lunes, 27 de marzo de 2017


Weight 25%
Based on core ( 5 texts , 60 questions)
Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Handling Text Handling
The best overall advice about how to cope with Paper 1 Texthandling is to be cool, calm and methodical.
All of the answers are there on the paper in front of you, and all you have to do is read with a bit of common sense.

General advice
* You don't have to read the whole text, word for word

* You don't have to understand the whole text

- if you don't know what a word means, don't panic ... there may be no question about it!

* Almost all questions rest on a 'target phrase / section' - look for it

* Don't 'import' knowledge - the answer is in the text
"But I don't know what those words mean !"
Let's face it, no-one EVER knows every single word that we come across ... but we make the most of the situation, and manage a rough, sufficient understanding of the overall meaning by working out what the obscure words are likely to mean in the context.
To give practical help to students worrying about Paper 1, let us try to promote the idea that gaps in knowledge can be handled by simply applying a bit of common sense problem-solving. Of course, this is no magic solution ... and some students will still get questions about unfamiliar language wrong, no matter how carefully they approach the problem. But the following steps may help to improve the success rate ...
1.  "DON'T PANIC!"
3Guess from context –
3.  Use a simple, methodical approach, such as
> "what do I know?" ... i.e. what does the context tell me about what the word might mean?
> "what can't the word mean?" ... i.e. can I eliminate any options from e.g. a wordlist?
> "what sort of word could it be?"  ... for example, is it a verb? a noun? a good thing or a bad thing?
 General methodical approach
- with each text ...
Step 1 ... SKIM the text - look for general ideas + rough overall structure (e.g. paragraphs)
Step 2 ... look at the questions, quickly, overall
Step 3 ... work through question-by-question, looking for 'target phrases' / evidence in the text)

 'Write-in' questions

* you can copy from the text, but ...

* ... only the target phrase (over-copying will lose the mark)

* in short written answers, grammar is not marked

* above all, short written answers should be SHORT ... give the examiner exactly, and only, what is apparently required

Checking #1

* Examiners never expect the same answer twice.

* Keep it simple - chose the central answer, not the clever interpretation

(the smarter students sometimes convince themselves that the strange, recondite answer must be the 'real' one - that the examiner can't be asking for something so simple)

* Synonym questions - same grammar must fit (e.g. verb = right tense)
(try the word or phrase in the context - does it 'sound right' ?)

Checking #2

* List-type questions :
Step 1 ... the answers which DO fit
Step 2 ... checking procedure: eliminate answers which DON'T fit (if there's time)

* Multiple choice questions :
Step 1 ... eliminate the two that are 'obviously wrong'
Step 2 ... decide between the distractor, and the true answer


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