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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4410 on: June 23, 2019, 02:03:30 pm »
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Hey, everyone.

Super random question, but how do you reference a text in an essay? My teacher has always said to underline a text title in essays, but I'm curious to see what other schools teach.  :D
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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4411 on: June 23, 2019, 06:32:32 pm »
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Could someone please explain what human spirit means, in the context of war?
Hey there,

Welcome to the forums!

Wikipedia defines the human spirit as the spiritual element of humanity and can also include our sense of awareness and judgement. To put this definition in the context of war, I would interpret human spirit as their sense of perseverance, i.e. how civilians have remained resilient during the war.

Hope this helps!

Hey, everyone.

Super random question, but how do you reference a text in an essay? My teacher has always said to underline a text title in essays, but I'm curious to see what other schools teach.  :D
Hey there,

Usually, you'd underline the text title if it's a novel, film or a journal article (if you're referring to literary scholars) and poems are left in quotation marks (the main reason is because poems are often published as a collection of poems rather than an individual piece). If you forget to underline them, the markers shouldn't mark you down but it's good to get into the habit of underlining them for the sake of formality.

Hope this helps!
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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4412 on: June 24, 2019, 11:19:00 am »
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Hey, everyone.

Super random question, but how do you reference a text in an essay? My teacher has always said to underline a text title in essays, but I'm curious to see what other schools teach.  :D

Underlining is also important so that the reader can distinguish between text and character (if the text is named after a character, for example Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, lots of other Shakespeare plays)
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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4413 on: June 26, 2019, 12:02:26 pm »
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Hi all,

How do I actually write a persuasive essay for Mod C? I have an assessment and I need to write a persuasive essay on a particular social issue

Thanks :)

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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4414 on: June 26, 2019, 06:17:02 pm »
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Hi all,

How do I actually write a persuasive essay for Mod C? I have an assessment and I need to write a persuasive essay on a particular social issue

Thanks :)

Hey, emilyyyyyyy!

The key to persuasive writing is to maintain a clear judgement and pursue a strong argument. In junior years, we used to call this exposition writing. The aim of your essay is to convince your reader to acknowledge truth and reason on the perspective you present towards a chosen topic. You could structure the persuasive essay in whatever way you feel most comfortable conveying your ideas, so long as it has cohesion, flow and remains consistent with tense, register (formal voice) and tone. The foundations for the structure would be the introduction, central material (divide it into paragraphs based on your mini arguments) and conclusion  :) Whatever else follows is up to you  ;D

I would highly recommend picking a social issue that resonates with you. We present better arguments if we are passionate about it. To support your view, I would combine it with credible secondary sources from the news, literature, academia or other mediums to illustrate your findings. This can assist in presenting evidence for your argument and to layer your essay with greater complexity. The Guardian is my go to place for articles on recent social issues so I'd suggest there if you're feeling a little stuck! Hope this helps and good luck with the assessment  8)

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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4415 on: June 27, 2019, 08:42:07 pm »
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hi all,

My teacher is absolutely horrible and I genuinely do not know anything about any of my texts, so Iím going to have to create notes and analyse the texts myself.
I still want to achieve a band 6 in english, so does anyone have an tips?

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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4416 on: June 27, 2019, 10:23:48 pm »
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hi all,

My teacher is absolutely horrible and I genuinely do not know anything about any of my texts, so Iím going to have to create notes and analyse the texts myself.
I still want to achieve a band 6 in english, so does anyone have an tips?

Thanks!

Hey again!

I would firstly start off by expressing your concerns to your teacher. Perhaps their in-class teaching style isn't gelling with you but seeing them in your own time might help you clarify areas of knowledge that you may feel lacking. No teacher sets out to be useless so give them, and yourself, a proper chance to connect by seeking them for some one-on-one guidance. Advanced English is incredibly competitive and you may feel like you're alone but I can assure you most teachers genuinely want to make the effort for you. See if it makes a difference  :)

If you're feeling stuck on your texts, I'd highly recommend revisiting them after you have done some research into the themes and ideas they are aiming to convey. Read/watch them again with this in mind and you can gain a better understanding of what the texts' premises are. Creating personal notes and completing analysis yourself is actually a great study strategy for Advanced. It helps consolidate your learning and to truly engage with them. I always encourage students to attempt analysis themselves first before turning to other sources provided by teachers or online. Your originality will place you at an advantage this way!

My final tip for achieving the best you can in Advanced is to practice. I know there aren't many past papers out there but use the rubric to devise your own essay questions for Common Module, Mod A and Mod B. For Mod C, you could look up some writing prompts and quotes to practise with. The more you expose yourself to possibilities, the better prepared you will be for them. It also helps you build skills in adapting, handwriting and critical thinking under exam conditions.

I'll leave this post by saying that while things may be difficult, there are plenty of support networks around. AN will be happy to answer questions about your texts and to do the most we can to assist you. The main initiative though is on you! I hope with motivation and commitment, you'll be rewarded  :D

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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4417 on: June 29, 2019, 03:08:36 pm »
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How do you recommend studying for English advanced. Trails are coming up soon (a bit over a month) so I have time but just don't know where to begin with English.
- memorise quotes (how many?)
- how do i practise for paper 1 especially

also do I need to know my related text for hsc/trials? or was a related text only needed for an internal assessment? Thanks!

