Week starting 2 November

Quick tips to improve your writing!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our penultimate edition of the weekly Connect English blog! We all know that there is not really such a thing as a ‘quick hack’, but there are some useful things we can add to our writing to quickly improve the flow, coherence and expression! Here are some of the tips that have worked in my experience.

1. Section C – to quickly add in analysis, use the Tone Adverb + Language Analysis Verb formula. I would make a list of all different types of tone words as adverbs (forcefully, rationally etc) and language analysis verbs (indicates, outlines, underpins) and join them together for rapid fire analysis!

2. Section C - The words ‘evokes’ and ‘invokes’ were particularly useful in my writing to elevate the specificity of my writing – try them out! For example: ‘The imagery of the burning trees invokes a strong sense of worry and urgency in the reader, leading them to proactively think about their complicity in taking care of the environment.’

3. Sections A and B analyse the form of your texts! Tell the examiner what the effect the texts have, and how the way in which the message is delivered is unique to a play, novel or film etc. For example, films can convey messages with other senses – through sight and sound. This might create an atmosphere that indicates how we, as viewers, are led to interpret an event. In novels, the ability for the narrative perspective to flit between different characters’ heads might indicate universality.

4. Section A and B – if in doubt with how to find your 3 body paragraphs, think in terms of the beginning, middle and end of the text. Identify the key idea that the topic is asking you to discuss, and consider why it exists, how it exists, and if by the end of the text, does it prevail or is it replaced with something else? This also has the advantage of giving the examiner a greater sense of your textual knowledge as you are able to analyse what appears to be the narrative text. As well as this, you show the natural evolution of a character or an idea through the course of the narrative.

5. All sections - If you cannot bring yourself to write out another essay – the burnout is real – simply plan a topic! This can be a quick and effective way to cover a lot of thematic ground and practice using your reading time well. Use the first few minutes of writing time also to get down a plan – it is better to spend the time at the beginning of the essay knowing exactly what you want to stay, rather than getting stuck halfway through and wasting too much time stressing out and thinking!

6. Section C – VCAA past papers indicate a trend of always looking towards community issues, rather than social issues. Take a look at some local regional newspapers to get an idea of some community issues, and the types of language techniques you would use in response to them.

As always, best wishes for your revision and happy writing!

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