Top 10 Tips for How to Write A*/8 & 9 English Literature Essay 2018 // GCSE & A level English Lit



hey guys so today's video is on the highly requested how to write a good decent essay my doctor says I'm looking down looking at her now I'm not trying to make myself come across some like amazing always like a star level essay kind of writer I definitely think that writing essays does come more naturally to me than perhaps a lot of other people and I think I spot things like language devices and stuff have more easily than other people and yet with me I find it's very much depends on the question and how I do it depends on the question to extract or whatever I'm doing at the poem chosen and that's kinda annoying thing that English is I never feel prepared enough because it is such a in the moment kind of thing regardless today I'm going to tell you all about how you can write a good essay okay so the fire sort of random tip which is some obvious is make sure you are familiar with the a/o or the mark scheme it will not go looks an awful just specification now okay because a lot of what I'm going to be saying either links to the new GCSE for AQA which are kind of looks up and my English a level which is also a 2a so adding English literature and the whole is pretty much similar so just make sure you know what you need like do you need to talk about context do you need to talk about typicality like are they going to march on that and it's not you don't need to include that okay so the first big thing to writing an essay in planning and timing sucks in an exam situation because you have no time I get that you actually have like five minutes – ten minutes absolute maximum to write a plan maybe you need to plan okay if you get given extracts like in your own Shakespeare paper or something whether it's you read through you are highlighting or underlining any quote see if I rather than to your questions or anything that sticks out to you could use to get in your plan and some people do mind maps man but I know I mind why not take too long what I actually do is or unlined sir I'll write a few like scrappy words of like students that I've noticed or things that are relevant to the question like potential points and I'll just let you talk more down on the question paper and then I'll sit back once I've like gone through like thoughts stuff and I'm like right what's actually decent out whatever it endures now and anything is I will quickly number in order of like when I'm going to talk about it and that is my plan right so the biggest secret to doing well I'm writing a good essay in English literature is relevant you need to be relevant to that question that is that you can be the best everything writer ever but if you are not answering the question but then an explicitly given you you will get like put down into a rubbish band you want to be in the top band okay so I know so when you've got good points today it is so easy to get carried away with the amazing points and does not stay on the question anymore so the way that you are going to stay relevant yes if I will use to reword that question into your answer so many times you're going to start your paragraph with that black question reworded you can end your paragraph with the question reworded throughout the paragraph so see if I know how they present unfaithfulness in this extract then you would be like oh this quote hablar show unfaithfulness the author presents unfaithfulness and then an editor through the use a bit quo or this this device that all the verses displays unfaithfulness as the desert literally just keeps saying the key word and think of some synonyms for the word and like the key word of the question and the one time you say it you're always guaranteed to stay relevant okay next hit author's names Dinah probably know you're gonna choose a surname not like the first thing for example Shakespeare if I was writing my son immersing I would be wanting to use the name Shakespeare at least three times in a paragraph like at least so Shakespeare conveys this smooth red cheeks it employs the metaphors to the test the theme of the it presented by Shakespeare and it literally to keep seeing the writers name demonstrates that you realize that this entire piece of work in the construct of the author the characters aren't real people they are characters that have been written by an author okay next tip have an army of words ready the synonyms psyche suggest because you don't want to keep saying the word suggest and apply new things a few times but you need like loads of different ones so invokes highlights exercises just phase shows signifies connotes demonstrates and healthy anymore but they're allowed to switch it up a bit in your essay don't pee yourself okay and now small structural point introduction you should not be spending those funny introduction nor should you really need to plan it your introduction should be so short if you are going to have one three good sentences and especially ailable your introduction is just the perfect way to tick off more of the AOS on a marking so as long as you stay relevant it's a good way to bring in some context also bring in typicality or something about the author or just something that is relevant to the question but not shy about you what you're going to be saying the whole time in your essay equally don't limit yourself in your introduction by immediately picking aside so if it's an explorative question don't instantly be like oh yeah I agree and there's nothing else that you can ever say so definitely lean towards aside in your argument so you deliver yourself by only choosing one side leave it open for debate on to more structure PE I know that this is the go-to structure in school like yeah point evidence explanation blah blah blah and while I understand that the structure of it is good and it does work for a lot of people I personally have never really liked it ever I think I just sort of develop my own way of writing which I get looking does encompass the PE structure but it's more advanced I feel like PE is so limiting and in the especially you're aiming for higher higher grades I think you need to break away from PE and get more like bandit more okay so from your plan third paragraph isolate a quote that you are going to you find a way that you are going to embed the quote into the sentence so don't just start a sentence with your quote and then go on to explain it a different sentence find a way to incorporate it okay so there are different levels of analysis that you're going to do this quote and the first one is when you're putting in the quote fun thing you're going to do is simply put it in it's very broad overarching things like oh this is a metaphor and it shows something in relation to the questions three broad so writing so I can do an example right let's analyze a quote from a solo so Shakespeare writes in Iago's dialogue in Venice they do let God see the pranks they dare not show their husband so my first point would be like oh yeah broadly their quote demonstrates unfaithfulness or whatever the question is just more broadly okay next so I'm going to go slightly more depth I'm going to zoom in on the word Venice and I'm going to say okay this is an illusion illusion is another voice this is an allusion to the context which Eila we have to get in the context of the 1600s venetian women have a reputation to have war lack sexual restrictions and therefore Iago is playing timid reputation and therefore making Desdemona seem unfaithful through the Venetian reputation okay so next still have been quote I would look at the quote again think right