I am in Year 10 and I have been very worried about my English GCSEs. I am a hard-working student who consistently gets the top marks across all my subjects. However, I am worried about English because I am less motivated to revise for it at home and I really don't understand how to improve at it. I do know I need to practise and have constantly heard about doing essays/ creative writing and handing it to my teacher to mark and in the first week of school in September I did hand my teacher a couple of descriptive pieces I did in the summer but she seems to be extremely busy and I have asked her many times but she still hasn't marked it and it's been more than a month now.
Also we're currently studying Jekyll and Hyde. We finished the book today and we read all of it in class but a lot of it didn't make sense to me, like I don't understand how people can follow the book when there's so many words on every page that are so complicated to know the meaning of. I also am absolutely baffled at the technique top English students (for Literature in this case) use to study a text and be prepared for any essay they get and remember so many quotes, analysis, relevant context and how to structure essays.
I was wondering if I should get Discord and maybe use The Student room to post essays/ creattive writing or generally my responses to questions for people to mark or give me feedback on so I was wondering if that could work, any ideas for that?
To sum this up, I really need tips from anyone who did well at English or is currently on track to get a top grade at Language and/or Literature. How exactly do you revise and what exact steps and tips did you use and think are helpful?