GCSE English: Preparing for your exam

Exam Board: AQA

Qualification: GCSE

Subject: English

This should hopefully help you pass your English Paper 1 and 2 - I'm hoping this will help me too, since I'm in the same position as you are!

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GCSE English
Preparing for your exam
Robert Dudley

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Introduction
Now, I'm in Year 11 myself, and I'm finding it all as stressful as you probably
are. So, as part of my revision, I've decided to put together some revision
guides and share them with you on GetRevising.…read more

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Writing Exam
Audience
Purpose
Form
Formality
Structure Paragraphs
Sentences Short, complex, compound (varied length)
Accurate punctuation
Varied starters Ed lying
DON'T FORGET TO PLAN YOUR ANSWER!!
Forms/genres
Article Letter
Written in columns Formal / informal
Heading Address
Subheadings Date
AFOREST* Dear ........................
Interviews / witnesses / opinions Appropriate closing:
First paragraph explains everything Yours sincerely etc.…read more

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Paper 1, Section A: Non-fiction and media texts
READ ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!
Mind the GAP!
Genre Kind of text
Audience Who for?
Purpose To inform etc.
Genre
What is the text? How do you know?
In the exam, this is easy because you will be told where the text came from.
Knowing where the document came from - eg a newspaper, a magazine, a
website, a book etc - will help you to think about the intended audience.…read more

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Make a LIST
Language
Information
Style
Tone
Language
Is the language persuasive, informative, descriptive, childish or adult?
Is the language emotive?
Does it make you feel angry or sad?
Does the writer address you directly?
Information
Is the information in the document factual, a series of the writer's opinions, or
a mixture of the two?
Style
Is the document long and wordy with few pictures?
Is it written in short paragraphs with lots of pictures?
Is it written in bullet points?
Is it interesting or…read more

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Writing to describe
This section of the paper often requires you to write a personal response.
Here are some good tips for this section:
Ideally, you should include more to the description than recording the visible
(i.e. use things like metaphors).
The organisation of your ideas is just as important in description as written
expression.
Contrast helps structure and language detail.
Objects are more interesting when they are emblematic.…read more

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