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    Hi! For my CIE English Literature I am studying the two novels To Kill a Mockingbird and I'm the King of the Castle. I am really worried about English (usually about C to D level) but I desperately want a B. I have a good general understanding of the novels.

    For revision, I have made notes on the two novels of themes that appear in both, e.g childhood & evil aswell as setting and symbols (with quotes). Is this enough or do I need to do more??

    I do the same board but not the same books, I think what you've got is definetly enough, but what the examiners are really looking for is to see if you can get to the heart of whats going on,

    Themes would be good for the whole text question but wouldn't help you too much with regards to the extract, if you already have a good understanding of the texts I would look into detail on the writers methods and techniques. Thats a big one for sure.

    i.e. now you know whats happening, look at how the writer does it, the book I'm studying spies has constant shifts in narrative perspective, which can add to the atmosphere and what not, in a similar way I would look at all the major extracts of the book you are studying (ask your teacher what extracts he/she thinks are likely to come up perhaps?) and pay close attention to tense, narrative voice and the language being used. I'm pretty sure that'd bump your grade up.

    One thing that I've found helps is studying the mark schemes, so you know what the examiners are looking for you too write, you could read a chief examiners report on past years where people have done the same book as you.

    Good Luck!
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