We will start at the very beginning - a very good place to start.
Question 1 on the surface looks very straightforward but it is often one that is completed in a rush (at the end of the exam or to try and save time at the beginning) and therefore you don't achieve the marks that your skill set should.
I'm going to walk you through the process and then let you loose on a question.
First of all the question itself:
It is always a 'What do you understand about the x and y'.
Before you jump in, make sure you know what you are looking for.
Understand - is more than just the facts but it involves your inference as well.
X - is one of the things you should be focusing on.
Y - is another. Nothing other than these two things.
These are your trigger words from the question. They tell you that you need to Skim and Scan the text. (Skim = a quick read through to get the information from the article. Scan = focusing in on the quotations that link X and Y).
The question may often talk about issues - You should scan for facts, figures, quotations, annecdotes,
It also can describe experiences - look for 'I' and adjectives.
It is an 8 mark question and you should be taking 12 minutes to complete this. To adequately meet the requirements of the task you will need to make 4 good points with supporting textual detail embedded, some inference and to cover each part of the question (not necessarily equally).
Your inferences identify you as a higher level candidate showing you don't just focus on the obvious. If an article states '4 in 10 people' are overweight then you can infer that an issue will be health problems and that those health problems will put a strain on the NHS. This develops your higher level inference.
So as a check list when writing:
Summarise the key points that address each of trigger words in the question (5 or 6).
Embed some supporting quotations (4 + )
Make developed inferences - look beyond the obvious.
So here is your question:
What do you understand about Frankie Mullin's experiences of being deaf and the issues of being deaf in society?
Your text is here
I would like you to write the trigger words at the top of your answer.