The anon who sent me an ask about her being 19 and her boyfriend being 16 and in love with her and it’s getting too much - I’m not going to reply to it for personal reasons. In my opinion, you’re too old to be dating someone that young and impressionable and your actions can hurt this person for life because it’s their first experience with something as serious as this. I don’t know where you’re from and if that’s legal where you’re from, but 16 and 19 is still a big difference, especially when it comes to gender. Women mature faster than men. You’re an adult and he’s still a kid, don’t “fool around” and break his heart.
CATCH ME CONTINUE TO BE BITTER ABOUT THIS “FAMILY SHOWS UP” NONSENSE that apparently applies only occasionally sometimes bitch JETRA IS FAMILY ???? PETRA SHOULD’VE BEEN AT THE BOOK PUBLICATION OR AT LEAST INVITED THEY COULD’VE AT LEAST MENTIONED SOMETHING ANYTHING EVEN IN PASSING writers be shady jetra baiting when it’s convenient stop please bye i’m mad GTFO
Back to School: How to Get an A*/8 or 9 in an English Lit Essay!
Happy September, everyone!
As we all get our gears in motion to start a new year, I thought I would share my top tips for scoring the highest marks in English Literature essays.
(P.S. Lots of these tips are applicable to other subjects too)
1. Don’t write about the character as if they are real
Unfortunately, this is a common error in English Lit essays. It is absolutely imperative to remember that a character is not a person, but is a construct of the writer in order to present an idea or theme. No matter the question, you should be linking your answer back to the writer’s ideas and theme of the text, even if it doesn’t seem obvious what the theme is on the first inspection of the question. Using the author’s name frequently in your essay will demonstrate that you recognise the character is not a real person - ‘Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as a tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle as…’
2. Don’t analyse the plot
Avoid analysing the plot or when things happen in the text. Don’t write ‘When X happens it makes us think Y’. Instead:
Analyse the writer’s use of language, structure and form to create meaning
Do a close language analysis of specific words/phrases, including a sound analysis (plosives, assonance, etc.)
Do a structural analysis of what happens when and why that’s important (Freytag’s pyramid)
Do an analysis of form (stage directions, dramatic monologue, etc.)
3. Keep your answer relevant throughout
You need to be explicitly answering the question - not going off on a tangent nor trying to change the question to suit an answer that you want to write. One way of avoiding this is by starting each paragraph with a topic sentence, summarising what that paragraph is going to be about and how it answers the question. Another method is simply by rewording the question into your answer at the start and end of every paragraph. At least. For greater impact, include synonyms of the word, which can also help with the readability of your answer.
4. Avoid PEE/PEEL/etc. where you can
Thousands of students are taught the same, basic Point-Evidence-Explain (or variant) analytical paragraph structure. If you want to stand out, show academic strength, and achieve the highest marks then you must break free from the chains of PEE! (This also applies for your introduction format. ‘In this essay, I will argue…’ gets pretty dull after reading it 100 times)
For my students, I will be teaching them to write What-How-Why paragraphs:
WHAT has the writer done?
HOW have they done it?
WHY have they done it/is it effective?
This way, your focus is always on why the writer has chosen to use that specific language/structure/form, but it allows you to be creative in crafting your response. Being able to discuss the ‘why’ of literature is the key to unlocking the highest grades. Reading through examiners’ reports this summer has made one thing clear - it is not enough to merely spot linguistic devices or structural features. You must explain why the writer has chosen them and why that is an effective choice (or not).
5. Avoid sweeping statements about context
The main advice here is to only include comments about the context of the text if it adds to the analytical point that you are making. They should not be a bolt-on sentence, but they should enhance your answer.
Further, sweeping claims like ‘All Jacobean women were oppressed by society’ is far too vague. On the other hand, a comment like ‘Lady Macbeth is a disturbing example of womanhood because she denies her gender at a time where the role of a woman was clear-cut, even patriarchal, in Jacobean society’ suggests that you have a greater understanding of how context can influence the writer’s choices.
6. A plan is your best friend
Always, always make time to plan your answer. A method I recommend is, first, circling the key words in the question (character/theme, what you are asked to do, where in the text you are asked to look, etc.). Secondly, write all of your ideas down onto the page, highlighting parts from the extract if you have that in front of you. Finally, select a judicious number of points that you are going to talk about (quality not quantity here) and number the order in which you are going to make them.
