I was just wondering whether anyone had any predictions on what the themes of the questions would be in the Greek Tragedy paper this Tuesday. And what everyone's techniques and revision strategies are?
I always caution my students against the use of predictions, since while for some of them it's just a bit of fun, for others they seem to prepare those topics (particularly if I have suggested something that might come up) and invariably are thrown by the appearance of different questions to the ones offered as predictions. So forgive me if I don't suggest what I think might come up!
In terms of techniques and revision strategies, I would suggest that the best thing to be doing so close to the exam is reading play summaries and attempting essay plans for the 40-mark questions. In the exam itself, make sure you choose your first section based on the 10 and 20 mark questions rather than the 5-mark section at the beginning.
Feel free to PM me if you want any more advice.
Yes, mind-mapping is a great idea if your mind works that way. Anything that allows you to visualise how each theme fits into each play is a good thing.
Generally, the highest marks tend to go to the answers that can structure thematically as opposed to answering play-by-play, simply because this shows the additional skill of being able to construct an effective argument, rather than simply writing everything you know about one play and then another and so on, before drawing it all together in a conclusion.
That said, it is better to go play-by-play if you feel more secure that way, since trying to structure it thematically can cause more stress and you forget some very obvious points/characters if you go that way.
Hey thanks for the thread!
I'm a bit confused as to how to answer the 40 markers. I'm just curious as to how you've been taught and if you could offer any tips?
We've kinda been told to answer theme by theme, first Sophocles' plays (as that's what I'm studying) followed by Euripides', then compare them both as playwrights. If anyone could help me out I'd really appreciate it as I'm not having a lot of luck with my teachers.
Thank you xx
Which plays are most likely to appear this year? And what main theme will be for the 40 mark question.
I picked the one about the chorus, but I found both essays questions quite difficult initially. I was hoping for one about one of the key themes. I think I did fairly well on option B about Medea, I revised it quite well. What about the rest of you?
What was the other B question? I did the chorus one too.. Hopefully it was alright!
The other essay question was something about how the beginning of each play to show something..... can't really remember it too well. The other questions were on Antigone but didn't look at them, went straight for Medea as that's what teacher said was likely to come up.