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English Language and Literature Revision Tips
Nicky Forro, English language and literature teacher, offers revision tips...
"English is a skill rather than a fact-based subject, so you can't really revise in the way that you can for history where there are dates, historical figures, etc., to commit to memory. Frankly, if you have not got your written English up to scratch by the time you are close to taking your GCSE then you are going to find it very difficult to catch up on what you should have learned over your entire school career. However, spelling, punctuation and grammar CAN be improved if you tackle them early enough.
If you know you have a problem with your spelling and you are determined to do something about it then it can be improved but it is NOT something you can improve overnight. It will take a lot of time and a lot of work. So how to go about it?
Well, first ask your teacher. Maybe your school can you support you, but not all schools will. Here are some self-help methods:
- Keep a 'spelling diary'
List all the words that you spell wrong each week, in all subjects, not just English. The best method I have found to learn spellings is 'look, cover, write, check':-
- Look at the word.
- Cover it up.
- Write it down.
- Check if it is right.
- Repeat this until you can confidently spell the word right.
- Get people to test you at the end of each week on your words. If you can keep this up it will soon make a big impact on your spelling.
- Alternatively you may be in a position where you can afford private tuition. Be careful who you hire. Check their qualifications and go by recommendation if you can. You can expect to pay around �20 per hour.
- The full stop
- The comma
- The question mark
- The apostrophe (for contraction or possession)
- The quotation mark
Ensure you have developed some impressions and ideas on these characters and plots so that you will be prepared to put forward a point of view.
Be aware of the language and style of writing adopted by the author.
Sometimes some awareness of the author's background can also be useful as it may shed some light on to his intentions within the text.
There are some excellent ranges of literature study notes available cheaply in bookshops these will prove valuable in all these areas. They represent an excellent investment in your future!"
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