Two (2) units of English MUST be counted in your ATAR. It's the single guaranteed factor in determining your ATAR, so commit yourself to its study over the coming weeks. "English is the subject where you're learning how to say what you mean and mean what you say."
1. Know your descriptors/ rubric points very well. The words used to describe the concept/module/elective may actually help you to develop your own thesis/ ideas around which you write your extended response or creative composition. Also the words or synonyms usually can be found in some way within the question being asked.
2. Structure is crucial. Key Words: organisation, clarity, development of argument, evidence and connection.
3. What's needed?
Introduction: that shows your thesis, answers the question, a summary of your ideas and references to your texts.
Body: at least 4-5 paragraphs constructed via the ideas from the introduction and loaded with detail and insightful analysis of texts.
Conclusion: with an overall statement that re-evaluates your opening statement, as well as a closing insight that recognises what you have learnt/discovered from your study of this unit.
4. Make sure your ideas move appropriately from one to the next.
Your sentences and analysis must flow and directly support your ideas. Your language connection (how you link your ideas and/or texts) should be inserted in the right places and tie together. Learn your connective words e.g. so, but, therefore, next, subsequently, finally, next etc.
5. Identify, Support And Explain.
Identify: the point you are making that relates to your thesis and question
Support: the point with well-chosen evidence from the text that is appropriately woven into your sentence
Explain: how the evidence (including any techniques within it) demonstrate your point, making sure its relevance to your overall argument is clear.
6. Don't just regurgitate: but you can prepare main ideas, read models although you must be able to adapt to whatever the stimulus/question is.
How: look at the question, pick out the key words and do some planning. You should have formulated an argument in your head before you start the response.
7. Practise with past papers and questions for all sections of both papers: Read unseen texts, pick out the language features and practise structuring paragraph responses within time limits and STAY RELEVANT to the question or stimulus posed.
NB in Section 1 paper 1 be guided by the marking scheme for the length of response.