that's how much revision is on my mind

anonymous asked:

How do you revise for GCSE English literature?? (I'm struggling with this subject the most and I just don't know how to improve)

okay english lit lets goooo

  • so my main main advice would be to do as many practise questions as possible, and maybe get your teacher to mark them and see what you need to improve in your written responses
  • for poetry, (if you still do that? i know its changing atm) learn the main themes of each poem and maybe 2-3 quotes for each. as long as you remember the whole vibe of the poem, it can be useful in comparisons
  • for books, make sure you have actually read the book through at least once on your own. you gotta know the text really well, the more you know the easier it will be
  • learn some main key quotes that you can use for multiple different arguments/themes (flashcards are the way forward my man)
  • i know that ppl are always like “you cant revise for english exams!”
  • thats bullshit lies
  • revise and ace that exam like a PRO
  • learn the layout that works best for you, whether its peel (point, evidence, explanation, link to question) or why (what, how, why) keep the best method in mind for you
  • learn exam timings, most teachers will tell you the best timings like how long you should spend on each question.
  • it doesn’t matter too much if you don’t stick to the timings exactly, but try to stay as close to them as you possibly can
  • do a bit of contextual research for your texts, as brief mentions of context can boost your marks (if thats still relevant in the new scheme) (im not entirely sure)
  • if your teacher uses a good phrase or something (eg “maycomb is a microcosm for 1930′s southern america”) write it down and whack in your essays wherever you can
  • learn some alternative words for “this shows” to make the examiner think ur fancy:
    • which suggests
    • displaying
    • portraying
    • highlighting
    • demonstrating
    • undermining
    • etc.
  • also make sure you use a bunch of connectives and such to again trick the examiner into thinking you know what ur talking about
  • maybe if ur not feeling doing whole practise essays, make plans with quotes you would use, as well as the connotations of the quote and context etc
  • i guarantee you that bbc bitesize has got you covered 
  • basically the best thing you can do is reread the texts, learn some key quotations, learn the exam timings and practise

if u got any more questions hmu and ill do my best to help out :)