English Study Tips

The most common errors in English-related topics are spelling and grammar, yet these are one of the easiest to fix. Nothing makes a marker more furious than misspelt words and misplaced commas.

The best way to deal with this is by making a list of your commonly misspelt words and grammar by looking over your past essays. This may be tedious, but it will help you in the end. You can use this list as a guide to practise the correct usage of these words.

Another study tip is to read. Read interesting novels, newspapers, and even magazines or comics (they’re a good starting point, but I wouldn’t recommend them for this purpose). This will help you to improve your written work by seeing how other people write and how they use their words.

When re-reading your texts, could you understand your annotations? Most people can’t. It may be clear to you what you meant when you wrote them, but now, it’s just a random scribble. So at the end of the day, it’s a good idea to go over your annotations and make sure they are clear enough.

A common misconception is that you need to memorise hundreds of quotes. While this may help, you only need several strong quotes to strengthen your argument, as well as a good explanation of how it supports your thesis. Remembering a few good quotes instead of a hundred average ones is much more beneficial.

Another tip is to focus on two areas for each text. For example, if you are studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth, you may wish to focus on the theme of unchecked ambition, and how Shakespeare uses symbolism. By focusing on two topics instead of many, you can explore them more deeply.

Also, by choosing two, it means that you will always get a question regarding at least one of your chosen topics in the exam, so you are well prepared.

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