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It is hard to get top marks without what examiners may call 'original' ideas. I found it hard in school to filter out points which recieve bigger marks from the rest, therefore I have come up with a few tips on how to ensure your points are as effective as possible:
1. Literary devices
Especially when it comes to poetry, structure and form are not as utilised by students in their essays. Make sure you know the type of poem you are dealing with and whether this has any specific contextual references. The title is also a useful tool to guide your analysis. Rhyme and rhythym are also useful as the poet may rhyme certains words or phrases which link and juxtapose different ideas.
2. Historical and Literary Context
No text was created in a vacuum, therefore an effective way of strengthening your point is referring them to the context in which they were written. Although paragraphs and paragraphs of history will not get you marks a concise reference to the socio-political climate of the time will be well recieved by an examiner. Also, literary conext is also a useful way of showing wider reading and understanding of literature and its influences.
3. Do not rely on study guides
Although study giudes are useful to guide your understanding and check up on certain ideas you must be aware that the points they contain have been recycled for years! Therefore it is important that the first time you read the text that you jot down your immediate response. These first ideas can turn out to be the best!see more
Your essay must always begin with an introduction. This consists of your thesis statement, a concise description of your main arguement. This is to be followed by a summary of your main points and the sequence in which you will discuss them. Always finish by rebutting your main arguement.
In the main bulk of your essay you should start each paragraph with a topic sentence, this outlines the point you will be making in that paragraph. To move on and discuss a new point you must begin a new paragraph. Moroever, you must use the format PEA to structure the main body of your essay: Point Evidence Analyse. Evidence will consist of a quote from the text, either embedded in your essay as a word or short phrase or as a sentence or line, however neither should be any longer than your middle finger. In your analysis it is crucial to include historical and literary context to achieve your A/A*. This adds further depth, however must be relevent to the point you are making and to your main arguement. You must also refer to critical readings in your analysis to achieve top marks. Either refer to them in order to strengthen your own point or critique their interpretation of the text to support your main arguement.
Finally, the conclusion must repeat your main argument and sum up your main points. Never make any additional points in the conclusion.see more