Does anyone have any tips for doing well (A/A*) in GCSE verse, Virgil?

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I don't really have any idea what you have to do to do well in this exam. All I've heard is that it is very hard to get a good mark. Any tips would be very welcome!

Posted Wed 10th April, 2013 @ 23:54 by Millie

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Well, I got an A and I didn't think it was that hard, it could've changed though! Just make sure you know it back to front and inside-out: flashcards, saying it, sometimes even saying it to a study-buddy, singing it (weird but works for some) and just generally really thinking about the story, not just learning it by heart.

Also, I don't know what books you're doing, but there's bound to be a big, fat metaphor/ simile in there, or some other important style feature. LEARN IT! It will be reeeally super helpful, because most of the time the section they give you is one with lots of style. And finally, make sure you know who said what and a bit about the rest of the Aeneid, in case you get a 1/2 marker on that. Good luck, hope this helps!! :)

Answered Fri 12th April, 2013 @ 17:15 by Siobhan
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Well Siobhan's right in saying that you definitely need to know it inside out, but also make sure you quote the latin as much as you can in the longer questions. DOnt make a single point without backing it up with a quote in latin and its translation - that shows you really knw what you're talking about it.

Good luck!!

Answered Sat 20th April, 2013 @ 13:29 by km