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    How much time should I spend on each section of the A2 OCR exam (section A and B....King Lear, Paradise Lost and The Rivals)? Also, how much time should i spend planning and deciding on which question I want to answer?
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    Well it's a two hour exam so an hour on each section - I try to limit myself to five minutes planning for each question but usually it won't take this long. It's better to spend a bit of time doing a rough plan rather than making it up as you go along though
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    (Original post by elizahughes)
    Well it's a two hour exam so an hour on each section - I try to limit myself to five minutes planning for each question but usually it won't take this long. It's better to spend a bit of time doing a rough plan rather than making it up as you go along though
    Great, thank you!
    What kind of kings do you include in the rough plan?
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    Sorry I don't do the same plays as you so no idea but as a rough rule of thumb, I'd structure it more in terms of themes - depends on the question and play though! There's lots of people on here doing King Lear though if you search around
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    (Original post by elizahughes)
    Sorry I don't do the same plays as you so no idea but as a rough rule of thumb, I'd structure it more in terms of themes - depends on the question and play though! There's lots of people on here doing King Lear though if you search around
    Ok thanks ☺️
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    (Original post by elizahughes)
    Sorry I don't do the same plays as you so no idea but as a rough rule of thumb, I'd structure it more in terms of themes - depends on the question and play though! There's lots of people on here doing King Lear though if you search around
    Hi Eliza, I was wondering if you do The Tempest, Wife of Bath and the Rivals? If so what would you recommend focussing on for the exam! Thanks
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    (Original post by Imy Craig)
    Hi Eliza, I was wondering if you do The Tempest, Wife of Bath and the Rivals? If so what would you recommend focussing on for the exam! Thanks
    I do The Tempest, Wife of Bath and Tis Pity She's a Whore, so I can give you some general ideas!

    I'm concentrating more on characters within the Tempest, as I have been told there is always a character option, and concentrating more on prevalent themes for the comparison question - the next couple of days I will also look at stage/film adaptations, critics and context. My teacher told me that Section A is more about analysing quotes, and Section B is more about your argument and context. I think I'm also going to look at terminology when I'm revising quotes just to make sure I can present them well in the exam

    Hope this helps
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    (Original post by elizahughes)
    I do The Tempest, Wife of Bath and Tis Pity She's a Whore, so I can give you some general ideas!

    I'm concentrating more on characters within the Tempest, as I have been told there is always a character option, and concentrating more on prevalent themes for the comparison question - the next couple of days I will also look at stage/film adaptations, critics and context. My teacher told me that Section A is more about analysing quotes, and Section B is more about your argument and context. I think I'm also going to look at terminology when I'm revising quotes just to make sure I can present them well in the exam

    Hope this helps

    Ok, perfect! Thank you so much and good luck
 
 
 
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