GCSE English revision
GSCE English revision can seem difficult, but it needn’t be. In fact, it can be fun and a good way to discover new authors and styles of literature that you like. You may have already done some coursework, so remember - you’re partway there before you enter the exam hall! Neither English Language nor English Literature should be cause for alarm. Below are a few helpful tips.
Sort out your Style. You can (and will) lose marks if your standard of writing is low. Brush up on grammar and (more importantly) spelling of those key words and names. Write down words you find you always get wrong and look over the list every so often - and either test yourself or get someone to test you.
Lose yourself in a Good Book. Re-read all your core texts, even though you’re sick to death of them. Try and remember the key passages and quotes - not necessarily page numbers or similar, just when things happen in terms of the plot. Revision guides or English tutors can also help here.
Write Essay Plans. The best way to see if you’ve mastered the style of question asked in a GCSE English paper is to see if you can plan an answer to a question within a certain time limit. A private English tutor can also help you here by checking your essay plans against the mark scheme.
Learn the Technical Terms. Make sure, when studying GCSE English Language, that you understand the technical terms that apply to your texts.
If you’re still having trouble with GCSE English revision, consider getting assistance from private English tutors who can offer focussed guidance tailored to your course. Try doing practice GCSE English papers and questions in timed conditions - actually writing the essays improves your written style and helps you get the hang of time management, and most teachers will take a look over written work you do for revision.
Take some time to find out exactly what’s required in each of your GCSE English papers to better focus your English revision. Look at examiners reports, practise English exam papers, and consider using revision guides to identify key quotes and themes in set texts.
On the Day…
When the time comes for your GCSE English papers, try to relax and go into the hall with a clear mind. Spend some time planning your essays and choosing your questions carefully when presented with a choice. Good Luck!