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One of the biggest worries for students taking A Level English Literature is that most of the exams are closed book, meaning that you cannot have a copy of the text in the exam with you.
This does mean that you do have to be very familiar with your chosen texts but it certain does not mean learning it word for word.
The most effective thing to do is to learn quotes which can be picked apart, which imply several different reading rather than just one. If you learn quotes like this for example then the quote will be more applicable to a range of exam responses, not just for one particular theme.
When learning a quote, learn the quote with it's analysis, treat them as a pair. This includes language analysis as well, a key part to a successful exam response but one which is often omitted. To just simply state that a certain quote is a simile or a metaphor, or uses alliteration for example is not enough. When analysing a quote in terms of language you must state what effect the chosen technique has. For example, what does it make the reader feel? Or can this technique be related to the context of production of reception of the given text?
For more advice on structuring sucessful exam responses to the closed book exams, book a session with me and we can talk through the golden rules of essay writing in exam.... Once you have learnt some quotes and their analysis that is! Remember, every point must be backed up by sufficient evidence from the text otherwise it is not valid.see more
There are plently of ways to revise for a german reading exam, all of which will make a difference to your grade.
Firstly, it is really good to get into the habit of reading German news articles, one because this will help you effectively prepare for the reading exam and two because it will broaden your knowledge of German to a very high degree. If you are familiar with German articles then the articles or short texts presented to you in the reading exam will not come as a surprise. The best website to find German news articles which are not of standard too difficult is www.deutschewelle.de . Deutsche Welle is also available in English so the great thing is, once you have read an article, and only after you have read an article, you can check how well you understood it.
This takes us on to the second way to revise - build vocabulary bank and learn the words which you note down. When learning a noun, learn the singular and plural forms as some plurals in German add umlauts to the singular forms which may cause you to not recognise a noun you actually know in the exam. There are no excuses to not having vocab to put in your vocabularly bank because the first way of revising for a reading exam will provide you with plently of new material.
Thirdy, do some past papers and if you unsure where to find these then contact me telling me which exam board you are taking you German GCSE with and I can provide you with some links. By doing past papers you can familiarise yourself with the style of the exam you will sit, for example which sections are mutiple choice, which sections you must write in English and which ones you must write in German. It is also a great skill for practicing your time management and is reassuring when you know from your practice that you will finish the exam.
If there are any particular practice questions or parts of a GCSE German reading exam which you cannot get your head around, then book a session with me to solve any issues or worries you have.
Good luck revising!