How do I remember all the quotations I need to?

When revising set texts it's very easy to feel overwhelmed, especially when considering you can't take your book in with you. But don't panic - the key to being prepared is to go through novels slowly and only choose lines that can be applied in a variety of ways. Don't be too specific with them. For example, when looking at Frankenstein it would be better to choose the quotation “Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it" rather than “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” Although both discuss power (and subsequently the fear of losing it), the first wraps it in the semantic of mortality (life vs. death). This makes it way more valuable when writing an essay; in exams you do not want to plan essays in advance, but come equipped with a variety of quotations that allow you to properly answer the question.When remembering quotations then, the key is time. You can't learn a novel overnight but given a few weeks it's much, much easier than you imagine. Personally, I advocate flashcards. Colour code flashcards with genre/ theme and write your quotation on the back. Make 2/3 flashcards every time you go to revise and when you have finished working, make sure to go through all the ones you have previously made (your new ones included). Within a week or so you will have easily 'downloaded' 20 flashcards and be able to recall 20 different quotations that can be used to answer a variety of questions.

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