Love through agesWatch
Any advice on how to revise for this exam would be appreciated.
Don't know what to think about this exam. I'm confused about what they actually want from the exam.
AO1 - this is fluidity of writing. They mark you on how well-structured and well-written your answer is, as well as your terminology. So if you say "cyclical structure" or "assonance" or another literary term, you pick up AO1 marks. You also get AO1 marks for giving your personal response, e.g. "In my opinion..."
AO2 - this is how well you analyse form, structure and language. It's not enough to point out language devices - you need to explain their purpose in the text and use them to make your argument.
AO3 - this is alternative interpretations and also comparisons between texts. You can set up comparisons and alternative interpretations in your answer by using key phrases such as "which can be contrasted with", "is extended within" and "which is further developed".
AO4 - this is context. You need to demonstrate a good understanding of the historical contexts of the works and how context affects the work. My teacher advises that you be tentative, but specific, in context. So, for example, instead of saying, "Elizabeth's hesitation to interrupt Mr Collins' proposal may be a reflection of the way women in nineteenth century England were expected to be quiet and submissive", you should argue more along the lines of, "Elizabeth's hesitation to interrupt Mr Collins' proposal may have been motivated by the concern that if she remained unmarried, then as she had no brothers, her family estate would be inherited by a distant male relative due to the English legal system at the time Austen wrote, and may also reflect pressures that unmarried women such as Austen herself faced to marry."
First thing to do is not to memorise and know the AOs like the back of your hand. By this, I mean examiners do not want a robotic response to an answer, whereby you're literally trying to hit the AOs, they want them really well streamed into your response. Obviously know and understand them, but don't try and force things if you get me.
Have an understanding of each period and know some things about them, try and wieve this in well.
People have got full marks in the past writing just 2 and a half sides, it's quality not quantity.
Don't stress over loads of wider reading. They're not interested in you forming a dozen links and regurgitating ninety quotes. They want to see how well the wider reading fits with the extracts. Better to have the bare minimum than have one that's great and another that's shoddy.
With drama, comment on the AUDIENCE, to show you know the difference between dramas and other texts, and make sure you get in stage directions somewhere as well, that's crucial.
@Rasceta wieves in the AO4 well.