Things to Consider



Try to revise by noticing links across the texts as much as possible. The most obvious links are the similarities or differences that exist between the texts but this is an over-simplified way of looking at things. The best candidates will realize that, although similar, now two texts are exactly alike or, while different, there is almost always some common ground between texts which at first glance appear quite disparate. So donít force the texts to be exactly the same or completely different if they are not. Instead, keep your mind open for differences that exist within the similarities that immediately jump out at you or the similarities that are present despite the large and obvious differences between the two texts you are considering.


Remember also that these links donít just have to be made between two different texts. The more successful candidates will also be able to draw links and make comparisons within the texts that they have studied, for example this might take the form of comparing the way in which a character was presented at the beginning of a text with the way they are presented by the end.


You should also try to actively revise. Simply reading the texts again wonít do much good. You should do something as you read. This might be constructing a timeline, a character web, jotting down key quotations or the themes that each chapter deals with. Not only will this provide you with useful details that you can refer to in the exam but it will help the texts to stick in your mind.


Here are some aspects that you can focus on when revising