We will start with the fundamentals of each essay format and work through the mechanics of constructing an A+ essay for ALL three essay types in the exam!
What will we cover?
This lecture will run for 4.5 hours including a break for lunch and will comprehensively cover all aspects of the VCE English course. I will focus on all three exam essay types: text response, context and language analysis, as well as dedicating time to tips for studying English and advice for SAC and exam success. Essentially we will start with the fundamentals of each essay format and work through the mechanics of constructing an A+ essay.
Great, but I already know how to write essays!
Well, many students think they do at least, but a recurring trend amongst my students is an underlying confusion of the most fundamental requirements for each essay style and an approach towards overall essay construction that is entirely devoid of any systematic method. So, by establishing a clear, methodological structure to your writing not only will your work become consistent but you will be find it becomes much easier to write under pressure and most importantly your ideas will be communicated to your examiner in a way that makes perfect sense to them and not only you!
What will happen on the day?
On the day, whilst we will of course cover the ‘rules’ and look at how they are ideally applied, we will work together to practice the application of these rules so that you may come away with an idea of how they are applied rather than just how they exist in theory. I strongly believe that guided interaction and contribution are the most valuable activities in a tutoring or workshop environment so I aim to ensure that my presentations are not merely lectures and that you will have the opportunity to apply the skills you are learning through a number of interactive activities. It is worth noting that I will not be teaching any particular film or text as such, but rather focussing on the principles which go towards making an excellent essay on ANY text, theme or article. We will finish the day with a substantial period of English specific SAC, exam and study advice as well as a FAQ which will aim to address general issues and concerns I have found students to have. If there is anything specific that you would like me to address let me know and I will happily include it!
What will I learn?
Put simply, my aim is for all students to come away better equipped with the following skills and knowledge so that they can write with more clarity, sophistication, confidence and speed:
- Essay structure.
- Paragraph construction.
- Essay topic dissection.
- Methods for comprehensive analysis of themes and ideas.
- Essay structures for different context styles.
- Development of abstract ideas and arguments around the context theme.
- Responsiveness of responses to subtly different topics.
- Essay structure for different article types.
- Identification of language devices, tone, argument etc.
- Comprehensive analysis of language devices within a paragraph.
- Analysis of images and structural features.
- Identification of overarching effects created through the use of language, images and structure.
General advice for VCE Success:
- SAC preparation.
- Exam revision.
- Note construction.
- Time management.
- Exam craft.