Wednesday, 18 May 2016

May '16

hey everyone,

I'm really glad that this blog is still helping people out, 3 years after I wrote it. I've just been accepted onto UEA's Creative Writing: Poetry MA, which means I'm becoming less and less au fait with Henry VII's domestic reforms, or what some dude thought about the weaknesses of natural moral law.  So I'm sorry I'm a bit crap at answering those comments. If you have any questions about writing poetry, I'll happily answer those ones. But they probably won't get you that A*/A/B/C (I'm trying to cover all bases here).

Props to the guy who invited me for a pint because he liked these posts so much. It's nice to know there's at least one total stranger several years younger than me that would buy me a beer.

Good luck in all your exams! I hope you all do really well. But if you don't, oh well. It's really not the end of the world. Schools like mine tried to tell us it was the be-all and end-all. Don't listen to anyone telling you that. It's a load of crap.

Jake

23 comments:

  1. The English lit notes are so helpful, thank you! Some of my friends and I have been using them for revision for our A Level exam in a couple of weeks, as we're studying Wuthering Heights, Macbeth and The Bloody Chamber. I'm also hoping to study English at Uni :)

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    1. I'm so glad they've helped :) hope you get into the uni you're looking at!

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  2. Thank you for making these blogs, especially English, you're so good!!

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  4. You've literally saved me. My frankenstein and wuthering heights lessons bored me to death.

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    1. really glad I could help! sorry to hear about the lame lessons

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  5. You have saved my life. Every lesson we will all get out Jake Does Revision. You are basically a celebrity it my tiny class!
    Love the RS stuff.
    You inspired me to my my own blog for history haha!

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    1. haha! no way. I appreciate it. I'm really glad I can help. say hi and good luck to everyone from me

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  6. Hey, Jake, it's great to hear about your MA place! Priory students are still using your blog for revision. Mrs Canham (I'll overlook you checking your old school just this once!).

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    1. My school experience in that respect was entirely down to teachers like you! I still always felt there was a push towards box-ticking in the upper circles. But, like in all schools, the best teachers stood out and always will! Thanks for the kind words on the MA, I'm v. excited to start on the course. Would be nice to drop back into school at some point (if these posts don't count as heresy?!)

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    2. *down to teachers like you in the sense of helping breaking the 'grade factory' mentality I felt a lot during my time at the school, that is

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    3. You're always welcome in English dept and we usually have biscuits! Just email my school address whenever you would like to arrange it. 😃

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    4. I appreciate it! Let me know if any sixth formers would be interested in hearing about studying literature/creative writing at degree level and I'll be more than happy to talk with them. I'm in Lincoln throughout July!

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  8. You're an utter legend, mate!!

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  9. Hi!
    I love this blog, it has literally saved my arse so may times in English Lit and Studies of Religion.
    Have you by any chance read Tess of the D'Urbervilles? If so, what is your opinion on the marriage of Liza-Lu and Angel?
    Thanks a bunch, you are an amazing writer!
    Georgia - Tasmania, Australia

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    1. hey! thanks! so glad it's helpful.

      I have read Tess but it was a long time ago and I've only read it the once, so I can't really say anything particularly thoughtful or new. thanks again!

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  10. These philosophy and ethics notes have been so incredibly helpful! I don't know where I'd be without them!

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  11. I love your English essays and notes! I have found them really useful and if you're ever around Bournemouth I'd love to buy you a pint and talk about Carter's perverted sense of humour :')

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