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As you know (because you’re probably dreaming about assessment objectives right now – don’t worry, it won’t last forever), AO2 will examine you on how well you understand language, form and structure. When it comes to be tested on form and structure, what our friendly examiner is looking for is how well you understand the … Continue reading GCSE LITERATURE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FORM AND STRUCTURE?
Here’s another one that lots of you are worrying about. AO2 in the AQA English Lit exam will examine you on language, form and structure: the language techniques the writer uses (such as simile, metaphor, alliteration etc.) the way he/she lays the writing out: short and long sentences, paragraph lengths, stanzas (if it’s a poem), … Continue reading GCSE LITERATURE: HOW TO WRITE EFFECTIVELY ABOUT LANGUAGE
Not long until the Lit exams, is it. Remember to breathe and take careful note of what I am about to tell you. As it could genuinely mean the difference to a top grade and a meh grade. I’m writing this post in response to a lot of you who have been stressing about one … Continue reading GCSE LITERATURE: THE ONE CRITICAL MISTAKE NOT TO MAKE
This is the section that most students don’t prepare for (I mean, how to you prepare for a writing task that you haven’t seen before?) However, if you make sure you tick the boxes the examiner wants to see, you’ll be a long way ahead of most of the others who take this exam. And … Continue reading SECTION B AQA ENGLISH LANGUAGE: HOW TO TAKE A BORING PHOTO AND WRITE AN INTERESTING RESPONSE
One of my all-time favourite business productivity books is Steven Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. It’s why almost every blog post and Buzzfeed article now has a title like this: ‘The ten ways I totally changed my life’ or ‘Seventeen things that tell you your boyfriend is an alien’. It can get … Continue reading THE 3 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE STUDENTS
I’ve been looking this morning at Conan Doyle’s little Sign of Four novella as I know a lot of you are doing this in your Lit exam. I’m guessing the reason a lot of teachers chose it is because it’s short. But, it’s not the easiest text to unpick, as much as anything because, like … Continue reading THE SIGN OF FOUR: AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE PAPER 1
QUESTION 1: SHAKESPEARE As a reminder, the question will give you an extract and ask you to answer the question based on both the extract, and the play as a whole. As we work through this first question you should be able to see how we go about this. There is a specific approach to … Continue reading AQA ENGLISH LIT PAPER 1 QUESTION 1: SHAKESPEARE
First off: the thing about this paper is that it will always ask you to do two things in response to the question: write about the extract, and write about the rest of the play/novel. Every question will be the same. This makes it a bit easier as you will be able to practise this … Continue reading AQA LIT GCSE PAPER 1: SHAKESPEARE AND THE 19th CENTURY NOVEL – A BRIEFISH OVERVIEW
This is the big one. The one you should spend 20 full minutes on. Not the one you rush through because you’ve taken too long on questions 1-3 (I really cannot stress this enough). This question is asking you to state your opinion on a statement, based on the evidence from the text. Now, in … Continue reading AQA ENGLISH LANGUAGE PAPER 1 QUESTION 4: THE BIG ONE