After doing practice papers in class, I’ve noticed some mistakes that I’ve continuously been making, such as:
-confusing rhyme with rhythm
-connecting the elements of the poem with its content, such as thinking of a ‘hymn’ from ‘reverential’ word choice.
-writing ‘Firstly, Nextly…’ instead of ‘First, Next..’
For Paper 2, I thought it was [...]
I can honestly say that I learnt that I need a lot of help when it comes to writing essays. I look at the question and freeze. I understand what it is asking of me, but I’m not sure as to how I’m supposed to organise my essay or what exactly the exam is looking [...]
I think I was very lucky to have gone first. I just got over it, and didn’t have to worry about it anymore.
Through doing my own IOP and watching the rest of the class do it as well, I’ve learnt a lot about presentations, what works and what doesnt. To be fair, I thought [...]
In my response to “Sonnet 29″ I mentioned how the imagery and structure helped to make the poem sad. I used the structure PEEL (point, example, explain, link back to the question) but my explanation tended to be too long; therefore I wasted a lot of time. After reading Mr. McKnight’s commentary I realized that [...]
When I received my mock exam back, I was rather surprised to find that my grade had increased even though I thought I’d done worse than on the one in class. I learnt I need to not try and use words that complicate what I’m trying to say, o I should try and be more [...]
After getting my results back I was shocked since I had gone down from my last commentary. I believe that I didn’t put as much thought into it. When I sat down for the exam my head wasn’t in the right place, this obviously reflected onto my work. Once we read the poem in class [...]
After getting back my results, i felt…normal. I was actually expecting a 3 after I got home after the exam as I realized that I commented less on the language and more on theory. I was also realized that my work was lacking in detail, and that my citation style was wrong. I felt that [...]
Today, we got back our exam papers. I can truthfully say that i’m neither disappointed nor happy, as I (sort of) expected to get the grade I got.
After looking at the poem and my answer as well as the comments, I have learnt a few new things. Firstly, when I get stressed, I [...]
After we got our exams back I wasn’t really surprised with my grade because I didn’t understand that poem at all and I seem to have missed the main idea completely. Whatever I wrote was based on personal opinion and whatever I thought I saw when I read it. Reading through the comments, I [...]
After receiving English exam back, I was quite disappointed because my score was lower than what I’ve expected S:
For Understanding and Interpretation (Criterion A) and Appreciation of the writer’s choices (Criterion B), I’ve received the mark I was expecting. My interpretation could have been more persuasive to readers, and the analysis of the techniques [...]
Hmm… This exam was pretty bad I think. I need to have more detail on the points that I’m writing about, and stop being so general. This was the grade I expected to get though, and I need more practice writing essays.
One of the main problems is the difference between IB and IGCSE from [...]
What I learned from writing the commentary for the English exam is that in some of my main body paragraphs I fall into the habit of making generic comments on stuff like “vivid imagery” when there is none apparent. I should instead get straight to my more developed points about possible interpretations of cited passages.
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