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So, I've barely revised. I'd say that I've done a whole 6 hours of revision for everything. To be fair, I'm fairly confident on most things, except English and Science. Science is easy to revise, but I just haven't done much of it. The real problem is English; I have no idea if I can even get a 4! So what I'm asking is, is there any point revising now, even if my exams start on monday? Tips would be helpful too
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Haven't revised yet either but I got 7 and 8's in my mocks without revision so I will most likely cram the night before and hopefully do somewhat well
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Do whatever you can, If its not something you enjoy why bother, but with English its something that Uni's look at and expect (haven't got a clue bout the numerical system) they want C's or B's
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What exam board are you doing?
and is it GCSE or A-level?

I'm asking this for the actual experts that stumble onto this thread. But i'll offer my two pence.

I'm in a similar boat. Although i'm sorta betting it on revising in the space between each exam so right now i'm focusing on paper 1 of edexcel GCSE 9-1 literature with the two texts being twelfth night and an inspector calls. The former is a ***** cause of the limited resources and the latter i'm using mr bruff to revise for (i'm currently at the stage of trying to condense my revision notes solely from his video series which i'm sure is AQA but it's probably sufficient). Preceding this I did a mock with markmypapers (i'm homeschooled) in which I got a 4 but here's the thing I did an open book with revision guides. The endgame for the last day before paper 1 is to hopefully with all the knowledge I need for the exams in my head refer back to my structure of the questions for paper 1 and then use said structure for the paper to obtain at least a pass (I seriously wanted a grade 7 or 6) but I can't be asked anymore.

Currently i'm switching between a panicked state contemplating possible failure a chill state and a state where i'm trying to figure out how the hell i'm gonna condense these an inspector calls notes to memorize in the final days leading up to paper 1.
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So, I've barely revised. I'd say that I've done a whole 6 hours of revision for everything. To be fair, I'm fairly confident on most things, except English and Science. Science is easy to revise, but I just haven't done much of it. The real problem is English; I have no idea if I can even get a 4! So what I'm asking is, is there any point revising now, even if my exams start on monday? Tips would be helpful too
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In GCSE you can get away with last min revision but don't carry this over to A level (but bizarrely you can at uni) or else you will be screwed and end going on a gap yah.
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The thing is, I'm worried about grade boundaries; if everyone else does as well as I do, or better, won't I not pass?
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In GCSE you can get away with last min revision
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They always set the grade boundaries for b grades at a fairly constant level but to get A grades they raise the bar loads, if you're after a C/B grade, your max effort should be enough. How far away is your exam may i ask?
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The thing is, I'm worried about grade boundaries; if everyone else does as well as I do, or better, won't I not pass?
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So with English, examiners are looking for coherence. By that I mean consistent relation and focus on the question.

It’s simple- you CANNOT pass English without structure (in poetry this is CRUCIAL or your capped at a 4). Context is also significant, it helps you maintain coherence but also endeavour into so many different ideas behind your selected quotes.

I suggest to you to include;
Structure (what is it and why has author done it)
Context (e.g does the theme follow its typical correlation(
Techniques (identify metaphors, similes etc..)
Alternative explanations( this is grade 8 stuff)
Word choice (e.g- the choice of the word ‘boneless’ in ‘boneless gums’ is highly evocative of innocence and helplessness. IDK)
Explain the quotes
Tone - nostalgic? Dark? Sad? Depressing? Enthusiastic?
Theme?

The way I do things is just remember Quotes, for poetry this is 100%. I say this because examiners have access to these poems and making up quotes will stand out to them. In Macbeth for example - there’s over 100 pages- they aren’t gonna search for it.

I’m sitting mine on Wednesday - good luck to you

(Original post by HJNosyt)
So, I've barely revised. I'd say that I've done a whole 6 hours of revision for everything. To be fair, I'm fairly confident on most things, except English and Science. Science is easy to revise, but I just haven't done much of it. The real problem is English; I have no idea if I can even get a 4! So what I'm asking is, is there any point revising now, even if my exams start on monday? Tips would be helpful too
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My first English Language exam is on Wednesday, but my overall exams start on Monday. In my mocks, I got between 4s and 7s, but I just want 4s for everything.
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They always set the grade boundaries for b grades at a fairly constant level but to get A grades they raise the bar loads, if you're after a C/B grade, your max effort should be enough. How far away is your exam may i ask?
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In that case you will be ok but just make sure you don't go into school for the next few days and just cram like crazy from cgp books or whatever.
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My first English Language exam is on Wednesday, but my overall exams start on Monday. In my mocks, I got between 4s and 7s, but I just want 4s for everything.
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Just a quick question, but how do I examine my word choices effectively? Like, my teacher says that I always need to link it back to the point, but when I do that, I keep saying the same thing for all of the words. It's the same with paragraphs; all the paragraphs essentially show the same thing, but I've just changed the words a bit to make it look different.
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So with English, examiners are looking for coherence. By that I mean consistent relation and focus on the question.

It’s simple- you CANNOT pass English without structure (in poetry this is CRUCIAL or your capped at a 4). Context is also significant, it helps you maintain coherence but also endeavour into so many different ideas behind your selected quotes.

