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Do teachers mark harshly for gcse english literature?

I am panicking because I have my gcse English lit soon and I’ve still been on the same grade 5… All my other subjects im getting pretty much 7+, even in English language I got an 8, so do teachers mark harshly for gcse english literature?
Original post by Qpd
I am panicking because I have my gcse English lit soon and I’ve still been on the same grade 5… All my other subjects im getting pretty much 7+, even in English language I got an 8, so do teachers mark harshly for gcse english literature?

Mate, just keep working hard and make sure you are fully prepared for all your texts the day before. I was on a grade 5 in mocks and got 9 in my real thing. Disparity between the marking is insane, even though I worked hard to get there I had no idea it would be a 9, was hoping for an 8
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Original post by Qpd
I am panicking because I have my gcse English lit soon and I’ve still been on the same grade 5… All my other subjects im getting pretty much 7+, even in English language I got an 8, so do teachers mark harshly for gcse english literature?


Have you been given any feedback about where you lost marks? Maybe ask your teachers how you can improve?
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Original post by rouyi
Have you been given any feedback about where you lost marks? Maybe ask your teachers how you can improve?


They keep saying I need to be more simple because apparently what I say is not related. However, at the same time they want me to analyse more… in quite confused. I got analysis from YouTubers and stuff but they said everything they say is bad. So it’s a mixed bag
Original post by Qpd
They keep saying I need to be more simple because apparently what I say is not related. However, at the same time they want me to analyse more… in quite confused. I got analysis from YouTubers and stuff but they said everything they say is bad. So it’s a mixed bag

Hello! I would suggest asking your friends/ peers who get grades 7 8 and 9 to read their responses and answers!
Good luck 🙂
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Original post by StudyGirlGrammar
Hello! I would suggest asking your friends/ peers who get grades 7 8 and 9 to read their responses and answers!
Good luck 🙂


That’s the thing though…no one in my year are getting above a 7 😬
Original post by thatoneadi
Mate, just keep working hard and make sure you are fully prepared for all your texts the day before. I was on a grade 5 in mocks and got 9 in my real thing. Disparity between the marking is insane, even though I worked hard to get there I had no idea it would be a 9, was hoping for an 8

what did you do?
Original post by Qpd
That’s the thing though…no one in my year are getting above a 7 😬

Noone? That is a bit weird.. Well in that case, instead of watching vids on Youtube, i would suggest reading some model paragraphs that have scored exceptionally highly!
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Original post by Qpd
They keep saying I need to be more simple because apparently what I say is not related. However, at the same time they want me to analyse more… in quite confused. I got analysis from YouTubers and stuff but they said everything they say is bad. So it’s a mixed bag


Maybe try looking at the mark scheme very carefully and seeing what you are marked on, then go through the examiner reports to get a better idea of what they want and looking at the exemplar responses to see common mistakes people make and get an idea of how to best answer
Original post by Qpd
That’s the thing though…no one in my year are getting above a 7 😬


Same here, I’d recommend just going over the mark schemes, because they’re very specific
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Your mocks tend be harder/marked harsher than the real thing, which schools do to make you revise more. The best I got in any of my English lit mocks was a 6, but I ended up getting an 8 in the real thing. Just keep on revising and prepare extra hard for the questions worth the most marks as these will make up the largest part of your grade. Also, even if you do get a 5 in the real thing, with the greatest of respect it is unlikely to matter. As long as you pass and get into whatever sixth form/college you want, it really won’t matter
Reply 11
Thanks everyone. Do any of you have any example of grade 9 answers? Some places online are genuinely terrible that claim to be “top band”.
Reply 12
Literature is in a few days so I’ll just hope for the best 🙏

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