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    Hi, the summer that has just gone by, I took my GCSE'S like all other year 11's, but I had to take them at a college, so did not get to pick subjects or even do a lot of GCSE's as it was not possible. So unfortunately I was unable to take English literature, only Language that I got a 7 in.

    I am planning on taking English literature as an A-Level next year, and I am just wondering if there are any specific books I need to read before taking the A-Level, E.g. do I have to read a bunch of Shakespeare, if so which ones. Also any advice on the subject would be great. Thank you.
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    Hey!
    The books you'd need to read depend on the exam board that is chosen, for example AQA, Edexcel etc. On their websites they usually list the material they use in the course.

    General tips for a level english literature personally would be:
    - make sure your writing is concise. reread work and redraft it
    - think outside of the box but still somewhat realistically when analysing quotes
    - think about what the writer may by trying to convey, or what they are trying to make the reader feel
    - sometimes understanding the context of when the novel/play was written is useful

    hope this helps! and good luck!
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    (Original post by Mckailer)
    Hi, the summer that has just gone by, I took my GCSE'S like all other year 11's, but I had to take them at a college, so did not get to pick subjects or even do a lot of GCSE's as it was not possible. So unfortunately I was unable to take English literature, only Language that I got a 7 in.

    I am planning on taking English literature as an A-Level next year, and I am just wondering if there are any specific books I need to read before taking the A-Level, E.g. do I have to read a bunch of Shakespeare, if so which ones. Also any advice on the subject would be great. Thank you.
    Its pretty straightforward. You read a book, understand what its about and then answer a question by writing an essay on it. Usually a couple of prose books, couple of Shakespeare and some poetry. If you got a 7 then you will be fine.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Its pretty straightforward. You read a book, understand what its about and then answer a question by writing an essay on it. Usually a couple of prose books, couple of Shakespeare and some poetry. If you got a 7 then you will be fine.
    I got a 9 and im struggling
    ive been getting Ds constantly and Es
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    (Original post by z_o_e)
    I got a 9 and im struggling
    ive been getting Ds constantly and Es
    That means you haven't quite made the step up to A-Level yet don't try and do it in the same way you did GCSE, as that won't be good enough. Break out of the formula you're probably used to, look at a mark scheme, and keep practising!
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    (Original post by StevetheIcecube)
    That means you haven't quite made the step up to A-Level yet don't try and do it in the same way you did GCSE, as that won't be good enough. Break out of the formula you're probably used to, look at a mark scheme, and keep practising!
    Thats exactly the probelm ! lool
    I dont know what an A level essay is supposed to look like and hoow to involve the ccritics and also context is half of the marks so im not sure where that fits in. Im working on English a lot but im enjoying the books and the analysis
    What are you studying?
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    (Original post by z_o_e)
    I got a 9 and im struggling
    ive been getting Ds constantly and Es
    You will be fine. Look at your feedback and it will just be adjusting your style slightly.
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    (Original post by z_o_e)
    Thats exactly the probelm ! lool
    I dont know what an A level essay is supposed to look like and hoow to involve the ccritics and also context is half of the marks so im not sure where that fits in. Im working on English a lot but im enjoying the books and the analysis
    What are you studying?
    Same! I got an 8 in GCSE but I feel so lost now
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    (Original post by z_o_e)
    Thats exactly the probelm ! lool
    I dont know what an A level essay is supposed to look like and hoow to involve the ccritics and also context is half of the marks so im not sure where that fits in. Im working on English a lot but im enjoying the books and the analysis
    What are you studying?
    I study History, Ancient History, and Classics, but I did Eng Lit last year and I'll be doing an AS in it alongside my A-Levels! (I dropped English for mental health reasons)

    When a critic links to your view/passage or is against your view in any way, reference them! And stick context in everywhere. Literally everywhere. Making a point about women? Context. Something about mental health? Author context. Family? Context. Literally anything you say, link it to context.
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    (Original post by magicbeans1212)
    Same! I got an 8 in GCSE but I feel so lost now
    Same here.
    What exam board are you doing for Lit?
    Also, what are you other options along side?
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    (Original post by z_o_e)
    Same here.
    What exam board are you doing for Lit?
    Also, what are you other options along side?
    OCR wby?
    Bio and chem
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    (Original post by StevetheIcecube)
    I study History, Ancient History, and Classics, but I did Eng Lit last year and I'll be doing an AS in it alongside my A-Levels! (I dropped English for mental health reasons)

    When a critic links to your view/passage or is against your view in any way, reference them! And stick context in everywhere. Literally everywhere. Making a point about women? Context. Something about mental health? Author context. Family? Context. Literally anything you say, link it to context.

    Ayy wow that seems interesting!

    Thank you so much. I just struggle and im not sure where to put it in the paragraph you see. Im totally lost.
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    (Original post by magicbeans1212)
    OCR wby?
    Bio and chem
    Im doing OCR too!
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    (Original post by z_o_e)
    Im doing OCR too!
    What texts are you studying
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    (Original post by magicbeans1212)
    What texts are you studying
    The Bloody Chamber
    Rossetti
    Dorian Gray
    A Dolls house
    not sure about the rest
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    (Original post by z_o_e)
    The Bloody Chamber
    Rossetti
    Dorian Gray
    A Dolls house
    not sure about the rest
    No Shakespeare?

    I would put money on you that you will get an A.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    No Shakespeare?

    I would put money on you that you will get an A.
    Yes we have Shakespeare alongside with Drama and poetry but im not sure which book we are actually studying for Shakespeare.
    LOL, i have no hope for that. Id be lucky enough at this rate to even get a CCC for my subjects. Im doing Philosophy alongside and theres SO MUCH content!

    I love English the most though.

    Do you have any revision tips? What subjects are you studying? x
 
 
 
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