English literature revision helpWatch
Hey guys, hope all your revision for the upcoming exams are going well. I was just wondering how everyone is going to revise for the literature exam. My school is doing Of Mice and Men, An Inspector Calls and we are also doing the relationships cluster for poetry. It would be great help if anyone could shed light on some revision tips for me and how to revise effectively as literature is probably my primary concern. Thanks, and good luck for your exams!
I am also doing An Inspector calls and the relationship cluster for poetry. However I am doing To kill a mockingbird instead of Mice and men. My best advice for the literature exam: know ALL the poems inside out! All the annotations that you are doing in lesson for the poems, just go over them and have a structure embedded into your mind. How are you going to structure your essay? You need to know that and practice it over and over again. The unseen poetry will not be too hard if you have practiced the other poems, because you would have improved on your actual skill by soooo much! The key is to know all your poems really, and to practice your analysis skills. Hopefully, you should be fine!
It might also be a good idea to ask your teacher for previous exam questions so you can practise how to respond in an exam situation- knowing what the examiners are looking for is something I find really helpful so try searching for mark schemes online.
If you find it hard to learn from words, why don't you record yourself aloud and listen to it when you're walking places or on the bus etc. hope this helps and good luck to you too!
Make sure you know what to look out for in poems (the poetry techniques) Just incase you forget what one poem has and this will also help greatly for the unseen poem.
Lastly, even if you think one of your ideas for what the poem is trying to say is weird or different, as long as you justify it.. Examiners would really like it. They like reading new ideas from individuals, instead of the usual 'surface' things. Read between the lines and make sure you can get everything out of the poem.
In terms of Mice and Men, learn the important scenes as you can refer to these when answering the question. Again, look out for techniques and ALWAYS comment on the effect something has on the reader e.g. They'd feel sympathy, excitement, ask questions etc.
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For the Poetry exam I STRONGLY suggest getting a CGP guide, I have one for the Characters & Voice cluster (which is the one my school are doing) and it is a LIFE saver, deep analysis of every poem and plenty of notes for lazy people such as myself who don't do notes in lesson that often - or to help you for when you have a poem you didn't quite understand in lesson, or to just generally give you more points you have missed out or your teacher may have missed out.
Nice one guys, thanks a lot. that's me sorted for poetry. How will you guys revise for Of Mice and Men and Inspector Calls? Cheers
I really suggest quote finding practice too if you're not any good at it, because you can't really waste time spending ages looking for quotes in the book. I know I'll have to because I suck at it. Something I really recommend, which I'm planning to do, if find one solid universal quote for each chapter that could be applied to any question and then memorise it, so you can quickly refer to it and use it without even having to open the book and wasting time look for quotes.