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Welcome, all of you! I hope that this will be a good place to share ideas, discuss our thoughts and talk about how we feel about the exams.

The official exam timetable has revealed the date and time of day of our exams this examination series:

Paper 1 (Drama and poetry pre-1900) - Thursday, May 21, 2020 (afternoon)
Paper 2 (Comparative and contextual study) - Monday, Jun. 1, 2020 (morning)

Let's start with a little icebreaker.
1. What are your texts? (putting down your NEA texts is optional)
2. What grade are you predicted?
3. Do you feel prepared?
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?

My answers:
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1. What are your texts?
‘Hamlet’, ‘A Doll's House’, Christina Rossetti's selected poems, ‘’Nineteen Eighty-Four, ‘The Handmaid's Tale’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘Small Island’, ‘The Fat Black Woman's Poems’
2. What grade are you predicted?
A*
3. Do you feel prepared?
Not yet, there's still a lot for me to do and I'm ready to do it.
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?
I loved it at GCSE, and I aspire to teach English at secondary level in the future.


Resources are all here on OCR's website! These contain past papers, examiner reports and candidate exemplars!

Good luck to all!

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Welcome, all of you! I hope that this will be a good place to share ideas, discuss our thoughts and talk about how we feel about the exams.

The official exam timetable has revealed the date and time of day of our exams this examination series:

Paper 1 (Drama and poetry pre-1900) - Thursday, May 21, 2020 (afternoon)
Paper 2 (Comparative and contextual study) - Monday, Jun. 1, 2020 (morning)

Let's start with a little icebreaker.
1. What are your texts? (putting down your NEA texts is optional)
2. What grade are you predicted?
3. Do you feel prepared?
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?

My answers:
Spoiler:
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1. What are your texts?
‘Hamlet’, ‘A Doll's House’, Christina Rossetti's selected poems, ‘’Nineteen Eighty-Four, ‘The Handmaid's Tale’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘Small Island’, ‘The Fat Black Woman's Poems’
2. What grade are you predicted?
A*
3. Do you feel prepared?
Not yet, there's still a lot for me to do and I'm ready to do it.
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?
I loved it at GCSE, and I aspire to teach English at secondary level in the future.


Resources are all here on OCR's website! These contain past papers, examiner reports and candidate exemplars!

Good luck to all!

Evil Homer. This is a revision-and-study thread ready to go!
This looks great It's all added to the list now
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1. What are your texts?
Richard iii - Christina Rossetti poems - The Handmaid's Tale - 1984 - A Doll's House
2. What grade are you predicted?
B
3. Do you feel prepared?
Kind of, in some areas I am confident, others not so much :P
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?

Because I loved the books my 6th form offered and the course itself seemed interesting <3
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1. What are your texts?
Richard iii - Christina Rossetti poems - The Handmaid's Tale - 1984 - A Doll's House
2. What grade are you predicted?
B
3. Do you feel prepared?
Kind of, in some areas I am confident, others not so much :P
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?

Because I loved the books my 6th form offered and the course itself seemed interesting <3
Oh, that's awesome! We've almost got the same texts as each other! How many essays have you done thus far on each text?

What's your favourite text?
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Oh, that's awesome! We've almost got the same texts as each other! How many essays have you done thus far on each text?

What's your favourite text?
I've done essays in my dystopia unit and Richard iii, the rest we haven't covered in lesson yet. My favourite is the Handmaid's Tale as I love the TV show and I also love Margaret Atwood's new book, The Testaments which I read in 2 sittings! Highly recommend it. Could you PM me as I'd love to have an insight on how to write really good essays as I can't seem to find good resources for OCR and you have a higher predicted grade lol
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I've done essays in my dystopia unit and Richard iii, the rest we haven't covered in lesson yet. My favourite is the Handmaid's Tale as I love the TV show and I also love Margaret Atwood's new book, The Testaments which I read in 2 sittings! Highly recommend it. Could you PM me as I'd love to have an insight on how to write really good essays as I can't seem to find good resources for OCR and you have a higher predicted grade lol
Yeah sure!
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1. What are your texts?
Dracula - Bloody Chamber - Christina Rossetti poems - A Doll's House
2. What grade are you predicted?
A
3. Do you feel prepared?
Yes
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?

Made a mistake lol, bloody 89% for an A, they took the ****
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1. Hamlet - The Duchess of Malfi v Paradise Lost - Frankenstein v The Bloody Chamber (Gothic) - NEA: Yeats' poetry; The God of Small Things v Jerusalem
2. A*
3. Yes.
4. I got a 9 and it seemed easy. It still kinda does.
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1. What are your texts?
Dracula - Bloody Chamber - Christina Rossetti poems - A Doll's House
2. What grade are you predicted?
A
3. Do you feel prepared?
Yes
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?

