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Higher Art Essay Question

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So I'm hoping to get an A in Higher Art. I'm hoping to get an A for the Expressive at least, and at least a B for Design, but I might not even get that, so I really need to make the written exam the best I can to bring my grade up if I don't do as well on the units. However I mucked up my prelim, rushing the two essays, not knowing what to do and writing a load of garbage for the Part (a) question on a painting and not even getting round to doing the one for jewellery design. So I ended up with 52%. And I know I can do much better than that. I get 17/20 for the homework essays, so it's by no means unachieveable.

Anyhow, what's the best method for preparing for the essays? In all my subjects such as English and Modern Studies they tell you NEVER to "learn an essay" because it won't address the question which is different every time. I assumed it would be the same for the Art essay, but my Art teacher seems to think I should just memorise the homework essay because the questions are just worded differently every year and I can just write more or less the same paragraphs. Is this what I should do?

And as for the Part A questions. I have no idea how to do them. We've never done them in class. My teacher went over it briefly, but we've not had any practice. What sort of things do I write? How much do I write? How do I plan it out? etc.

Also is there any notes or guides you know of which would help me, specifically with the Part A question since it seems to be ignored a lot?


I don't take Art, but my friends who do take Art, and who took Art, all say they simply 'memorised' it. They all got As in the exam/prelim. Look through the past papers: how similar are the questions, how different are they?

If they are similar, or the same, then memorise it verbatim. If there are a few similar aspects, memorise a few aspects. If they are random, study it thoroughly and apply it when needed.