what can I say it's a cool imagery in the use of God then again I could talk a little bit about context I could say the preference of religion is at the time I can talk about the fact that a fellow is a Christian convert then again I will look again and I'll make another word level analysis point so the aspera voiceless glottal fricative h sounds create the soft whisper effect when spoken on stage and it is a play therefore it creates the tone of suspicions and highlights beyond evilness through this tone of secrecy so with that I've got one animal Arthas in which is great I'm analyzing sound and also another huge point is I have made reference to the form so it's a play you've got your awareness that you know it's going to be performed on stage and the implications that I'm going to have on sheep its joys of writing and it is the poem you're going to think okay maybe it's a sonnet and a sauna is written to love therefore why is that relevant to the presentation of love maybe it's something more an idea icepick loss if it's a sonnet form and so on and so on she's equally and to show awareness of the form you need to be very careful thing either reader or audience because obviously it is a place you've got to write about the effect on the audience whereas if it's a poem or a prose novel or something then it's going to be the reader so as you can see from that you literally just write so much on one quote and you can back it up with another little quote or something but while trying to have a home is that you need to write big paragraph on little evidence if you get me so literally analyze the hell out of that quote and score me call it micro and macro so you have your micro analysis which is like sound zoom in 1:11 Eliza's what is this show one of these sound shoulders one show then you have a macro analysis and you take a step back and you think how does this little quote relate to the context and this is the cavity and the text and the hole so you're addressing not only the little thing but the big things in relation to the question okay so this tip is a bit more specific to comparison essays so if you the structure each paragraph must start and end with a comparative point between the things that you are comparing so have a point in mind like male dominance it presented in both this novel and this novel but does a lot in this novel it is shown as this and then write a whole paragraph on how it showed in that novel next paragraph relate it to the other novel so I really like to think of the structure as a diamond here we go I don't know if you can see this okay so so at this point is a point you're referencing with the text together yeah so they're both another cause is this then you're going to branch out into one novel you need to power up on that novel come back quickly to the point then go to this novel then write a paragraph about this novel then the next point you're going to bring the two together again and then go out again with your comparison and in and out until the conclusion oh okay next hit don't forget about structure structure the great things get points on the mountain skiing off and I find it really easy to talk about then you've got a poem talk about meter in genres and scissor ER and all these great things that will have an impact on the text and questions and if it's a play like a Shakespeare play talk about iron big pentameter to evolve lenva free verse or all those other things to about whether it's written in prose and the implications of that like it's more friendly like the characters get on better and they're more comfortable boot or can program the night and at pentameter so on and at the end of the day another tip is you need to be good at just the way you write you can have great points but if you write them sloppily then you're going to do badly that is just unfortunately the way it works so the sophistication of the way you write comes a lot of practice and a lot with your vocabulary in general so I greatly recommend that you use methods which are actually not timed and instead of your main focus in working those practices is the way that you write so every now and then maybe look up a synonym like a better more eloquent synonym for word that you will use just make this fa so well written in the way you're writing so that way you'll eventually need to do it in time conditions you've got a better understanding of how you need to write there a next tip include some alternative interpretation like at a level we do like a Marxist response of feminists response a modern reader as a priest a contemporary reader all those sorts of things and how people would view it differently or argue the question opposite way equally when you're arguing your points say it may argue it could argue that you're not limiting your viewpoint to only one way so you're appreciating that it could be the opposite and it's just your opinion talking about your opinion I personally don't recommend using first-person like I think that I agree that and I personally stick to third-person because you come across as more knowledgeable and sophisticated if you're saying things like one may argue that gives a dirt rather than I agree that and finally you conclude your essay having looked at all your other alternative interpretation blah blah blah and you come to a bit of a overall summary conclusions that don't repeat the point you said just come to a like a new short conclusion Jesus I know that sounds like so much like that is the issue available that is so much today and so little time and time is the biggest struggle in English I mean I can write an essay yes I can write a great essay sure the can we do it in 45 minutes not always and that's my practices key and again awareness of what you used to do to write a good essay so hopefully this helps you and if it didn't I'm sorry please do like this video if you enjoyed it and if you'd like to see some more similar ones like this I feel like a literally poured all of like my tips into this like literally all of my tips like you know how I write up days now so please like it if you enjoyed it please subscribe is been already subscribe I post everything Wednesday follow me on instagram jade bowler follow me on twitter and jaded underscore.js thank you so much for watching i think about this i English man – like his help you guys 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40 thoughts on “Top 10 Tips for How to Write A*/8 & 9 English Literature Essay 2018 // GCSE & A level English Lit

  1. Well shit, should've watched this before my exam😩😩

  2. Had my English lit exam today, I wish I saw this video earlier😂

  3. Really useful I’m watching this after having already done paper one

  4. why did this only come up in my suggested once i’ve finished my lit exam? thank you youtube

  5. MY EXAM IS TODAY AND AS YOU CAN SEE IM STRESSINGGGGG WHO ELSE??

  6. At my school we use SQI instead of PEE (it's basically the same: Statement, Quotation, Inference) but to improve it we use SQIZARL: Statement, Quotation, Inference, Zoom in on words, Alternative inference, Reader (the effect on them), Link to contest.
    I don't know if this is helpful to anyone but yeah. Good luck to everyone writing their Lit exams!!

  7. Ur amazing thanks so much I have an exam this morning n I’m feeling alright

  8. i have my lit paper 1 exam today and god truly blessed me at 5am

  9. If AQA give us the same attitude in the English as they did with the biology they will definitely hear from me. #GCSE2019

  10. Got exam tomorrow- ANYONE ELSE GOT MACBETH AND A CHRISTMAS CAROL😂

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