Made a mistake lol, bloody 89% for an A, they took the ****
You did not make a mistake! Nice to see that you feel prepared!
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1. Hamlet - The Duchess of Malfi v Paradise Lost - Frankenstein v The Bloody Chamber (Gothic) - NEA: Yeats' poetry; The God of Small Things v Jerusalem
2. A*
3. Yes.
4. I got a 9 and it seemed easy. It still kinda does.
Interesting. Let's hope you get that A* then! I hope I get it too haha.
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1. What are your texts?
Dracula - Bloody Chamber - Christina Rossetti poems - A Doll's House
2. What grade are you predicted?
A
3. Do you feel prepared?
Yes
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?

Made a mistake lol, bloody 89% for an A, they took the ****
How prepared do you feel about The Bloody Chamber?
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How prepared do you feel about The Bloody Chamber?
Less than a doll's house and Rossetti paper, not going to lie, since we started it last year whereas Dracula we only started this year but I am sure I will feel more confident as we approach the exams.

I have prepared a comprehensive table with quotes and AO3 and AO5 points for all my English Lit exams so that helps with focused revision.
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1. What are your texts? Rossetti poems, a dolls house and twelfth night Shakespeare for paper 1
Dystopia, handmaids tale and 1984 for paper 2
streetcar named desire and beloved for coursework
2. What grade are you predicted? B
3. Do you feel prepared? not really due to the fact that we haven't done many essays yet but we have a few months left to do that!
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level? I want to do law thats it really lol
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Let's start with a little icebreaker.
1. What are your texts? (putting down your NEA texts is optional):
The Tempest, A Doll's House, Rossetti's poetry, The Bloody Chamber, Frankenstein,The Wasp Factory
NEA: A Streetcar Named Desire and Lolita (yes, that's right, I chose to do Lolita for my NEA)

2. What grade are you predicted?
A*

3. Do you feel prepared?
Absolutely not. Had a mock for paper 1 today, felt prepared for that. Paper 2 mock in 2 days time, have not started revising.

4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?

Did better than I expected at GCSE, didn't really know what to pick instead, thought it would slot in quite well with my other 2 subjects (geog and history) and this girl I spoke to at the sixth form open day was really passionate about English and really sold the subject to me
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Quick question about paper 2 comparative, so you always use your set text and then do you compare it to just one or can you compare it to 2 other texts?

So I'm studying the Bloody Chamber as my set text but we've also studied Frankenstein and The Wasp Factory so in an exam, could I talk about both Frankenstein and Wasp Factory or just pick one?
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Quick question about paper 2 comparative, so you always use your set text and then do you compare it to just one or can you compare it to 2 other texts?

So I'm studying the Bloody Chamber as my set text but we've also studied Frankenstein and The Wasp Factory so in an exam, could I talk about both Frankenstein and Wasp Factory or just pick one?
It is probably better to focus your efforts on one text since there is only 15% available for AO4 comparison and I would suggest that you bring in the other one you may have ommitted by talking about the wider Gothic genre, earning you vital AO3 marks which is 50% of the question. You can talk about both of them equally if you want to.
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Welcome, all of you! I hope that this will be a good place to share ideas, discuss our thoughts and talk about how we feel about the exams.

The official exam timetable has revealed the date and time of day of our exams this examination series:

Paper 1 (Drama and poetry pre-1900) - Thursday, May 21, 2020 (afternoon)
Paper 2 (Comparative and contextual study) - Monday, Jun. 1, 2020 (morning)

Let's start with a little icebreaker.
1. What are your texts? (putting down your NEA texts is optional)
2. What grade are you predicted?
3. Do you feel prepared?
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?

My answers:
Spoiler:
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1. What are your texts?
‘Hamlet’, ‘A Doll's House’, Christina Rossetti's selected poems, ‘’Nineteen Eighty-Four, ‘The Handmaid's Tale’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘Small Island’, ‘The Fat Black Woman's Poems’
2. What grade are you predicted?
A*
3. Do you feel prepared?
Not yet, there's still a lot for me to do and I'm ready to do it.
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?
I loved it at GCSE, and I aspire to teach English at secondary level in the future.


Resources are all here on OCR's website! These contain past papers, examiner reports and candidate exemplars!

Good luck to all!

