Now that the Easter half term has passed, it’s officially time to start knuckling down and focusing on revision for AS and A Level exams. This post details our Poems of the Decade exams 2018 preparation tips, with revision suggestions, available revision resources that you may find helpful, and ideas for how you can go about your revision.
Poems of the Decade Exams 2018 Revision
This year marks the first set of A Level examinations in which there are a reduced range of poems that you could be examined on, now only at 20 rather than the previous 27.
- ‘Eat Me’ by Patience Agbabi
- ‘Chainsaw Versus the Pampas Grass’ by Simon Armitage
- ‘Material’ by Ros Barber
- ‘History’ by John Burnside
- ‘An Easy Passage’ by Julia Copus
- ‘The Deliverer’ by Tishani Doshi
- ‘The Lammas Hireling’ by Ian Duhig
- ‘To My Nine-Year-Old Self’ by Helen Dunmore
- ‘A Minor Role’ by U A Fanthorpe
- ‘The Gun’ by Vicki Feaver
- ‘The Furthest Distances I’ve Travelled’ by Leontia Flynn
- ‘Giuseppe’ by Roderick Ford
- ‘Out of the Bag’ by Seamus Heaney
- ‘Effects’ by Alan Jenkins
- ‘Genetics’ by Sinéad Morrissey
- ‘From the Journal of a Disappointed Man’ by Andrew Motion
- ‘Look We Have Coming to Dover!’ by Daljit Nagra
- ‘Please Hold’ by Ciaran O’Driscoll
- ‘On Her Blindness’ by Adam Thorpe
- ‘Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn’ by Tim Turnbull
The AS exam also has this range of poems which could be examined, although the questions are slightly different. For the AS exam, you will be asked to compare one named poem from the above list with another of your choice from the same selection. In contrast, the A Level exam asks you to compare one poem from the above list with an unseen poem. Both exams will offer two questions to pick from.
If you are not sure on the nature of your exam question, now is the time to find out and prepare. Talk to your teacher for clarification on what you will be examined on.
English Exam Timetable
The following table shows a list of all Edexcel English Literature AS and A Level exams. It is important to remember to revise all of your English Literature content, not just one specific topic, as you’ll need all of your knowledge from the course in the exam.
|Component 1: Poetry and Drama
|Component 2: Prose
|Component 1: Drama
|Component 2: Prose
|Component 3: Poetry
The key dates for Poems of the Decade Exams 2018 are as follows:
- AS Level: 18th May 2018 – Poems of the Decade (and Drama)
- A Level: 15th June 2018 – Poems of the Decade (and other poetry)
New for this year, Interpreture has a range of example questions which you can use to help practice your exam skills and essay writing. Often it can be challenging simply coming up with potential questions to try and plan, particularly when it is natural to aim for the easiest options, so we hope that these will help you to prepare.
Poems of the Decade Revision Guides
In addition to Poems of the Decade Revision from Interpreture, there are a range of revision guides available online. Some students find it easier to study from physical text books rather than the internet, and these books contain additional points of view. Simply reading and appreciating other perspectives can help you to gain insight into your own analysis and think of new ideas, which is particularly useful for the A Level exam.
Here’s a range of available revision guides on Amazon. Unfortunately we’ve not had opportunity to review these texts so are unable to make any specific recommendations, but there are various reviews from other students:
- The Art of Poetry: Forward’s Poems of the Decade: Volume 3 (4.7/5 on Amazon Reviews)
- Understanding Poems of the Decade for A level Edexcel Poetry (2nd Edition) [2.6/5 on Amazon Reviews]
- Understanding Poems of the Decade for A Level Edexcel Poetry (Year 13 Version) [3.6/5 on Amazon Reviews]
- Poems of the Decade Anthology – useful for finding other poems for practice unseen questions
If you decide to get any of these revision guides, be sure to leave a comment to let other students know what you think of them incase they’re considering purchasing too.
Preparation Top Tips
- Don’t panic. There’s still time to study, revise, and gain a better understanding of the poems.
- There’s a huge range of poems to pick from, so the chances of the one you dislike the most being a question are slim. In addition, you’ll be able to pick from two questions in the exam. As such, don’t spend too much time on just one poem
- Ask your teachers for advice, and make sure you listen. They’ll have experienced these exams before and will be able to offer suggestions suited to you and how you work.
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Our current plan for the 2018 exam season is to add additional example questions periodically in the run up to both Poems of the Decade exams. For those of you studying The Romantics, we’ll be posting as much analysis as possible for the prescribed poems up until the exam on 15th June. In addition, we hope to be regularly updating our Instagram page with revision tips, study strategy and more throughout this exam season.
Good luck with all your 2018 exams!
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