Effective ways to revise for my English Language exam?

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With English Language, i usually don't see how to revise, i just go over my notes from class and i find that there's not much to revise for. Any useful tips on how to revise it successfully? (My exam is on January 10th)

Posted Tue 1st January, 2013 @ 18:20 by Ella

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The best way to revise for your language exam is to do this: revise each quesiton as they are the same in every paper (the sources are the only things that change).

For question one, it will be somehting like "look at source one, what do you learn?"  Source One will be an extract from a newpaper article or something along those lines.  The examiner will be looking for your atempts at retireving key information from the text, and it's worth 8 marks so you need to write 4 paragraphs.  Try not to waffle - get straight to the point.  You should aim to write 1 - 1 and a half pages for this question, so when you practice, aim to write that much.  Look on websites for newpapers such as The Guardian etc to find articles that you could use as potential sources.

For question two, it will be something like "look at source two and explain how the headline, subheading and picture link to the text, and how they are effective."  Here, you need to comment on the similarities (what links them) and their effect - talk about how they make you feel.  With the picture, comment on the colour, the foreground, background and subject, as everything will have been chosen to create a certain effect. 

For question three, it will be something like "look at source three, what are the thoughts and feelings experienced by ...(whoever the text is about)".  This source is usually an extract written in the first person, by someone who has done something interesting (the one I practised on was about a woman who had just done a rafting challenge).  You need to INFER in this question, which basically means read between the lines.  Use a quote, and then write "this infers that..." or "this suggests that..." but make sure to write about THOUGHTS and FEELINGS.  This is quite hard to revise, but look in magazines as you can usually find an article about someone who has done somehing emotional - and thats perfect for revising question three.

For question four, you will need to compare two sources.  It will be something like "compare the language used in source three, and one other of your choice."  When revising this question, it is imperitive that you think about LANGUAGE as that is what will get you the marks.  There's not much I can really say about this question, as comparing two sources should be quite easy, but if comparisions aren't your strong point, then that is what you need to revise. 

For question five, this isn't too hard to practice, however the questions DO change for this one.  Generally it's along the lines of "Write about an exciting/scary/adreneliine experience, and how you overcame it".  Here, you NEED to be unique.  Make it exciting, because whoever marks your paper will probably have marked hundreds before your, and will be getting bored.  You need an exciting story to wake them up, and make them realise that your answer is the BEST.  So be sure to write about the senses, use imagery and basically let your creativity flow - but do make it realistic (no fighting aliens on the moon or anything like that).  To practice, think about scary or exciting things that have happened to you (or could have happened) and how you overcame the initial fear (if there was any).

Finally, question six.  This is usually an argument for or against a topic - for example, one of my older ones was "extreme sports should be allowed in schools, write your view."  I balanced my views, with points such as, it would be exciting and fun, and would promote P.E - but it's dangerous, and there's a risk of serious injury etc.  So you get the idea.  when revising this question, try and this of arguments.  Here's a few you could try: "Uniforms should be compulsery in EVERY school" "P.E should be scrapped as nobody enjoys it." Or if you can think of some yourself, that would be even better.

So yeah, I hope this helps, and I'm sorry it's so long :P

Answered Sun 3rd March, 2013 @ 18:17 by Former Member
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My exam is also on January 10th, i would say that you go on your board website and try the past papers if you have already done that then trying analysing a text ... or write a persuasive letter. As anything could come up in the exam. Good luck

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 11:27 by Krishanka
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im doing wjec and cant find mark schemes does anyone have them?! thanks guys:')

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 20:00 by elllieeeeeeeee
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Lots of practice- good luck!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 13:52 by amyhew
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try past papers. ask your teacher for some. good luck

Answered Tue 8th January, 2013 @ 17:28 by bec
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1.) First of all, you have to understand what you are learning. If you don't understand something then ask your teacher or go and Google it or something...Or ask a question on here :o)

2.) Make notes, but don't write something down if you don't know what it means. Instead, go and research it.

3.) Have a go at some past paper questions, but don't worry if you don't get top marks. At least you know what you don't know and where you went wrong.

4.) Make more notes.

5.) Do more past paper questions.

I used this technique for my Physics P2 mock, and I got an A!

Good Luck with your exams.. Fingers crossed we'll both get A*s xD

Answered Tue 15th January, 2013 @ 18:16 by Crystal Blue ♥
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if yours is on non fiction texts, collect them. Newspapers, leaflets, junk mail or anything similar can be useful. Then practise analysing them for the reading section, and then use them as good and bad examples of what you could do in the writing section.

Answered Sun 3rd March, 2013 @ 17:44 by anna
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In response to what Crystal said I think that aulthought that method is goodit is different depending on the subject and I think that a very good way to revise for you English exams is to 

  • Read classic literature, specifically
    • The book you are studying
    • Jane Austin
    • Charles Dickins
  • Read books you like, for me adventure sorts of things
  • Read magazines
  • Make broad notes then shrink them, several times until you can it them all onto a side of A4
  • And of course Past papers

I hope these tequniques help :)

Answered Sun 17th March, 2013 @ 16:23 by Edward Longman
Edited by Edward Longman on Sun 17th March, 2013 @ 16:24