how do you revise for gcse english and english literature?

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I'm finding it difficult to revise for english. My exams for english are on the 16th and 18th of May and my exam for english literature is on the 24th of May. So, i have just over six weeks to come out with hopefully two A's. What do you reckon is the best way to revise for it? Btw, the exam board is edexcel.

Thank you in advance.

Posted: 02-04-11 18:38 by Showgirl

Last year for the texts I did revision cards on the separate themes within the play/book with like quotes and explanations on, then I did descriptions of like main characters and basically learnt the major section of the book. I did lots of past papers for English Lang-it really helps to do them to time and then practice questions-planning them too I foud was really useful! What books you study? Good luck with your revision :)

Posted: 03-04-11 21:01 by Annika Mathews

practice past questions and get someone to mark it. it helps me

Posted: 04-04-11 16:26 by Charlotte

do some practice papers and then mark yourself - but not nicely! or you'll get lazy - be harsh :/ sounds mean but it'll push you :)

learn specific parts of the texts and make sure you can plan some sample questions.. as you get nearer to the day of the language read the newspapers for a couple of weeks before to familiarise yourself with anything they could ask - read the adverts to - and comment on it (not necessarily on the paper) but say what you think of an advert or article - 'they haven't sold that well' and then try and write why :) 

i really hope that helps :) it worked for me :)

Posted: 05-04-11 17:18 by self-confessed worrier :/

Last year i studied all the poems that were chosen for us. i done this by making notes then memorising them, and writing down as many as i could remember without looking. Also practising structure without timing yourself as its most important part of your writing, practise different questions and plan and structure them to make it clear and understanding, it helps you do it without thinking !

Practise as many questions as you can around the different texts you have been given, and make a little poster for your room with key words on there so you see them everyday, that way they stay in your head without evn having to revise the key words constantly!!

hope this helped!

and good luck x

Posted: 05-04-11 21:22 by lauren denovan

Thank you all so much for your help, i really appreciate it! :)

Annika, i'm doing of mice and men and a view from the bridge! :) 

Posted: 09-04-11 22:29 by Showgirl

For enlgish language: practice certain writing techniques for example the persuading on paper 1 and onp aper 2 the explian. Learn all that should be included on these kind of wrtiting skills and annswer exam question when you go to the xam you will be prepared to tackle that certain question. GooD Luck. I will be taking these exams too but  by AQA X

Posted: 11-04-11 12:04 by javeria bibi

PAST PAPERS!!! A knowledge of the novel is key, but ultimately it's exam practice that furthers and solidifies your understanding of the book.

Posted: 11-04-11 21:41 by Andy

Bitesize also helps <3

Posted: 12-04-11 18:26 by Daisy

If you have an anthology just make sure to read the poems and your notes over and over until you can just think of a poem and know everything about it.

As for the books you've been studying, read them as much as YOU find helpful (I was told you had to read each text at least 3 times but I only read them with the class and once my own and still got 2 As). Past papers are brilliant as you'll get an idea for HOW to answer. Also, try asking your teacher for essay titles on what you've been learning about (English languge = persuading, arguing etc.. ; english lit = knowledge mostly..) and look up online what other people have written, even if they are just reviews. If something is good it's sure to stick in your head and you can use a cheeky line here and there.

I hope that helps! I'm currently revising for my AS english lit exam in 6 weeks and am struggling with revision techniques too. Good luck!

Posted: 13-04-11 14:44 by Kaitlin

hey! I'm doing View from the bridge & Of mice and men too :)

I really need to work on my analysis :S

Posted: 20-04-11 09:40 by Denise