I’m currently deep into my revision and assignments, and over the past 3 years I have realised that English is a subject that is super difficult to revise for. There is never a right or wrong answer, as it is very subjective, so it is difficult to know how it exactly went after the event. I thought I’d give some tips that I’ve learned over the past three years that help me with my revision.
- Know your texts: Quite often at Leicester, you will have to know various texts for one exam, I make sure before I do anything else that I reread my books. I make sections based on the key themes in the text and as I reread I make notes of any passages that come under a particular theme.
- Contextual information and secondary criticism: I then go ahead and read contextual information and secondary criticism about the author. This means I can make a more developed response and back my opinions with criticism.
- Mind maps: I love being creative with my revision as I am a very visual person, so I love making super colourful mind maps. I split each mind map into themes, with all the information that is relevant for that theme from all authors, secondary criticism and contextual information.
- Practise questions: The best way to get to know how the exam works is by doing practise questions. As my exams are pre-seen, I do a bunch of different practise detailed essay plans. I then select a few of the essay plans and do a timed essay plans, this gives me an idea of how much I can write in the selected time and identify what it is that I struggle with.
- Learning quotes and key information: The last thing I do before the exam is learn all the quotes and information I need by writing them on cue cards and learning them.
Hopefully some of these tips will help!