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I Got Full Marks in my English Lit GCSE - AMA!

Hi guys,
I achieved 130/130 in my English Lit GCSE in 2022. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you have regarding the exam.

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Original post by aloevera4
Hi guys,
I achieved 130/130 in my English Lit GCSE in 2022. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you have regarding the exam.

It is possible to revise for English literature paper 1 in 2days. How should I revise for it? I am getting confused like how many quotes to revise for and which quotes to chose like from all staves/acts or from start and end? there re themes as well so I need to remember quotes for them as well.

pls help, how should I revise for it, I am extremely confused. I do Christmas Carol and Macbeth for literature paper 1.
I hope you will provide me some good advice that we really help me.
Thanks
Original post by aloevera4
Hi guys,
I achieved 130/130 in my English Lit GCSE in 2022. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you have regarding the exam.

Hey,
(I'm sorry if the amount of questions I'm asking is intimidating you)
for the novels/books you had for the exam did you memorise a lot of quotes? How did you structure your timing for both sections? For QA and QB/unseen poetry/ poetry anthology questions how did you structure and plan your answers? And if you have any advice for someone who has there english lit GCSE in 2 weeks, that would be great.
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Original post by Harman Kaur
It is possible to revise for English literature paper 1 in 2days. How should I revise for it? I am getting confused like how many quotes to revise for and which quotes to chose like from all staves/acts or from start and end? there re themes as well so I need to remember quotes for them as well.
pls help, how should I revise for it, I am extremely confused. I do Christmas Carol and Macbeth for literature paper 1.
I hope you will provide me some good advice that we really help me.
Thanks

hello :smile:
What you need to do is:

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think of the most important scenes in the book/play

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think of the most important characters in the book/play

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think of the most important themes in the book/play

Once you've identified them, look through Christmas Carol and Macbeth, and find quotes on them. You should have one quote for each section - for example, if you think of 5 important scenes, have a quote for each scene.
I'd advise that you keep the quotes short, examiners like that.
Once you have your quotes, practice language analysis - this is very important.

For example - an important theme in A Christmas Carol is loneliness. A quote I have for this is "solitary as an oyster". Language analysis is that Dickens uses a simile to draw comparisons, the use of "oyster" demonstrates that Scrooge feels insignificant, just as an oyster appears when compared to the vastness of the ocean, etc etc.

Try not to exceed 15 quotes for each play or book.

I hope this helps!!
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Original post by HANIYAAAAAAAA
Hey,
(I'm sorry if the amount of questions I'm asking is intimidating you)
for the novels/books you had for the exam did you memorise a lot of quotes? How did you structure your timing for both sections? For QA and QB/unseen poetry/ poetry anthology questions how did you structure and plan your answers? And if you have any advice for someone who has there english lit GCSE in 2 weeks, that would be great.

Don't worry your questions aren't intimidating me haha
Honestly, yes I did revise a lot of quotes for my english lit. This is not necessary at all, and I don't think my ability to memorise loads of quotes was the reason why I did well. It would be much better if you remember 15 quotes from the whole play and could analyse them excellently, than know 100 and have nothing to say about them at all.

Spend 1 hour on Macbeth and 45 minutes on A Christmas Carol

The poetry questions are you best friend, especially unseen poetry. This is where you don't need to learn any quotes, you just have to read the poem (slowly) + digest it.
Similarly with anthology poems, you have one poem right there in front of you, so please don't be as nervous/ intimidated by this paper.
With anthology poems, make sure you are comparing the poems - use words like "similarly", "alternatively", etc. It helps to have the 2 poems in one paragraph, since this helps to make true comparisons.
Original post by aloevera4
Don't worry your questions aren't intimidating me haha
Honestly, yes I did revise a lot of quotes for my english lit. This is not necessary at all, and I don't think my ability to memorise loads of quotes was the reason why I did well. It would be much better if you remember 15 quotes from the whole play and could analyse them excellently, than know 100 and have nothing to say about them at all.
Spend 1 hour on Macbeth and 45 minutes on A Christmas Carol
The poetry questions are you best friend, especially unseen poetry. This is where you don't need to learn any quotes, you just have to read the poem (slowly) + digest it.
Similarly with anthology poems, you have one poem right there in front of you, so please don't be as nervous/ intimidated by this paper.
With anthology poems, make sure you are comparing the poems - use words like "similarly", "alternatively", etc. It helps to have the 2 poems in one paragraph, since this helps to make true comparisons.

Thank you very much, this was really helpful!
If you have the 15 quotes you used for Macbeth + A Christmas carol could you please send the list?
Original post by aloevera4
hello :smile:
What you need to do is:

โ€ข

think of the most important scenes in the book/play

โ€ข

think of the most important characters in the book/play

โ€ข

think of the most important themes in the book/play

Once you've identified them, look through Christmas Carol and Macbeth, and find quotes on them. You should have one quote for each section - for example, if you think of 5 important scenes, have a quote for each scene.
I'd advise that you keep the quotes short, examiners like that.
Once you have your quotes, practice language analysis - this is very important.
For example - an important theme in A Christmas Carol is loneliness. A quote I have for this is "solitary as an oyster". Language analysis is that Dickens uses a simile to draw comparisons, the use of "oyster" demonstrates that Scrooge feels insignificant, just as an oyster appears when compared to the vastness of the ocean, etc etc.
Try not to exceed 15 quotes for each play or book.
I hope this helps!!

