2. AS-Level General Paper Guidance.

Firstly, it’s a tad bit odd to write this sort of thing on this blog but I reckon it wouldn’t hurt to help some AS-Level students tackle the difficulties encountered when attempting GP. Secondly, I wrote this for my tutor because he thought it’d be beneficial for his future students to see how I achieved a rather satisfying grade in GP from my perspective. I hope you’ll find this helpful.

 

HELPFUL TIPS TO ACHIEVING AN A-GRADE IN GENERAL PAPER

*This applies to all sections in GP exam papers*

 

PRACTISE PROPER GRAMMAR AND SPELLING

  • Learning transition words is beneficial as well. E.g. furthermore, for instance, however, etc.

 

EXTEND YOUR VOCABULARY AND LEARN TO UTILISE IT

  • Learn at least 5 words per week.

TIP: Use flash cards.

  • Don’t use big words JUST for the sake of impressing the reader. You should learn how to use it appropriately.

 

FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH THE THEREFORE/SO TEST

  • It makes your reasons sound with your topic.

 

READ MORE BOOKS

  • Reading books (and fan-fictions, apparently) also helps you to extend your vocabulary and be familiarised with the proper grammar and sentence structure.

 

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS

  • You can apply your knowledge on everyday life into GP.
  • For example, you (a student taking Biology) are told to write about Charles II of Spain. You can talk about his deformity caused by inbreeding between the Habsburgs in details; inheriting a faulty allele, gene mutation, etc.

 

ATTEMPT PAST YEAR PAPERS

  • You can identify your mistakes and perfect them.
  • Practice makes progress to perfection.

 

ALWAYS READ INSTRUCTIONS AND QUESTIONS THOROUGHLY

  • You do not want to give an entirely different answer to the question.

 

GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT

  • Have the habit of reading articles from magazines (e.g TIME), newspapers (e.g The Economist) or reliable sources on the Internet.

 

  • Watch documentaries relating to:
  1. Historical, social, economical and political topics.
  2. Science; environmental issues, health, technology.
  3. Art; Literature, music and arts.

 

DON’T BE AFRAID TO QUESTION AND ARGUE

  • It helps to broaden your mind.
  • THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A STUPID QUESTION.

 

 

SEEK FOR TEACHER’S HELP

  • When in doubt, don’t be afraid to seek advice from your teacher. They’re a lot helpful than you think.
  • Help your teachers to help you. They cannot read your mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My opinion: It really depends on the student. It’s a matter of changing attitude and having perseverance. You’re not doing it for your teacher, friends, family but for YOURSELF.

 

         What do successful students do?

  • Stay active and engaged
  • Hard work
  • Limit social interaction and technology
  • Stay progressive

 

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Hi, I’m thestralmarauder and here’s a little bit about me.

thestralmarauder isn’t my real name (obviously). In fact, it is derived from my Pottermore account. Thanks, Pottermore.

I am overly fascinated with vintage-related things like clothes, music, appliances, cars… You name it! I just like the idea of how old it looks and feels when compared to the modern world of fashion and technology.

I’m an absolute sucker for sneakers and I’ve no room for heels in my heart.

I prefer slasher films over the supernatural-horror genre. Really, I can’t go to bed without having the thought of my toy coming to life and murdering me in my sleep.

I’ve recently graduated from Hogwarts.

I’ve also graduated from sixth form also known as a living hell.

And I’m having an existential crisis.

That’s all for now.

Where do I begin?

How do I make this sound less cringe-worthy and awkward?

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I guess I’ll just go straight to the point.

I’m thestralmarauder and I’ve just recently finished my last year of sixth form which was absolute hell, by the way. I’ve created numerous blogs a few years back but never seemed to commit myself into writing about my life on a daily basis.

Now that school’s over for the time being, all sorts of negative thoughts and emotions start to dominate my entire mind. I want to be able to express myself into words rather than keeping everything inside, which brought me to… this.

That’s all for now.