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I've been struggling with ocr english lit for A02 is 75% of what i need in an essay and a my major criticism is that i don't use enough A02 in my essays so do you have any tips or revision that may help me improve or understand how to weave it in my essays correctly? :smile:)

THANK U
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Original post by alina2367
I've been struggling with ocr english lit for A02 is 75% of what i need in an essay and a my major criticism is that i don't use enough A02 in my essays so do you have any tips or revision that may help me improve or understand how to weave it in my essays correctly? :smile:)
THANK U
hi I got an A in OCR English lit last year. Basically what I did was I would write a past essay and then compare it to example essays- i found that the ppl w the top grades would pick a small word and go in and write as deeply as possible. It's not about finding the hardest technique sometimes even more basic English techniques like metaphor, semantic field can get you top marks- as long as you write eloquently and go deep.(But for drama and poetry really know the diff between lang, structure and form techniques). To go deep just try and think of the author's purpose- why are they writing this- is it to teach society a moral lesson for example? What effect are they trying to create/have they created? What themes are they really honing in on?

I'm not sure which texts you are doing but for the unseen it's helpful to know what themes you want to write abt.
EG. I did women in lit and I went through all the unseen past papers, (there aren't that many) and I found that appearance, the female condition, male dominance, sexuality, religion, economic status to men ( I came up w 14 themes in total) were themes that would come up in unseen extracts to do w women. They wouldn't all come up in an unseen- but at least 3 of those themes wld come up and that would give me things to write about. I also came up w a list of English techniques that were often used for women in lit texts (I found these by looking at exemplar essays): satire, free indirect speech, interior monologue. This helped me alongside knowing the basic GCSE English techniques. That way I immediately had something to write about.

For the drama and poetry section in terms of ao2- I really focused on form because that's the hard bit most students forget. Remember you need all 3! I learnt form, structure and lang techniques. Again it's more abt what you do w those techniques rather than how fancy they sound and that's from practise and reading exemplar essays on the ocr website.

so ask your teacher to mark essays and look at exemplar essays- that is the most important thing even even rn. English is like a skill it's about practise rather than content. I read somewhere that if you're not writing you're not revising (obvs sometimes you got to make notes and memorise quotes and stuff)- but what I mean is that exam practise and asking your teacher to mark your essays is the most important. Also, do not be ashamed of asking your teacher to mark your essays- I asked my teacher the night before my actual alevel and she got it in for me at 6am the next day. And I memorised my mistakes lol and ended up doing well x. So dw and pray to God!!
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Original post by girlstudyies
hi I got an A in OCR English lit last year. Basically what I did was I would write a past essay and then compare it to example essays- i found that the ppl w the top grades would pick a small word and go in and write as deeply as possible. It's not about finding the hardest technique sometimes even more basic English techniques like metaphor, semantic field can get you top marks- as long as you write eloquently and go deep.(But for drama and poetry really know the diff between lang, structure and form techniques). To go deep just try and think of the author's purpose- why are they writing this- is it to teach society a moral lesson for example? What effect are they trying to create/have they created? What themes are they really honing in on?
I'm not sure which texts you are doing but for the unseen it's helpful to know what themes you want to write abt.
EG. I did women in lit and I went through all the unseen past papers, (there aren't that many) and I found that appearance, the female condition, male dominance, sexuality, religion, economic status to men ( I came up w 14 themes in total) were themes that would come up in unseen extracts to do w women. They wouldn't all come up in an unseen- but at least 3 of those themes wld come up and that would give me things to write about. I also came up w a list of English techniques that were often used for women in lit texts (I found these by looking at exemplar essays): satire, free indirect speech, interior monologue. This helped me alongside knowing the basic GCSE English techniques. That way I immediately had something to write about.
For the drama and poetry section in terms of ao2- I really focused on form because that's the hard bit most students forget. Remember you need all 3! I learnt form, structure and lang techniques. Again it's more abt what you do w those techniques rather than how fancy they sound and that's from practise and reading exemplar essays on the ocr website.
so ask your teacher to mark essays and look at exemplar essays- that is the most important thing even even rn. English is like a skill it's about practise rather than content. I read somewhere that if you're not writing you're not revising (obvs sometimes you got to make notes and memorise quotes and stuff)- but what I mean is that exam practise and asking your teacher to mark your essays is the most important. Also, do not be ashamed of asking your teacher to mark your essays- I asked my teacher the night before my actual alevel and she got it in for me at 6am the next day. And I memorised my mistakes lol and ended up doing well x. So dw and pray to God!!

OMG YOU ARE A LIFESAVER!!! 😭
thank you though, i was struggling to improve my essays however, your response really did help me in understanding how to revise effectively to write at a higher level and for that, i'm incredibly grateful for your advise :smile:))))
Original post by alina2367
OMG YOU ARE A LIFESAVER!!! 😭
thank you though, i was struggling to improve my essays however, your response really did help me in understanding how to revise effectively to write at a higher level and for that, i'm incredibly grateful for your advise :smile:))))

omggg that acc makes me so happy!!! I'm so happy I helpedddd

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