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    Hi,

    I was wondering if anybody could give me some help on revising for an OCR English Lit Drama and Poetry pre-1900s mock I have really soon?
    I don't really know what to revise to be able to answer the questions...

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    I personally like flashcards for poetry. I write the topic sentence on the back, then write the quote on the other side with bullet points of connotations & context (usually to do with how Rossetti's life links to the quote or if the theme of the quote is similar to other poems) under it. I look over the quote and the bullet points under it, turn it over then write the quote and the bullet points of information down from memory onto a separate sheet - knowing I can turn it into an essay paragraph since I know the context of the quote and its connotations memory without needing a prompt. I find this much better than just remembering the quote and thinking of interpretations on the fly in exams (where pressure is intense), but when I know exactly what information to remember from each quote in bullet point format i'm always covered.

    I use this flashcard technique in conjunction with my essay plans, which I learn by heart using the flashcard technique (make sure you remember your topic sentences as well!). You will find your essay writing will improve as you're not just making interpretations up on the fly, you will have a game plan you've drilled and can apply to the exam. Make sure you focus on a wide range of themes with each essay plan - make sure you find multiple quotes that represent such as themes such as transgression, female power and so on (I assume you're doing Rossetti's poetry since you're OCR) - with each essay plan so you're flexible in terms of answering a variety of questions. Personally, I find 2 quotes from 3 poems to represent a major theme - like 2 quotes about transgression from Goblin market, 2 quotes about transgression from Soeur Louise, 2 quotes about transgression from Shut Out - then another 2 quotes from all of those poems about female power - then if I get an essay question asking about transgression, I can answer, or if I get an essay question asking about female power, I can answer because I've drilled different topics that can come up on the exam.

    I'm planning to use this technique for remembering key points in literary books as well, but its been incredibly successful for poetry in my book.

    Hope this helps!
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    I personally like flashcards for poetry. I write the topic sentence on the back, then write the quote on the other side with bullet points of connotations & context (usually to do with how Rossetti's life links to the quote or if the theme of the quote is similar to other poems) under it. I look over the quote and the bullet points under it, turn it over then write the quote and the bullet points of information down from memory onto a separate sheet - knowing I can turn it into an essay paragraph since I know the context of the quote and its connotations memory without needing a prompt. I find this much better than just remembering the quote and thinking of interpretations on the fly in exams (where pressure is intense), but when I know exactly what information to remember from each quote in bullet point format i'm always covered.

    I use this flashcard technique in conjunction with my essay plans, which I learn by heart using the flashcard technique (make sure you remember your topic sentences as well!). You will find your essay writing will improve as you're not just making interpretations up on the fly, you will have a game plan you've drilled and can apply to the exam. Make sure you focus on a wide range of themes with each essay plan - make sure you find multiple quotes that represent such as themes such as transgression, female power and so on (I assume you're doing Rossetti's poetry since you're OCR) - with each essay plan so you're flexible in terms of answering a variety of questions. Personally, I find 2 quotes from 3 poems to represent a major theme - like 2 quotes about transgression from Goblin market, 2 quotes about transgression from Soeur Louise, 2 quotes about transgression from Shut Out - then another 2 quotes from all of those poems about female power - then if I get an essay question asking about transgression, I can answer, or if I get an essay question asking about female power, I can answer because I've drilled different topics that can come up on the exam.

    I'm planning to use this technique for remembering key points in literary books as well, but its been incredibly successful for poetry in my book.

    Hope this helps!
    This is a really great idea! Thank you so much
 
 
 

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