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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