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
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
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
On to the first ‘whole of the passage’ questions, which is pretty tough considering the fact that this is still only worth 8 marks. We can question the examiner’s motives here for a moment, but there’s no point in getting too hung up on this, as we have a job to do. You now need … Continue reading AQA LANGUAGE PAPER 1 QUESTION 3: IT’S MOVIE TIME
OK, this is where the road starts to get bumpier. As this questions is asking you to explain, in your own words, about how the writer creates certain effects (in other words, how the writer is trying to make you feel about something). Don’t worry if you feel nothing yourself as you read (other than … Continue reading Question 2: getting tougher…
OK, let's look at how we might tackle question 1 so it's over with as quickly as possible. We want this one over and done with asap as it’s worth a measly 4 marks. Let’s look at the question from the practice paper: Read again the first part of the Source from lines 1 … Continue reading AQA Paper 1 Question 1: boring but important
So, how to put those 8 hacks from the last post into practice? Let's think about how to read like an examiner. Because the AQA syllabus is new, there’s currently only one official practice paper on the website. Which I personally think is a bit lazy of AQA but what do I know? I’m not … Continue reading AQA Paper 1: learning how to read
I know. You're probably bored with seeing these 'how to' hacks - as if reading 8 things can change your life or whatever. And you also probably know that you should be revising, not reading other people telling you how to revise or get a grade 9. But bear with me. Because I think that … Continue reading The Grateful 8: 8 ways to improve your GCSE language grade without really trying.
I'd first of all to introduce you to someone who will play an important role in the blog entries that follow. Let's call him Jeff. Jeff's job is to mark your exam papers. Let's take a moment to think about who he might be: Jeff will be marking a lot of exam papers. We're talking something … Continue reading How to get inside the examiner’s head: meet Jeff
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