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Exam techniques and essay notes

Tips and notes on how to approach essays, unseen commentaries, individual oral commentaries (IOC) and individual oral presentations (IOP)

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  1. Outline Structure for Literacy Analysis Essay

    For all you IB students that need a guide to make a proper essay 


  2. Paper 1 checklist

    A useful checklist of things to include in your essays.


  3. English lit paper 2 notes

    those notes analyze several factors and devices of the book 'heart of darkness'. 


  4. English notes

    notes on how to do well in IB English 


  5. Exam Stress

    How to cope with exam stress, especially now that it's just a few months away.


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  7. oral presentation, HOW TO

    How to make a good oral presentation.


  8. Writing Techniques: Show Don't Tell

    power point on how to better your writing skills with imagery



    CATSDRIFT is a mnemonic that can be used while analyzing a text to cover key points that can fetch extra points.


  10. Analysing poetry, drama and prose

    Very useful literary terms to consider when analysing literature in exams.


  11. Paper 2 writing technique

    One of the techniques our teacher used to help develop our paper 2 skills in English was to give us a part of an IB question which focussed on one literary aspect. Then she would give us 15 minutes to write up to 500 words on that topic and then grade it by IB standards.
    It was her way of quizzing us (or as we thought of it, torturing us). This essay prompt was finally the one I got right midway through IB Year 2. The questions was to characterise eccentricities or duality in a character of one of our books. I picked Shakespeare and analysed Gertrude.
    This paper received a solid 7 because it had all the pertinent IB analysis in/under 15 minutes, and showed what set of skills one needed to possess to thrive under exam conditions.
    I would suggest that if you think that you write well in general, but the times exams are too much for you, this technique would help you heaps and you can hold this response as what a 7 in this technique looks like. If you master this, your Paper 2 (and to an extent Oral Commentary) will suddenly become a lot easier. That I can guarantee from experience.


  12. Unseen Poetry Analysis

    Just some notes on how to approach unseen poetry for the English A1 exam


  13. World Literature 1 Topic Examples and How to choose a suitable topic

    WL1 topic examples and guide on how to identify a suitable WL topic


  14. Individual Oral Commentary Format

    this is a recommended format of IOC -- the way you should structure your speech


  15. Practice techniques and tips for the IOC, a short guide

    My friend and I wrote a textbook worth of stuff for how to prepare for the IOC that contained notes about every possible passage that could be chosen-300 of them. We did this i a notebook. Before the actual notes, we had a four page section detailing study techniques and tips for the actual IOC. This is what is detailed in this file.


  16. How to prepare for English A1 papers

    this is how one should approach and what one should write in eng A1 papers..
    hope it helps..


  17. Approaching Prose Commentaries

    How to approach a commentary for an unseen Prose piece


  18. Jonathon Swift Essays Summary

    A table summarising the arguments and satirical language features of 7 Jonathon Swift essays. With Quotations.


  19. Literary Terms

    The most important literary terms for literature analysis


  20. How to Plan and Write your Commentary

    Planning and writing your commentary in 9 steps.


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