GCSE LITERATURE: FOUR THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE THE EXAM (VIDEO)

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GCSE LITERATURE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FORM AND STRUCTURE?

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?

GCSE LITERATURE: HOW TO WRITE EFFECTIVELY ABOUT LANGUAGE

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

GCSE LITERATURE: THE ONE CRITICAL MISTAKE NOT TO MAKE

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

THE SIGN OF FOUR: AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE PAPER 1

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

AQA ENGLISH LIT PAPER 1 QUESTION 1: SHAKESPEARE

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

AQA LIT GCSE PAPER 1: SHAKESPEARE AND THE 19th CENTURY NOVEL – A BRIEFISH OVERVIEW

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