What is the best way to revise for an English Literature exam with WJEC?

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For my AS English Literature exam I need to read 'Broken Glass' by Arthur Miller and poems from the collections 'The World's Wife' by Carol Ann Duffy and 'Earth Studies' by Sheenagh Pugh. I don't find practicing past exam questions particularly helpful, although I do need to do some. Does anyone know another way for me to revise what I need to for my exam?

Posted Sun 8th April, 2012 @ 14:56 by Former Member

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I'm also doing Broken Glass. As a class we made big summaries on each scene, on an A3 sheet of paper, with all the language/structure/character/dramatic techniques (basically AO2 points) that you need to mention. But I found it more useful to do big A3 posters on either each theme or each character. Try and remember say a dozen quotes for each character.

For the poetry, I'm doing the same paper but on Larkin (the main text) and Abse (the partner text). Once we'd become familiar enough with the texts, we made a ticklist/table, with all the relevant themes we could think of on one axis, and on the other axis all the poems we feel most comfortable using, so we have a list of about a dozen for each poet. Then we ticked off which themes each poem involved, just to check that with those 12 poems for each poet we could cover any theme the exam might ask us about.

Remeber you only need to use 1-2 poems of the main text and 1 poem of the partner text in an essay the poetry section of the exam, so try writing some practice paragraphs, 

e.g. a paragraph on the presentation of nature.

Then check it with mark schemes.

I think you can get mark schemes off the WJEC website. They're the easiest way to revise your essay technique. Get yourself familiar with each Assessment Objective (AO1, 2 and 4 for Arthur Miller, AO1, 2 and 3 for poetry). Ask your friends to let you look at their essays, or ask your teacher for old practice essays from previous classes, then literally go through them with a markscheme, a different highligher for each assessment objective, and imagine you're an examiner. That way, when you're writing your essay, you'll know what the examiner will want you to include.

Look at some critiques/articles on your poets, which will help you get alternate readings into an answer (this is the part of AO3 that everybody in my class struggles to practice/revise)

Hope this helped :)

Answered Wed 2nd May, 2012 @ 20:07 by Bethan
Edited by Bethan on Wed 2nd May, 2012 @ 20:10
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Just read the novels and plays you're doing a lot of times. get the notes for them called york notes from amazon or whsmith! its all about knowledge!

Answered Mon 30th April, 2012 @ 15:20 by danny