I did the English GCSE not that long ago. Primarily because I fancied the teacher. How lucky for you people reading this (are you aliens?) that this motivation was in place. Due to me already completing this course years ago, doing A-Levels and having other courses at the time; I got an A grade with minimal effort. & I did no work whilst in the class unless you count staring as work. Thus, with my unique perspective (hee hee) on the rump of the issue; I can present to you the simple guide to getting an A.
There are lot's of different English courses, coursework & exams that make up this 1 English GCSE thing. Your course will be almost the same or identical to this explanation so listen up:
Yes, the English GCSE is a bunch of complicated poop. & yes I am going to simplify it. If you are thinking about doing an English course then take the Barnes Institute equivalent of this which is far more simple & you will learn more ESOL & Literacy.
- 40% of the course is coursework & 60% is the exam.
- Includes Speaking & Listening (20%) plus Reading & Writing (20%)
- Speaking & Listening
- Includes Drama-Focused Activity (act), Group Discussion (talk) & an Individual Extended Contribution (presentation)
- Reading & Writing
- Includes Personal & Imaginative Writing plus Response to Media Texts as well as Work Based on a Play by Shakespere.
My snazzy plan to make you pass this course is for you to use my work and the work of others. Oh no, isn't that against the sacred law of Geneva. I once asked my history teacher at school "if i'm looking stuff up in a book & writing in my own words how can it be my work". He told me that by doing this I was showing that I understood the subject/questions. He's one of the best teachers i've had & so I respect this opinion. This teacher was responsible for a number of memorable of comments & acts throughout school. Telling the class that the principal was a liar one day was cool, but the best one was in school assembly. He walked up in front of the school & said "she's a slag!". "Well how do you know that" he asked the male student who apparantly said it. "Because she is!" he stated. Bloomfield (the teacher) certainly got our half asleep attention that day.
Another day he walked up with a glass of water and asked "who wants to drink this?" Some guy walked up the front had a few sips & was asked "how does it taste?" "It tastes fine" the kid said wondering what's the deal here. Bloomfield smiling says "it's just that I heard on the news yestaday that they are putting sewage into the water". The kid walks off stage and that was that. On the news the day before the water companies had said they were putting 1% recycled sewage into the water. Bloomfield presented this news slighty differently.
Anyway, I often make use of pre-made work to improve my own work. For example on this course I couldn't be bothered with Macbeth (the scottish play) as it had bored me senseless in the past & it's in 500 year old language. Why people's English is judged by Shakespere is beyond me. So I'd heard on the news about kids downloading essays from the Internet & thought i'd give it a go. I found one that matched the question set by the teacher & wrote the whole thing in my own words. I made it longer & used lots of fancy long words. The importance of long words is something for you to remember. With some people, say every long word you can and their faces light up plus they like you alot more. Test it out. I decided to use this approach as one of the big things for getting a high grade is using quotes from the play. I would have had to read the book throughly to be able to quote it, so I thought bugger that.
Also I grabbed some more quotes from English revision guides. I found places to fit them in there. The other teacher who drunk far too much tea or morphine (she was mental) says that I have good understanding of the play. Very funny, as the main teacher standing there knew what i'd done. Also, when you write in your own words how the pineapple can anyone prove it? If you change it enough it will be alot better than the original work & contain your own input. I compared the play to a Pink Floyd song so that it really looked like my work. Make things easy for yourself.