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How can I remember my story? - November 25th 2011, 07:13 PM

Basically coursework doesn't exist for GCSEs anymore due to people cheating () so the "coursework" (controlled assessments) are done in class. We have to write a short story next week. We've all been writing stories beforehand for her to mark and tell us where we can improve. We're allowed to write the same story. My tutor said if I write like I've done on my homework I'll do fine. I don't really want to rock the boat so I want to write pretty much the exact same story

How on earth can I memorise 800+ words? -____- Obviously I won't be able to write it EXACTLY the same but I want to give it a good go.

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Re: How can I remember my story? - November 25th 2011, 08:20 PM

It's suprisingly easy if you practice it well.

You simply take 2 sentences then write it out a couple of times while looking at it, then repeat without looking at it.

Rinse and repeat. You'll learn the story eventually.

Or you could, remember an outline, with significant points and then you'll get into a rhythm while writing. Generally the key to doing well is understanding rather than learning 1 million words.


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Re: How can I remember my story? - November 26th 2011, 05:25 AM

I would suggest making an outline. Write out the significant characters and plot points of the story. Include any details that absolutely must be written the same way. While you might not be able to get the story word-for-word, you'll be able to get it pretty close to the story you originally wrote. Best of luck on your exam! I'm sure you'll do fine.


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Re: How can I remember my story? - November 26th 2011, 01:56 PM

Thanks guys I like the plan idea. I may re-write it out myself before the exam to see how much I can remember.

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Re: How can I remember my story? - November 26th 2011, 04:52 PM

Try using a plot diagram to remember the significant points, such as:
http://www.d.umn.edu/~moor0145/plotdiagram.htm

Also, if the characters interact like you do, then think if you were in the situation, how would you react? Whatever the answer, with practice it'll cue you to write the reactions given by the characters. I'm not sure if it's possible because 800 words isn't exactly a book but if you can, put yourself in the mindset of the characters, especially if their reactions are far different than yours.

Try to remember key quotations of dialogue (if there is any) or of text, such as important descriptions. These can become landmarks or storymarks (hurr, seewatIdidthur) so if you forget something, you can try to remember by thinking what comes between the point you're currently at and the landmark. If nothing comes to mind, bullshit the sentences so they make sense and hopefully they'll be similar enough to the actual sentences.


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Re: How can I remember my story? - November 26th 2011, 06:44 PM

Either make an outline of the significant points or try writing a few lines over and over again until they are memorized and then go onto the next few lines, and so on, and then reread it out loud a few times as well.


   
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