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    Any advice on how to get an A in English Literature AS?
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    In English lit, there is no formulaic way of achieving that A grade, but, I would advise ensuring that you have read the texts at least twice prior to the exam. The first time should be an attempt to understand the plot, while the second reading should involve engaging with the texts. For instance, it definitely helps to pick out key quotes for each theme, character etc as you go along, especially if your exams are going to be closed book (but also for open book- trust me you will not have time to trawl through the book in the exam).
    Read through the mark scheme and break it down. At the beginning of the academic year, I would mainly focus on perfecting your essay writing skills, and writing in a sophisticated manner. Once you have mastered this, begin to time yourself. Rarely include quotes which state the obvious, I usually choose to analyse quotes that I find difficult to understand, this way, I am able to analyse them in more depth and show the examiner that I am thinking outside the box, and ALWAYS plan your essays before hand.
    Also, research the context of the texts you are studying and try to read a few critical essays (just google them, there's usually loads). Critical essays tend to be quite difficult to understand, but pop out that highlighter and break it down word per word. These essays usually inspire new ideas and new perspectives on texts or characters.
    Its not as scary as it seems, English Lit is actually really enjoyable and provided that you work hard and revise the way that's best for YOU, that A grade will definitely be achievable.
    One thing that I find useful is sneakily listening in to everyone else's discussions in lesson, they usually come up with really clever ideas- its not stealing, I promise
    (Also, organisation for all subjects really is key- use your planner, use your frees wisely and be the person that never fails to meet deadlines and goes the extra mile !) GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY
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    In English lit, there is no formulaic way of achieving that A grade, but, I would advise ensuring that you have read the texts at least twice prior to the exam. The first time should be an attempt to understand the plot, while the second reading should involve engaging with the texts. For instance, it definitely helps to pick out key quotes for each theme, character etc as you go along, especially if your exams are going to be closed book (but also for open book- trust me you will not have time to trawl through the book in the exam).
    Read through the mark scheme and break it down. At the beginning of the academic year, I would mainly focus on perfecting your essay writing skills, and writing in a sophisticated manner. Once you have mastered this, begin to time yourself. Rarely include quotes which state the obvious, I usually choose to analyse quotes that I find difficult to understand, this way, I am able to analyse them in more depth and show the examiner that I am thinking outside the box, and ALWAYS plan your essays before hand.
    Also, research the context of the texts you are studying and try to read a few critical essays (just google them, there's usually loads). Critical essays tend to be quite difficult to understand, but pop out that highlighter and break it down word per word. These essays usually inspire new ideas and new perspectives on texts or characters.
    Its not as scary as it seems, English Lit is actually really enjoyable and provided that you work hard and revise the way that's best for YOU, that A grade will definitely be achievable.
    One thing that I find useful is sneakily listening in to everyone else's discussions in lesson, they usually come up with really clever ideas- its not stealing, I promise
    (Also, organisation for all subjects really is key- use your planner, use your frees wisely and be the person that never fails to meet deadlines and goes the extra mile !) GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY
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    I worked super hard throughout the year, which made it easier for exams. I only learnt about 30 quotes per book/play/poem, but I made sure I had a good point for each quote which I could apply to any question. Literary devices were also my best friend (anaphora, epizeuxis), ones that are a bit more out of the box as they instantly make you seem well informed. Starting each paragraph with a good opening topic sentence is also key, 'Blanche's instability is reflected through her confusion between reality and fantasy.' Then it is easier to find quotes to link and explain.

    Class discussions are also amazing for developing different ideas; it stops you having to do lots of research online!!

    Good luck and have fun!!
 
 
 
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