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Those with A* in AQA English Literature A: Love Through the Ages - how did you do it? watch

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    Does anyone who got an A* have any advice about how to revise for this exam?

    What were the most useful things you did to prepare for it?

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    I'm doing A2 at the minute, got an A last year and I'm predicted a high A this year (missed out on the A* percentage by one mark last year ).

    Basically I practice doing loads of exam papers and getting my teachers to mark them. I also practice annotating random bits of poems and plays (ones I didn't do at GCSE, random ones around the house) to make sure I can pick out loads of techniques quickly to save reading time in the exam.

    This is the slightly dubious bit, which isn't really how it's supposed to be done For wider reading, I pick roughly 2 or 3 books, 2 poems and 2 plays which cover loads of the themes, and are ones which I love (and can therefore easily think of quotes). I then make a quote bank with the most useful quotes from them and fit them into the exam. I then can work out whether I'm going to use them as a contrast or comparison to the extract. I often choose post-modern or unusual wider reading texts so I can show changing attitudes towards love through time, or show an unusual attitude. This isn't really the way to do it, but I personally struggle to remember lots of quotations, especially if I don't like the texts.
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