Evil Homer. This is a revision-and-study thread ready to go!
what are your texts?
the Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, The Great Gatsby, Native son, The Merchants Tale by Chaucer, Hamlet
predicted grade:
C - if anyone that is predicted an A* can send me one of their essays just so I can learn like the structure I would appreciate. my teacher says I have the ideas but she doesn't like my phrasing :/
Do you feel prepared?
slowly getting there
Why did you pick English lit at A level
Got a 9 at igcse and now look at me... I actually really enjoy it
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what are your texts?
the Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, The Great Gatsby, Native son, The Merchants Tale by Chaucer, Hamlet
predicted grade:
C - if anyone that is predicted an A* can send me one of their essays just so I can learn like the structure I would appreciate. my teacher says I have the ideas but she doesn't like my phrasing :/
Do you feel prepared?
slowly getting there
Why did you pick English lit at A level
Got a 9 at igcse and now look at me... I actually really enjoy it
I am predicted a starred A. I do not, however, have any set structures that I can share with you because that's not how I like to write essays. I can give you some of my ‘Hamlet’ ones if you want though.

I bet most of our year-eleven essays look quite average now lol. This A Level definitely taught me not to rest on my laurels!
(Original post by Halloolu)
1. What are your texts? Rossetti poems, a dolls house and twelfth night Shakespeare for paper 1
Dystopia, handmaids tale and 1984 for paper 2
streetcar named desire and beloved for coursework
2. What grade are you predicted? B
3. Do you feel prepared? not really due to the fact that we haven't done many essays yet but we have a few months left to do that!
4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level? I want to do law thats it really lol
Damn! We almost had a completely identical set of exam texts!

Also, were there no other options for you? Like, you can easily go into law without English literature haha.

(Original post by neko no basu)
Let's start with a little icebreaker.
1. What are your texts? (putting down your NEA texts is optional):
The Tempest, A Doll's House, Rossetti's poetry, The Bloody Chamber, Frankenstein,The Wasp Factory
NEA: A Streetcar Named Desire and Lolita (yes, that's right, I chose to do Lolita for my NEA)

2. What grade are you predicted?
A*

3. Do you feel prepared?
Absolutely not. Had a mock for paper 1 today, felt prepared for that. Paper 2 mock in 2 days time, have not started revising.

4. Why did you pick English literature at A Level?

Did better than I expected at GCSE, didn't really know what to pick instead, thought it would slot in quite well with my other 2 subjects (geog and history) and this girl I spoke to at the sixth form open day was really passionate about English and really sold the subject to me
Don't worry about it too much. Everyone can have little slips during their mocks. Also, your teacher's predicted you an A*. You must know what you're doing to some extent.

I'm glad someone made English more appealing. I hope I can do that in the future.
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I am predicted a starred A. I do not, however, have any set structures that I can share with you because that's not how I like to write essays. I can give you some of my ‘Hamlet’ ones if you want though.

I bet most of our year-eleven essays look quite average now lol. This A Level definitely taught me not to rest on my laurels!

Damn! We almost had a completely identical set of exam texts!

Also, were there no other options for you? Like, you can easily go into law without English literature haha.


Don't worry about it too much. Everyone can have little slips during their mocks. Also, your teacher's predicted you an A*. You must know what you're doing to some extent.

I'm glad someone made English more appealing. I hope I can do that in the future.
I think my teachers are very generous markers lol so that A* might be kinda out of reach considering how tight the grade boundaries were last year!
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I am predicted a starred A. I do not, however, have any set structures that I can share with you because that's not how I like to write essays. I can give you some of my ‘Hamlet’ ones if you want though.

I bet most of our year-eleven essays look quite average now lol. This A Level definitely taught me not to rest on my laurels!

Damn! We almost had a completely identical set of exam texts!

Also, were there no other options for you? Like, you can easily go into law without English literature haha.


Don't worry about it too much. Everyone can have little slips during their mocks. Also, your teacher's predicted you an A*. You must know what you're doing to some extent.

I'm glad someone made English more appealing. I hope I can do that in the future.
if you could that would be great
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Hi,

I know you now aren't sitting your exams and I hope those of you who were looking forward to it isn't too sad, it sucks.
I am doing AS right now so I missed out on the GSCE's and A-level's being cancelled. I noticed that quite a few of you have been predicted A* or other very high grades. If anyone could drop some tips on how you do that text specific to the ones I am doing would be amazing but just general ones would also be very much appreciated.

-Ibby

Sorry forgot to include my texts
My school chose Gothic, so I am doing 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker and 'The Bloody Chamber' by Angela Carter.
The play we are doing is 'Hamlet'.
Poetry: Sylvia Plath( a collection of her poems chosen by her husband Ted Hughes) and Frost.
NEA: 'An Ideal Husband' by Oscar Wilde, 'Atonement' by Ian McEwan and 'Never Let me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro
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