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How To Tackle English Literature Exam Questions with Mr Bruff!



hello everybody my name is mr. Bruck I run a YouTube channel on GCSE English language and literature at youtube-dot-com forward-slash mr. Bruck I said over a thousand videos of the ten million views and sixty-eight thousand subscribers so please do come along and have a look at the channel now Eve has asked me to make a video today with collaborating she's putting a video on my channel and I said what do you want me to make a video on and she said something that is very very important she says look how do I approach the exam question I've got all of the knowledge in my head but how do I put it down on paper and I completely agree that that's a good idea for a video the first thing that you have to realize is that every question links to the writers ideas and themes you see if I just one just bawled f scott Fitzgerald or JB Priestley they might just start there one day thinking you know what I'm kind of bored I'm just going to write this story about a guy who has lavish parties and he loves this woman now they have ideas and themes that they wanted to communicate to their readers to the public and they use their tax to communicate those ideas and themes so whether it's Priestley's themes that social responsibility and attack on capitalism or whether it's s scott Fitzgerald and the decline of the American Dream you are going to write about those ideas and themes in every single exam answer you need to look at the question and you need to think to yourself which theme does this question linked to and that's the third step okay now once you've thought about the theme that helps you to avoid the number one mistake with GCSE English literature an a-level English literature which is writing about the characters and the plot as if the characters and the events that take place are real so we learned this about Gatsby and we feel like this or we don't like Daisy or you know all of that kind of thing that's not what you need to write about in the exam what we're doing in the exam is we're saying okay the writer uses this character to present this theme once you've got the theme in your mind you think's right I know what it is the examples are looking for I know the theme I'm going to write about then you need to think about all the millions of ways you could write about and I actually think it's quite useful to stop at this point and think what is it everybody else is going to write because we often lose track of the fact that the examiner is a human being okay and they are going to mark lots and lots of papers they're probably a teacher they probably come home from school and think I'm going to mark 20 papers tonight and if they read the same thing again and again it cannot help but make them think ah this is same old stuff so I actually think in the exam you should stop and think what is everybody else going to write about I'll avoid those things and I will write about something a little bit more impressive that's really important so you're going to write about the writers ideas and themes you're going to think about what everyone else is going to write and avoid that and then I want you to think about using points on language and structure and form you see you could write a really good answer just on points on language but I actually think in the time you have in the exam this will help to focus your thinking if you think okay I'm going to write one thing about language one thing about structure one thing about form by the time I've explained them all really well that would probably be the ends of the exam and that will help to focus all of those millions of ideas you have and the final thing that I would say is every single time you finish a paragraph look back at the question the number one mistake that I find in students work is that they start by answering the question but they drift into just writing everything they know about the text it's very very tempting I do it sometimes too so every time you finish a paragraph look back at the question use the wording of the question in your answer and make sure every single paragraph that you write answers the question if you've got this far in the video then thank you so much for watching if you head over to mr. broth calm I'll give you a 20% discount exclusively for subscribers on this channel so what you do is you go to mr. brush com you order some ebooks and you use the coupon code ease and that will give you 20% off your first order just to thank you all for watching this video I hope you found it useful if you did please do head over to youtube.com/watch mr. breath and subscribe to the channel

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. 1. Questions are based on ideas and themes of that [theme]
    2. Make your answer stand out from what everyone else is planning to write and astonish the examiner
    3. Talk about the writer's language / style, the structure of the text and form of language
    4. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS LINK your paragraphs to the question! dont trail off

    hope you enjoyed a summary of the video

    bye x

    – Faatimah

  2. Holy crap! I’ve seen lots of your videos Mr Bruff but this has really given me a different perspective for writing and thank you Eve for getting this quality content!

  3. Incredibly helpful! thanks but one thing which is rather off topic but, the way you place your glasses on your nose is really irritating me as they are in an awkward position and not all the way up and ugh, just messing with my ocd.

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