Right mock tomorrow guys. We might not have had much time to look at Question 5 but I am confident you will ace it.
Here’s a 5 tips to remember.
Ensure you hook the examiner (or me) in from the start.
Example Question: Describe your favourite holiday and explain your reasons why.
Do not start with: ‘My favourite holiday was…’.
Try: ‘Blackpool. Some may think flashing lights, hen parties and a whole lot of tack however to me Blackpool will forever remind me of my childhood.’
Avoid telling a story – describe, explain, describe!
Use the 5 senses throughout!
If the question allows it, offer a moral or thoughtfully perceptive consideration.
Such as a question asking about time spent with family: Higher grade students may consider the spiritual aspect of Christmas in juxtaposition with its commercialisation.
Vary your vocabulary
Unless for effect do not use the same adjective/adverb/verb in close proximity to each other. There’s still three weeks before the actual exam start looking at a thesaurus. Say goodbye to: said, walk, eat, good, nice, bad, amazing.
This is a very difficult skill to simply acquire – if you feel you can bring a sense of joviality to your writing – do so. But remember to maintain that tone throughout. It’s no good mixing informal with formal – you won’t score highly.
Right best of luck tomorrow. See you on Thursday.