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Hi,
I have mocks starting from next week, how do I revise for Maths and English Language
in a short time period?
(edited 3 weeks ago)
Reply 1
For English literature all you need to know is quotes so get some flash cards and write all the meaty quotes on there quotes you can properly analyse and just learn them and test yourself on them. And for maths just keep doing past papers and whatever you struggle on watch videos on how to do them type of questions I hope this helped x
Reply 2
Original post by Bisma xx
For English literature all you need to know is quotes so get some flash cards and write all the meaty quotes on there quotes you can properly analyse and just learn them and test yourself on them. And for maths just keep doing past papers and whatever you struggle on watch videos on how to do them type of questions I hope this helped x

Thank you! Will take this advice on board
Original post by iislam79
Hi,
I have mocks starting from next week, how do I revise for Maths and English Language
in a short time period?

Hi

For English language, the main skills you need to pick up are effective exam technique and time management.

If you struggle more with the time management, I highly recommend printing out a past paper and doing it under timed conditions so you can get used to spending only a specific time on each question.

If you struggle more with exam technique, past papers are also a good way to achieve this, however also try to pick up techniques to spot in the extracts you're given like language or structure techniques (so work on being able to spot advanced techniques like sibilance or a cyclical structure); and also do some preparation in anticipation for the last question which is important as it's worth half the paper: you could have a tick-box list of things you need to include in the writing like sophisticated vocabulary, varied sentence/paragraph lengths, different punctuation and varied use of tenses. There's a youtube channel that went through every single question (for both paper 1 and 2) and what to do for them and it's called Glow up your grades (it really helped me a lot for english in general).

For maths, practice is definitely the main focus - go through past paper questions (for non-calculator or calculator depending on what exam you have) and only select the ones you would find difficult to complete - like 5 mark questions for example. Build up a habit of selecting different types of questions in the lead up to your maths test so you've covered a good range of them and you're prepared for your test; so you can also look at different websites like MME revise, PMT and maths genie to do this.

If there are any particular topics you struggle in within maths, the GCSE maths tutor youtube channel is so helpful!

I hope I helped and good luck for your mocks!
Reply 4
Original post by iislam79
Hi,
I have mocks starting from next week, how do I revise for Maths and English Language
in a short time period?


english language is super repetitive, for me ive just memorised the structure and features which gets you marks for each question - e.g. , paper 1 question 4 talking about whether the writer was successful in ……. and saying how certain sentence types present the text in a certain way. if you’re not familiar with techniques definitely work on that, techniques that are more sophisticated tend to be easier to analyse , like pathetic fallacy rather than alliteration - definitely remember that techniques are not the be all and end all! zooming in on words or phrases can be especially useful, try delving deeper into connotations, e.g. , ‘danger’ has connotations of hazardous and caution, this therefore depicts the character as having an awareness of …. and challenges the initial ideas of the reader of this character being fearful as they continue to approach the ‘danger’ this is just a random example but it really is just about making rather farfetched connections and saying whatever - as long as you can back it up!! also make that vocabulary more ambitious! this sounds silly but sometimes i just pick a word ive heard or read that sounds cool and just start using it everyday and it really does help!
Reply 5
Original post by emiirly
english language is super repetitive, for me ive just memorised the structure and features which gets you marks for each question - e.g. , paper 1 question 4 talking about whether the writer was successful in ……. and saying how certain sentence types present the text in a certain way. if you’re not familiar with techniques definitely work on that, techniques that are more sophisticated tend to be easier to analyse , like pathetic fallacy rather than alliteration - definitely remember that techniques are not the be all and end all! zooming in on words or phrases can be especially useful, try delving deeper into connotations, e.g. , ‘danger’ has connotations of hazardous and caution, this therefore depicts the character as having an awareness of …. and challenges the initial ideas of the reader of this character being fearful as they continue to approach the ‘danger’ this is just a random example but it really is just about making rather farfetched connections and saying whatever - as long as you can back it up!! also make that vocabulary more ambitious! this sounds silly but sometimes i just pick a word ive heard or read that sounds cool and just start using it everyday and it really does help!

Hey I'm so sorry I just seen this now 😭 But thank you so much, I'll definitely make sure to familarise myself with structure, features and techniques!
Also yesss I always use words that I hear!
Reply 6
Original post by *LifeHappens*
Hi
For English language, the main skills you need to pick up are effective exam technique and time management.
If you struggle more with the time management, I highly recommend printing out a past paper and doing it under timed conditions so you can get used to spending only a specific time on each question.
If you struggle more with exam technique, past papers are also a good way to achieve this, however also try to pick up techniques to spot in the extracts you're given like language or structure techniques (so work on being able to spot advanced techniques like sibilance or a cyclical structure); and also do some preparation in anticipation for the last question which is important as it's worth half the paper: you could have a tick-box list of things you need to include in the writing like sophisticated vocabulary, varied sentence/paragraph lengths, different punctuation and varied use of tenses. There's a youtube channel that went through every single question (for both paper 1 and 2) and what to do for them and it's called Glow up your grades (it really helped me a lot for english in general).
For maths, practice is definitely the main focus - go through past paper questions (for non-calculator or calculator depending on what exam you have) and only select the ones you would find difficult to complete - like 5 mark questions for example. Build up a habit of selecting different types of questions in the lead up to your maths test so you've covered a good range of them and you're prepared for your test; so you can also look at different websites like MME revise, PMT and maths genie to do this.
If there are any particular topics you struggle in within maths, the GCSE maths tutor youtube channel is so helpful!
I hope I helped and good luck for your mocks!

Hi, sorry for my late reply, but thank you so much for your advice! Will definitely be taking this on board
I agree, I think past papers do the job, and I'll definitely check out the youtube channels

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