Recommended steps to take for native English speaker wanting to improve English skills
Hi, I am aged 14 and I will be taking my GCSEs in June 2017. I would describe myself as a well rounded student however, I am desperate to improve in both English language and English literature. In order to qualify for A-LEVEL in both subjects, I must obtain at least a B grade at GCSE. I'm currently working at 'C-' and I am unaware how I could improve my grade. If anyone could give advice about how to improve my text annotating and writing skills it would be greatly appreciated.
Are you having problems with some of the mechanics (spelling, punctuation, specific grammar skills)? If so, make sure you understand those things and practice them. Other than that, all I can suggest is practicing, paying attention to what your teachers tell you about your work, and incorporating their suggestions into your further practice.
Ask your teachers for some advice as a starting point, they should be able to give you some ideas of how to improve your grade. BBC Bitesize for both the GCSEs might also help you, and is free. If you want to continue with English to A level, you probably enjoy reading, so continue with lots of that, but be careful about the sources, a lot of things on the internet might have US spelling, which will not be accepted for GCSE. Good luck.
At GCSE, the exams are not really about your grammar and spelling - they test your ability to understand and analyse texts and sources in a clear and cohesive way. These are things your teachers should be able to help you with (Duolingo is for grammar and spelling). Try using sparknotes and CGP revision guides specific to the text you are studying to give you help with understanding. This also means practising essay writing and having a clear format to your essay so that it flows and makes sense.
If you are having trouble with grammar and spelling, you might be able to spend extra time with your teacher or have tutoring sessions outside of school.
PEE - Point, evidence, explanation, in every paragraph!
There are no wrong answers - as long as you have evidence.
Think outside the box.
I recently finished my GCSEs, so feel free to contact me.