Start your revision NOW! This will make your life a whole lot easier as you approach the exams – you won’t have so much to do, you’ll retain information better, and you’ll be in good habits.
Some handy tips:
- Don’t be passive – just skimming through revision guides and your notebooks will only do so much. We retain more information by DOING something with it: write or record your notes in your own words.
- Practise your skills as well as just the information: you need to be able to write clearly about your ideas. Create essay plans, write What How Why paragraphs.
- Find what works for YOU. Not every method will work for everyone. Half an hour on a method that will help you is far better than hours and hours on something that won’t
- Know your Assessment Objectives – these will get you the marks. Make sure you can demonstrate them!
- Ask for help! From family, classmates and your teachers! If you do a practice essay, hand it to an English teacher and the team will mark it for you.
Some ways to revise:
- Reread the texts
- You can find a link for each one under the Literature tab.
- Watch Mr Bruff videos
- Use a revision clock
- Split your page into twelve and pick 12 topics (e.g. ‘presentation of the working class’, ‘Gerald’). Set a timer for 5 minutes and write as much as you can on that topic until the alarm goes. Then repeat until your clock is full!
- Create plans for essay questions
- Make mind-maps about specific characters/themes
- Create detailed timelines
- Use the Knowledge Organisers we gave you at the end of Year 10.
- (Current Year 10, you will get these as you go through your texts.)
- Use your CGP guides
- Remember, you can get these through the school for a lower price than in the shops! Ask at Reception for more information.
- Specific analysis of key quotes
- Try practice questions
- Create and use flashcards
- Record your notes and play them back to yourself
- Quiz a peer
- Use Shmoop and SparkNotes
- Copy your notes onto post-its and stick them around your house
- Redraft mock exams and in-class tasks to make them better