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Hi!

I'm taking the Edexcel English Literature A-Level this summer, and I was wondering about revision guides. I have found revision guides for all my chosen prose and drama texts from two publishers: Hodder Education and York Notes. I have no details about either publisher, and I can only buy one type (and can only afford one type lol).

If you have revision guides from either or both publishers, which do you think is better? Or do you prefer a different publisher? Any advice would be much appreciated!

(My selected texts are: Wuthering Heights, Mrs Dalloway, Othello, and the Duchess of Malfi.)
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[QUOTE=QuillOwl;70601638]Hi!

I'm taking the English Literature A-Level this summer, and I was wondering about revision guides. I have found revision guides for all my chosen prose and drama texts from two publishers: Hodder Education and York Notes. I have no details about either publisher, and I can only buy one type (and can only afford one type lol).

If you have revision guides from either or both publishers, which do you think is better? Or do you prefer a different publisher? Any advice would be much appreciated!

(My selected texts are: Wuthering Heights, Mrs Dalloway, Othello, and the Duchess of Malfi.)[/QUOTE

Hello, I have the york notes edition of Othello and I would say it is good, especially when it comes to context and critical views which are essential for Othello. I do not study the other texts but Is study Dorian Gray, Beloved and Doctor Faustus and they are all a great asset at providing different interpetations context and links to other plays, novels ect.

Sorry I can not be of use with regards to the 'Hodder Education' but I hope I helped in terms of the 'York Notes'
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Hi, C Marlowe! Thank you for the reply.

This was very helpful! Critical views and context is one of my weak points with Othello so knowing there is revision specific to those topics is very, very useful. The guides having links to other plays/novels is also good, because I'm struggling to compare Heights and Mrs Dalloway (I have two teachers teaching a book each, so we never compare them rip). So, again, thank you!

Good luck with the exams!
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(Original post by QuillOwl)
Hi, C Marlowe! Thank you for the reply.

This was very helpful! Critical views and context is one of my weak points with Othello so knowing there is revision specific to those topics is very, very useful. The guides having links to other plays/novels is also good, because I'm struggling to compare Heights and Mrs Dalloway (I have two teachers teaching a book each, so we never compare them rip). So, again, thank you!

Good luck with the exams!
You too!
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You too!
Neither of these are any good at A Level. Examiners know them. They will crucify you if you regurgitate from cribs. You need to get back to the actual texts and work stuff out for yourself. The texts are the key plus your own thoughts for high grades. They want to see something that has at least a spark of originality.
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Neither of these are any good at A Level. Examiners know them. They will crucify you if you regurgitate from cribs. You need to get back to the actual texts and work stuff out for yourself. The texts are the key plus your own thoughts for high grades. They want to see something that has at least a spark of originality.
Yes you are right in the sense they will penalise you if you regurgitate as is the same with any piece of information. However, what the revision guides offer are points in which you are able to expand, take context for example, the revision guide may give you a piece of context that is useful but it is up to you how you use this context. I used York Notes last year and I was fine, I understand your point on regurgitating because it is a valid point. I would still argue that they are useful because they have helped me in multiple ways whether it be: structure, context or the analysis itself.

(Sorry for the long paragraph)
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Neither of these are any good at A Level. Examiners know them. They will crucify you if you regurgitate from cribs. You need to get back to the actual texts and work stuff out for yourself. The texts are the key plus your own thoughts for high grades. They want to see something that has at least a spark of originality.
Hi, Iwaxanna! Thank you for the reply.

I understand the concern. I have seen it happen with my classmates who haven't bothered to read the text but solely depend on revision guides, then get terrible grades. I originally intended to use only my notes to create personal revision guides but it's just too much work to go through. With only less than three months before my exams, I wanted to quicken the pace of my revision. I think revision guides will help me cover my the basics of the novels/plays, and I will use my own notes to focus on specifics.

However, thank you for the warning, I'll make sure to be very careful with the guides and always refer back to my work to avoid regurgitating information!

Have a good day!
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