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    Posted by EnglishStudent (U15262202) on Thursday, 10th May 2012

    I was hoping someone could help me with higher English essays such as structure etc. as my teacher has not prepared me at all for this exam, any tips would be greatly appreciated since I need this subject to get into uni.
    I usually get 13 on my essays with little or no constructive criticism and rarely even got essays marked, so any improvement on this grade is needed.

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    Posted by bitesize_english_teacher (U15197928) on Thursday, 10th May 2012

    In your critical essay you will be expected to:

    1. Stick to the question
    2. Reveal knowledge of the text
    3. Discuss aspects of the text in detail, backed up with quotations
    4. Range over the whole text (i.e. not just the first couple of acts of a play, for example)
    5. Neither 3 on its own nor 4 on its own will do - it must be both!
    6. Write in correct, formal English
    7. Structure the essay with an introduction picking up words from the question, followed by paragraphs introduced by topic sentences that pick up key words/phrases from the question.

    If you scroll through the earlier posts on the Bitesize Message board, you'll see a series of different pieces of advice on Critical Essay construction that I posted back in March.

    Could I suggest you look at these and then post another question if there are still aspects of Critical Essay writing you're not sure about?

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