7 Top tips for studying for an English Exam
Know your text(s)
- Have a thorough understanding to the main themes and concepts within your texts of study
- A way to test your knowledge is to write a paragraph in your own words explaining and describing your insight to a particular theme in your text.
Put all your notes into a table
Draft 1… Draft 2… Draft 3…
- Whether your assessment task is an essay, creative task or speech you should have your first draft (typed or written) at least 2 weeks before your exam.
- Write about themes that your liked or enjoyed when you were studying the text. Expect to make multiple drafts for your assessment tasks, especially for creative writing.
Hand in your Drafts to your school teacher, tutor or parent/friend to read and edit
- Remember to get comments and feedback from the person who read your Draft.
- Make the appropriate changes according to your Drafts to make it even better.
Read other essays/creatives and become the person to give feedback
- Read other people’s essays/creatives to gain insight only and not to copy them
- Read to learn from them, look at their strengths and weaknesses, and see how you can replicate it in your own way.
- When reading, out yourself in the shoes of an HSC English Marker. This way you will understand what are the specifics that they are looking for and repeat this step with your essay/creative.
Practice… Practice… Practice…
- Practise answering different essay questions with your ‘perfect essay’ and practise moulding your response so that you answer the essay question each time.
Never memorise responses, only memorise your main ideas and analysis
- During the exam you must be writing your response to answer the question or stimulus given.