Loads of schools love Macbeth. Let’s face it! It’s probably one of the most popular texts that I teach students for GCSE and A-Level exams. Whether you’re doing your exams with AQA, Edexcel, OCR or any other exam board, the chances are that this text is one of their choices. It’s no wonder, to be honest! There’s so much to sink your teeth into – if you know how to read and analyse Shakespeare. That’s really not as hard (or as bad) as you think it is, either.
If you’re one of the lucky students who gets to do Macbeth for your English Literature exam, this course is for you! It will guide you through the whole text from start to finish. No more confusion all on your own. I’ll be here with you every step of the way to make your studies much easier.
We’ll go through Macbeth scene by scene so that you know exactly what’s going on and how to analyse it. You’ll get lots of quizzes to test what you know, study material and even some essay questions thrown in there. Once you start on this course, Shakespeare won’t seem so tricky anymore!
On top of that, you’ll also have the chance to get the feedback every student needs. Once you’ve gone through this course and you understand Macbeth like the back of your hand, you will submit an essay to me for marking. I go in great detail with my marking, telling you what areas you need to improve on and pointing you in the right direction here on Shani’s Tutoring. That way, you’ll never be confused about what you should work on!
So, why not sign up? When you combine this course with some hard work, you’ll be soaring!
How the Macbeth Course Works
The Macbeth course has eight main sections:
- Basic Overview – All of the information that you need to start the course on the right foot.
- Read Along – In this section, we go through each act and scene. Just read the scene and then complete its dedicated lesson for the best results!
- Summary – At this point, you’d have read the whole text once. So, we will go through the most important plot details and characters to make sure you understand.
- Literary Techniques – Now it’s time to look at all of the English Literature bits. You’ll get a list of all of the most obvious literary techniques in Macbeth, as well as a guide on how to use this info in your analysis.
- Context – It’s important to understand a text’s context! Here, you’ll learn more about Shakespeare and the time in which he wrote the play. This includes details on culture, beliefs and religion. Plus, you’ll also learn about how our views today inform the way we read the text.
- Essay and Exam Advice – Now that you’ve got all of the info you need about Macbeth, it’s time to think about how to apply that knowledge in your exams. This section will teach you how to write an essay or exam answer that will get you high marks.
- Revision – We’re thinking about exams! Now, it’s time for you to revise everything you’ve learnt. This section will give you tips and material to help you to revise effectively and take some of the stress off your plate.
The Macbeth course is also full of great quizzes and other opportunities to test your knowledge! Plus, you’ll get print-outs and links to other great places to supplement your knowledge. If you’re lucky, we might even throw in a chat or two about a film!
What You Need to Do
While this course will help you to understand and analyse the text, it is up to you to put in some hard work. I can’t take the exam in your place – as much as you’d love that. You need to dedicate some time to read, take notes and ask questions. That’s really the only way you’re going to do well.
This course is only as good as you allow it to be. I can’t promise you a miracle. I’ve got the tools to help you do well, but only if you can manage your time and complete all of the work! It’s up to you to make sure that you do well. Read the text before you start its dedicated section. Make notes. Discuss the text with like-minded people (and me) on the forums. Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re confused – and ask for help! Most of all, though: never give up.
Make sure that you give yourself enough time to get through the whole of the course. I recommend that you start in September or as soon as you find out which texts you are studying. That way, you can take it in slowly and go at your own pace. You won’t feel rushed and you’ll get the most out of your studies. Don’t worry if you picked this up a few weeks before your exams, though! It’s never too late to start!
If you put in the time, effort and care that this course needs, you’ll be writing about Macbeth better than you ever thought imaginable. It’s just down to you.
Oh, and please make sure that you get your hands on a copy of the text. You’re going to need it!
Please be aware that this course is not a substitute for the real text. I have designed it to be completed alongside your reading of Macbeth. It will help you to understand and analyse the text fully, but it will not make sense on its own. You will need to get your hands on a copy of the text to study properly.
Please make sure that you have the following things:
- A physical or ebook copy of the text to write on. I recommend the No Fear Shakespeare version.
- Access to the MyMacbeth website for audio readings of the play.
- A computer, phone or laptop to access the course.
- A pen and some paper, or an app to take notes.
- A printer (optional).
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