GCSE Revision strategies

English Literature and Language

Revision Strategies 2018

· Create posters and mind-maps of key quotations for each text you have studied. Group them by theme and character. Aim to learn approximately 7-10 key quotes for each longer literature text and 3-4 quotes for each poem. Remember, a quote only needs to be 2-10 words long. Underline the key words in each quote.

· Create flashcards with examples and definitions of all the literary and language techniques and terminology you have studied in class. Use real card or Quizlet.

· Familiarise yourself with the exam paper formats. Look at exemplar exam papers and plan your responses then compare to the indicative content given in the mark schemes. Compare your own work to those of exemplar student responses at different levels.

· Memorise how long you need to spend on each question for each exam. This is especially important in the reading section of the language papers.

· Practice planning and writing under timed conditions. Take an exemplar question and plan a response in under seven minutes, including what you would include in each paragraph.

· Read lots of news stories and articles from newspaper websites. Find a story that interests you and practice writing a summary. Aim to summarise all the key information in less than five sentences.

· Practice descriptive and narrative writing using sections of film. Watch the opening five minutes of a film and make a list of all the things you see and hear, then turn your notes into the opening of a story.

· Practice annotating unseen texts. Newspapers, leaflets and novels especially. How has the writer used language and structure to create a specific effect in the audience (persuade/describe/shock/entertain)? Practice writing short responses using the P.E.E/ S.Q.C or L.E.A.R format you have been taught to structure your paragraphs.

· Re-read all your literature set texts again. And again. Watch film versions or listen to audio books of your literature set texts. Read them. Again.