English Exam Revision Tips | Greater London Tutors
We have comprised a list of the top 10 English exam revision tips, we believe can benefit you:
- Make sure you read the whole passage that a comprehension question relates to. Do not try and guess which parts of the text are the most relevant, as you are likely to end up missing something important that may be necessary for the questions.
- Read the question carefully! If it asks to answer ‘in your own words’, then use your own words. Do not highlight chunks from the text unless that is what the question is asking you to do.
- Practice writing timed essays. Managing your time in an English exam is crucial, especially if the whole exam is comprised of just one or two questions.
- Spend a few minutes planning a brief structure of the essay you are going to write, and try to stick to your plan as closely as possible. This will help to ensure you have included everything required of you. Your English tutor will be able to help you with both essay planning and essay writing.
- Ensure you know your key text to a high level of detail. Although this sounds obvious, it has been known for people to have written about the wrong text in an exam. Make sure you know what you have been studying, especially the plot, the major and minor characters and the key themes.
- Use annotations and highlight key passages in the text. This will help you remember things that you may be struggling with, and will allow you to spot them quickly when rereading the text.
- Practise using official past papers. Although the questions may differ, these will help you manage your time and structure your essays correctly, as well as to get a sense for the style and content of questions commonly asked. Your English tutor will be happy to provide these for you.
- Always ask your English tutor to mark any mock papers you do, and ask them to show you how and where you went wrong. This will help you to avoid repeating mistakes.
- Include quotations from the text to support your point. Make sure they are not long chunks of text, but concise sentences that relate directly to the point you are trying to make.
- When you have finished writing, make sure you reread your answers to ensure all spelling and grammar is correct. There are likely to be small errors that arise naturally when you are writing large amounts of text, and marks are awarded for high attention to detail. Your English writing skills are being tested as well as your content knowledge.