produce a tense atmosphere)
Don't forget to link this to context: What were the attitudes of the people at the time ( e.g. Victorian society was very strict, regimented and stoic)


Stage 2:

Create flashcards (you can use physical ones or online ones like anki or quizlet) ( do this only if it helps you otherwise you can write notes)

Flashcard/ write notes of:

Key Passages, themes, characters and quotes. (if you don't have time to do all of them focus on quotes !)

Stage 3:

Essay plans!

Start with an intro (if needed) and outline main arguments and context.

PEE ( pee all over your paragraphs!) you can do 3 or 4 of these PEE paragraphs
Point: state your argument
Evidence: Quote and identification of literary techniques
Explain: Link to context, writers purpose and essay question.

Then conclude: round up- link back to question

Stage 4:

Do some practice essays! yayay!


English language:

Practice papers and questions are your best friend!!

Again when looking at a text ask yourself questions about what techniques the writer uses:

But wait for a second what if there isn't anything there!

Well look at the verbs, nouns, adjectives that are used (this may seem really basic but trust me I still try and identify these at A level and it changes everything)
What effect do these verbs, nouns, adjectives have on the reader?
Why are they used?
What tone is created?

For structure think:
Irony, juxtaposition, contrast, sentence length ( minor sentence, short sentence etc.), asyndetic/syndetic listing, sentence type (imperative, declarative, interrogative etc.)


Then for creative writing:

for the story element: Think of your favourite TV show/ Film and base it off of that... (and don't end it with 'It was all a dream' try to get your reader to imply what happens at the end-- don't make it too obvious!)

Both (article and story)

Use different sentence lengths/types (mentioned above)
Use metaphors, similes, irony, idioms, alliteration etc.


For French:

Practice papers!
Listen to French music and watch french videos just to get used to how the language sounds.

Learn tenses and memorise key verbs for each tense: E.g. Etre, faire, avoir, aller...

Learn stock phrases e.g. Je voudrais etre un pilot...
Je vais aller au cinema avec mes amis ( is a classic one)
Use some complicated grammar such as 'Depuis' But definitely get the basics: Perfect/imperfect (past tense), future, present.

learn vocab: Use quizlet/ anki whatever floats your boat.


I hope this was helpful! It's quite a long one but if you have any more questions feel free to ask!
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Hi!
For geography GCSE I personally found using flash cards to learn the case studies super helpful. Pick out the most useful figures/stats that would help in an essay and try to learn those. For example, the amount of deaths in a Physical event. I also took RS and did flash cards here as well - except on these flash cards I put quotes from various religious texts that were applicable to many arguments in an essay (this is also relevant to english, find quotes that you can use for a variety of questions that could come up - e.g. in Macbeth the quote 'I am in blood / Stepped in so far, that, should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o'er' can apply to many themes). I subbed the lyrics to songs liked with book quotes and made themed mind maps to help with learning them.

Maths is not a strong point for me (I'm doing my A levels and don't do maths) but I found doing practice questions super helpful. Corbettmaths was brilliant and had loads of questions to do.
For GCSE the CGP revision guides are super helpful as they're so concise & past papers

This is just what personally worked for me
I hope this made sense!
Thank you do much this is a GREAT help. You are amazing for doing this. This will help so much. I will do more flashcards and try harder and follow along your tips. Yeah the CGP books are really good. I will be buying them. Overall thank you so much this is wonderful.
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Hello!
I am an A level English literature, A level English language and A level French student and am happy to help!

For English literature: ( I'm going to separate this into stages)

Stage 1:

key passages-- this is where you identify the (5 or 4) key moments in a play/novel- E.g When Macbeth gets the prophecies from the witches or when Romeo and Juliet first meet at the masquerade ball etc.
Once you have identified these key passages you need to analyse them:
so ask yourself is the writer using Metaphors, similes, loads of verbs etc.?
what structural elements are used (irony, juxtaposition, contrast etc.)
and then ask yourself why are they doing this and what effect does this produce? ( e.g. Many verbs can produce a tense atmosphere)
Don't forget to link this to context: What were the attitudes of the people at the time ( e.g. Victorian society was very strict, regimented and stoic)


Stage 2:

Create flashcards (you can use physical ones or online ones like anki or quizlet) ( do this only if it helps you otherwise you can write notes)

Flashcard/ write notes of:

Key Passages, themes, characters and quotes. (if you don't have time to do all of them focus on quotes !)

Stage 3:

Essay plans!

Start with an intro (if needed) and outline main arguments and context.

