Well I studied R&J and Animal Farm and I achieved grade 9 so I believe I am qualified to give advice. I would like to say that literally end of year10 mocks I achieved a grade 6 so I improved massively. The key: practice. My teacher was an absolute legend, he would set me 3 essays every weekend (yes, meaning 3 30markers), I would complete those for him over the weekend and then by Friday he would’ve finished marking, graded them and give me feedback on how to improve. Over just a 3-4months I’d say, I went from achieving 18/30 to consistently getting 26+/30. In the end I got the highest in my year for year11 mocks so I definitely think this works. You can find unlimited questions on R&J i remember seeing some file somewhere which had lots of essay questions, search for that on Google. For Animal Farm, honestly I had no idea why teacher picked that for us class, we were the only class in my entire school to be studying this book. But, through all the essays, I discovered that animal farm is actually the easiest book. This is because there is always the same theme to the question, it’s either about power or being oppressed. I’d recommend create two essay plans for animal farms and then practicing making those 30/30 (I only achieved 3, 30/30 essays in my whole time but that feeling is just ahh indescribable). Also, context! Very soon I noticed that context is something that gets you marks quickly and is usually overlooked. Additionally, complex ideas - to get that top band you need to be making sophisticated points, in one of my Animal Farm essay I linked Squealer’s will to survive and satisfy Napoleon to Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality. Quotes wise, know 3-4 (try pick out unique ones) and then be able to analyse them for at least half a paragraph. I hope this helps, if I had to give you just one advice it would be to practice and give essays in to your teachers. Maybe try do 2-3 and give it to different English teachers if your main teacher is very busy.