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OFS High School English: How to improve your English Grade General: 1.

Read widely and regularly. Try new genres. Look for challenges. Read the prize winners. Do background reading on topics. If you can’t manage a whole book, read newspaper articles every day and short stories.

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Always study and understand the Marking Criteria on the rubric before starting a task.

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Think and plan before you write. Double space for easy editing.

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If possible, complete a draft well before the due date and ask your teacher to give you feedback on it.

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Actively learn new vocabulary as you meet it in your reading and work.

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Identify your language weaknesses when you get marked work back from your teacher and try hard to minimize them each time you write.

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Learn spelling words you make mistakes with. Use different coloured pens to highlight the letters you have trouble with.

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Learn English technical terms such as: theme, plot, complex sentence, noun, adjective etc. and know how to apply them.

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Ask your English teacher questions whenever you are confused. Take an active part in class discussions to try out your ideas.

Organization: 1.

Folders - all work and handouts filed safely and in order.

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Use a homework diary and check on-line. Note full details of tasks and due dates.

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All work should be headed up correctly and presented neatly in blue or black pen.

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If word processing, think about presentation and make use of spell checks and grammar checks but remember they are not infallible.

Helpful Websites: 1. 2. 3.

A site has been set up by an OFS teacher that leads you to hundreds of sites where you can improve your English. Bookmark this page: http:// englishstudyskills.pbworks.com/w/page/46095289/FrontPage Also, the Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is very helpful for senior students wanting to improving their grammar and mechanics. Bookmark this exercises page : http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/ For Cambridge IGCSE exams use the following student support site for help: http:// www.cambridgestudents.org.uk/examtime/revisiontips/


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