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 [...]

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), [...]

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 [...]

SECTION B AQA ENGLISH LANGUAGE: HOW TO TAKE A BORING PHOTO AND WRITE AN INTERESTING RESPONSE

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 [...]

THE 3 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE STUDENTS

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 [...]