Exam Revision Techniques for 2016 VCE English Students – LearnMate

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Exam Revision Advice for VCE English Language Students

It’s important that you start revising NOW – with the exam only being two months away. In the next few weeks, I’ll post my exam maximisation plan in the next few weeks – how to use reading time and writing time effectively in the exam, but for now, the focus of this article/video will be on how to start revising for the exam.

With many exams having to be completed, it can be very easy to be overwhelmed by all the pressure. To alleviate this pressure, it’s important that you create a study plan for the exam revision period – and not just that, but also to STICK TO IT.

My advice would be to open a blank Word Document and simply jot down a few dot-points surrounding what you’re going to do for the English Language exam revision. Then from this, you can anticipate the amount of time it would take to complete each task and create a timetable around it. To begin with, this is what I would do if I was a student again: 

  1. Start to create comprehensive notes for all of the AOSs for both Units 3 & 4. You can simply create this in Word – create the notes according to the main themes, so your mind can process the vast quantity of information.
    1. Do not just simply copy and paste information – it’s best to read and write in your own words for maximum retention of information.
  2. Prepare a Final Quotations & Examples List according to the main topics
    1. In the exam, particularly the essay section, it’s important that you display your linguistic awareness through modern examples and linguist quotes. You don’t need to create a 1000-page document, but it does need to be comprehensive enough to give you a competitive advantage.
  3. Get access to as many resources as possible – this may include lectures, workshops, notes and online courses. I actually sell an online course for VCE English Language, with hundreds of students using the platform. You can find out more info here: https://www.udemy.com/vce-english-language-course/?couponCode=GET25OFF
  4. Get access to practice exams from your teacher or other companies (I’ll be handing one out at my workshop as part of the package that I wrote)
    1. Complete these under timed conditions with no phone or distractions – do not type as this will not help you in the exam!
    2. If you don’t always have time to complete them fully (i.e. all sections in a given 2-hour period), complete each section according to the recommended amount of time (e.g. 45-50 mins for essay etc).

In terms of tips for each exam section, my personal recommendations would be as follows:

For Short Answer:

  • Look at the marks! This will give you an indicator as to how much you need to write.

  • Look for plurals in the question (does it say ‘features’ or ‘choices’?).

  • Do not list or write dot-points. This is an English subject.

  • Try and knock this out of the ASAP when you get into the exam. More marks are allocated to the commentary and an essay section. However, this doesn’t mean you compromise on quality.

For AC:

  • Don’t make generalisations. E.g. ‘Paragraphing is used to ensure the author’s ideas are interpreted appropriately’ – this can be applied to ANY text in the world!
  • Link back to social purpose, function, context and register – however, you don’t need to always link back to ALL of them. Just the most appropriate.
  • You can link to identity as the commentary section is not restricted to a particular Unit or AOS.
  • I’d recommend structuring by subsystem but some may recommend other structures.
    • Also be careful that you structure appropriately for the correct mode (e..g coherence/cohesion not so relevant in a spoken informal transcript).

For essay:

  • Compile great linguist quotes and media examples – see my blog as I have found a ton of resources this year.
  • A great essay has a combination of both media examples and linguist quotes
  • Don’t waffle on – keep your writing concise yet formal at the same time.
  • Do not preplan paragraphs, but have a general idea of possible themes and topics for each essay topic.

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Well, there you have it! I sincerely hope this helps get you on track to amazing exam revision. Thanks and best wishes with the rest of Unit 4 and your other exams!

Dmitri 🙂


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Exam Revision Techniques for 2016 VCE English Students – LearnMate

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