Learn quotes from all the texts, and make sure they're relevant. Also, make sure you know how each quote from your text shows what you're trying to say. e.g. "... which shows... which proves/links back to...", etc etc. Loads of people just used to stick random quotes in and I was like .
so yeah, learn relevant quotes and make sure you know how each quote illustrates the meaning/message/argument whatever.
I never used any textbooks so I can't recommend any sorry.
Last edited by cgraham15; 05-06-2012 at 12:54.
(Original post by anniexoxo)
Really good tips! Any recommendations on novels to read?
I agree with reading something you'll enjoy now, but I've finished my Higher and Advanced Higher English and am studying at university now. However, at standard grade, to improve myself, I did read some novels
just for the sake of improving myself. At the time, my books of interest were the Percy Jackson series which I honestly don't think would have improved me. Therefore, I read things like The Odyssey, The Waste Land, Lord of the Rings and others. And, honestly, I'd like to think that I've improved a lot! I still do try and read some more difficult books nowadays because I want to improve. I can't deny either that reading more difficult books opened new literary horizons for me and, at times, truly did interest me. In fact, I ended up doing my Advanced Higher English dissertation on The Waste Land (and other modernist poetry). Having studied it, I have also now decided that I don't like it very much. I've gradually developed my skills and I can decide whether or not I really do like something based on its literary merits or otherwise. Try to always improve, so I would say read what you enjoy definitely, but sometimes don't be afraid to read more difficult books. You never know: you could like them, or not. You won't know unless you try.
(Original post by nerd434)
Don't read something just
because you think it'll improve your English. Read something you'll enjoy.
Last edited by Quick-use; 22-09-2012 at 01:25.
I second this. Please, please, please do not get complacent with English. It's a subject more about
skill: you need to build it continuously so always try your best.
(Original post by closey95)
If you do well throughout the year don't get complacent.
Last edited by Quick-use; 22-09-2012 at 23:51.