For those of you who don't know me, my name is Dora and I'm a total English geek. I was born and brought up in Hungary, but I pretty much grew up with three languages, English being one of them. I have a great passion for the English language and the literature it produced, I'd even go as far as to say I prefer English over my first language.
I have read extensively over the past few years. I enjoy literature from all eras, from Shakespeare through Defoe to Dickens, so I don't really have a 'favourite' period of literature, but I did have to pick one, I'd choose either the Romantic or the Victorian period.
I've been teaching myself literature by using websites like sparknotes.com, as well as GCSE textbooks. I'm also teaching myself middle English in order to fully understand Shakespeare and the archaisms in Romantic poetry.
As some of you might already know, I've applied to do A-levels at a college in Plymouth in order to get a place studying English (lit and lang) at a top university. I might have mentioned this a few times, but just in case you're unaware, I've been blind since I was born, but this doesn't stop me from trying to achieve my goals.
By the time I start college, I would like to be able to write at least a GCSE level essay. Apart from GCSE textbooks, what other resources/websites can I use? I'm asking this because I'm aiming for Oxbridge, for which I will need straight As, so I want to make sure I'm at GCSE level. This may sound crazy, but I'm a quick learner and am very passionate about both language and literature, so I should be fine.
Any help you could give me would be appreciated. I will thank you in person when I get to England!
You seem really determined to go to an oxbridge university and study english so i recommend going to english lectures, starting a blog or doing anything english related as you will need to write this on your personal statement. Im not sure if they have public lecture where you are living but in London they have public lectures about a lot of different subjects at many universities. so you could perhaps go to some to extend your learning and get an insight into english literature and language at higher education.
hope that was helpful. if you need anything else do let me know
As I'm blind, I don't think I'd be able to see the videos you recommended me. I'm quite well-read, I've read most of the classics, I just want to be sure I'm at GCSE level at least.