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GCSE English Literature revision tips?!

Hey

I am currently in year 11 and will be doing my English literature exams in May/July. I am doing animal farm, Macbeth and Jekyll and Hyde. Over the years I haven’t really revised for English test and now it’s taken it’s toll! I HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO REVISE?! Any tips + tricks would be greatly appreciated I am aiming for quite high grades! Please help
Original post by Aquasauce
Hey

I am currently in year 11 and will be doing my English literature exams in May/July. I am doing animal farm, Macbeth and Jekyll and Hyde. Over the years I haven’t really revised for English test and now it’s taken it’s toll! I HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO REVISE?! Any tips + tricks would be greatly appreciated I am aiming for quite high grades! Please help

Hi there - the first place to start (if you haven't already) is to know your core texts inside out. Get familiar with the plot, characters, and themes, then for each topic, pick at least 3 key relevant moments from the start, middle and ending of each text for analysis. You'll also need to develop a solid - though not excessive - understanding of the historical/socio-political context which informed the writing of the play/novels. Being well-versed in dramatic and narrative techniques like irony and flashback will obviously help as well. I run a YouTube channel where I share weekly English Lit study videos geared at top grade / high-potential students - I have an entire playlist on Macbeth, plus videos on Jekyll and Hyde and Animal Farm. Check out the following to see if they help with your revision:

- Macbeth revision videos playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhe5sjPdsN7ZeXb9kjv0MYMmIInCt9uxQ
- Jekyll and Hyde top grade essay sample walkthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nuzoj5MfXCE&t=1147s
- Animal Farm analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNc5_DTRn2c&t=359s
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Original post by Hyperbolit
Hi there - the first place to start (if you haven't already) is to know your core texts inside out. Get familiar with the plot, characters, and themes, then for each topic, pick at least 3 key relevant moments from the start, middle and ending of each text for analysis. You'll also need to develop a solid - though not excessive - understanding of the historical/socio-political context which informed the writing of the play/novels. Being well-versed in dramatic and narrative techniques like irony and flashback will obviously help as well. I run a YouTube channel where I share weekly English Lit study videos geared at top grade / high-potential students - I have an entire playlist on Macbeth, plus videos on Jekyll and Hyde and Animal Farm. Check out the following to see if they help with your revision:

- Macbeth revision videos playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhe5sjPdsN7ZeXb9kjv0MYMmIInCt9uxQ
- Jekyll and Hyde top grade essay sample walkthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nuzoj5MfXCE&t=1147s
- Animal Farm analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNc5_DTRn2c&t=359s

Thanks so much for the response and providing me with resoruces as well I will be sure to check them out! Special thanks for including animal farm resources because I literally couldn’t find any good videos on that!

Do you have any tips on making physical revision resources and how to gain highly anylitical and advanced analysis?
By "physical revision resources", do you mean written notes (vs. digital ones)? I personally find colour-coding to be an effective hack for note-taking (also makes the process a tad bit more fun), but it all depends on what kind of learner you are and what appeals most to you. Some people love annotating texts and thrive with the kind of chaos created from scribbly script on the margins, but that's not necessarily for everyone.

In terms of mastering advanced lit analysis, well, watch my videos...! I demonstrate how you can do that in pretty much every video I put out. :smile:
Original post by Aquasauce
Thanks so much for the response and providing me with resoruces as well I will be sure to check them out! Special thanks for including animal farm resources because I literally couldn’t find any good videos on that!

Do you have any tips on making physical revision resources and how to gain highly anylitical and advanced analysis?
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Original post by Hyperbolit
By "physical revision resources", do you mean written notes (vs. digital ones)? I personally find colour-coding to be an effective hack for note-taking (also makes the process a tad bit more fun), but it all depends on what kind of learner you are and what appeals most to you. Some people love annotating texts and thrive with the kind of chaos created from scribbly script on the margins, but that's not necessarily for everyone.

In terms of mastering advanced lit analysis, well, watch my videos...! I demonstrate how you can do that in pretty much every video I put out. :smile:

Thanks so much for the tips! You're videos have been so helpful! Just subscribed! :smile:
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