Do I need to read a lot to get an A in english Lit?

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If you want a good grade, it's reccomended that you read a lot. I think around 5 books would be he minimum, with at least 3 plays/dramas and lots of poems. You need a wide range of quotes that you can bring into your exams, and by reading a variety of books on a variety of topics it means that whatever theme the exam extracts happen to be on, you'll be covered with your quotes, :-)
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My English Lit teacher tells us 'you cant read the set text too many times' so I would advise to just keep reading your exam books and taking notes on them.
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Not necessarily. I only read the first couple of chapters of one of my texts and still got an A
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Not necessarily. I only read the first couple of chapters of one of my texts and still got an A
This gives me hope
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(Original post by Jalal Uddin)
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Haha I'm glad! honestly, as long as you know the plot and memorise some quotes, you're fine
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Oh darn this isn't for gcse. Sorry, please ignore my other post, I don't even do AS eng lit 😳
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I think it depends at least partially on your exam board - I do AQA B (Victorian Literature) for AS, and one of the exam questions is based on context, and extract and linking it to wider reading (in prose, poetry and drama). So if I didn't do any wider reading, I would do really badly in half of the exam. If wider reading isn't a completely necessary aspect of the course, you might get away with not doing it, however if you don't like reading then English Literature probably isn't the best subject for you.
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I think it depends at least partially on your exam board - I do AQA B (Victorian Literature) for AS, and one of the exam questions is based on context, and extract and linking it to wider reading (in prose, poetry and drama). So if I didn't do any wider reading, I would do really badly in half of the exam. If wider reading isn't a completely necessary aspect of the course, you might get away with not doing it, however if you don't like reading then English Literature probably isn't the best subject for you.
I do english literature B but i wasn't aware that one of the questions is based on context? I know that context is AO4 for one question along with other AOS
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I do english literature B but i wasn't aware that one of the questions is based on context? I know that context is AO4 for one question along with other AOS
Sorry - I meant AQA A! I do AQA B for English language so I accidentally put the wrong one
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Nope. As above, I didn't read any of the plays we were studying. Now, for most people reading a lot is good advice both for the qualification and life in general.
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Memorised a load of quotes and a few ideas in terms of themes, i.e. the transgressive female, violence etc. I got an A in my coursework

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I just read the exam texts- I didn't do any wider reading. Our board puts emphasis on critics quotes and context, all of which I found in revision guides and online anyway very easily. You don't get tested on how many times you read the book- it's how well you understood the themes within it (and can see different interpretations and argue for and against it).
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Thanks that's really helpful! So how much would you say you revised for it?


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To be honest, you can end up with an A for writing eloquent nonsense. I still have my A level coursework and it is truly awful yet still received a mark above 90%.
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Really? I thought if you went off on a tangent, you don't get many marks lol


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Really? I thought if you went off on a tangent, you don't get many marks lol


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