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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!
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.
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May 10, 2017
With the GCSE and A-Level exams nearly upon us, students are no doubt spending as much time as possible revising their chosen subjects in order to give themselves the best chance of achieving their desired results.
However, as important as revising for your exams is, it’s crucial for students to pay attention to their health too. It’s all well and good trying to cram in as much revision as possible but if you neglect your health and get ill or become stressed out and overwhelmed you’ll be much less effective and may find that your grades suffer as a result.
It’s almost impossible to eliminate stress and nerves completely in the lead up to exams, and besides, in small doses stress can actually be useful, helping you to push yourself and do your very best. If stress gets the better of us, however, it can lead to all sorts of problems, and by not taking care of ourselves both physically and mentally during the revision period, it’s easy for this to build up.
So what can you do to combat stress, stay healthy and remain focused for your GCSE or A Level exams?
If you plan your revision well in advance you are more likely to feel in control, confident and well prepared. When it comes to planning revision be thorough and map out exactly what you need to cover, allocating a certain amount of time allowance for each subject. Leaving your revision until the last minute will leave you feeling rushed and panicked; making you stressed, anxious and less likely to be able to concentrate.
It’s so important to get enough rest and learn how to switch off from your revision too. If you have covered what you need to cover that day then put your books away and go and relax. Do whatever you like to do to unwind be it read a good book, watch your favourite TV series or play games. If you are finding it hard to switch off you could try some mindfulness or meditation to help clear your head.
It’s just not healthy to revise for hours on end without giving yourself a break. Make sure that you schedule breaks into your revision timetable and don’t be tempted to skip them. You should give yourself a 10-15 minute break every 2 hours, and a proper lunch break as well. Make sure you get away from your computer screen during your break times and don’t be tempted to have a ’working lunch’ where you pour over your textbook while eating. Your brain needs breaks from revision and time to absorb the information you are feeding it, so to be at your most effective don’t skip them!
Feeling nervous about exams and stressed about revision can play havoc with your sleep patterns. Try to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep in the lead up to exams and particularly the day before. If you deprive yourself of sleep you won’t be able to concentrate or retain information as well, so it’s well worth getting those 40 winks!
Making sure you eat the right foods during your revision period can really help you feel energised, focused and increase your ability to absorb and retain information too. Some excellent brain foods include:
Make sure you drink plenty of water too – staying hydrated is so important!
It’s easy, when revising, to forget what the outside world looks like! Getting out and about in the fresh air works wonders to clear your head and help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next piece of work. Don’t underestimate how much a short walk in nature can put your mind at ease.
Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happy and relaxed, will relieve stress and tension and help you sleep better at night too. Don’t spend weeks on end cramped over your desk. Get moving and you’ll feel so much better and healthier too.
There is nothing more motivating than a reward at the end of the day. So make sure you reward yourself if you complete the work you set out to do. You could even try to get mum and dad on board and agree on some treats and rewards if you do well too!
If you find yourself getting really nervous before an exam, try some simple breathing exercises to calm your nerves, steady those shakes and feel like you are in control. Repeat a positive mantra under your breath, hold your head up high and walk tall as you enter the exam room – you’ve got this!
Staying fit and healthy really can help boost your revision and put you in the best position possible to ace those exams. So make sure you follow the tips above and pay attention to your health as well as your revision and we’re sure you’ll do just great!
October 9, 2018
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