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16th June WJEC exam, Hamlet and The Revenger's Tragedy. Please share all the information and tips you have for this exam. Let's help one another!
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I'm doing this exam and I'm struggling so much with it tbh, think we all just need to share as many ideas as we can!
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Shmoop Notes has a brilliant section on their page, full of quotes organised into themes etc. I recommend checking it out.

In addition, what I've been trying to do, is just build up some contextual points which can literally be placed in any essay. The similarities between Hamlet and Amleth, Hamatria, **** like that.

Plus idk i mean it's only a tiny thing, but even just a brief mention of the fact it's the 400th anniversary of his death could be a nice touch.
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16th June WJEC exam, Hamlet and The Revenger's Tragedy. Please share all the information and tips you have for this exam. Let's help one another!
Thanks for making this thread OP! I've added it to the Exam Directory Mega-Thread, which you can find here. Good luck with your exams! :parrot:
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16th June WJEC exam, Hamlet and The Revenger's Tragedy. Please share all the information and tips you have for this exam. Let's help one another!
It's the 17th of June, not the 16th! Wanted to let you know just in case this isn't a typo
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how's everyone doing their revision? so far I have focused on key themes and characters but not sure where to go from there...
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how's everyone doing their revision? so far I have focused on key themes and characters but not sure where to go from there...
Have you made flash cards? An individual card for each theme/character can work well (including key quotes). I also made a separate set during my mock in January of all of the key Hamlet quotes from the CGP guide and then added my own. I'm due to do that for Revenger's and Blake (the poet we're studying) after next week for use the night before the exam as a quick reminder.

I'd also recommend making a detailed plan for each past paper question (open book at the beginning and then move to closed book) and showing it to your teacher/a peer to see if they can understand how your argument flows. If it's received positively, write the answer under timed conditions and if your teacher doesn't mind, hand it in to be marked. If they can't, check against the mark scheme.

We've done something called 'Rainbow Analysis' for the Blake which may come in handy for this as it really helps you focus on AO2. When I'm back at sixth form I'll pop the document on here somehow.

Hope this helps?
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Have you made flash cards? An individual card for each theme/character can work well (including key quotes). I also made a separate set during my mock in January of all of the key Hamlet quotes from the CGP guide and then added my own. I'm due to do that for Revenger's and Blake (the poet we're studying) after next week for use the night before the exam as a quick reminder.

I'd also recommend making a detailed plan for each past paper question (open book at the beginning and then move to closed book) and showing it to your teacher/a peer to see if they can see understand your argument flows. If it's received positively, write the answer under timed conditions and if your teacher doesn't mind, hand it in to be marked. If they can't, check against the mark scheme.

We've done something called 'Rainbow Analysis' for the Blake which may come in handy for this as it really helps you focus on AO2. When I'm back at sixth form I'll pop the document on here somehow.

Hope this helps?
Yes thank you, will definitely do the flash cards! There seems to be an exhaustive list of themes though, from looking at past papers the themes that have come up were not the same ones that the teacher had compiled a list of? for example, we got the obvious ones from the teacher e.g. madness, corruption but in past years, duty/ betrayal / crime and punishment have come up which I would be less confident in answering so should I just do as many as I can?
Also, never heard of rainbow analysis which sounds like it might be good?

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Yes thank you, will definitely do the flash cards! There seems to be an exhaustive list of themes though, from looking at past papers the themes that have come up were not the same ones that the teacher had compiled a list of? for example, we got the obvious ones from the teacher e.g. madness, corruption but in past years, duty/ betrayal / crime and punishment have come up which I would be less confident in answering so should I just do as many as I can?
Also, never heard of rainbow analysis which sounds like it might be good?

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I'd say do the main ones (corruption, death, appearance/reality, madness, gender and sexuality) but then a few that are a bit more 'out there'. We get a choice of two questions in the exam, so it's likely that one of them will be similar to something you've looked at before. It's up to you though; if you find doing as many as you can useful then go for it.

Rainbow analysis is fab. It's about closely analysing individual quotes and it gets you into the habit of analysing deeply so I highly recommend it. It may be good if you're struggling to remember key quotes too, as you really have to think about them (but you don't realise you're doing it, which is the beauty of it). I'll try my best to get it up here tomorrow so you can have a go and gauge it's usefulness in your revision.
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Yes thank you, will definitely do the flash cards! There seems to be an exhaustive list of themes though, from looking at past papers the themes that have come up were not the same ones that the teacher had compiled a list of? for example, we got the obvious ones from the teacher e.g. madness, corruption but in past years, duty/ betrayal / crime and punishment have come up which I would be less confident in answering so should I just do as many as I can?Also, never heard of rainbow analysis which sounds like it might be good?Thanks
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I'd say do the main ones (corruption, death, appearance/reality, madness, gender and sexuality) but then a few that are a bit more 'out there'. We get a choice of two questions in the exam, so it's likely that one of them will be similar to something you've looked at before. It's up to you though; if you find doing as many as you can useful then go for it.

Rainbow analysis is fab. It's about closely analysing individual quotes and it gets you into the habit of analysing deeply so I highly recommend it. It may be good if you're struggling to remember key quotes too, as you really have to think about them (but you don't realise you're doing it, which is the beauty of it). I'll try my best to get it up here tomorrow so you can have a go and gauge it's usefulness in your revision.

Here you go!
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Here you go!

Lovely, thanks so much! I will give that a go

Any more teacher predictions on what might come up?
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Does anyone have a list of quotes already prepared for Hamlet and Revenger's that they wouldn't mind sharing? I'm trying to do them myself but it's really time consuming so any documents or lists would be immensely helpful
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Does anyone have a list of quotes already prepared for Hamlet and Revenger's that they wouldn't mind sharing? I'm trying to do them myself but it's really time consuming so any documents or lists would be immensely helpful
The CGP guide for Hamlet has a great list - do you have that?

I'm working on Revenger's and I'll share it with you all as soon as I have it
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has anyone got any examples of getting form, structure and language (ao2) marks for Hamlet?
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I've had a look at all past questions and it seems that women, gender and corruption could be likely. I also think they might finish on something like Tragedy, Revenge has come up several times but Tragedy hasn't. It seems a likely one to finish the course on...when the bad bleeds the tragedy will be good eh?
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Also, for those doing Blake how many poems have you learnt...I've got about 6 solidly with passing reference to a few more.
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Here is a list of all past themes that have come up:
Death
Sympathy
Deceit
Madness
Ugly Behaviour
Appearance vs Reality
Decay
Dramatic Techniques
Social Values
Chance
Loyalty
Revenge
Pretence
Good vs Evil
Crime and Punishment
Family
Betrayal
Political Values
Moral Responsibility
Comedy
Women
Duty
Hamlet/Vindice
Justice
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