How would you revsise for a Drama GCSE Exam?

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I'm got a drama exam coming up and need to know who to revise for the writting part, any ideas on the best way to revise for it.

Posted Mon 26th November, 2012 @ 08:53 by Once_Upon_A_Time101

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I had my final performance for drama last month; it was worth 40% and i had coursework to make up some of the rest of the percentage and practical assessments. I would say for a written exam; revise key terms, acting and rehearsal techniques eg hotseating, forum theatre etc and think about why they are useful, different types of staging eg thrust, end on, promenade etc, (if you've been taught that). Think about aspects of performance, eg body language, voice-tone,pitch,accent, eye contact, levels, status, facial expressions, just everything that you take into account when you are playing a character. This is what I did for a mock exam last year and got an A, so i really hope this works for you, because it sure did for me.

Answered Thu 11th April, 2013 @ 12:26 by Sophie Lee
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I never did drama but I think studying/revising for something is the same thing all the way around. Take out some old test papers or notes from your teacher and redo them without the answer. Might help.

Study in groups. Sometimes studying in groups help but if you're a chatty type or your classmates are, perhaps it won't be such a good idea. 

Memorizing would be a good idea, if you've got excellent memory. Some ppl just aren't able to memorize that easily. Instead, practicing may help them remember. :D Here's a good site for any of you guys who need study tips. http://calnewport.com/blog/

Answered Fri 21st December, 2012 @ 21:01 by Rosa
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do a practose exam and then see if your teacher could check it for you. when i do the writting part im aloud as many peices of paper as i want so make like a checklist, notes on what your writting about, key words. mind maps help me. 

Answered Sun 23rd December, 2012 @ 14:00 by Laura Richardson
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For the written exams my teacher gave us a list of vocabulary we needed to know, so maybe ask your teacher if there any definitions you need to know. Examiners like to see candidates using correct terminology (with understanding of course!)
For the practical exam there loads of techniques.
Here just a few
I advise reading your script over and over as much as possible (on buses trains cars journeys ect)
Try recording you voice and speaking along like you would do with you favourite song! Makes you cringe at first but you'll get used to it
If you can get a friend/family member to read the other lines while you fill in your lines (I found this especially helpful)
I did all of above, got an A* in written exam, A in the practical, but an A overall
I hope this has helped, all the best with your revision, Good Luck!!

Answered Mon 7th January, 2013 @ 17:29 by Renaye
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That's odd. My drama GCSE doesn't have a Written Exam, however we did coursework that builds up to a certain percent of our marks. My final exam this May is actually a performance exam. So there's no written aspect to it. It's just acting.

Answered Tue 12th March, 2013 @ 19:10 by Ben V.
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My GCSE exam was based on performance and coursework bumped it up.

If it is the performance you are worried about read your script constantly. If you're worried about forgetting your lines, record them on your phone/iPod etc. and listen back to it. 

Good luck!

Answered Mon 25th March, 2013 @ 17:37 by hollie gregory
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When revising for my gcse Drama exam I took an A3 sheet of paper for each character, split it into 3 sections and drew 3 costumes which would be suitable for each character through out the play. I then wrote one paragraph for each character which would suit whatever stage of the play the character came from. 

For the written section of the exam I just wrote different improvisation ideas for each character at each stage I had previously completed for the costume design, I then chose to do hot seating as my second drama technique and for revision I wrote out practise questions and answers. I quite liked hot seating so I found this easiest for me, you could however use thought tracking or conscience alley etc. 

For the final part of the exam based on your performance, I wrote out practise examples and got the teacher to mark them, for voice, movement, gesture and there was another) 

Hope this helps, I found it a very useful way to revise Drama and it worked for me :) 

Answered Sun 7th April, 2013 @ 17:56 by Lizzie Morrow
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If I were you I would definately break down your topic and revise each part seperately so you fully understand it. For example, I used this for mise-en-scene http://www.steves-digicams.com/knowledge-center/how-tos/filmmaking-tips/mise-en-scene-everything-within-the-frame.html and it really helped me :) And make sure you know all key terms and what they mean, what their effects are etc. Sorry for not having much advise! Good luck! x

Answered Sat 20th April, 2013 @ 10:16 by Maisie Jeanes
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You could learn to spell first #yolo

Answered Fri 26th April, 2013 @ 11:57 by Jack Barton
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if its lines you have to reherse then get someone to practice with you!but if your sittine a paper there could be specific question you could revise ask you teacher?

Answered Wed 1st May, 2013 @ 12:47 by i will do anything :)