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has anyone only learn 10 quotes from those "only 10 quotes you need to know" videos? if so, what did you end up getting in your GCSEs, and would you recommend learning only 10, or should i learn more? thanks!
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i'm in y11 rn but i really don't think learning 10 quotes is enough - sure it might give you some good key quotes to make sure you learn, but one of the most important things is being able to reference to the text well - in any exemplar essay, they frequently embed quotes to show that they know the text; which is what sets them above people who only learn a few quotes for each character/theme. 10 quotes per character/theme would definitely work, but for an entire text? if you can take 10 quotes and apply them to any possible question, great! but the likelihood is you probably won't be able to

you could get a question which asks something very specific about a certain character or theme, and if you only have 2 quotes about it - you'll not be able to show enough understanding of how its changed or developed throughout to do well at all really, and if you start using random quotes it'll just become unfocused and incoherent.

i say min. 5 quotes for every character, at least 1 from the start, at least 1 from the end, and then a few from the middle events of the story. but make sure you chose your quotes well! pick things which you'll be able to analyse well and actually say something important - not just a quote which uses a language technique.
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Original post by lc_007
i'm in y11 rn but i really don't think learning 10 quotes is enough - sure it might give you some good key quotes to make sure you learn, but one of the most important things is being able to reference to the text well - in any exemplar essay, they frequently embed quotes to show that they know the text; which is what sets them above people who only learn a few quotes for each character/theme. 10 quotes per character/theme would definitely work, but for an entire text? if you can take 10 quotes and apply them to any possible question, great! but the likelihood is you probably won't be able to
you could get a question which asks something very specific about a certain character or theme, and if you only have 2 quotes about it - you'll not be able to show enough understanding of how its changed or developed throughout to do well at all really, and if you start using random quotes it'll just become unfocused and incoherent.
i say min. 5 quotes for every character, at least 1 from the start, at least 1 from the end, and then a few from the middle events of the story. but make sure you chose your quotes well! pick things which you'll be able to analyse well and actually say something important - not just a quote which uses a language technique.

thanks!!
Original post by unknown19!!
has anyone only learn 10 quotes from those "only 10 quotes you need to know" videos? if so, what did you end up getting in your GCSEs, and would you recommend learning only 10, or should i learn more? thanks!

Hi, I wouldn’t use the 10 quotes only. I got an 8 in English literature. Using these 10 quotes only vids is risky, because:
. If everyone used those quotes, you wouldn’t stand out.
. Not all quotes work for every question. Especially if you got given text which had those quotes in…
. You need to learn different analysis views for each quote, different ways of interpreting it in order to get into top grades and these aren’t covered in these videos.

It is better to find quotes that you can remember and go into detail about. For this, instead of watching 10 quotes videos, I would watch videos that explore each theme. check out mr Bruff videos or Mr Salles videos for this. And then write down quotes that match each character and theme onto flashcards and test daily. Using this method you should be sorted for good grades.
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Original post by kitty15
Hi, I wouldn’t use the 10 quotes only. I got an 8 in English literature. Using these 10 quotes only vids is risky, because:
. If everyone used those quotes, you wouldn’t stand out.
. Not all quotes work for every question. Especially if you got given text which had those quotes in…
. You need to learn different analysis views for each quote, different ways of interpreting it in order to get into top grades and these aren’t covered in these videos.
It is better to find quotes that you can remember and go into detail about. For this, instead of watching 10 quotes videos, I would watch videos that explore each theme. check out mr Bruff videos or Mr Salles videos for this. And then write down quotes that match each character and theme onto flashcards and test daily. Using this method you should be sorted for good grades.


thank you so much! i’ll definitely check those out
Original post by unknown19!!
has anyone only learn 10 quotes from those "only 10 quotes you need to know" videos? if so, what did you end up getting in your GCSEs, and would you recommend learning only 10, or should i learn more? thanks!


Hey hey! I got a 9 in my mocks and decided to pick 3-5 quotes for the most important characters. Some quotes can relate to the character that says it and the character it is directed at or is about so you can cut corners. I would say 10 quotes is too few to reach the top marks, if you have very good and in depth analysis to go with 15-20 quotes you’ll be just fine in my opinion! Hope it helps
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Original post by EddieHawlsters
Hey hey! I got a 9 in my mocks and decided to pick 3-5 quotes for the most important characters. Some quotes can relate to the character that says it and the character it is directed at or is about so you can cut corners. I would say 10 quotes is too few to reach the top marks, if you have very good and in depth analysis to go with 15-20 quotes you’ll be just fine in my opinion! Hope it helps


thank you so much! definitely helpful!!

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