Top Tips – Paper 1 Section A – Reading (55 minutes)
Read the extract carefully (6 minutes)
Draw a line under each section that the question refers.
Highlight the quotations you will refer to in the text.
Aim to spend no longer than 12 minutes on each question, writing at least halfa side for each
Only use bullet points if the question clearly states that you may.
If a question uses the words ‘you’ or ‘your’, you need to give your opinion infirst person. E.g. ‘I think…’
Do not make generalized comments about the text. E.g. ‘The extract useslong and short sentences’. Instead
make precise points like: ‘the use of asimile suggests…’; ‘here, vocabulary like ‘scarlet’, ‘crimson’ and ‘red’imply…’
Use the words of the question in your answer.
With the empathetic response (‘Imagine you are the character…’) you mustuse information from the text to show an understanding of the characterand write in first person e.g. ‘I’
To achieve a high grade you need to choose quotations carefully and providea detailed explanation of them.
Embed your quotes (Higher tier)
Keep quotations short and to the point
Remember to check and improve (1 or 2 minutes)