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.

Revise for Reading 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.  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.  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:

 http://www.sqa.org.uk

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

  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 😎 Updated handouts on MacCaig and Donovan under relevant S4 menu headings above.

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Prelims

National 5 – Tuesday 12th January 2016

Higher – Tuesday 19th January 2016

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(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 😎 Patience, dear students….

 

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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 Advice page (see top menu)

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Deadlines – a reminder

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Plagiarism and collusion – a reminder

SQA defines plagiarism as ‘Failing to acknowledge sources properly and/or >submitting another person’s work as if it were your own.’

Collusion means ‘copying work from another candidate and/or working collaboratively with other candidates on an individual task.

The principal rules for compiling and submitting coursework

The main rules on plagiarism and collusion that candidates really need to understand are:

  1. Candidates’ coursework should be in their own words, unless they are quoting from a referenced source. If they are asked to explain what they mean by a certain phrase or paragraph, they should be able to do so.
  2. Candidates should always credit work that is not their own, regardless of where the ideas came from.
  3. Candidates should not let anyone other than their teacher/lecturer see their coursework. In real life, it may be considered good practice to share information, but in coursework assignments this is not acceptable. It can lead to candidates being accused of collusion, which could mean that a penalty is applied to their award.
  4. If a candidate asks for help, other candidates, friends, family, or teachers/lecturers should only help them to understand. They should not tell them what to write, or show them their own work (or the work of someone else).
  5. Candidates should be advised of the risks associated with using essay banks, essay-writing services etc — these are services that are available from the internet and offer to provide candidates with coursework materials for a fee.
  6. Setting expectations is an important step in helping candidates to understand the academic standards required. It is important that candidates understand that, when they sign the authentication statement on the flyleaf, that they are confirming that the work is their own and that any ideas or words belonging to someone else are correctly acknowledged.
  7. Candidates should have read the SQA booklet Your Coursework (issued annually to centres) and be fully conversant with the penalties for plagiarism and collusion

REMEMBER! IF YOU HAVE A TUTOR THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GO ANYWHERE NEAR YOUR FOLIO! IF I BELIEVE YOU HAVE HAD HELP FROM YOUR TUTOR I WILL REJECT THE FOLIO PIECE AND MAKE YOU DO ANOTHER IN SCHOOL UNDER SUPERVISION. BE WARNED!

S5C1 (Higher) Poetry Homework

Issued via ‘Show My Homework’ tonight. PowerPoint attached and is also on SMH First one due Monday 30th November

Takeaway homework – Chinese take away – Poetry

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