I suggest to you to include;
Structure (what is it and why has author done it)
Context (e.g does the theme follow its typical correlation(
Techniques (identify metaphors, similes etc..)
Alternative explanations( this is grade 8 stuff)
Word choice (e.g- the choice of the word ‘boneless’ in ‘boneless gums’ is highly evocative of innocence and helplessness. IDK)
Explain the quotes
Tone - nostalgic? Dark? Sad? Depressing? Enthusiastic?
Theme?

The way I do things is just remember Quotes, for poetry this is 100%. I say this because examiners have access to these poems and making up quotes will stand out to them. In Macbeth for example - there’s over 100 pages- they aren’t gonna search for it.

I’m sitting mine on Wednesday - good luck to you
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(Original post by HJNosyt)
My first English Language exam is on Wednesday, but my overall exams start on Monday. In my mocks, I got between 4s and 7s, but I just want 4s for everything.
But you'll have to work for like 11 hours per day from now on if that's the root you've chosen. The trick is read the books-->make summarized flashed cards of the books--> learn exam paper questions and mark scheme for all the past papers.
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How else should I revise, then?
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In that case you will be ok but just make sure you don't go into school for the next few days and just cram like crazy from cgp books or whatever.
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How else should I revise, then?
sorry my wording was bad I meant, just learn the cgp books / textbooks and make notes on them. Going into lessons at this point would be a waste of time if you barely know the material and are just simply cramming it.
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sorry my wording was bad I meant, just learn the cgp books / textbooks and make notes on them. Going into lessons at this point would be a waste of time if you barely know the material and are just simply cramming it.
I do know the context to level 6 or 7 I'd say, but I just don't know how to word it...
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I do know the context to level 6 or 7 I'd say, but I just don't know how to word it...
So you know the material but just don't know how to answer the questions properly? If that's the case you need to focus on the mark schemes of all the papers, learn the answers/how marks are allocated and then look for example 9 grade essays, make a template of how they have answered each question and then rote learn the template.
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(Original post by HJNosyt)
Just a quick question, but how do I examine my word choices effectively? Like, my teacher says that I always need to link it back to the point, but when I do that, I keep saying the same thing for all of the words. It's the same with paragraphs; all the paragraphs essentially show the same thing, but I've just changed the words a bit to make it look different.
So for example: in an inspector calls-

Sheila: ‘but these girls aren’t cheap labour- they’re people!’

Priestley uses the word choice of ‘cheap’ to vividly reflect the unjust society for gender within the Edwardian era. Women were seen as easy to dominate, they had lower wages but because of this they were desperate for work, hence the ‘cheap labour’. However, Priestley clever use of ‘theyre people’ juxtaposes mr birlings intentions and suggests Priestley is using the character of Sheila here to address his views on a non reforming society. We get this impression because of the use of exclamation marks, which not only infers a tone of anger in his voice but passion- which Priestley also conveyed through his work in political parties for a socialist society.
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English isn't hard.

I got 25/30 for my essay. Previously I got 12/30 all you have to do is revise a few quotes (5) for each character. Then the day before the exam go on You tube watch the cartoon videos to just get an understanding of each chapter so you know how to answer the extract and in your essay make sure you link each of your points to themes & use complex words & context & enjoy your 8 lol

What I mean by liking it to themes is lets say the question is about Lady Macbeth

A Grade 5 student might say Lady Macbeth is evil because she says "when you durst do it your a man" this shows how aggressive she is to Macbeth

But the grade 7/8/9 student will say Lady Macbeth is present as a Machiavellian when she says to Macbeth that when he "durst do it his a man". This is effective by Shakespeare because the repetition of the plosive sounds "d" may her dialogue seem harsh & it shows how tempted she is to convince her husband to commit regicide towards a regal figure. Perhaps, shakespare presents Lady Macbeth has callous & barbaric to depict how power given towards women lead to destruction because she starts sleep walking blah blah blah you get the gist.
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tbh english and the sciences are the main subjects to focus on in my opinion. luckily my exams are spaced out quite nicely and all the harder exams are after the half term. i started revising paper one for lit on thursday and i've stuck to analysing 6 poems and pairing them up with each other hoping that one of them will come up and it's likely that one of them will. i'm gonna start revising romeo and juliet today and if i dont finish then i'll get back to it on tuesday night and wednesday morning. the science paper 1s are before the half term for me and if that's the case for you i think you could get away with revising the night before cuz the content is fairly easy if you understand it. i haven't even started revising re but honestly i'm just gonna spend tomorrow morning learning the quotes for paper 1 and then bullsh*t my way through the exam. re is an easy 7/8/9 if you know how to waffle. all the exams i'll find a bit tough are after the half term so i'm just gonna spend my half term recapping the history units and properly revising the science paper 2s. maths isn't an issue if you understand the methods and english language doesnt even need revision. french just needs a breeze through the vocab right before the exam. sorted.
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Hi,

I have revisee for tests such as biology and chemistry next week. Do you think it will be possible to revise between exams? I have 9 days half term and 4 days in the first week
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