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Okay this is gonna sound dumb but I have absolutely no idea how to revise for my Lit exam. I'm doing the WJEC exam on Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes and the play Murmuring Judges and I have no clue on how to revise for it. I have notes on the poems and the play and some background info on both, although apparently context gets you no marks in the Plath and Hughes question which is so annoying, but i have no idea what to do with it. I don't think just reading the notes over will help, but what do you think will? How are you revising or how would you suggest as a good way? Any help is much appreciated, thanks.

Modified twice, last modified by Jess on Tue 22nd November, 2011 @ 00:17

Posted: 24-04-11 23:43 by Jess

Ok, basically, I have no idea what texts you are talking about, because i am doing a different exam, the struggle for identity. But, besides learning my notes, what i am doing is past paper questions on both sections and asking my teachers to mark them. If your teacher is nice enough to do that, that is the best way to revise in my opinion. Practice, not only the notes will stick into your head but you will know how to go about answering the question in the exam, it really helps me. I hope it helped a little.

Posted: 01-05-11 13:10 by Adela Manea

Adela Manea wrote:

Ok, basically, I have no idea what texts you are talking about, because i am doing a different exam, the struggle for identity. But, besides learning my notes, what i am doing is past paper questions on both sections and asking my teachers to mark them. If your teacher is nice enough to do that, that is the best way to revise in my opinion. Practice, not only the notes will stick into your head but you will know how to go about answering the question in the exam, it really helps me. I hope it helped a little.

Im doing the same exam... do you have any good plays??? i have only read three and although they cover a wide range of topics i'm scared something else will come up! thanks alot

Posted: 02-05-11 21:03 by <classified>

ALEX CONTEXT GETS YOU MARKS ONLY IN THE PLAY NOT POETRY

TO REVISE THE EXAM, GET TEN POSSIBLE THEMES YOU CAN TALK ABOUT EXAMPLE ,PARENTHOOD VIOLENCE,DEATH,COLOUR, FOR EACH THEME FOR EACH THEME CREATE MINDMAP TWO POSSIBLE PEOMS THAT RELATE TO THE THEME AND ONE HUGHES POEM THAT ALSO RELATES TO THE THEME GET QUOUTES FROM POEMS AND LOOK HOW OTHER POEMS MAY LINK FOR EXAMPLE ,If the question was about Flowers ,TULIPS AND POPPIES IN JULY  WOULD BE THE MAIN  PLATH AND THEN YOU COULD THROW IN POPPIES IN OCTOBER TO LINK WITH JULY AND THEN HUGHES YOU COULD USE THE POEMS RED OR DAFFODILS

HOPE THIS HELPS COULD LOOK

Posted: 12-05-11 17:04 by sarah higgins

I'm doing WJEC too with different texts, and all I'd say is write practice essays. It's all you can do apart from make sure you know the texts and themes inside out.

Posted: 17-05-11 12:28 by Elly King

HELP! IM DOING CAROL ANN DUFFY AND PUGH AND I DNT KINOW WAT 2 DO

Posted: 20-05-11 23:11 by samanda hilton

Cn someone plsssss put all the themes together and link them

And is there any website on the analysis of the poems 

Posted: 17-02-12 03:18 by vanessa

Themes and analysis is good, I'd say the best way to approach lit revision is to print off huge copies of the poems, annotate them in felt tip and stick them around your room :) remember to include structure, language and form. The better you know the poems the better too because it will save you time in the exam.

Posted: 17-02-12 15:11 by Beth Haworth

I'm also studying Murmuring Judges as my play text as well (under WJEC), but a different poetry block. To revise I've been going over my notes on each scene, condensing them onto revision cards and looking at the representation of the 5 main characters (Gerard, Irina, Sandra, Barry, Sir Peter ...and at a push, Cuddeford) but to revise the context part of it, try and get your hands on a copy of Asking Around by David Hare, which is his preliminary research to the play. Try and reserve this at your local library and have a read before the exam - don't study it intensely, but it goes a long way to help you see how much is fabrication for the sake of plot and how much is a reflection on the legal establishment. It's also a good idea to revise things like the relevance of the epigraph ("professional people..."). Also, just make sure you're familiar with the reasons for the prejudice in the play, so have a look at things like the IRA and the concept of institutional racism (see this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/1999/feb/24/lawrence.ukcrime7)

As for poetry, context isn't worth anything in terms of mark schemes, but it can help to understand the poem and the themes behind it. For revision of poetry, I've just printed out copies of the poems onto a3 posters and analysed them, linking them to others which share themes. Common themes include isolation/loneliness; family; passage of time; class; death; fear. A great website I've found to help is here:   http://www.allinfo.plus.com/levelup/englishlit.htm but it may be that it might not relate to the poetry you're doing.
Best of luck! 

Posted: 01-04-12 15:17 by Natasha Hay

Just to let you know, www.allinfo.plus.com has changed its URL.  It can now be found at http://www.allinfo.org.uk/levelup/englishlit.htm. :)

Modified twice, last modified by Liz on Thu 19th April, 2012 @ 22:48

Posted: 19-04-12 22:47 by Liz