Alex Dyer Discusses Revision Tips on ITV’s Good Morning Britain
Well done Alex, you held yourself well in the interview!
Well done Alex, you held yourself well in the interview!
February 26, 2015
Easter revision is such an important aspect of one’s own preparation towards exams. The key to exam success lies in effective preparation and planning. Therefore it is vital that you devise a revision schedule which will allow you optimum chances of success in exams. How each student revises is individual and unique however Tutor House has come up with a few key pointers to help you:
1. Begin by tackling your trickiest topic.
Quite often, the stress of revising for a particular subject spills over and affects the attitude one adopts in revising for all subjects. Therefore, to eliminate this added pressure and gain confidence begin your revision by tackling your trickiest subject. Make a list within the subject of all topics which you need to go over and perhaps organise a study day with a friend to go through all the listed topic areas. Or you can sign up for a revision course. This Easter, Tutor House will be running Easter courses across a range of subjects, levels and boards.
2. Attempt lots of past paper questions.
There is really no substitute then the preparatory benefits obtained whilst attempting lots of past paper questions. As all students will come across, past examination questions are similar and so by completing a variety of questions you will become more familiar with the style of questions asked, how to think about questions and different ways of understanding a subject matter. You will not only feel more confident and prepared, but it is a great way of addressing and identifying any holes in your knowledge.
3. Make concise notes.
There are many techniques of note taking with each student adopting a style which suits them. However the real benefit of having notes is to be able to review them in your spare time, before going to bed or on waking , the night before the exam and be able to talk through each point in your head in further detail. This will enhance your ability to recall information which will help you immensely during the exam. Nearing the exams, Tutor House will be running ‘Study Skills’ days aiming to help students from note taking to techniques used to help students commit information to memory.
Remember the key to exam success lies in effective preparation. It is worth taking some time out and thinking about your revision approach and timetable before delving in.
April 10, 2014
The lure of procrastination is a danger to students everywhere – that productive study sessions can quickly turn into hours of surfing the net, watching TV, or finally deciding to finish your household chores. In short, any excuse is used to put off revision.
To prevent procrastination, you need a proactive approach. If your revision is to be a success, consider implementing the following 5 tips. You’ll soon find you have plenty of time to get your work done and have a little fun as well.
No, this isn’t an excuse to hang out with your friends. Instead of picking your favourite people, opt for a selection of students that are up for being productive. In many ways joining a study group is similar to private tuition, as it allows discussions to be had and ideas to bounce off one another.
The reason this works so well is that you’ll feel motivated by seeing others put in the work as well. In addition, you can get your hands on their notes, their brains, and their company to make sure you don’t get lonely (and distracted!).
When you feel like the pressure is on and time running out, the last thing you want to do is add more tasks. That’s why many people forego spending time on creating a to-do list, which throws organisation into disarray. Distractions become easy options when we’re not quite sure what we’re meant to be doing.
To-do lists don’t need to be detailed schedules of our study plans. They just need to be quick and dirty, easy to follow and simple to put together in just a few minutes. Checking off what you need to do will make the process more enjoyable, organised, and effective.
Many students that have wasted their time procrastinating will try and abolish all breaks. Unfortunately, this is simply untenable and usually leads to procrastination. That’s why it’s so important to give yourself a break every hour or so.
This reinvigorates your body and mind, giving you plenty of energy to tackle more revision without getting distracted. It also gives you something to look forward to, allowing you to focus until that time comes.
The web offers a wide range of study benefits, having the information of the world at your fingertips. However, students will usually opt for funny YouTube videos instead of revision material.
That’s why you need to turn all of these distractions OFF. Your Internet connection, iPad and smartphone should pose no danger if they’re not connected to the rest of the world.
There’s a reason you want to revise in the first place – and that’s the role your revision plays in achieving your goals. Whether you’re looking to improve your job prospects or trying to get the marks to get yourself into a specific University, revision has a very important part in making things happen in your life.
Think about those goals when you start your day or when you find yourself tempted by the various distractions. Consider how wasting time doing these things will ultimately affect you, despite the short-term fun you may be having while watching TV or checking out Facebook.
Ultimately, it all comes down to taking appropriate action. You’ll never completely eradicate procrastination. After all, you’re human – over time, however, you can train yourself to become a very effective revision machine.
March 5, 2018
Whether you’re learning Macbeth at GCSE, KS3 or A-Level, Shakespeare’s famous tragedy is a tale of superstition, leadership, ambition and power. For a number of exam papers, especially English literature GCSE, the examiner will expect you to use quotes from the extract provided as well as remember some of your own. Whether you’re learning Macbeth for GCSE AQA, Edexcel, OCR or CIE – these themes and quotes are worth remembering.
So we’ve analysed and listed some key Macbeth themes and accompanying quotes to ensure you are ready for exam day.
Macbeth at its very core is a play about power and ambition. Power at the beginning of the play is held by Duncan, the king, and is eventually passed over to Macbeth after his murder.
Act one,scene two
What bloody man is that? He can report,
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
The newest state
Act one, scene five
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be
What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great,
Art not without ambition, but without
The illness should attend it
Act one, scene four
My plenteous joys,
Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves
In drops of sorrow.—Sons, kinsmen, thanes,
And you whose places are the nearest, know
We will establish our estate upon
Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter
The Prince of Cumberland; which honor must
Not unaccompanied invest him only,
But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine
On all deservers.—From hence to Inverness
And bind us further to you.
The play revolves around the supernatural and this is epitomised by characters such as the witches and the strange apparitions that Shakespeare describes throughout.
Scene one, act one
Fair is foul and foul is fair.
Act one, scene one
When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
When the hurly-burly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.
Act two, scene one
Is this a dagger I see before me,
The handle toward my hand?
Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight, or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
Masculinity in Macbeth is complemented with violence, ambition, power and madness throughout the play. While femininity and female characters often act as catalysts to spur the plot along.
Act one, scene five
The raven himself is hoarse
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe topful
Of direst cruelty!
Act one, scene three
I’ll drain him dry as hay.
Sleep shall neither night nor day
Hang upon his penthouse lid.
He shall live a man forbid.
Weary sev’nnights, nine times nine,
Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine.
Though his bark cannot be lost,
Yet it shall be tempest-tossed.
Look what I have.
Shakespeare continuously asks the audience to questions whether Macbeth is responsible for his own actions or whether it was fated; could he choose the path he was on or was it chosen for him?
Act one, scene three
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!
All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!
Act one, scene two
And Fortune, on his damnèd quarrel smiling,
Show’d like a rebel’s whore. But all’s too weak;
For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name)
Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution
We hope this makes for some useful revision, but if you’re still struggling, Tutor House has a number of fantastic English literature tutors that can help.
Give us a call on 0203 9500 320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want tailored tuition advice.