Special K Exam Tips 2014
Answer the question!
Have spare pens. Have water (not too much.) Have a clock you can read. Watch the clock – maintain time management.
Don’t make the marker’s life any harder than it is – clear handwriting, clearly articulated points.
Remember: belonging/not belonging (time, place, people, culture – helps and hindrances)
Techniques: Visual, poetic, literary. In your response, remember TEE (or whatever you’ve been taught) name the Technique, give the Example (or quote), show the Effect. As a rule, it doesn’t hurt to say HOW, especially if it is not obvious.
The five marker is a mini essay – treat it as such. Make sure you deal with the question, have a clear thesis, and that you fully support said thesis with textual evidence.
(Tip: I strongly suggest that you don’t use the visual for your five marker, it probably doesn’t have the depth for suitable analysis.)
Utilise the stimulus sufficiently. If it says ‘integral’ make sure it is integral. (Rule of threes.) If you have a prepared response, make sure that it is sufficiently adapted to the stimulus. Make sure it shows the complex nature of belonging/not belonging (remember, can be connected with time/place/people etc and can be either belonging or not belonging…)
NO single tears! Avoid cliche. Utilise extended metaphors. Show, don’t tell.
The Belonging Essay:
Answer the question! Seriously.
Support your statements with proof from the text(s). Demonstrate a clear understanding of belonging/not belonging – not just a surface level understanding.
N.B. They can ask for this to be in a format other than an essay. They can ask for two related texts. I’m not saying they will, just saying that they can.
Answer the question!
You need to be able to clearly articulate what the differing perspectives are (and it helps to know the overall agenda as to why). You need to be able to support these with evidence from the text – i.e. how they are represented (techniques and effects).
Answer the question…
Always ground your response in the author’s context.
Close study: Hamlet
Answer the question! (Notice a theme here?)
They can ask pretty much anything – but the core element will come down to textual integrity – its relevance, or how it resonates today…
Engage with the question!
Clear thesis that addresses all components of the questions being asked.
Clear topic sentences that support your thesis. Suitable evidence that supports your argument.
Clear end sentence that connects it back to the question.
(TEE – Technique, example, effect.)
If you have a prepared essay, make sure it is suitably modified to address the question.
Remember your training! Save you it can!