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Aspects of Narrative | Help with Exam Revision

Steve Campsall | Sunday October 09, 2011



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  1. Introduction
  2. A Critical Vocabulary
  3. Tips for Improving Exam Grades
  4. Guide to Narrative: Narrative Frameworks
  5. Guide to Narrative: Narrative Concepts
  6. Focalisation and Diegesis
  7. Mimesis
  8. Narrative Forms and Structures
  9. Help with Exam Revision
  10. Analysis of Cousin Kate, poem by Christina Rossetti
  • Make a revision timetable from now till the exam – but avoid being too much of a goody-goody as it won’t stick. Instead, be utterly realistic and allocate only the time you can genuinely afford to give to each particular area of study.
  • To revise effectively, it’s important that you find a way to ‘make’ yourself interested in what you are revising. Without a level of genuine interest, the information will simply slip away from your memory far too quickly, or won’t even stick at all.
  • Revising information or a text can be hard work as information, especially, in and of itself can be dry and dull – the sort of stuff that simply won’t stick for long at all (which, as you’ll be reading in the rest of this guide, is one reason why we all prefer information that has been ‘narrativised’ and converted into much more interesting stories). It’s the seeming dryness of information that sucks away at concentration; but there are ways to help it ‘stick’ and a key one is to make the information your own.
  • You weren’t able to choose the novels you studied – although you are able to pick some of the poems you like from the ones you’ve done in class. So begin by practising the ideas about narrative initially on these – this will feel much more, to your brain, as if it ‘owns’ the information.
  • A key thing to recognise about narrative techniques is that the same basic ideas are used in all stories (although not all techniques in all stories, of course). And this applies even to stories you tell to your friends or wrote yourself for GCSE. So try practising your knowledge of key terms by thinking through a story you recently told or heard...

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