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This has probably been asked before, but my friends and I are kind of stuck. How on earth do you revise for LRW exams for languages? Speaking and Writing I find it easy to revise for as I can go over key facts, research for IRP, study the film/book, yet for the LRW exam, all I end up doing is watching videos in French and going over vocab, which doesn't feel like enough to me

Can anyone recommend me good study tips/exam techniques to go over for the LRW exams?

(In case anyone's interested, I do Italian and French A-Level)
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This has probably been asked before, but my friends and I are kind of stuck. How on earth do you revise for LRW exams for languages? Speaking and Writing I find it easy to revise for as I can go over key facts, research for IRP, study the film/book, yet for the LRW exam, all I end up doing is watching videos in French and going over vocab, which doesn't feel like enough to me

Can anyone recommend me good study tips/exam techniques to go over for the LRW exams?

(In case anyone's interested, I do Italian and French A-Level)
The trouble with languages lies in the very process itself of language learning. In subjects like Physics or English Literature, you can revise, say, Heat, or "Hamlet" which won't affect Mechanics or your analysis of "The Great Gatsby". With languages, everything you learn helps build up your knowledge - all the grammar, all the vocab, all the speaking/listening skills, etc. It all interacts with each other. This is why last-minute learning (or cramming) is not really very useful - you need to work on the building process over weeks and months.

That being said, there is of course a lot you can do to revise before your French exams - as long as it is revision and not last-minute learning!

- Organise your topic-based vocab and learn it. You'll need all that specialist vocabulary at your fingertips. There are various websites out there like Quizlet and Memrise which can be useful for learning vocab.

- Go through your essays and texts and make sure you understand the main ideas and opinions, as well as the arguments to support those opinions.

- Grammar - you need to be able to do all your tenses without thinking about them, conjugations have to be 100% correct if you want a decent grade. These are easy to revise, as are basics such as personal pronouns (me, te, le/la/lui etc but also yand en), relative pronouns (qui, que, dont, ce que, ce qui, use of preposition + lequel), use of du/de la/des and de on its own. Practice stuff like agreement of adjectives, agreement of past participles - make sure you understand the rules.

- Read, read and read. And then read some more. Not just about your topics, but anything. Any contact you have with French will help you build up your vocabulary and understanding of structures.

- Listen to some French - about 20 minutes to half an hour - every day if you can manage that. Le Journal en français facile on the RFI website is really useful as there is a transcript in case you get stuck.
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This has probably been asked before, but my friends and I are kind of stuck. How on earth do you revise for LRW exams for languages? Speaking and Writing I find it easy to revise for as I can go over key facts, research for IRP, study the film/book, yet for the LRW exam, all I end up doing is watching videos in French and going over vocab, which doesn't feel like enough to me

Can anyone recommend me good study tips/exam techniques to go over for the LRW exams?

(In case anyone's interested, I do Italian and French A-Level)
Hey, I do Spanish A Level and have been thinking the same thing but to be honest from what you're saying you're doing the right stuff. I think main thing is going through unit specific vocab and learning it (normally theres vocab lists in textbooks) because exam boards like to throw in really specific words that you'd only know if you revised the unit thoroughly if that makes sense. Apart from that just make sure you can structure sentences, have good grammar etc. Something you could also do to work on reading and translation is printing and reading articles and trying to translate them and learning some more vocab along the way- doing this could also teach you some new sentence structures and stuff and could be really useful. It's all about immersing yourself whatever way you can I think
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This has probably been asked before, but my friends and I are kind of stuck. How on earth do you revise for LRW exams for languages? Speaking and Writing I find it easy to revise for as I can go over key facts, research for IRP, study the film/book, yet for the LRW exam, all I end up doing is watching videos in French and going over vocab, which doesn't feel like enough to me

Can anyone recommend me good study tips/exam techniques to go over for the LRW exams?

(In case anyone's interested, I do Italian and French A-Level)
French's my mother tongue. Maybe we can speak in french together. Idk when is your exam, but if you have enough time I could help you practice.
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