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    I've been determined to study English at Oxford for years, but now whenever I read something and hear other people discuss literature (in lessons and at taster days, etc) I feel stupid and can't seem to analyse anything by myself. If anyone has any tips for improving close reading and analysis skills or boosting confidence in a subject, they would be much appreciated
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    I've been determined to study English at Oxford for years, but now whenever I read something and hear other people discuss literature (in lessons and at taster days, etc) I feel stupid and can't seem to analyse anything by myself. If anyone has any tips for improving close reading and analysis skills or boosting confidence in a subject, they would be much appreciated
    I used to feel like this as well, and now I have a Masters degree in English - don't give up!

    Just do as much background reading as you can, and as you read try to identify any themes or motifs or even just interesting quotes in what you're reading. Really listen to what people in your class are saying when they come up with good analysis, and try and apply these techniques when you're doing your own analysis.

    If you really want to study English, and you have wanted to for a long time, then you probably already have the analytic skills, you just need to learn how to apply them
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    (Original post by niamhisokay)
    I've been determined to study English at Oxford for years, but now whenever I read something and hear other people discuss literature (in lessons and at taster days, etc) I feel stupid and can't seem to analyse anything by myself. If anyone has any tips for improving close reading and analysis skills or boosting confidence in a subject, they would be much appreciated
    I'm echoing what Fox said.

    I would also recommend you brush up on your language and linguistic knowledge. Language becomes ever so much more important at uni. You need to understand language to understand how a writer uses language.
 
 
 
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