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I am finding it hard to revise for english :(

I have tried past papers for these past couple of weeks but i dont think they are helping me. If anyone knows of any techniques of knowing HOW to answer the questions in the paper that would be great... And i could revise that for the exam.

My exam board is AQA. Im am at GCSE level :)

Posted: 29-04-11 18:38 by Sophie

When I was 15/16 and revising for GCSE Maths, my dad brought home lots of papers for me to do and I sat and did them.  When in the exam and I was feeling nervous, I "pretended" I was at home doing a practice paper and hence felt rather less nervous.  Doing past papers helps you understand the type of questions you will be asked and the type of answers expected by the examiner.

The fist thing that you need to do is to check your answers against the mark scheme - or perhaps get some people to do this for you.  This should allow you to see where you are going wrong or doing well.

The third thing I would look at is the Reports of the Examiners - they will tell you what people generally did well and generally did badly

Remember that you shouldn't use words you don't understand into your exam but you do need to demonstrate a good vocabulary.

I would also go outside these areas to some revision books.

Good luck.

Posted: 30-04-11 11:40 by Lynne

Dont forget to use bitesize

and there are a lot of resources on this site - vary your revision as much as you can

Posted: 30-04-11 11:46 by Lynne

Thanks, But past papers dont help me much. I will have a look on bitesize though. **

Posted: 01-05-11 12:39 by Sophie

Sorry. I should have said this "Get Revising" site - the page below lists some.

Posted: 01-05-11 14:05 by Lynne

Okay thanks **

Posted: 01-05-11 14:06 by Sophie


If doing the papers doesn't help then try looking at papers which people have already done or read example answers that have been graded quite high and see whether that helps, so go through and highltight key elelments such as evidence and explanations  =)

hope that helps x

Posted: 01-05-11 15:09 by Shiny

Sure...Thanks i will try that now **

Posted: 01-05-11 15:28 by Sophie

use study guides or notes, and write the most important bits out maybe a couple of times. it helps me to remember it, hope it works :)x

Posted: 01-05-11 18:57 by Melissa

OKAYY thanks guys ***

Posted: 14-05-11 10:55 by Sophie

There's videos of argue, persuade, advise, describe... writing style videos if you click on 'activity'. They're really funny!!! :D

Posted: 14-05-11 15:11 by Emma

(btw i'm going on about bitesize English pages)

Posted: 14-05-11 15:11 by Emma

OKAY lol thanks..**

Posted: 14-05-11 15:16 by Sophie

Thats okay :)

Posted: 14-05-11 15:17 by Emma

Thats okay :)

Posted: 14-05-11 15:17 by Emma

try making it fun abit as that is how i do mine i will make a snakes and laders game where if you land on a snake then awnser a question and if you get it right then you dont go down and if you land on a ladder then you have to do the same ecsept for going up i whould then play this whith my firend about a subject we are doing trust me it achaly works as you tend to remember wich quesstions made you loose and you know what you need to revise

Posted: 25-04-12 11:51 by lewis boyling

mark the papers and go over what you could of included inorder to achieve the grade above or the one above that . Then re-write the answear including these points !!!

for lang use textboxts at school to look for things to include e.g APPLE

A- audience ( who is it aimed at ?)

P- purpose ( what is the reason for this advert or article)

P- presentation ( how is laid out / colour schemes / why is it shown like that)

L- Language ( types of lang used / range of vocabulary what effects does this have ?)

E- effects ( effects on reader / why did the writter do this )

try analysising articles from newspapers 

Posted: 01-05-12 19:33 by Gini

im in the same year and this stuff really helps :))

Posted: 01-05-12 19:33 by Gini

if it's for english language, have a look at this; my teacher taught me it, it'll mainly help with timing and structuring your questions though:

Section A (1 hour 15 minutes):

  • Spend about 15 minutes reading and annotating the texts-seriously, people who don't annotate get worse mark, because annotating=planning.
  • Question 1-pick out about 8 pieces of information or something- 12 minutes.
  • Question 2-pick out presentation devices, explain how the headline is effective- 12 minutes.
  • Question 3-you pick something out and sort of analyse it.- 12 minutes.
  • Question 4- you compare the 2 texts and analyse each text-so perhaps one is more positive and the other is more negative- 24 minutes.

Section B (1 hour):

  • Question 5- the question will ALWAYS be inform, explain and/or describe. If it says inform you basically have to state some facts or something- 25 minutes.
  • Question 6: The questiong will ALWAYS be argue, persuade and/or advise. This means you are trying to convince someone about one side. On argue and perhaps advise, you have to consider the other side of the arguement and be more rational but on persuade you overexaggerate, anything. 35 minutes.


Posted: 26-05-12 21:11 by EstherTheBunny