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    Dear Reader,

    I'm sitting a GCSE in Classical Greek in June, please can someone who has done the exam before advise me how to get maximum marks?
    I'm doing Option J:

    Literature and Culture
    Language
    Verse Literature A
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    Hi I’m doing this spec also! I’m doing language, poetry literature (alcestis) and prose literature (solon and croesus). Not a lot of people do it unfortunately
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    Do you do it in school- I'm a private candidate who attends college, it's getting easier but I'm starting from scratch
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    You can get maximum marks by changing to a better exam board
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    OCR are amazing don't be so salty. I got an A with them in Latin last year in school.
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    Honestly at this rate I’m so ready to fail regardless of the fact that I’m currently doing vocab revision. For the set text bit maybe try the cover test check method to make sure you know the English inside out (that’s how I learnt it for mocks and I got an 8) and then colour code the text with certain literary techniques.

    Either way, good luck. May we all pass (with some sanity left).
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    I am also doing the new 9-1 GCSE Classical Greek exams in the Summer. I go to an independent school but Greek is non-timetable so I have to loads of independent work. I am doing option B which includes Prose Literature A and Verse Literature A (Herodotus and Odyssey Book VI). I have been getting 95%-100% in all the past papers but I find the newer language exam harder, getting 82% and 88%. I was wondering how you would all prepare for the Literature exams as the specimen papers are not for our texts? I am aiming for a 9 which will most likely be between 86-90% as an A* used to be around ~83% and the new papers are harder.
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    (Original post by wbanner2001)
    I am also doing the new 9-1 GCSE Classical Greek exams in the Summer. I go to an independent school but Greek is non-timetable so I have to loads of independent work. I am doing option B which includes Prose Literature A and Verse Literature A (Herodotus and Odyssey Book VI). I have been getting 95%-100% in all the past papers but I find the newer language exam harder, getting 82% and 88%. I was wondering how you would all prepare for the Literature exams as the specimen papers are not for our texts? I am aiming for a 9 which will most likely be between 86-90% as an A* used to be around ~83% and the new papers are harder.
    Hi, I am also doing the Odysseus and Herodotus for literature. If you look at the June 2010 Verse Text it is the same as this year's text and questions are really useful. I am worried for the 10 mark questions and how to achieve full marks on them. It would be interesting to see how you guys approach these. I am also aiming for a 9 but the language unseen translation seems quite tricky and worth half the marks of the total paper. How are you preparing for these? KR
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    (Original post by T3J)
    Hi, I am also doing the Odysseus and Herodotus for literature. If you look at the June 2010 Verse Text it is the same as this year's text and questions are really useful. I am worried for the 10 mark questions and how to achieve full marks on them. It would be interesting to see how you guys approach these. I am also aiming for a 9 but the language unseen translation seems quite tricky and worth half the marks of the total paper. How are you preparing for these? KR
    Hi T3J. Thank you so much for informing me that it is the same as 2010 for the verse! I know the structure of the new papers are slightly different but 19 of the marks on each Literature paper are short-responses so that past paper will help so much. I have only done practice questions for Herodotus as of yet - I have found 8-markers fairly straightforward and I have done one ten marker which requires five supported points in a logical structure. I can send that to you if you want (as well as a good 8 marker question I came up with). The language 50-markers are quite daunting but they are the same as the 40-markers on the old Language paper 2s just with each section out of 5 and not 4 so it is worth doing the seven past paper 2s online. I have now exhausted my past papers and have done the official specimen paper, but John Taylor has included four of his own specimen papers in the latest textbook at the back. As with Latin, vocabulary is key so you should prioritise vocabulary over everything. There are already Quizlet and Memrise sets out there but last week I created some defined vocabulary list ones which I shall share here. Thank you so much again as the Greek community is so small and help can be hard to find.
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    (Original post by T3J)
    Hi wbanner2001, I too have used the Taylor book and the specimen papers, but it is helpful to know the translations are similar to the old Language 2 papers. In addition, I am learning the principal parts for the verbs. Is that worthwhile my time? Would it also be possible to send the link to your defined vocab lists on quizlet/memrise?
    On the 2010 verse paper, the final question is 'What makes Homer such a good story-teller in Book VI?'. What five point would you make on this question?
    Cheers
    Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/281952288/classi...y-flash-cards/

    + https://quizlet.com/283464404/classi...9-flash-cards/ for memorising the set texts for the 5-mark translation extract. This one will be completed soon.

    + https://quizlet.com/283448406/classi...9-flash-cards/

    Memrise: I created this mainly for future generations as I have used the existing courses myself, but: https://www.memrise.com/course/18974...ed-vocabulary/ (I presume you have already learnt the vocabulary well so Quizlet might be more time efficient in your case.)

    I think learning the definite article and active verb endings are essential, but passives you should just be able to recognise and middles aren't too important at all.

    Thank you very much for the ten-mark question. Would you mind if I got back to you on this one?

    Thanks for all.
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    (Original post by T3J)
    Hi wbanner2001, I too have used the Taylor book and the specimen papers, but it is helpful to know the translations are similar to the old Language 2 papers. In addition, I am learning the principal parts for the verbs. Is that worthwhile my time? Would it also be possible to send the link to your defined vocab lists on quizlet/memrise?
    On the 2010 verse paper, the final question is 'What makes Homer such a good story-teller in Book VI?'. What five point would you make on this question?
    Cheers
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    Hi again T3J and all, I have discovered that in the supplementary Greek to GCSE: Reader book contains samples of 50-mark translation passages in Section 3 so if you want more practice on that then that is worth doing. On Memrise I have also made a specialist Greek prepositions and their cases course as you need to know that for the grammar Q (I heard only about 50 people in the entire country normally choose prose composition for Greek.) I will look at the Odyssey 10-Marker and qlso the practice paper you recommended to me. WB
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    Hi this is my first time posting on here so please bear with 😂

    I'm doing Greek GCSE this summer too, but I'm worried about the literature papers as there are no specimens for my set texts!! I do Odyssey book 6 (verse) & Plutarch + Lucian (prose)

    I would be v grateful for any help/resources anyone could send, thank you!
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    (Original post by imperiumgloria)
    Dear Reader,

    I'm sitting a GCSE in Classical Greek in June, please can someone who has done the exam before advise me how to get maximum marks?
    I'm doing Option J:

    Literature and Culture
    Language
    Verse Literature A
    Does anyone have notes or know any resources for literature and culture, I have no idea what to learn or how to write the questions, especially for athenian society, because we've barely been taught it
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    how did u guys find the language paper?
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    (Original post by bob smith122333)
    how did u guys find the language paper?
    It was better than I expected. It wasn't too hard. But still literature to go! Need to memorize set texts for wednesday.
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    (Original post by T3J)
    It was better than I expected. It wasn't too hard. But still literature to go! Need to memorize set texts for wednesday.
    what mark do u think u got?
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    Anyone have any last minute advice for the lit exam tomorrow?!
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    How was the literature paper for those who did Herodotus?
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    (Original post by RxxxDxxx)
    How was the literature paper for those who did Herodotus?
    The paper was not too bad. Although the 10 marker seemed quite difficult and, there was a limited amount of things to analyse and say on the 8 marker. However, aside from these, the paper was fairly straightforward.
 
 
 
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