The best study tools for An Inspector Calls

Revision season is upon us! If you need a little helping hand, check out these useful study resources

If you’re currently studying for your English Lit GCSE, three words you’re probably sick of hearing are 'An Inspector Calls'.

But don’t throw your copy out the window just yet - we’ve pulled together a handy collection of the best community-created study tools, so you can fill your brain with the juicy knowledge that other students have tried and tested (and written!) before. 

Our study tools are only available to members, but it takes 20 seconds to sign up and is completely free. Then, all that's left to do is explore these resources we found below...

The story overall

  • This first one's a detailed break-down of the play in its entirety with key themes and concepts discussed. It includes an impressive selection of useful quotations and key notes on the main characters too.
    User rating: A teacher-recommended, five out of five stars – a great place to start. 
     
  • mind-map delving into the context of the story; why it was written and other things happening in society at the time that could have influenced it.
    User rating: Five stars - easy to read and understand, and very handy for making quick notes. 
     
  • Probably the most useful resource you’ll ever come across! This 34-page (yes, really!) dissection of the play explores the key themes of the story, summarises each act AND takes an in-depth look at each character. Quotes are also included, with a close study of some of the characters’ traits and motives.
    User rating: A favourite with both teachers and other students, who have rated it five stars, naturally. 
     
  • If you're interested in the different themes evident within the play, this one's for you! Easy to follow as supported by short, easily-memorable quotes.
    User rating: Teacher-recommended five stars.
     
  • complete analysis of the play; themes, dramatic effect, characters, context AND plot are all discussed in this long – but very useful – study resource.
    User rating: Four stars.

Notes on the characters

  • This one's a bullet point summary of each of the main characters’ personalities and roles in the story. A short and sweet resource of handy pointers about each character – useful if you don’t have time to go back through the book in detail and want to jog your memory. 
     
  • very detailed mind-map with notes on all main characters, to make it easier for you to get down the basics at a quick glance. Easy to understand and showcasing that sweet five star rating! 
     
  • 16-page life-saver giving examples of key quotes for every main character. Thoughtfully split into ‘Act One’ and ‘Act Two’ sections with brief explanations after each. Is rated five stars and is teacher recommended, so you know you’re in good hands.

The Inspector

  • short but in-depth summary of The Inspector specifically, to give you an insight into his personality and distinct traits he portrays. Rated five stars by other students, who've found this resource particularly handy before. 
     
  • teacher-recommended mind map for quick revision of key quotes and theories regarding Inspector Goole - good for visual-learners or those who find colour-coding useful.

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So those were our favourites - have you found any other useful study tools? 

When you’ve decided which you’re going to use, carve out some dedicated time with our study planner tool to cram in some serious revision and get the best grade possible. 

Feel like you've not done enough revision? Definitely give our mega last-minute GCSE English Literature crammer’s guide a go!

Have some of your own study tools to add? Head to our study tools section and share your knowledge - you'll be helping other students, and at least your notes won't go to waste!

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