When should I start revising for english literature?

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?Hannah?
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Hey everyone,

When should I start revising for english literature GCSE? My exam is on january 8th and I have already completed the poetry component as coursework and managed to achieve an A*.

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I'd brush up on techniques now and try to spot them in texts and as the exam grows closer, gradually intensify your studying until you're spending the nights before the exam memorsising quotes and remembering techniques, most of which you should've already been able to cover in the time leading up to the exam. That way, you won't be cramming new knowledge into your head. Intensify as you grow closer but don't do hardcore studying until a few weeks before, just focus on spotting techniques for now and read over your pieces of literature
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I'd brush up on techniques now and try to spot them in texts and as the exam grows closer, gradually intensify your studying until you're spending the nights before the exam memorsising quotes and remembering techniques, most of which you should've already been able to cover in the time leading up to the exam. That way, you won't be cramming new knowledge into your head. Intensify as you grow closer but don't do hardcore studying until a few weeks before, just focus on spotting techniques for now and read over your pieces of literature
hello, thank-you very much for your response. i have already completed all of my analysis for the texts and so i guess i now just need to revise it. how long do you think i should spend doing this?

i am also pretty confident with the unseen analysis section of my language paper. thank-you.
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hello, thank-you very much for your response. i have already completed all of my analysis for the texts and so i guess i now just need to revise it. how long do you think i should spend doing this?

i am also pretty confident with the unseen analysis section of my language paper. thank-you.
I can't really say, this is something highly personal. I made sure I could recreate my analyses if I were to pull out a piece of paper mid way through a meal and write as much as I would need to succeed, without memorising my original work word for word but remembering its core points and structure. That's what you need for the exam.

I wouldn't worry about the unseen if you know your techniques well. We hadn't answered any exam questions on the unseen in school and I found it the easiest part. Just make sure your revision is highly spread out and spend what you feel comfortable revising for revising. There are thousands of hours between now and the exam, even the craziest amount of revision will barely make a dent in the mass of time you have to yourself.

Make sure your knowledge is flexible and you're able to expand upon what you know. Having a huge amount of memorised knowledge is not going to help you, being able to expand upon what you know will help you far more.

Sorry if I've gone in circles a bit but that's all I can really say for revision, don't cram, don't worry about time because there's plenty of it, don't make your revision miserable, don't remember useless knowledge. Hope this helps...sorry it was a bit too much wasn't it haha
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