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Q. How do I revise for English?

Instead of giving you an ordered approach, I am going to suggest a number of ideas you might choose to try out. Here goes: 1. Ask your teachers for last year's papers so that you know the format of the exam and what type of questions are asked. Plan how you will split up your time between sections. 2. For each exam, figure out which reading and writing skills are needed for each type of question. Ask your teacher about this as well. You could practice answering these past questions also in your own time. 3. Where you have to study a novel, short stories, plays or poetry for the exam, ensure that you have written helpful annotations in your copy of the book if you are allowed to take it into the exam. 4. With any literature you have to revise, identify the ten most important sections of any play or novel you have to prepare. Each section should be between one and three pages long, and you should re-read these and make notes on them, rather than reading the whole work again. 5. Do spider diagrams for all major themes and characters in plays and novels you have studied. These could be put onto revision cards that you make. 6. If you have tp respond to media texts, cut newspaper articles out of newspapers and magazines and practise analysing and writing about them. 7. Use a text book or revision guide to learn all lists of rules relating to spelling, punctuation, grammar and types of writing in English. This should keep you busy for the time being!

Submitted by: helen, (Age 15)

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