WHAT YOU SHOULD DO OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS
Skim through your Section A text and focus on key scenes to re-read or re-view. Learn your quotes. Design four essay topics and brainstorm each one for five minutes. Your topics should focus on: 1. Characters, 2. Themes. 3. The author’s values. 4. The setting or another feature, such as dialogue or mis-en-scene. Share those topics with your friends and brainstorm as many as you can.
Read over all the pieces – large and small – that you have written for Context.
Revise your notes on persuasive techniques. Look at the vcenglish app for a useful document on how to identify tone. Read the excellent sample analysis piece from the 2010 exam on the vcaa website -the one about the biodiversity conference.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO ON TUESDAY
Continue the above, focusing on the section of the exam that you feel LEAST confident with.
Go for a walk in the evening and get an early-ish night. Don’t stay up late cramming. Maybe read over your quotes for text response.
There is more information about the exam and all the sections of the VCE English course on the vcenglish app.
ON WEDNESDAY MORNING
Don’t sleep in. Have a good breakfast. If you are feeling anxious, spend five minutes writing about your feelings. Get to school well before 9 am. Stay positive. Be confident.
IN THE EXAM
Let the ‘cone of silence’ descend over you and the exam paper. Don’t be distracted by anything. Use the 15 minutes reading time wisely – think about Sections A and B for 3 – 5 minutes and then spend the rest of the time on Section C. Maybe start with Section C. Next, complete the piece that you feel least confident with, and sail home with the third piece. Spend ONE HOUR only on each section and be strict about that timing. Try to leave some time to proofread after you finish each section. Do your best. GOOD LUCK!