How can you revise for the English Literature/Language GCSE exams?

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 Since it's basically just analysing text, I'm not really sure how to revise for them? Answers appreciated. :)

Posted Sat 17th March, 2012 @ 16:57 by Alex

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For English literature, I recommend 

  1. buying york notes ( recommended but you could get another revision guide, everyone has different preferences) for the two texts you are analyzing
  2. get a big white board and plan out sub sections of each test
  • themes- what key scenes support this type of theme? What characters has the author chose to covey this theme? What is the effect on the audience?
  • Characters- what themes are conveyed through them? 
  • Author- background that comes into the text
  • KEY QUOTES ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT, THEY ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND FOR GETTING MARKS
  • Background context of the text for the time it is set
  • Setting

3. If you have poetry make sure you research the poets background history to see if any of their life experiences are conveyed through the poem.

4. Revise essay structure and always QUOTE APPROPRIATELY. Examiners hate it when you use quotes which don't support the point you are trying to make 

For English language, I recommend going through past papers and practice writing 

get study guide

Answered Sat 17th March, 2012 @ 20:01 by Elissa
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revise your poems like crazy!

highlight good words, make note of what the poem is about at a glance and what the deeper meaning of it is.

pick out words and say why they were used and what effect they have on the reader and things like that

use a PEE writing sturcture

P- point - what is is your talking about

E- evidence - quote it from your text, or write facts about it

E- explain - the most important part.. explain why its used what effect it has and so on

i do hope i'm talking about the right exam haha! good luck!

Answered Sun 18th March, 2012 @ 16:25 by Amy
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 Thanks, guys. I've bookmarked this question so I can come back and look at your advice when I come to revise. :)

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 19:47 by Alex
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MAKE sure you know your poems and books. There isn't really a wrong or right way of answering an English question just make sure you back up your points with quotes.

Answered Tue 3rd April, 2012 @ 12:43 by Sabrina