Revise all the main themes, characters, plot points using York notes AND think of your open interpretations (as originality is important). If I were you I’d write all of these down using bullet points and memorise them. You could also use the flashcard thingies.
Look at essay structures from past essays you’ve done on the subject, as this might help you prepare if similar questions come up. Make sure you know all the literary terms as well—you should have the list in your notes, or your teacher could give you a copy.
Remember the following when it comes essay writing:
You won’t necessarily be able to include all of the above in your essay, as this is just a general thing. However, you could adapt certain areas of that to suit the question.
You could also use the PEEL thing (Point, Evidence, Explanation, and Link (link back to the question). Try and use some of the words from the question in your introduction, so the examiner knows that you’ve seen the point of the question.
You need to basically map out where you are going with the question in the introduction. From then on, in each paragraph, build on this as you analyse and develop each point.
With conclusions you could do the following:
·Summarise the main points
·Pick up the theme of the introduction
·Suggest wider implications
·Give your opinions as long as they match the strength of your discussion/argument.
I usually go with the second option… but the choice is entirely yours! As for putting this all into practice—do past papers. Ideally between 6-10 in the week before the exam, then use your mark scheme to check the answers.
(Original post by solihp)
Bull**** bull**** bull****.
Urm... what? Are you saying my advice is bs?
how much time do you spend planning and what sort of detail do you have in your plan (if one at all)?
Per question? 5 minutes if possible, a bit more if you need it. There should be two stages to the actual planning of question. Firstly analyse the question, analyse the key aspects: what is the question getting at, what are the key concepts at the heart of the question? Once you've outlined this in the plan, use it as a structure to 'brainstorm' ideas. So 'brainstorm' around the key concepts-- ideas, quotes, various interpretations, cross references, contrasts etc. Continue until you can reach a measured conclusion. Do it in pattern note form, as this enhances the brain's creativity and will help the flow of ideas.
Once finished follow these notes as you write.
Topic sentences introduce the topic and establish it in the context of one of the major issues of your plan. I've got an example here. With reference to advertisers' overt manipulation of their consumers, you might introduce the topic like this:
Advertisers have developed still more effective forms of manipulation, particularly in their exploitation of the sex, status and prejudice of the consumers.
Sorry I couldn't find a better example. But I hope it puts the points across. A clear topic sentence = a clear introduction of the central concept/theme you are about to talk about. It is important because it mentally prepares the reader for where you are going to take them and adds fluidity to your essays.
thank you again nightingale.
in my introductions i've been told not to just rephrase the question but i really don't know what i should write instead in an introductionn and never know how to start (i.e. the first sentence). any help would be really appreciated. thanks
(Original post by The Nightingale)
If you’re getting 80% + then you’ve cracked it!
All of the her advice is really good OP, however, I wouldn't get bogged down in exam papers. If I were you I'd just look at the questions to try and predict what they'll ask you and kind of plan out how you'd do each question. Also, from looking at the papers you can then find quotes that may be useful in the exam and memorise/learn the page numbers of them. Believe me, most of my revision for English Literature was 1 week before hand and what I've mentioned, including what she mentioned, is basically what I did, and I got an A* so it does work . Most of my exam practise was throughout the year.
(Original post by hughey)
the thing i hate about an exam like this is that your success / failure is so dependent on what extract / question / poemsm, etc. comes up.
To some extent it is, but bear in mind that if it is an awful question, far more people will do badly and the grade boundaries will probably be lower that year as a result. As long as you know the text and some basic context/critical opinions, don't worry about it too much!