CILLIAN FAHY, who got straight As in his Leaving Cert, made headlines when he sold his exam notes on e Bay for €3,000.In this continuing series he shares his study experience with readers (for free), today offering advice to fifth- and sixth-year students on Leaving Cert English PAPER 1 Essay and comprehension Comprehension: can’t understand it?
You should compare the effect of a key moment on the cultural context/general vision and viewpoint/themes and issues of the text with that of other key moments in other texts. They are not always necessary but at the same time it’s good to have a few to demonstrate your knowledge of the text. You should never summarise the plot or story in any way. It can often be difficult to resist this, particularly with key moments. ” and you’ll avoid the biggest pitfall in the English exam. Use definite contrasting words that spell it out to the examiner that this is a comparison.
This is what they are looking for and you need to make it obvious for them. The single-text question or, for most people, “the Shakespeare question” is one that candidates lose sleep over.
Do plenty of practice comprehensions over the course of the year, starting now.
Here’s how: 1) Remember you need to do question A and question B from different comprehensions.
Little or no preparation required, just sit back and watch the marks accumulate. Don’t forget this question counts for a quarter of your entire English mark!
Junior Cert English Personal Essay
Of all questions, don’t let this attitude take hold here.
In this way ideas can be fermenting in the back of your mind while you’re tackling comprehensions.
It’s also a good idea to spend a few minutes when you read the titles writing down a brief idea of those that you think may work. 2) Decide on your genreas many of the compositions will require a specific style of writing.
For example, if you are writing an article, you should probably not refer to yourself as your audience is the magazine’s readership, who are looking for objectivity.
However, if you go for the personal essay you are invited to give your own perspective, so the tone is different.