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How can I practice English Language/Literature?

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Answered Nov 18English
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Jordan GillQualified teacher and examiner of English GCSEs.489 students helped

Working with a tutor would be the best thing to do, ideally one qualified as a teacher that has taught English language and literature and is familiar with the new exams (they changed in 2015, the first new exam was held in 2017, so ideally you don’t want a student that didn’t even take these exams, or teach these exams tutoring you). To practise at home, ask your teacher if you can have sample questions and past papers. Practise answering these with a timer. You should revise as much as possible. Ideally, purchase revision guides and ask your teacher if they can provide you with any revision packs. Stay behind with your teacher one day or at break and ask them what you can do to achieve the next level. Make notes on whatever they say. Attend any after school or lunch time revision sessions your school offers. For literature it’s really important to know the key quotes of your texts off by heart. I’d really recommend watching Mr Bruff on YouTube as well. He is very good and each video gives you a bite size chunk to revise. Try coming up with revision cards for English literature and language and placing them where you can see them regularly. Nothing compares to having your own tutor, but there’s a lot you can do on your own too! Some tutors like myself will offer lessons over Skype or online if you can’t find quality tutors in your area. Hope that helps! Jordan.

Answered Nov 18English
Ciara Daniels3+ years teaching Maths

Hi! There are multiple components to learning any language. Vocabulary, grammar and plenty of reading! If you can find ways to improve in each of those domains, you'll be well on your way to improving your proficiency. When it comes to exams, you need to know the theory. Then, it just comes down to practice, practice and practice! For literature, you might find it useful to deeply analyse text but also use sources like SparkNotes to help you.