OCR English Lit- Reading List

So.. you’re thinking about literature at A level? This is my reading list for my A level which is OCR.

My Shakespeare text is Hamlet. Couldn’t be longer tbh ahah but there’s a few interesting points, I love Ophelia.

I do American Literature so I do Great Gatsby and I believe in year 13 The Grapes of Wrath. I absolutely love Gatsby as it’s a great text and there’s so much to discuss.

I know that I also in year 13 do poetry and The Doll’s House. I don’t know what else to say about that. Poetry is some of my fave.

As well as those five, obvs they’ve put some more in. I also do History Boys and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. I’ve read history boys and it’s actually a great and short read. Very comical, very easy to get into.

TOP TIP: After or as you’re reading the books watch the films! It makes it so much easier to do and remember how events happened.

Condensing Revision

One of the best ways to revise is to condense down information. Actually, it’s condense and condense again.

Simple 2 step guide:

  1. Condense down information from class notes to your own notes
  2. Condense down from those notes to flashcard-sized information for each subtopic.

There are so many advantages of this method, including less information to learn. So HOW do you do it?

Get your class notes. For each 4-5 paragraphs for example, choose the most important 2-3 paragraphs or condense the points down. This way, for example 3 pages can go into 1-1 and a half. The aim of exams is to test your knowledge so the less to remember the better.

How do you condense it into flashcards? Pick up that highlighter and now pick the most important points, quotes, phrases. Cut out the least important words, replace ‘and’ with a comma and cut out the start of sentences that are pointless.

That’s how to condense!

Chlo xx

The Best Revision Methods

These are the best revision methods personally for me, and so I thought I could share them with you! They’ll work with most-every subject, especially those with a heavy amount of information in them.

1. Flash cards

I could never use flash cards at GCSE as i just weren’t interested in them. Now I’m at A level, there are too many cases in social sciences etc that you NEED them. I do law and sociology which both have cases involved so thats what I use them for. At GCSE, instead I’d cut A4 lined paper into 2 so they were about A5 and size down all the information I needed as it’s a bit less boring that using a flash card.

2. Mind-maps

For each subject, CRAM all the info into one mind-map and once again downsize it, cut out unimportant words and phrases, use colours and co ordinate to each topic, highlight, underline.

3. Mini quizzes

I did this for GCSE science and I do it now for English. It’s really useful towards exams when you’re tired out and don’t have the energy to write out millions of notes, just to consolidate knowledge and basic facts. You can find them on sites like BBC bitsize and when I use them for lit, they’re on a lot of sites that focus on english.

4. Learn shortcuts

Exams can be stressful, so don’t pack your mind with all the facts. Rhymes, anecdotes, phrases. If you know in an exam you can paraphrase, PARAPHRASE! Don’t put all your work into learning each text or fact off by heart.

Hope you find it useful,

Chlo x

Introductory Post- Who I Am

Hey guys & welcome to my blog! I already actually have a blog called Launching Lifestyle which is all about my life & beauty! I wanted to create a separate blog to share all my revision and studying tips I’ve compiled from my GCSES and now my A levels.

At GCSE, I studied the core subjects (English language, literature, maths and double award science). I also had to study philosophy and statistics as compulsory. For my 4 options I did German, art, history and health and social care.

For my results I got:

  • Philosophy- 8
  • Maths- 7
  • Literature- 7
  • Health and social- A
  • Double science- 7 6
  • History- 6
  • German- 6
  • Statistics- B
  • Language- 5
  • Art- 4

Now I’m doing my A levels at a college rather than in a sixth form and I kinda love it. For my options I do sociology, law and literature, all my targets are B’s but they are created from your GCSE results so if you don’t have high targets it doesn’t mean anything! However, at the end of the two years -I’m in year 12 now- I’m aiming for AAB. A’s in law and sociology and a B in English.

Anyway now you know enough about me! Thankyou for reading this & let me know if there’s anything in particular you want to know about. Next post will be up soon

Chlo xx