Thank you so much, it was really helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚
If you have the quotes you used for macbeth an christmas carol, can you please send it to me.
So memorising 15 quotes would be enough?
(edited 1 month ago)
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Original post by Harman Kaur
Thank you so much, it was really helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚
If you have the quotes you used for macbeth an christmas carol, can you please send it to me.
So memorising 15 quotes would be enough?

You should be fine with knowing 15 quotes for each text. Unfortunately, I didn't do christmas carol or macbeth - my best advice would be to look on quizlet; there are loads of great flashcards on there.
Original post by aloevera4
You should be fine with knowing 15 quotes for each text. Unfortunately, I didn't do christmas carol or macbeth - my best advice would be to look on quizlet; there are loads of great flashcards on there.

Ok thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ Which quotes should I know?
If I know 3 quotes from start, middle and end of the novel/play, other quotes for themes and characters. Will this be okay or should I chose quotes that have many language devices?

Thanks
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Original post by Harman Kaur
Ok thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ Which quotes should I know?
If I know 3 quotes from start, middle and end of the novel/play, other quotes for themes and characters. Will this be okay or should I chose quotes that have many language devices?
Thanks

Be strategic - have quotes from start, middle and end which also have lots of language analysis.
Original post by aloevera4
Be strategic - have quotes from start, middle and end which also have lots of language analysis.

ok thank you for you help!!
Original post by aloevera4
Hi guys,
I achieved 130/130 in my English Lit GCSE in 2022. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you have regarding the exam.

Hi! How many paqragraphs would you suggest writing for each of the Macbeth and Jekyll and hyde questions? Like for e.g. is writing an intro, 3 paras 2 from other moments in the play and one from the extract and a conclusion enough? Like in total 5 paragraphs?
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Original post by StudyGirlGrammar
Hi! How many paqragraphs would you suggest writing for each of the Macbeth and Jekyll and hyde questions? Like for e.g. is writing an intro, 3 paras 2 from other moments in the play and one from the extract and a conclusion enough? Like in total 5 paragraphs?

Yes, this is a great structure. Always make sure you write and introduction and a conclusion; don't sacrifice either of those do write an extra point.
hellooo how many body paragraphs do u write?
bc i usually do 2 long ones but my teacher said to do 3
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Original post by fffhjtf
hellooo how many body paragraphs do u write?
bc i usually do 2 long ones but my teacher said to do 3

Hi! English is very subjective, so if you feel as if you can write 2 long + brilliant paragraphs, then do that. My main piece of advice, though, is that at GCSE they take paragraphing very seriously; examiners don't enjoy huge walls of text. So perhaps it would be best if you did 2 detailed points, but broke it up with line indentations/ clear paragraphs.
Hi, so I'm doing an Inspector calls and I dont have revision proper notes on about 4-5 characters (only vague ones that I made in year 10). I dont know whether i should try revising quotes now or what i should be doing cause Im kind of struggling with english language. I somehow managed to get 28/30 for aic in the mocks but Im worried our teacher was too generous because the whole class didnt really do well. Im really worried a character will come up that I dont have good ideas for, so what would you suggest is the best way to revise right now? Also, how many pages do you write? I usually cant write more than 2 pages as i run out of time but im worried the examiner wont think ive written enough.
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Original post by seagull11
Hi, so I'm doing an Inspector calls and I dont have revision proper notes on about 4-5 characters (only vague ones that I made in year 10). I dont know whether i should try revising quotes now or what i should be doing cause Im kind of struggling with english language. I somehow managed to get 28/30 for aic in the mocks but Im worried our teacher was too generous because the whole class didnt really do well. Im really worried a character will come up that I dont have good ideas for, so what would you suggest is the best way to revise right now? Also, how many pages do you write? I usually cant write more than 2 pages as i run out of time but im worried the examiner wont think ive written enough.

Hi - focus on what you're worried on. It is clear that you're concerned about characters, so to give yourself peace of mind, start revising characters. All you need is a mindmap of ideas, and 3-5 quotes for each character. I can DM you my quizlet for quotes-help, if you want?

As always, quality over quantity! If you can only write 2 pages then fine, but I would advise that you try and get in 3, or at least 2.5 pages.
Reply 18
Original post by aloevera4
Hi - focus on what you're worried on. It is clear that you're concerned about characters, so to give yourself peace of mind, start revising characters. All you need is a mindmap of ideas, and 3-5 quotes for each character. I can DM you my quizlet for quotes-help, if you want?
As always, quality over quantity! If you can only write 2 pages then fine, but I would advise that you try and get in 3, or at least 2.5 pages.

can u add here as well plz
cauze i have the same problemo
Original post by aloevera4
Hi - focus on what you're worried on. It is clear that you're concerned about characters, so to give yourself peace of mind, start revising characters. All you need is a mindmap of ideas, and 3-5 quotes for each character. I can DM you my quizlet for quotes-help, if you want?
As always, quality over quantity! If you can only write 2 pages then fine, but I would advise that you try and get in 3, or at least 2.5 pages.
Im quite worried about the characters but at the same time I do struggle with themes like selfishness, social responsibility and exploitation as well. I dont have instagram so is it possible that I give my email instead? Thankyou so much for your help

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