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AQA GCSE English Literature Guide to Unit 1: The Modern Novel

| Friday November 22, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts

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Students are often very nervous when taking exams and can easily get into a panic about what is happening.  It is useful to remind them on a regular basis what the rules and regulations are during exams.  If they can get into the habit of reading the front cover of the exam paper before they do any writing it can help to steady any exam nerves.  It is always helpful to remind them that there are 90 minutes for this paper and they should take 45 minutes for each section – they are worth the same amount of marks so there is no point spending more time on Section A or B. This information is the same on both Higher and Foundation so don’t let them get bothered if the examples given are from the type of paper they are not entered for. They should make sure that they are totally sure which paper they have been entered for – this may seem obvious but there have been occasions when students are unsure which tier they are entered for as the course progresses!

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Students will need plenty of exam practice – not just what to write but how to approach the questions.  It is possible that during the excitement of the exam (?) they will panic and forget what they have to do.  In Section A there are two questions for each text and students will need to choose which one to answer.  Remind them to choose a question about the book they have studied – it is not unheard of for students to panic and answer a question about a book they haven’t studied or even to answer the first question without realising that this refers to the Anthology which they may not have studied.  If they have studied the Anthology stories remind them that the questions on the Anthology stories are in two parts, both of which must be answered.  This is in contrast to the other questions which are all single part...

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