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    Posted by U15422003 (U15422003) on Tuesday, 30th October 2012

    My English teacher is really rubbish at helping us with close reading because he focuses on folio work - he doesnt help us much with that - so i was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to answer the questions in a General/Credit close reading exam?

    My class are meant to be a Credit class, but it is rare for any of us to get a 2 in practice papers... :/


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    Posted by bitesize_english_teacher (U15197928) on Wednesday, 31st October 2012

    Close Reading is a big subject with many different aspects to it. Perhaps the most important skill needed is the ability to explain things in your own words. This means you need to use synonyms (i.e. words which mean the same as another word). One way of expanding your vocabulary in this way is to read quality journalism regularly to see how professional writers express themselves. Papers such as the Herald, Scotsman, Times, Telegraph, etc are very useful in this respect. Concentrate particularly on articles which give the paper’s view on a subject (the editorial) or articles analysing a topic in the news, rather than just reading reports of each day’s events.

    More precise guidance on all the types of questions in Close Reading can be found at


    Try working through the practice questions here.

    If there are any particular question types that you would like guidance on, please post another question.

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