This personal response is not something which comes from a textbook, teacher or Google search. It can’t be manufactured, copied or faked. Students who put the work into the meticulous study of the texts will almost certainly find that the response comes to them more naturally, but a certain amount of courage is also needed to trust that the student’s own response is what is required.
Cambridge International Examinations used to provide teachers with notes on each of their set texts to help them. No longer. Teachers were feeding the notes directly to their students, who were regurgitating them in the exams, in the hope of earning high marks. They didn’t. What examiners want to see most of all is ‘an informed personal response, with close reference to the text’.