Georgiaa2911
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I'm studying English Lit. Edexcel GCSE from home, and I don't even know where to start. I've read the book, but I just don't know what I've got to know or study for the exam.

I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips or advice, thanks.
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i did my gcse’s in 2017 so i don’t know how helpful i’ll be but

research into the author, the time he wrote AIC etc, look at the context

focus on each character and what they represent. for example, arthur birling represents capitalism, the inspector could represent a conscience, god, or could be the voice of the author. the author was trying to get a socialist message across and he used the inspector to do that.

you can talk about the generational divide — the difference between the adults and the children. for example, mr and mrs birling didn’t seem to accept responsibility for their role in the girls death but eric and sheila did. talk about what this could mean.

like i said, i did my gcse’s in 2017 so i’m saying this all from my memory but i hope this helped a little
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I would recommend going through first of all and make character profiles and explaining how they progress through the book. Pick out key themes like jealousy,hurt, betrayal etc and then link each one of them to character, make sure you do some research on the context/ background of the author and what life was like at the time of the book/play being wrote, hope that helps
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I would recommend watching Mr Bruff's videos on youtube. He does very detailed analyses of the books.
There is also Seneca Learning. They have specific notes and practice questions for Edexcel AIC.
Good luck!
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mrbruff and mr salles are both aqa yt channels but their analysis stuff is applicable to any exam board
seneca learning and quizlet are both good for quotes.
print off the edexcel specification and some practice questions and see what they ask for to try and get used to the exam style. exam technique's more important than ever with these new style papers so practice is key.
notes on all the characters, their attitudes and key quotes is a good place to start. context is important too- war, gender roles, industry, class, author intentions... structure of the play is a thing worth considering too.
make a habit of analysing quotes whether it's mentally or written. it'll help you a fair deal in the exam.
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I did my GCSE's in 2017 and the best way I found to revise was to pick the key quotes that you want to use - watch Mr Bruff as others have suggested for some guidance on this - and essentially I'd write it into a song.
Sounds weird i know but to this day I can still remember that the Inspector was a moral, messianic force used as a vehicle by Priestley to present his socialistic ideas to an audience doubting the system of capitalism etc etc.... I still remember each song I made up for each text.
The lyrics don't need to be detailed - you'll remember lots associated with a quote just by remembering the quote itself.
Even if you're not musical I'd give it a try - you'll find you can remember lyrics to your favourite songs much easier than the words from a book so why not combine the two?
I ended up getting a 9 in Lit and an 8 in Lang and i attribute those grades to this method lol.
If you need any more advice then feel free to message me, I kinda miss doing GCSE English.
Good luck!
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Well, An inspector calls does give me really good memories... I started the year with many C's in English literature (although got A*s in all other subjects) the maximum I got throughout both years was a B in English literature. I never studied for the English Lit exams and tests, however 2 days before the GCSE exam, I kept on watching Mr Bruff, that said , he's an absolute legend, i kept on memorizing his songs and remembering his analysis. I then went into the exam without doing any practice exam questions and ended up getting My first ever A* In English literature , not only that but I got a 30/30 in my 'an inspector calls' question !!!!
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Try using the website Seneca. It’s more of a general overview of the play and it’s characters however it’s a good starting point for getting to know themes, context etc.
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