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    Hiii,

    Our school is having prelims soon and from what i know of is that quite alot of people are memorizing essays for the critical essay part...but i'm sticking to learning and understanding quotes and certain aspects of the pieces of writing we've been taught. Is memorzing the essays a really sensible idea or not? Should i start too ? :s
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    Yes and No, I think it's good to have a core essay in your mind with nothing to specific, maybe just quotes and analysis of them. Maybe a basic introduction aswell. It's pointless learning full essays because unless you get lucky then your work hasn't paid off.

    Most questions can be turned round to suit you so if you have a core essay in your mind then you are hafway there.
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    You want to have a core structure for the essay. For example in a poem, you should have memorised the entire thing anyway enabling you to select quotes and analyse them at your mercy. For something longer like a play it's very difficult to memorise essays, since you have no idea what scenes will be significant or if they are even relevant to the question.
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    (Original post by strawberryilicious)
    Hiii,

    Our school is having prelims soon and from what i know of is that quite alot of people are memorizing essays for the critical essay part...but i'm sticking to learning and understanding quotes and certain aspects of the pieces of writing we've been taught. Is memorzing the essays a really sensible idea or not? Should i start too ? :s
    No.

    Keep on doing what your doing. Go through the play/book and select quotes, symbols, motifs, setting etc and show how they relate to the central ideas, what they illustrate. I know it isn't the final exam, but seriously, there are quite a lot of questions each year that fit a wide range of texts. For poems, as jack said, memorize them and you can pick out the analysis naturally.

    The key is understanding, make the texts become your obession (sad, I know), but that way you'll know them inside out.

    Good luck.
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    My teacher told us the best way was to learn essay plans, which kind of combines both methods you mentioned.
 
 
 
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