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I'm not that good in English and history for national 5 so some tips and information would be appreciated I literally have no clue how to revise .currently I am hovering over C and B how can I improve.
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I'm not that good in English and history for national 5 so some tips and information would be appreciated I literally have no clue how to revise .currently I am hovering over C and B how can I improve.
Hey, I did national 5 english last year and got an A. I personally just did loads of past papers as they are the best way to get "exam prepped". It's also a good idea to do some of your own reading (news articles for example) to help with RUAE as it exposes you to the sorts of language that's used in the paper. For the textual analysis, it depends on what type of text you're studying but it's always helpful to learn relevant quotes and their analysis that can be worked into several different questions.
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Hey, I did national 5 english last year and got an A. I personally just did loads of past papers as they are the best way to get "exam prepped". It's also a good idea to do some of your own reading (news articles for example) to help with RUAE as it exposes you to the sorts of language that's used in the paper. For the textual analysis, it depends on what type of text you're studying but it's always helpful to learn relevant quotes and their analysis that can be worked into several different questions.
thank you ! i have waiting so long for an answer!
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thank you ! i have waiting so long for an answer!
No problem! I’m struggling with revision for higher so I know than any advice can be helpful
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I am sitting Higher English this year and struggling too. I find every other subject easy know how to revise and just have a block when it comes to English.

For RUAE - I would do the past papers and read more. Past papers have marking instructions so you can mark yourself after and compare really critically the text, your answer and the correct answer to see where you went wrong or what type of answers they are looking for. Also read opinion pieces in quality newspapers as much as you can between now and your assessment to get used to complex texts, don't just read them, look at the language and sentence structures used the same as you would in an RUAE question.

For your Scottish Set Text - Your RUAE revision and writing in your own words will help you with this. Scottish Set Text is all about memory. I have 6 poems and I have selected quotes and their analysis from each and have the themes that link the quotes to each other. I need to memorise them all and do some past paper questions.

For your Critical Essay - This is the hardest for me. Again most of it is memory. I have an essay plan with an introduction, and 4-5 paragraphs each for a theme or setting question with quotes which I am trying to remember. I am then practicing adapting the plan to different past paper questions.

I am spending so much time studying English but still don't feel like I am getting anywhere 😭
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I am sitting Higher English this year and struggling too. I find every other subject easy know how to revise and just have a block when it comes to English.

For RUAE - I would do the past papers and read more. Past papers have marking instructions so you can mark yourself after and compare really critically the text, your answer and the correct answer to see where you went wrong or what type of answers they are looking for. Also read opinion pieces in quality newspapers as much as you can between now and your assessment to get used to complex texts, don't just read them, look at the language and sentence structures used the same as you would in an RUAE question.

For your Scottish Set Text - Your RUAE revision and writing in your own words will help you with this. Scottish Set Text is all about memory. I have 6 poems and I have selected quotes and their analysis from each and have the themes that link the quotes to each other. I need to memorise them all and do some past paper questions.

For your Critical Essay - This is the hardest for me. Again most of it is memory. I have an essay plan with an introduction, and 4-5 paragraphs each for a theme or setting question with quotes which I am trying to remember. I am then practicing adapting the plan to different past paper questions.

I am spending so much time studying English but still don't feel like I am getting anywhere 😭
I'm the exact same! I can study completely fine for my other 3 highers but English just confuses me. I've also started studying really late so I have a lot of work to do 😂
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I'm the exact same! I can study completely fine for my other 3 highers but English just confuses me. I've also started studying really late so I have a lot of work to do 😂
Me too, I am doing my National 5 English exam this year as well and I will be doing my first real assessment on April 26th on RUAE. I don't really know how to exactly revise for it though and I keep studying late at night, but I have done a timed practice assessment already and I didn't really get stuck on any of the questions during school.
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Me too, I am doing my National 5 English exam this year as well and I will be doing my first real assessment on April 26th on RUAE. I don't really know how to exactly revise for it though and I keep studying late at night, but I have done a timed practice assessment already and I didn't get really get stuck on any of the questions during school.
I think for RUAE it’s best to just have quite a wide vocabulary range to avoid not knowing the meanings of words in the paper which is why reading news articles and things is really helpful. And making sure you actually know how to answer the questions is important too, like knowing not to quote in own words questions for example. I’ve been doing pretty bad at higher tbh but I mainly struggle with the textual analysis cuz I really don’t like poetry.
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I think for RUAE it’s best to just have quite a wide vocabulary range to avoid not knowing the meanings of words in the paper which is why reading news articles and things is really helpful. And making sure you actually know how to answer the questions is important too, like knowing not to quote in own words questions for example. I’ve been doing pretty bad at higher tbh but I mainly struggle with the textual analysis cuz I really don’t like poetry.
I personally don’t think that poetry is too bad in National 5, I’m actually doing quite well with it, although sometimes poetry does get boring. I’m actually quite good at analysis questions for RUAE, but I think understanding questions are harder, probably because my vocabulary range isn’t too well, so it can be hard to reword sentences sometimes. For poetry it is actually just quite important to remember the quotes and knowing how to analyse it well enough to pass that part.
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I did Higher English last year and managed to get an A.

UAE: As said previously, the best thing to do to prepare for UAE is do a TON of past papers. Don't just limit yourself to what is on the SQA website. Try and go digging for old papers (right back to the early 2000s) or specimen papers (I always find Hodder Gibson specimen papers are quite useful). Another good thing to do is to read lots of newspaper articles and try to spot writer's techniques. Lots of UAE papers are old newspaper articles.

Scottish Text: I did The Cone Gatherers as my Scottish Text novel last year and although I hated the book, I found it great for analysis. At Nat 5 we did Edwin Morgan's Poetry which was also great for analysis. Scottish Text is like a wee hybrid between UAE and essay writing so you need to have skills from both these sections quite sharp. I'll link some quotes/past papers below but again the best advice I can give is to learn your quotes/analysis inside out and do lots of practice papers.

Critical Essays: Somehow my favourite and least favourite section. The best advice I can give is to try and learn generic character/theme essays and twist them to work with the question you are given. At Nat 5 this shouldn't be a big problem as the questions are quite broad but this gets a bit harder at Higher. Being able to think on your feet is an invaluable skill when writing essays. Also, learning your quotes is very important. Although for many it may seem counterintuitive, I'd recommend writing essays on Shakespeare whenever you can. Although the language can be quite strange sometimes, its incredibly easy to learn quotes (due to the iambic pentameter) and Shakespeare plays always have good meaty analysis.

A final piece of advice is to make sure to manage your time. I never had a time management problem with UAE but with the Critical Essays/Scottish Texts I often found myself running out of time. It's really important to give enough time to each section.

If anyone has any more questions feel free to PM me.

National 5 Quizlet Class: https://quizlet.com/class/6871426/
Higher Quizlet Class: https://quizlet.com/class/12629109/
Source for old SQA English past papers: https://papers.xtremepape.rs/SQA/English/
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