Exam Day

Remember – come to my room before the exam to dump your kit/phones etc. Water, cereal bars and bananas also available šŸ˜Ž


More resources for study/stress/sleep etc

Under S5/6 Revision Hints


How To Revise For An English Exam

The Higher and Nat 5 prelim exams are coming up, and the Christmas holidays are about to start. Fun fun fun! I’ve added a couple of handouts to the S5/6 Revision page under the S5 menu above.

ReviseĀ for ReadingĀ for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation (RUAE) and Critical Reading (CR)

Some say you can’t revise for English, but this isn’t true. Make sure you own a copy of the past papers for the exam you are about to take. You will cover most of them in class, but it’s worth doing any which are left over. If you have missed any marks, go back and check the answers to find out what you did wrong.Ā  If you’ve run out of past papers to do, use the issued textbooks. Make sure you KNOW your texts in MacCaig/Duffy and Donovan as appropriate.

Revise for your Critical Essay paper

Go over the questions for previous years and see what they have asked. By now you will have completed a couple of essays in class. Now see if you can use your notes and quotes to answer a different exam question. If you have written an essay about the character of Othello or a poem by MacCaig/story by Donovan, try writing a question about the theme of love and violence, or an essay about a key scene.Ā  Again, ask me and I can give you some advice on the essay you’re planning to write in your exam.

Revise online

Visit the Scottish Qualifications Authority site to download past papers:

Ā http://www.sqa.org.uk

BBC Bitesize will give you practice questions and answers with detailed help and advice:

Ā Ā http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/learning/bitesize/higher/

The 8 Mark Question

Here’s the grid on how to answer; remember you can do as a mini-essay, linked sentences or bullet points. If you’re running out of time then should be obvious which to use šŸ˜Ž Updated handouts on MacCaig and Donovan under relevant S4 menu headings above.



National 5 – Tuesday 12th January 2016

Higher – Tuesday 19th January 2016


(You’ll be fine)

IF you actually study the texts and make sure you KNOW them!

Site Maintenance

Have had to move the site from justhost to 1and1 so in the process managed to lose much of the content although I still have the actual files on my PC. Going to take a few days to upload them all again šŸ˜Ž Patience, dear students….



17 Oct:

Duffy page uploaded ready for next term.

Othello done

20 Oct

Donovan page updated


Duffy poetry

Updated versions of handouts issued this week are all uploaded. Amended PowerPoints for ‘Originally’ etc also uploaded.

If you don’t come to class…..

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Language errors

Added a wee list of things we need to stop doing in our essays to the S5/6 Revision Hints and AdviceĀ page (see top menu)

speech errors

Deadlines – a reminder



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