PEE ( pee all over your paragraphs!) you can do 3 or 4 of these PEE paragraphs
Point: state your argument
Evidence: Quote and identification of literary techniques
Explain: Link to context, writers purpose and essay question.

Then conclude: round up- link back to question

Stage 4:

Do some practice essays! yayay!


English language:

Practice papers and questions are your best friend!!

Again when looking at a text ask yourself questions about what techniques the writer uses:

But wait for a second what if there isn't anything there!

Well look at the verbs, nouns, adjectives that are used (this may seem really basic but trust me I still try and identify these at A level and it changes everything)
What effect do these verbs, nouns, adjectives have on the reader?
Why are they used?
What tone is created?

For structure think:
Irony, juxtaposition, contrast, sentence length ( minor sentence, short sentence etc.), asyndetic/syndetic listing, sentence type (imperative, declarative, interrogative etc.)


Then for creative writing:

for the story element: Think of your favourite TV show/ Film and base it off of that... (and don't end it with 'It was all a dream' try to get your reader to imply what happens at the end-- don't make it too obvious!)

Both (article and story)

Use different sentence lengths/types (mentioned above)
Use metaphors, similes, irony, idioms, alliteration etc.


For French:

Practice papers!
Listen to French music and watch french videos just to get used to how the language sounds.

Learn tenses and memorise key verbs for each tense: E.g. Etre, faire, avoir, aller...

Learn stock phrases e.g. Je voudrais etre un pilot...
Je vais aller au cinema avec mes amis ( is a classic one)
Use some complicated grammar such as 'Depuis' But definitely get the basics: Perfect/imperfect (past tense), future, present.

learn vocab: Use quizlet/ anki whatever floats your boat.


I hope this was helpful! It's quite a long one but if you have any more questions feel free to ask!
THANK YOU SOO MUCHHHH!!!! this is wow. You have helped so much. Thank you for taking your own time to help me you do not understand this is wonderful. I will be using your tips and improving. I have really wanted to get higher grades and hopefully I will now. You have also included examples thank you so much!!
Just a quick question. Is there any websites or anything where i can get practice questions of english papers as now I would use these tips and try to answer a question. I am now doing Macbeth In school so I could prepare for that. And yes the French advice is amazing!!! I do watch movies and songs in french it is so helpful. Thank you!!!
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THANK YOU SOO MUCHHHH!!!! this is wow. You have helped so much. Thank you for taking your own time to help me you do not understand this is wonderful. I will be using your tips and improving. I have really wanted to get higher grades and hopefully I will now. You have also included examples thank you so much!!
Just a quick question. Is there any websites or anything where i can get practice questions of english papers as now I would use these tips and try to answer a question. I am now doing Macbeth In school so I could prepare for that. And yes the French advice is amazing!!! I do watch movies and songs in french it is so helpful. Thank you!!!
I'm so glad this helped!

You can get practice questions from your specification ( you might want to check this with your teacher) The most popular one is AQA: https://www.aqa.org.uk/find-past-pap...d-mark-schemes

English Literature past papers:
https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/sample-...1-QP-JUN18.PDF
https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/sample-...P-JUN18-CR.PDF

Also for English literature, SparkNotes is a great resource!
https://www.sparknotes.com/

Another AMAZING resource is: ( which I only just remembered haha-- it looks kinda dodgy but it has great resources!)
http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/
here's a specific link to a guide on Macbeth: http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/s...re/macbeth.htm

English Language past papers:
https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/sample-...1-QP-NOV18.PDF
https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/sample-...-INS-NOV18.PDF

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/sample-...-INS-NOV18.PDF
https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/sample-...2-QP-NOV18.PDF



French past papers very much depend on your specification but there are some good websites like Languages online, Zut which are really good for reading, listening and grammar tasks. (however, for zut it is only free on the weekends and after 4pm-- kinda strange haha!)

https://languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpo...enchindex.html
http://zut.languageskills.co.uk/inte...te/year10.html

also in general 'Revision World' is a really good site for revision resources for all subjects!
https://revisionworld.com/

If you need any more help don't hesitate to ask I'm happy to help! ;-D
I also wish you all the best in your GCSE studies! It's hard but you definitely have the courage and resilience to do it!!
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Thank you do much this is a GREAT help. You are amazing for doing this. This will help so much. I will do more flashcards and try harder and follow along your tips. Yeah the CGP books are really good. I will be buying them. Overall thank you so much this is wonderful.
No problem at all! I do Geography, Biology and Chemistry A level so feel free to ask any more questions about these if you'd like
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