If you are writing a comparative essay, each paragraph must start and end with a comparative point about whatever it is you are comparing (characters/themes/etc.) I suggest the following format:
‘X is presented in both text A and text B. However, in A the author uses device 1 and 2 to demonstrate X. On the other hand, in B, the author demonstrates X via use of device 2 and 3.’ Then write one paragraph for each text. Repeat this again for another similarity. And again for a third - if you think that is appropriate.
“hey, take my picture here?” taehyung asks, already bounding off to the railing of the lumber walkway and snapping a few deliberate shots of his own. he turns and settles into place so the scenic view of the mountain and its cascading waterfall is artfully situated behind him. jungkook pops the cap off of his lens like a second nature and adjusts the camera’s settings to combat the bright, blaring rays of sunlight that have chosen to make an appearance after several days of stubborn overcast. he glances up from the apparatus and the other man is already smiling back at him, toothy and eager. jungkook’s heart flutters at a speed of approximately 1/1000th of a second and he thinks that the sun has some serious competition.
it never ceases to amaze me when gbtq dudes who understand the concept of saying “i hate straight people/i hate cis people” as a way to vent frustration with a homo/transphobic culture and not a direct statement about individually hating every straight/cis person in the world still shit themselves when women (esp lbtq women) say “i hate men”
and when i say it amazes me i mean it doesn’t surprise me at fucking all
Wake up 15 minutes earlier than you think you need to
Getting up earlier than you think you need to immediately reduces your stress levels. If you suddenly remember you have a paper to print before your 8am class, you have 15 minutes to get that done that you wouldn’t have originally had.
Meditate, Pray, or do Yoga for five minutes
Starting your day with something to relax you as you slowly wake up helps you to grasp onto your energy and start your day.
Practices such as meditation help you to set your mind on the purpose of your day.
Take your medications
If you have medications, it is incredibly important to take them every day. Without establishing this cycle, it will be very hard for you to live your most efficient life.
Eat a healthy, protein-filled breakfast or snack
Even if you are one of many people who hate to eat in the morning, fueling your body is an essential part of helping you live your most efficient life.
Eating also helps your body to wake up so you can focus on any homework or classes you have before noon.
Organize your Day
Look over your planner and remind yourself of all the tasks you are hoping to accomplish.
Order your tasks by importance - what you absolutely must go to/accomplish, what you’d really like to attend/accomplish, and what you hope you can attend/accomplish.
Write out your day in terms of time. Schedule everything, right down to naps, meals, homework, and grocery shopping.
In the Afternoon
Eat a healthy lunch
Just as with breakfast, eating a meal is an essential part to having an efficient day. The post-lunch slump is all too real, but making sure you’re eating protein and lots of energizing foods as opposed to carbs and sugars will make sure you can be awake and aware in your afternoon activities.
Go through your planner
Mark off everything that you have accomplished for the day and reexamine what you have left to do.
Add any necessary items to the day, reevaluate the time frames you’ve given to your events and tasks of the day, and decide if the way in which you’ve rated tasks is still relevant. Make any needed changes.
Give yourself a break
By this point, your body has been going and going for at least 4 hours. Give yourself a break. It doesn’t have to be long, even 20 minutes to sit, nap, or read a book for fun will help your body to relax and finish the day strong!
In the PM
Give your planner a final look-over
Mark off everything you accomplish, and include anything you originally hadn’t planned on accomplishing.
Add tasks you did not complete to a day later on in your planner so you do not forget to address them.
Mark off any habit/health/emotion trackers. Doing something as little as this will give you a feeling of success and encourage you to focus on the areas in which you can improve the following days in the week.
Allow yourself to glance at the next day and mentally prepare for everything you’ll need to do.
Do your homework/work
Finish any assignments due, and get ahead as well as study. School is your job, and spending multiple hours most evenings each week is something you’re going to have to do to be successful.
Study or do your work for thirty to forty minute chunks with no distractions like checking your phone. Break up these study times with five to ten minute breaks to do whatever you’d like.
Pack for tomorrow
Pack up notebooks, textbooks, chargers, and your laptop for the next day.
Add a healthy snack to your bag in case you’re in a rush the next day.
Make sure you have any materials needed for any activities you might take part in so that you don’t have to waste time the next day going back to your room.
Set out an outfit for the next day to even further save time for the next morning.
Get a healthy amount of sleep
Under-sleeping and oversleeping are both bad. Try to make sure your prioritize your sleep, as without it, it is almost impossible to be truly efficient. Make sure to work in between 7 and 9 each night.
What do you do to live your most efficient life? :)
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