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Getting a grade 9 in GCSE English Language can seem daunting, and many students confirm that they find the GCSE English Language paper the more difficult of the two. A common mistake amongst students is that they treat GCSE English Language papers like GCSE English Literature papers. While doing well in the language papers can raise your grade; the two are not of the same weighting and so should not be treated as such. At Exam Centre London, we created a list of top tips for resitting learners or mature students that aspire for that top grade.
1) Know what the examiner is looking for
It’s vital that you know exactly what the examiners want from you in every GCSE English Language paper and each of their questions. The different weighting of AOs indicate how much focus on each skill the examiner expects. You must structure your answer accordingly, otherwise it will cost you marks. Be sure to give the most attention to the AOs with the most weighting; this is done by becoming familiar with the specification and marks schemes. This way you can confidently deliver what the examiner wants, without falling into the trap of answering a GCSE English language paper like it’s a GCSE English literature paper, which is common amongst students. E.g. Is the question asking for a summary? A comparison? Are you focussing on an extract? Or the source as a whole? Familiarise yourself with your exam board: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, CCEA, WJEC.
2) Be insightful
Being able to analyse a point effectively in GCSE English Language is important, but being insightful and perceptive is also essential in pushing your grade up. You must be able to, not only infer what the writer is telling you, but acknowledge any other relevant perspectives and interpretations; the examiner wants to see that you are multidimensional and can analyse a point in various ways. You can not only analyse words, phrases and language features, but also sentence forms and the writers possible internations behind them.
3) Terminology and vocabulary
Ensuring you use high level terminology and vocabulary is crucial to get into the top bands, it shows the examiner that you are confident and assured in your writing. Being able to accurately identify advanced and nuanced techniques will elevate your answers and make you stand out amongst other candidates. Even boosting basic phrases like ‘the word...suggests’ and replacing it with its specific word class, makes a difference. Also don’t underestimate the effect of sophisticated punctuation such as; semi colons, ellipsis, dashes and so on; check out bbc bitesize for more.
4) Analyse quotes thoroughly
Analysis within the GCSE English Language paper is important, you should try to exert all efforts to get what you can out of one quote before moving on to the next. After analysing the quote holistically, try zooming in and doing word level analysis. What connotations does the word have? What effect does this have on the atmosphere? e.t.c
5) Practise analysing
There are many ways to master analysis in the GCSE English Language paper and the best of them is putting everything you know into practice. Find random extracts from a suitable novel, try to identify its language techniques and analyse its effects. How is it structured? Why did the writer choose to construct it this way? What effect does it have on its readers? Put yourself into the shoes of the writer and question yourself to get the most out of your answers.
Timing is usually a big struggle for students, but like analysis there’s no other way to perfect it apart from practice. Start off writing your answers giving yourself leeway with regards to timing, and slowly reduce it until you are completing questions and papers in timed-conditions.
7) Try one of our tutors
Nothing compares to the support of educators with experience and qualifications in GCSE English Language, that are dedicated to helping you succeed. Not only does Exam Centre London offer you the opportunity to resit your exams; but you can also choose between complete or short series courses, as well as mock assessments and feedback, exam preparation and even pre-examination visits to help you best prepare for your exams. For more information check out our website or give us a call at 0208 616 2526, 020 8478 9988