How to get a 9 in GCSE English Literature

    1. Spell the author’s name and all of the names of the characters correctly! You don’t want to look like you’ve never read the book…
    2. Make sure your author’s name, genre type, text title and historical era are consistent throughout (for example- “Shakespeare wrote the play Romeo and Juliet during the Elizabethan era”).
    3. Get to grips with the historical context of the time period- what was going on?
    4. Know the key events of your text. Try writing out the top ten events in order to really break it down!
    5. Learn your key themes and link points to them. Mentioning Themes moves you up into the top half of the mark scheme for Grades 6, 7, 8 and 9!
    6. Make sure every paragraph is signposted for the examiner. Keep them with you; don’t let them get lost!
    7. Have an original, interesting opinion on the text- say what you really think!
    8. Always provide alternate interpretations of quotes- this is a high level skill and shows you’re thinking deeply.
    9. Have a plan for your timings during the exam and make sure that plan includes 5 minutes at the end to check your writing
    10. Read the question thoroughly and make sure your response actually answers that question!!!! (and not some other one…)
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