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Last year we have completed all our coursework for English which included an essay about "Of Mice and Men". This year we briefly studied and read "An Inspector Calls" and "Heroes". If I'm honest, I don't think my teacher is very good. I have no idea what to expect in the exam, what kind of questions it will ask, the format, how to answer the questions. I was wondering what the best ways to revise would be. I know this must be a very popular question and I know the obvious answer is look at past papers and answer those questions but is there anything that will significantly help me?
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Last year we have completed all our coursework for English which included an essay about "Of Mice and Men". This year we briefly studied and read "An Inspector Calls" and "Heroes". If I'm honest, I don't think my teacher is very good. I have no idea what to expect in the exam, what kind of questions it will ask, the format, how to answer the questions. I was wondering what the best ways to revise would be. I know this must be a very popular question and I know the obvious answer is look at past papers and answer those questions but is there anything that will significantly help me?
The best thing to do is firstly get your hands on the relevant syllabus (should be available online with a quick Google search - make sure it's the right exam board etc etc) and then you should be able to see exactly what is being examined in each exam - whether there's a focus on language or context, that kind of thing. That way you're prepared for your revision in terms of knowing exactly what to cover. In terms of literature I would always suggest that you get something like a York Notes if there's one available for the text or texts that you're studying. They always served me well and they just make you feel a bit like you know what you're talking about. Your revision then is about reading that book and making notes relevant to what you know you'll be examined on. And although past papers seem obvious they really are the best way to figure out what examiners want. That way you'll be able to focus your thoughts about your texts even more. The examiners report can be particularly helpful to look at because it will tell you what to avoid as well as what will get you some brownie points.
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The best thing to do is firstly get your hands on the relevant syllabus (should be available online with a quick Google search - make sure it's the right exam board etc etc) and then you should be able to see exactly what is being examined in each exam - whether there's a focus on language or context, that kind of thing. That way you're prepared for your revision in terms of knowing exactly what to cover. In terms of literature I would always suggest that you get something like a York Notes if there's one available for the text or texts that you're studying. They always served me well and they just make you feel a bit like you know what you're talking about. Your revision then is about reading that book and making notes relevant to what you know you'll be examined on. And although past papers seem obvious they really are the best way to figure out what examiners want. That way you'll be able to focus your thoughts about your texts even more. The examiners report can be particularly helpful to look at because it will tell you what to avoid as well as what will get you some brownie points.
Thanks I will take all of this into consideration.
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Hi i'm doing WJEC lit too and i've done of mice and men last year, it was really good because we had all the time in the world. this year, we stuffed in coursework which last from january until march when it should have been finished in 4 lessons yikes!!! we're only just started heroes and inspector calls will be after easter :/ i feel like there's not enough time to fully study it like we did with Of mice and men. so you're not alone. what i suggest is go on BBC bitesize, and revise, themes, character and context, while picking out quotes from the book. it's a start.
here's the resources i'm using to self study because honestly, i dont think i'm going to learn it all in class anyways.

Heroes
An inspector Calls
Here's another Heroes study guide, this seems more thorough than bbc bitesize (ignore the first few pages of this booklet, the important bits starts at page 6 roughly)

Heroes pdf
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Hi i'm doing WJEC lit too and i've done of mice and men last year, it was really good because we had all the time in the world. this year, we stuffed in coursework which last from january until march when it should have been finished in 4 lessons yikes!!! we're only just started heroes and inspector calls will be after easter :/ i feel like there's not enough time to fully study it like we did with Of mice and men. so you're not alone. what i suggest is go on BBC bitesize, and revise, themes, character and context, while picking out quotes from the book. it's a start.
here's the resources i'm using to self study because honestly, i dont think i'm going to learn it all in class anyways.

Heroes
An inspector Calls
Here's another Heroes study guide, this seems more thorough than bbc bitesize (ignore the first few pages of this booklet, the important bits starts at page 6 roughly)

Heroes pdf
Thanks, as bad as it sounds I'm glad to know others are also suffering
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