Tutor Icon  Request A Tutor

How to choose quotes to learn for English GCSE

We know that learning quotes for a closed-book exam can be daunting, difficult and boring – especially when you’ve already been studying the text for an entire year.
In our article ‘Do I need to memorise quotes for English GCSE?’ we talk about the importance of learning quotes for closed-book exams, and why it’s necessary. This is the case for most English Literature GCSE exams, whether you’re with AQA, OCR or any other examination board!

It’s an essential task for closed book exams, kas examiners will be looking for a thorough understanding of the whole text, and you need to demonstrate that by giving evidence straight from the text itself.

But Tavistock Tutors are here to help.

Where to find the best quotes?

If you’ve read our article ‘do I need to memorise quotes for English GCSE?’ then you’ll know the importance of rereading your set texts.

When you were going thorugh your set text again, or looking through summary versions online, be sure to jot down any quotes which stand out to you – they could be useful later!
Another place to find great quotes is within your exercise book and notes – It’s the best revision resource you have! Look back through your notes and essays. Make a list of the quotes you’ve used often – there’s a reason you keep coming back to them.

What is the ideal quote?

Quotes to remember should be short, multi-significant and, unsurprisingly, memorable.
Short: a good essay integrates quotes and ensures the quote doesn’t distract the sentence from the point you’re making. If you just copy out a large chunk of text, it won’t show the examiner that you have carefully selected the quote as evidence. Short quotes are also a lot easier to remember, so no more than a sentence ideally.

Don’t underestimate the single words!

A selection of individual words from a novel can give just as interesting an impression as a sentence-long quote. And often if you’re choosing them from across the text, it can show a good mastery of the whole work. For each character or theme, make a quick list of the key words associated with them.

Multi-significant: It’s a good idea to know which different themes your set texts contain, as you may be asked a question on them in your exam. Thus, it’s always helpful to memorise lots of different quotes or a few which you can pull apart and apply to several different questions and themes.
Another good idea is using colour co-ordination to represent different themes in your notes. For example, red can symbolise love, death or sexuality.

Memorable: there’s no point choosing a long-winded quote you can’t remember. When you’re under pressure in an exam you want a quote you can pick off the top of your head. 

There could many different reasons why something is memorable. You could try and have 2 quotes for each character, as this attachment will help to keep them in your mind.

If you’re trying to memorise a quote from one of Shakespeare’s plays, it might be useful to choose one which rhymes as you’re more likely to remember it, or if you’re studying the Gothic, choose a quote which stands out to you for being particularly bloody and dark.

If you want some extra help, why not choose one of our amazing expert tutors, who will be able to focus on your progress thorugh a one-to-one basis. They will be able to go through your set texts with you and pick out some amazing quotes. Find your perfect tutor today!

Memorising quotes
So once you’ve chosen your ‘killer quotes’, now you need to memorise them.

Everyone has a different preferred learning style but, as with learning a language, little and often is the key. If you know that you learn things fast by making flashcards, then go for it! But if you need some inspiration, or want to try a new method, then read our article ‘How to memorise quotes’.

Another technique you can try is look at past exam questions and when brainstorming how you would approach the question, attach a quote(s) to each point. This is a great way to practice applying your memorised quotes.