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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4418 on: June 29, 2019, 08:36:00 pm »
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How do you recommend studying for English advanced. Trails are coming up soon (a bit over a month) so I have time but just don't know where to begin with English.
- memorise quotes (how many?)
- how do i practise for paper 1 especially

also do I need to know my related text for hsc/trials? or was a related text only needed for an internal assessment? Thanks!

Hey, dani01!

There's no definite way of success for studying with Advanced but I recommend practice questions as the best way to prepare for your exams. I know that with the syllabus change, it may seem impossible to do this. However, you can use your rubrics for each module as a practice paper generator! All the questions that NESA can possibly devise will be derived from the key concepts in the syllabus. I'd recommend looking at the sample papers provided and devising your own questions to answer. Practise progressively, starting with open book without timed conditions, to open book with timed conditions until you can reach a stage where you can adapt confidently on the spot  8) This will develop your understanding of the course better and to assist in retaining skills long term.

Once you've written practice essays, you'll start to find patterns in terms of which quotes you use and favour. Memorise those ones and perhaps maybe two or three backup ones for each text in the unlikely event you'll have to use them. I always filtered my evidence down to what was relevant and resonated most with me as a student of English so that helped me remember them (I can still recite all of them today!).

I'm not too sure what the best way to study for Paper 1 is since the new common module does seem to be quite funky. I'd recommend checking out the sample papers NESA provided and requesting some practice comprehension questions from your teacher. You can also check out this amazing guide which outlines some other ways you can study for Advanced  :) You might find something helpful there!

You won't need a related text for the HSC or Trials since it was only required for internal assessment  :) I'd clarify this with your teacher just in case they decide to throw you in the deep end. You can never be too careful  ::) Do fire us with more questions if you are feeling stuck  :D We're happy to help!

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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4419 on: July 01, 2019, 04:55:34 pm »
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Hi!

Just want to ask are we allowed to mention politics in our creative? E.g. criticise a political leader because they didn't take action on climate change?

Thank you!

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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4420 on: July 04, 2019, 07:51:45 pm »
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Hi,

For Module A, how would we structure the essay? My prescribed texts are poetry (7 poems) and a film, so I just wanted to know how many poems I have to know, and how many I actually have to write about?

Thanks!

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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4421 on: July 05, 2019, 05:39:16 pm »
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Hi!

Just want to ask are we allowed to mention politics in our creative? E.g. criticise a political leader because they didn't take action on climate change?

Thank you!

Hey, ThankuNext!

Completely fine to explore politics in your creative so long as your criticism is diplomatic  :) I think it would be fantastic to allude to current events because it'll strengthen your creative's message and intention far more. You could make it satirical and have a character that resembles a political leader in our world so it's more subtle, humorous and thought-provoking  8) That'd be my recommendation but it's definitely allowed!

Hi,

For Module A, how would we structure the essay? My prescribed texts are poetry (7 poems) and a film, so I just wanted to know how many poems I have to know, and how many I actually have to write about?

Thanks!

Hey, emilyyyyyyy!

Based on your description, I'm under the assumption you've got Keats and Bright Star? You would have to know all the poems since they might specify one in the exam so I'd prepare maybe two quotes for each of them. You'll only be expected to write about two or three though in exam conditions so I'd learn three really in depth. This is my recommended structure  :)

Introduction
Body 1- Poem 1 (Two quotes)+Film
Body 2- Poem 2 (Two quotes)+Film
Body 3- Poem 1 (One quote)+2 (One quote) +Film
Conclusion

This way, you can maintain a balance for your discussion of the texts. Hope that helps  :)

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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4422 on: July 08, 2019, 10:57:21 am »
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Hi!

Does anyone have tips in studying for each of the advanced modules individually (including the common)? I'm just lost as to how I should study!

Thanks :)

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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4423 on: July 08, 2019, 11:29:56 am »
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I also have another question :)

How should I answer this question: Explore how the desire for status motivates individual behaviour and acts as the catalyst for conflict in The Merchant of Venice.

I was thinking of writing one paragraph about the desire for status acting as the catalyst for conflict, as per the question, but i don't think I could write a sustained essay only on that. So in this instance, would I write two other paragraphs on 'human experiences' that I think also contribute to the conflict in the play?

Thanks

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Re: English Advanced Question Thread
« Reply #4424 on: July 08, 2019, 09:25:37 pm »
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Hi!

Does anyone have tips in studying for each of the advanced modules individually (including the common)? I'm just lost as to how I should study!

Thanks :)

Hey Emily!!

Strongly suggest compiling quotes, analysis, themes and possibly a universal thesis/intro for each module. DO NOT write essays and memorise them.
Once you have these all together, begin to practice writing essays to unseen questions in about 40mins. I find this is the most effective way to study, but everyone does study differently and different methods work for different people

How should I answer this question: Explore how the desire for status motivates individual behaviour and acts as the catalyst for conflict in The Merchant of Venice.

I was thinking of writing one paragraph about the desire for status acting as the catalyst for conflict, as per the question, but i don't think I could write a sustained essay only on that. So in this instance, would I write two other paragraphs on 'human experiences' that I think also contribute to the conflict in the play?

For this, I recommend taking like 5 mins (even in the exam, perhaps in reading time?) to just plan out your points/themes.
key words in your question are: desire for status motivating individual behaviour & catalyst for conflict.
So what you'd need to do is find what you're 'conflict' is, I haven't studied Merchant, but look for around 2-3 general 'conflicts' and then link it back to desire for status, with your evidence. I suggest leading with the conflict and working towards that.

Hope this helps!
meerae :)
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