Anonymous said: Hey Lea! I'm just starting an English degree and I was wondering if you could give any tips about how to manage analysing long, complex texts? What was your strategy for note-taklng and essay planning etc?
Hey! The most important thing for me when I was trying to analyse the whole of a book like the morte d’arthur or bleak house or whatever other massive text I was studyimg was to take the question and apply it to the text on different levels: how is my argument true on the level of the whole text’s structure? how is my argument true on the level of individual characters? how is my argument applicable to tiny bits of text like individual chapters or paragraphs or even the presence of individual words throughout the text? And then you can break it down and find smaller examples to use rather than having to trawl through the text. My tutors often recommended just taking two or three extracts to discuss thoroughly then bringing in aspects from elsewhere to support that. You’ll be studying a lot of criticism, so use those to point you towards relevant parts of the text but also when you’re reading it for the first time, mark bits that are interesting to you with a sticky note because chances are you will want to come back to them. Make notes if you have time.
My essay process was usually to read criticism first (4-6 chapters or journal essays for a 2500 word essay), then go though my texts and choose bits for close reading and quotes and things, then make a plan with paragraph headings and a sort of flow diagram of my argument so its clear in my head.
Hope that helps! good luck :)
FKA bored and unproductive
sarahs in her exam and im rolling about in a ball of nerves. she gets the result straight away and then she’ll know which med schools she can apply to. every fibre of me wants it to go well. I think I’m best off going for a run so I cant think about it so much.
Anonymous said: do you sometimes miss your long hair ?
erm, I did a tiny bit today actually, but not the long long hair, only the shoulder length hair when it was like that this year.
Anonymous said: ukcat/bmat tomozzles? make sure she's aware that ukcat deciles have dropped this year as it's harder, and cut-offs will be lower. did she sit gamsat too?
wait is that a good thing or a bad thing??? Thanks for the hint. No, she did bmat 3 years ago bc she went to oxford for biomed.
I miss this so much
Sarah has a vvv important exam tomorrow and she’s very scared and I’m very helpless. ‘You’re gonna be an amazing doctor’ doesn’t help much when this exam could dictate whether or not she even gets into medical school. and I utterly, completely believe that she is capable and perfect for the job and they’ll love her but I am an english graduate and I don’t know the system and so not even that is especially reassuring so I don’t know what ot say.
Hey its a really nice day I went for a short walk before breakfast and it made me feel really good and now I’m researching my dream job. how are you?
hurrah I made it and only with minimal walk breaks and in like 27 minutes! I feel like a queen! all is not lost!
Anonymous said: favourite recovery poem (by you or someone else)?
I don’t know of any good ones really, sorry. I grew to dislike them and find them contrived and clichéd. if anyone else has suggestions feel free to add!
long run time and by long run I mean 3 miles. Week 1 of marathon training: almost complete.
I need to row.