I am determined to get a grade 6, so that I can stay and do A-level English Lit and Lang, at the minute I am currently working at a grade 5/4 and I would really appreciate some advice. I have GCSE mocks coming up, any advice/tips?
pick a few quotes from each poem and learn them, learn how to analyse them. learn key points for context, structure etc also.
do some essay plans so you can get used to comparing the poems and be able to make links beforehand.
sparknotes do shakespeare translations to modern english; you can probably find quotes on quizlet for r+j; go over key themes, characters and context and annotate some scenes in your play (if you're aqa it might help you practice extract analysis). then do plenty of exam practice particularly on the harder themes so you're prepared or them and it forces you to think.
English lit can be a very fun GCSE once you get the hang of what to do. First of all, you need to consider what kind of learner are you? For example, a visual learner would be to identify structure and quotes and picture what they look like in their head when applying their knowledge in exams. Perhaps you might enjoy listening to revision videos, which would make you an auditory learner (like me). When cramming for the exam the night before, I listened to YouTubers analyse and breakdown poems. One tip I would advise on is: if you cannot learnt all the poems, don’t. There are a lot of poems to study and it is wise to listen to what is predicted to come up in the exam this year, but that’s if you’re willing to risk it. If you’re looking to snatch those higher grades, you need to provide a thorough analysis in the exam. I don’t believe memorising these kinds of points will help you too much in the exam. I recommend having a go at analysing any poems from the themes (war, love, nature etc) and see if you can analyse it on your own and take that point as far as you can. If you need more advice, I’d love to help I achieved a grade 9 in my Lang in year 10 and lit this year. PS: Please don’t take what you achieve on this mock to heart. Mocks are never a true reflection of what you can achieve. I received a 6 in my mock and was predicted a 5 all year.