Hey guys I need help for English advanced. I’m going into year 12 next term and I need helpppp🥲
My prelim and past test have been bad. However I am passing but just barely. I don’t know how to prepare or study for it and am considering to drop to standard or find a tutor. However I heard some people regret. Please help me by giving any tips on studying and preparing. I feel I still have that potential but my work is not really paying off just allowing me to pass. Please help!
I never read books hence my vocabulary was very basic/simple so my essays didn't sound that nice. Also I memorised quotes rather than essays and just spammed the essay question after every quote+analysis and it somehow worked (luck subject tbh).
Also you don't need to have a very good vocabulary to do good in English, mine was very basic. Just make sure your essay flows well, follow the basic structures for body paragraphs, i.e.:
- Topic sentence (Introduce theme and link to question)
- Quote + Analysis relating to paragraph's theme + Link to question (for comparison texts I did 4 paragraphs x 3 quotes so 2 themes being compared, for 1 text like poems, I did 3 paragraphs x 4 quotes so 3 themes)
- Concluding sentence (summarise theme + link to question)
For creative writing I just memorised it and wrote it word for word every exam.
SUMMARY - I was memorising essays and feedback was always "didn't answer the question well enough" so I got mad and memorised quotes only and literally spammed the essay question after every quote and SOMEHOW WORKED. Try reflect on the feedback you've gotten on your essays and see how to improve.
USEFUL NOTE - ask the top students to read their essays to get a feel of the structure/flow of a good essay. I tried this but my vocabulary was too trash to replicate the good essays but it helps!