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what the is words limit for an As level english lit coursework? watch

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    my teacher had not told me....

    im doing about hamlet and havent started yet. i want to get a headstart on this coursework with the exams on the way and i want to know the limits on this coursework.

    and how do you go about revising for english lit? im having difficulty starting the revision. i can easily revise biology, chemistry and maths but im stuck when its comes to english.

    thank you
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    Depends which exam board you're on. I'm on AQA B and you need to write 1500-2000 words, but this could be completely different for you if you're on a different board - there may be no limit at all.
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    im on edexecel...do you merge the historical background with the analysis of the characters or right it in one seperate paragraph?
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    Edexcel's 1500 words at AS, and AO5's double weighted, so you should try and merge everything else (AO'S 3&4) with that.

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    that's quite a bit of compression



    and i don't seem to know how to write this mammoth of a piece
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    1500 words per essay; 3000 in total.
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    Presumably your title has a historical focus (e.g last year i did honour in Much Ado) so whatever the A05 slant is, go to the library and research that issue, how Shakespeare deals with it in other plays, and then think of specific examples from Hamlet which back up what you're saying, analysing how the language contributes to this (AO3), throw in a bit of 'it could mean this, but it seems likely that Shakespeare intended the audience to...' etc etc and discuss a couple of quotations from critics (preferably disagree with them; you don't get marks just for sticking a quotation in) (AO4). I don't know for certain if they do them for Hamlet, but Penguin's collections of critical essays are good starting points, much better for A level imo than study guides.

    Good luck with it
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    Oh and revision-wise, i reread the texts, go over my annotation in the texts for open book exams, cover a sheet of A4 with quotations for the closed text to learn by heart, read through all my notes and background material, jot down the key ideas/issues/debates in the text that are likely to come up in exam questions and write down places in the text where this can be analysed, do a couple of practice essays using past questions to get my timing right, and a few essay plans to think through ideas.
 
 
 
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