I think it could be useful for your DD to have a look at the mark scheme and the advice to students (p.26) included in the document shared by Guest55.
Please, remind your DD to use as many A* structures as possible. Some teachers are good at sharing these and push their pupils brilliantly; some seem to give less support, which is sad...
Maybe there are some documents containing A* structures or explanations to be found on the web? These are sometimes included in books explaining to student how to get an A*. For my DS, I've bought one of these books for German GCSE , and one of these books for French GCSE.
I have to say that I am a bit bewildered by this paragraph on page 24 in the AQA document:Dictionaries
Dictionaries must be made available to students at Stage 3. However, given the proliferation of
dictionary errors, students would be well advised to turn to the dictionary as a last rather than a first
Personally, the dictionary I have is a big and heavy one, perfect for studies at a high level. It is a former edition of this one:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-Collins- ... tionary%27
I have never seen any mistake in it!
Do concise dictionaries have mistakes? If so, this is a shame!
This online collins dictionary seems good to me: (your DD do not need a Robert-Collins Senior at GCSE level!)http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictio ... mastodonte
Please, encourage your DD not to use a translator. They are machine with BAD results and gives answer in 'pidgin French'!
Wishing all the best to your DD