Effectively preparing for Module C generally requires a few important things.
First, you should familiarise yourself with the rubric (if you haven’t already). Doing so involves highlighting and making notes of key terms as well as any aspects you don’t understand. While the rubric isn’t really as important for Module C as it is for the Common Module, having a thorough knowledge of the rubric is helpful as it will allow you to deconstruct exam questions more effectively.
The next step is to know your techniques and this is very important as techniques constitute a key element of your responses depending on the type of response you will need to write for the Module C question. It’s not only important to know how to use them (allowing you to write high quality responses) but to also identify and analyse them, particularly in the event where you are asked to provide a response beyond what you’d normally expect, such as the 2019 English Standard paper, where we were asked:
Explain how your study of the craft of writing has enabled you to create an engaging piece of writing. In your response, make detailed reference to your use of language in part (a).
Another important thing to remember when using techniques is to use them in a way that is genuine and natural within your writing. Using techniques only for the sake of using them will make your writing look forced and inauthentic, which is something marks can notice/determine. To determine whether or not a particular technique should be included in your response, you should consider the technique itself, how you will use it in your response (a particular example) as well as the effect that it will have on your response. If you find that using this technique will add further depth, complexity, meaning to your writing and/or if it will assist in establishing a better link between your ideas and your prescribed texts, then you should probably use it.
Once you have complemented your knowledge of the rubric and relevant techniques, you should attempt multiple Module C questions and try to apply your knowledge. If possible, you should also seek feedback from your teacher as they can provide guidance in terms of your writing, allowing you to effectively progress and improve the quality of your responses. Even if it is not specifically related to Module C, a habit of daily writing can not only improve your writing speed and writing quality, but it can also help to boost your confidence in developing sophisticated ideas and using sophisticated techniques.
Lastly, you should try reading texts beyond those prescribed (books, stories, novels etc). Doing a bit of extra reading on a daily basis can be quite beneficial as it gives you exposure to several perspectives, allowing you to obtain a wider range of ideas, which will definitely be beneficial when you’re attempting the Module C section in your exam as you will be able to not only think of sophisticated and relevant ideas, but you will also be able to do so faster.