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Studying HL English
Becky_7004 Leaving Cert English — 02/12/16 4

Does any body have any tips on how to study for English? Trying to obtain a H3 in it but I'm finding it difficult to study. If anybody would have any suggestions on how to study it regards poetry,hamlet,compartive etc I would be very grateful!!

Gerd — 27/11/16
What's worked for me: Buy a thesaurus (it's looks like a dictionary, but instead of definitions it has alternative words with the same meaning) to build vocab, do a lot of writing and ask your teacher to correct it and do online research about poetry and Hamlet (there are sooo many websites and videos about them)
Antman9000 — 27/11/16
Learn quotes, like alot of quotes. Try to learn one a day from anything. The rest often relies on practising exam questions and doing essays. If you're good at writing in general you can probably get a H3 or H2 by just doing this. Knowing the lives of poets, the context of Hamlet and the similarities between the comparative are all crucial as well. Just think about each of those and form notes. If you're the kind of person who likes tidy and clean notes then invest in good paper and pens. Using different words and well balanced sentences is important but if you have to rely on a thesaurus there's something wrong. There's no need to use words like "ubiquitous" or "philistine" when "narrow minded" and "common" exist. And yeah there are aloot of resources out there to use.
Becky_7004 — 27/11/16
Thanks a lot for the info!! If anybody else has tips and tricks please keep commenting below!!
ana_maria22 — 02/12/16
I wrote this to try to help you with the poetry question but it's very very useful when analyzing other texts too or even for comparative studies. For comparative studies you can just do a 3 bubble Venn diagram and compare and contrast all three texts without having to read a lot of essays. I attached a document on the digital mind map, it's not finished but this is just to give you a grasp of what it might look like. You can do all types of charts to help you revise if you are a visual learner like me. I find it easier to learn through sketches drawings or diagrams.Hopefully this helped! :) What I do myself is to read the poem once or twice, and then try to recall what was discussed in class about it.. Afterwards I'd make a spider web, where i have the poet in the middle, and on the outside i would have a couple of bubbles, in which you have the name of the poem and quick notes on it. At a glance they are really helpful as they can trigger back more information about it. Try to keep it as simple as possible with no complexities and focus on the following headings: Theme, Tone, Technique. If you take these headings for each poem, it would be really easy to pinpoint the necessary information about it, without having to read essays over and over again. You can also add into the bubble a quote or 2 max to help you without having to search for it in the poem and this way you are simplifying it without having to learn off the whole poem. Stick to quotes that could be used in all essays instead of learning off quotes that could only be used for one type of essay. As I said I do this myself and it is really helpful. You can go on Microsoft word> tab INSERT > Smart Art, and you can create a digital mind map , print it off and it's handy for before tests/exams and as a quick revision. This way, if you lose it, you have it saved on the computer , without having to re-do it. I started this mind map on John Donne , it isn't finished but this is the layout and structure I was describing earlier on, I have attached this, so, you can get a grasp of the digital mind map.
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