LETS STUDY FOR YOUR EXAM TOGETHER

 
Melodie Argi
Melodie Argi
08:14 18 Oct 19
Tavistock tutors is by far the best tutor agency is London. The tutor selection is of the highest quality. Handpicked from the British intellectual elite in all sorts of disciplines. The staff is wonderfully helpful as well as being extremely attentive to feedback.read more
Henry Smith
Henry Smith
22:27 17 Oct 19
I have been employed as a tutor with Tavistock Tutors for over 5 years. I tutor mathematics and also help people with job preparation for different career routes (cv, cover letter, interview preparation and online test prep). They are simply a wonderful team of individuals who work collectively and strive to deliver the best possible service to both clients and their tutors. They work doggedly to achieve results. They are particularly honest and their feedback to tutors on how to improve is tailored, concise and always highly constructive. Even after 5 yrs, they only put me forward as a tutor if they think I am the absolute best they can find otherwise they are honest with me and explain why I was not put forward. I think this transparency is a huge reason for their success and keeps the best tutors on their books for years. Their communication on what a client wants is also clinically precise and effective and the team go out of their way to provide potential interests/passions of the client to help the tutor prepare accordingly for the lessons and nurture that interaction. Simply the finest agency and I have tutored with some of the best. World-class tutors and utmost confidentiality with respect to their clientele. I cannot be happier to work for them, a dream job with a team whose capacity for kindness, empathy and boundless intellect never ceases to amaze me. Their work ethic inspires me to relentlessly push myself to be a better tutor with their encouragement and constructive feedback.read more
Albert Tam
Albert Tam
20:50 17 Oct 19
Best tutors in London! Great experience and amazing customer service. Highly recommend, my tutors were all fantastic and a huge help. Really recommend Tavistock Tutors as I never had to worry about not getting the highest quality tutors unlike other agencies and online tutors.read more
I ME
I ME
16:13 17 Oct 19
I’ve used Tavistock multiple times and they never disappoint! I used them for myself secondary school, whilst at university and even now whilst working. Their service is second to none as are their tutors. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to better themselves academically or personally.read more
STAVROS MOUSLOPOULOS
STAVROS MOUSLOPOULOS
13:22 06 Oct 19
Why most reviewers have one contribution, namely to the Tavistock Tutors? High standards ? Mate get a real job rather than living off other's qualifications. Reality Check (See photos attached - that is the owner “looking for me” 1.5 years after leaving London and while my name and photo was on first page of Tavistock Tutor website...)read more
Jonathan Aaron
Jonathan Aaron
16:39 01 Aug 19
Amazing experience, the tutor was reliable, knowledgeable and reasonably priced and the company was both professional and reliable. Definitely will be using them again!read more
David T
David T
16:34 01 Aug 19
I used Tavistock for some Corporate Finance and Financial Modelling training at my firm. They were extremely helpful and the trainer, Simon, was of top quality, experience and charged a fair price. Thank you!read more
Olivia Pluss
Olivia Pluss
11:05 13 Jun 19
I had a fantastic experience with my tutor Elena and Tavistock Tutors. They were very well organized and made the entire experience so seamless and easy for me. I passed my assignment with great marks and the experience was much less stressful than if I had tried to complete the assignment without Elena's help.read more
J Mathews
J Mathews
11:27 22 May 19
My child used Glenda for HL biology. Glenda was outstanding. I would not hesitate to recommend her. Extremely intelligent, always prepared, knows how to teach/very helpful, and also just a nice person. Also, I would use Tavistock again for sure because we had such success with Glenda.read more
Alan Radford
Alan Radford
09:34 09 May 19
Tavistock Tutors were a delight to deal with, and highly professional at all times. They provided my daughter with an excellent tutor at very short notice - after my having approached them on a Thursday urgently requesting a tutor for that weekend. Tavistock Tutors immediately gave the matter their attention; they appreciated the urgency and responded quickly and efficiently, and helped to set my daughter up with exactly the right sort of tutor. Fantastic!read more
Sophie Taieb
Sophie Taieb
12:55 29 Mar 19
Very happy with Tavistock tutors services. They provide a wide range of tutors, from all backgrounds and for all types of needs. My uni son needed some help in research and methodology. We found a perfectly suited tutor in less than 3 days. He is very knowledgeable, punctual, open minded and brings the support needed to my son. I would definitely recommend Tavistock tutorsread more
Next Reviews
 

How to memorise quotes – (great for closed book exams!)

Memorising quotes can be a crucial element to your GCSE and A-level exams, so mastering the skill can be essential. Being able to use quotes in your written responses is a sure way to get marks fo...

Do I need to memorise quotes for English GCSE?

With the new GCSE specifications released in 2015, most English Literature GCSE exams have now become closed-book exams.

But what does this mean?

This means that in your exam, you won...

Context in English Literature – GCSE and A-level

How can I use context? How can I write about context in my essays?

What is context?

You may have read that your exams requite an understanding of the relationships between texts ...

Call Now Button