One of the main things for both my creative writing exam and coursework is the commentary. Higher marks if you mention authors and how they influenced your writing. So I’m going to start writing book reviews, as it means that I will be able to see what works or not, and be able to incorporate the more favourable elements into my own work. It will also help, because as part of the commentary you need to comment on your creative process and symbolism, so because of this it will be easier to recognise these things in my own writing.
(And also I was forced into this)