Paper 1&2 reflection

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 […]

Paper 1 Practice- Learning points

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 […]

Sonnet 29 commentary

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 […]

Exam review

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 […]

Exam stuffz

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 […]

Reflections on Exam

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 […]

Exam Reflection

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 […]

Commentary Exam

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 […]

Lessons Learned from Commentary

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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The evidence for your argument consists of details from the text. If you do not refer to details from the text, then your argument will lack supporting evidence and will fail to persuade anyone.

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