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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2460 on: April 02, 2019, 05:19:25 pm »
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I recently got my first SAC (creative) back and I got a B. I was wondering if there is still a chance for me to get a 40+ ss in english ://
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2461 on: April 02, 2019, 09:21:35 pm »
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I recently got my first SAC (creative) back and I got a B. I was wondering if there is still a chance for me to get a 40+ ss in english ://
Your sac rank is what is important not your actual sac grade. Also there should be more sacs this semester and for the rest of the year to improve your ranking.

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« Reply #2462 on: April 09, 2019, 12:50:35 pm »
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Hey,
I'm a little stuck on some arguments for this essay I'm writing for an analytical on Euripides' Women of Troy.
The prompt is...
“Euripides continues the Greek literary tradition of portraying Helen of Troy as the root of all evil.” To what extent do you agree?
So, some ideas for paragraphs that I have are...
-It's never actually been a Greek literary tradition to portray Helen as the root of all evil (But how could I back this up? I would have to refer to external sources and that's not good, is it..,?)
-Euripides does allow Helen to be perceived as evil, however, she is not the ROOT of ALL evil.
-However, Euripides also portrays Helen as a powerless victim of the events of Troy so she can't be totally evil.
-Perhaps Euripides doesn't have intentionally portray her as evil or as a victim. Perhaps he simply portrays her as human.

Please tell me what you think of my arguments. I'm still uncertain as to how to write that first argument... :/
Looking forward to any tips or feedback :)
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2463 on: April 14, 2019, 04:25:51 pm »
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Hi everyone,

So I got back my SAC on Night and I received a 8/10. My teacher suggested areas I had too improve on was written expression (my sentences were too long and needed to proofread especially around punctuation). I was wondering how I can improve this?

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2464 on: April 14, 2019, 07:11:09 pm »
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Hi everyone,

So I got back my SAC on Night and I received a 8/10. My teacher suggested areas I had too improve on was written expression (my sentences were too long and needed to proofread especially around punctuation). I was wondering how I can improve this?

Thanks.

Congrats on the great score! I was and still am very guilty of long sentences (and thus paragraphs) and my way to work on this was to go back through my old essays and choose some sentences to re-word. Examine the sentence and think about the crucial components of it. Ask your self this "does this still make sense if I remove this word etc.." if it does and still reads well then you probably don't need it there. I used to have a habit of using two fancy words to describe the same thing- that is redundant and doesn't actually make your writing any better. Futhermore, check that you are not repeating the same ideas in different sentances but with different wording.

Also, don't be afraid to start a new sentence even if you think you haven't "finished". Except from the first and last sentence of a paragraph where you are trying to introduce and conclude the point of analysis, you don't have to have a sentence that perfectly sums up and analyses your point. Instead, think about linking sentences together and letting them feed off each other. You probably already do all this but I found that this helped with my writing.

But probably the best thing to do is read out loud (not in a sac obviously). In your head, it is very easy to read long paragraphs (especially when you have written them yourself!) but when you use your voice you can easily tell if something is too long.

As for puncuation, reading at loud again (helps you work out when you need a pause or a new sentence) and just getting into the habit of going back over your work with a critical eye for spelling and punctuation.  It's tedious but after a while, it will become second nature and you will be more attuned to mistakes.

Hope this helps.
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2465 on: April 15, 2019, 12:09:38 pm »
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How do you create a quote bank? I have many quotes for the novel I am studying but I am struggling to organise them. Should I order them under different themes, ideas, characters, etc.? I also find that many quotes do not fall into one specific category but rather overlap with each other so what would you do?
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2466 on: April 15, 2019, 05:22:01 pm »
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Anyone have any tips on how to improve vocabulary?

At the moment, my marks are around 7-8/10, but my teacher says with more sophisticated and improved vocab, my essays will go beyond that.
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2467 on: April 15, 2019, 06:38:07 pm »
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How do you create a quote bank? I have many quotes for the novel I am studying but I am struggling to organise them. Should I order them under different themes, ideas, characters, etc.? I also find that many quotes do not fall into one specific category but rather overlap with each other so what would you do?


Hey,

I find that organising quotes into quote banks is sometimes difficult but there are two ways you can approach this in terms of the overlap. The first is to organise a couple of banks that deal with Themes and another that deals with Characters and then have quotes go wherever is relevant. Maybe that means that a quote is under more than one heading, but that might take a bit more work and could be quite time-consuming. Bearing this in mind, consider having a bank in the form of a table with three columns; the first should have the quote, the second some basic analysis so you understand how you might talk about the quote in an essay and the third with ideas about what the quote is relevant to (eg, dot point the themes/characters this would apply to). Then whenever you are looking for a quote for a certain character/idea/theme you can Ctrl+F (or Command+F for a Mac) the word you are looking for and easily find all the entries that work for that theme.

Hope that helps,
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2468 on: April 16, 2019, 05:18:37 pm »
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Anyone have any tips on how to improve vocabulary?

At the moment, my marks are around 7-8/10, but my teacher says with more sophisticated and improved vocab, my essays will go beyond that.

Hey,

The best way to improve vocab is to read, read, READ. Whenever you see a word you don't know, search it up and then try to use it in conversation to get familiar with it. Otherwise, a more direct method might be to try and create a word bank for words that you use a lot in your essays and then actively try to add new synonyms into your work for more diversity of language.

Hope this helps!

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2469 on: April 17, 2019, 09:37:18 am »
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Hey,

The best way to improve vocab is to read, read, READ. Whenever you see a word you don't know, search it up and then try to use it in conversation to get familiar with it. Otherwise, a more direct method might be to try and create a word bank for words that you use a lot in your essays and then actively try to add new synonyms into your work for more diversity of language.

Hope this helps!

Thanks heaps Stephanie Joyce. That's very helpful :D
I like the idea of creating a word bank with words that I always use in my essays because I always feel as though I am repeating myself.  ::)
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