In this course, we will be focusing on exam technique tips for GCSE English Literature. Knowing your set texts is one thing – hitting those all important Assessment Objectives is quite another, and requires a strong exam strategy. Over 5 sessions, this course will develop:
- close reading skills for set texts and unseen poems
- uses of context that are tied specifically to essay argument
- selecting key quotes and scenes for Shakespeare
- planning in timed conditions, and structuring exam answers
All lessons will identify the key Assessment Objectives for your exam board. You can purchase each day as a standalone option, ensuring you only join the days that are relevant for your exam board and set texts.
Day 1: Macbeth
Writing on the ‘Scottish play’: key scenes for key characters; themes of ambition, the supernatural, nobility, darkness and death; iambic pentameter, and why the Porter matters; essay structures for passage-based and whole-text questions.
Day 2: Romeo and Juliet
Writing on the ‘star-cross’d lovers’: themes of civil war and uncivil blood, tragedy vs comedy, and romantic love; Juliet and Romeo’s death scenes; iambic pentameter, and why the Prologue foreshadows all; essay structures for passage-based and whole-text questions.
Day 3: Unseen Poetry
On poems we’ve never seen: “The Unseen could be anything!” – common poetry styles in unseen poems for AQA and CIE; “There’s nothing to write about!” – foolproof language techniques for any poem; essay structures for responding to unseen poems.
Day 4: Frankenstein
Getting ‘The Modern Prometheus’ sorted: “Frankenstein isn’t even the monster’s name!” – key scenes and characters; “I’ve said it’s Gothic, I’ve said it’s Darwinian – now what?” – connecting context to our essay’s argument; “starting with the extract” – how to balance the exam passage with the novel as a whole.
Day 5: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Writing on this classic tale of the Alter-Ego: the narrative voice and Mr Utterson’s role; “my insensate readiness to evil” – Hyde as Darwinian or Satanic character; themes of human nature, reputation and the perilous modern city; “starting with the extract” – how to balance the exam passage with the novel as a whole.
This course will be led by Professional Keystone Tutor, Michael. Michael is a graduate of King's College, London and also has a PhD in English. He joined Keystone in 2017 as a full-time tutor and he has helped over 80 families since then and taught over 2,500 hours of lessons.
- Maximum Class Size: 7
- Platform: Lessons will take place on Zoom. Our team will be on hand to help you get setup before your first session. Take a look at this video to see our online teaching in action.
- Age group: Year 11
Each session has 2 date options available, therefore we advise that only 1 date per topic is booked as content will be repeated.