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    Has anybody studied this?

    Was just wondering a few things-

    1. is it interesting?
    2. How hard is it?
    3. What books do you study and what are the exam papers like?

    Im thinking of doing it, but i think English is like Art, you can either do it or you cant.

    Can English be learnt? If you arent naturally good at it, with hard work can you learn to be good at it?
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    i do ENg lit and lang

    the lit part is quite intresting-i got an A in the lit part of the exam,and got a B overall


    if you effectively work hard enough at anything you will progress
    english can be learnt-by knowing the novels your studying-ensuring you knwo the charcters etc-basically by studying whatver your course needs you to do
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    I do English Lit and I find it quite interesting. We studied the novel: The Great Gatsby, poems by William Blake and a play called Death of a Salesman.

    Personally I didn't find it that hard but that's because I enjoy the subject as a whole and we had interactive lessons and no boring lessons where you can easily doze off!

    The exam papers are 'do-able' shall we say as in, you don't have to revise your butt off just to get a good grade. For me, it came naturally if you know what I mean.
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    With english lit as school, i always found that i had so much to say, that i dont structure my answer correctly. My essay style answer was basically just like random thoughts scrawled down on the page as they had came to mind.

    Do you think if i went slower and wrote less, but wrote it in a better format and in better english i could get a higher grade?

    I have to enrol tomorrow and im really stuck between lit and lang.

    I hated my english language lessons, they were so unbelievabley boring, but i think it may be easier than literature.
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    I wish I had a good enough GCSE English to study A level English Lang too but the college wanted one higher grade then the one I got. ¬_¬

    Couldn't you do both Lit and Lang? Or you only want to study one? Also, do you enjoy reading? Because you have to read a hell of a lot and be good at analysing and stuff.

    Forgot to tell you, we had coursework btw :p: We did Shakespeare; Othello.

    If you hated your past lessons in English Lang, then I think you've already answered your question...
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    Yeah i suppose i have lol.

    Im just stuck between, easy and boring, or hard and interesting?

    I liked english lit at school, and i do like to read. Maybe english lit is the way forward!
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    (Original post by big?mark)
    With english lit as school, i always found that i had so much to say, that i dont structure my answer correctly. My essay style answer was basically just like random thoughts scrawled down on the page as they had came to mind.

    Do you think if i went slower and wrote less, but wrote it in a better format and in better english i could get a higher grade?

    I have to enrol tomorrow and im really stuck between lit and lang.

    I hated my english language lessons, they were so unbelievabley boring, but i think it may be easier than literature.
    learn how to strcutre an essay
    so timed essays you should improve

    eng lit is more "respected" i personally find it easier than the language part
    of my alevel
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    English literature is lots of fun and will sit well alongside whatever subject you choose to specialise in.
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    I did English Lit AS and am about to carry it on to A2.
    I do think English does suit some people better than others, but as long as you enjoy writing and reading you should be okay.

    Alot of English Lit is reading through texts and analysing/looking for deeper meaning. Just like GCSE really but in greater depth.

    I dont know what exam board your school uses but on AQA you have 3 modules: Shakespeare (Exam or C/W), A Modern Novel and Texts in Context (where you analyse poetry and play scripts in relation to the time they were written).

    I do think it is quite challenging, and you do have to think on your feet quite often but as long as you work hard you should end up with a decent grade.
    Its not often easy, but its usually pretty intresting.

    The good thing about English Lit is Universitys usually respect it as an A Level as it is traditional and hasn't been "dumbed down". I dont think choosing Lit would ever be a bad decision unless you hate writing and reading, in which case its a big no no.
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    ive done Eng Lit and takin it on to A2 now. I would say its quite challenging but ive always found it kinda hard though came out with good grades. I think helped by the fact that i really enjoy it and therefore work hard at it. I wasn't sure if i would be able to manage after GCSE but im very glad now that i did pluck up the courage to try it. Eng lang seems very differnt from school with loads more specialised vocab, and about how different ages and gender speak and anaylisng of written work (of what hear from my friends that do it). Id go for it if u like it. And i think its an A level which will look good.
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    It's hard to self-teach though, isn't it?
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    I've just completed English Literature at AS and now i am taking it for A2, and hoping to study it further at University as well.
    I would'nt say English Literature is that hard but i would definatly say you may need to dedicate quite some time on it, and make sure you attend all of your lessons and keep up to date with your text, taking notes regularly.
    Our English Literature teacher said do'nt bother coming back for A2 unless you like reading! lol
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    English Lit is a great subject. I hadn't studied English Lit for 2 years (since GCSE) and I soon caught on. It's hard work but extremely enjoyable especially if you really like reading and are prepared to work on your exam techniques. I find reading the text over and over really helps - you need to analyse it but knowing your text inside out (for me anyway) is paramount. I've found my essay writing has improved tremendously over the year (I did AS and A2 this year) - I was getting E's and D's at the beginning but slowly improved as the year went on. I felt like giving up on a number of occasions but I'm so glad I didn't.

    Shakespeare can be challenging - I studied 'The Taming of the Shrew' for my AS coursework and 'Hamlet' for texts in context. The latter I found very difficult to understand but after close study I soon got to grips with the language and really enjoyed reading it!

    If you do find it hard to understand Shakespeare I'd really recommend purchasing an audio tape/CD. I listened to it the morning of the exam and it really stuck in my mind - the sequence of events fell into place.

    Blake I really struggled with - I just didn't know how many quotations to memorise and I could never quite get my head around the questions that were asked. In the end, I just read through the poems and jotted down anything I found interesting. I purchased a study guide which may have helped but I found I did better when I started to really 'read into' the poems. Even the seemingly simplistic poems in 'Song of Innocence' started to appear more complex. With Blake I got too bogged down with note taking and memorising quotations. In the exam, I tried not to recall the masses of information I had learnt throughout the year and I certainly didn't include huge extracts just for the sake off it. I just answered the question the best I could.

    AS English Lit isn't easy but neither is it impossible to do well in. Although, overall, I did better at A2 level, I would say year 13 is harder and requires more hard work, dedication and perseverance. Try to enjoy the texts you are studying and always ask if you're not sure about something. Your teachers will be more than happy to help you. Don't get bogged down with too much information. Quotations are important - but only when you want to demonstrate a point or back something up. It isn't a memory test!

    I didn't think I'd get on well with English Lit but I gave it a go and I'm so glad I did. If you enjoy reading and you think you'd be able to do well in/improve in a subject like English Lit then I say - go for it!
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    Can a mod please move this to the English Lit section? That way it wont get lost .
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    Even though I aced it at AS by getting a very high A I still thought it was pants, though that opinion may have had more to do with the teachers and the literature we where studying. Basicially although she was a nice person, one of the teacher's techniques was to absolutely SWAMP you with handouts. You nearly would've needed a dump truck to get them all home. And did I look at them once? Nope. The books too... ugh terrible. I hated Wise Children and I detested Chaucer but on the other hand I loved All My Sons.

    I suppose it could be either very exciting and interesting or very dull and boring depending on the sort of teachers you get and the text's you're studying. I'll still be continuing it next year because it sounds like it get's a helluva lot interesting and besides it's a nice qualification to have for the career I have planned.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.
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    ^^ All My Sons is brilliant. Sorry you didn't enjoy your other texts. I hate handouts too - they are a waste of space!! Just read the book I say!

    Despite the general opinion on TSR, I actually quite enjoyed reading Spies. I didn't think much of Chaucer either.

    Jenkins - A2 is A LOT more interesting. I think you'll enjoy it.

    All the best.
 
 
 

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