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Exemplar Responses for Rosabel

Richard Gent | Monday September 12, 2016

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Stella's explanation of how she improved:

This Rosabel exam paper is the same as the paper I sat in November 2017 (the start of year 11) but taken a few weeks before my GCSE exam. However, if you look at each of the reading sections side by side you can see a substantial improvement to my writing. The latest exam’s structure is a lot more secure, more focus on the question and less waffle. That is the trick – sticking to your focus such as, “The journey was mundane” and only referring to quotes which focus around the issue of boredom. Furthermore, my paragraphing has improved dramatically – this again links to the lack of waffle.

Another tip I have learnt is use the bullet points you’re given because it gives a set structure for the examiner to mark. This already alerts the examiner that you’ve hit the focus on the head.

These documents are PDF exam papers with original writing and feedback

1st attempt Rosabel Language Paper 1

2nd attempt Rosabel Language Paper 1

Other tips I have learnt include:

  • The structure question, for me, was the most difficult to tackle. It was the one I left till last because it’s my weakest point.
  • If you focus on your hardest questions in your revision time you (and your teacher) will quickly notice a difference.
  • Focus on the bullet points and you can use any structural features such as: narration, genre (e.g. short story), paragraphing, listing, sibilance, anaphora, cataphora etc.
  • Timing is key – start with the questions you find the easiest to give you more time for more difficult questions and secure you marks you’re more confident on.
  • Work this out a few months before GCSEs and this will give you structure and help you with that...

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