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Hi, I'm interested in English literature very much. English survey of literature is...

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sadnesss | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted June 19, 2010 at 8:34 AM via web

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Hi, I'm interested in English literature very much. English survey of literature is very hard how can I be successful in gaining the Master Degree?

Now I am in bachelor degree, in my country after graduating from high school there is an exam and the accepted person can enter the college, now I am in college at the last year (the fourth year) after finishing the college I will take the bachelor degree. Then there is an other exam and just those who win the exam can be accepted in the Masters degree, this degree last 2 years. Id like to be able to win the exam but it's very hard. How can I improve my literature knowledge in 7 months to participate in Masters Exam? By the way, survey of Enlglish Literature, literary criticism, Norton and the glossary(Abrams glossary of literary term) are very important for our exam. please help me.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 19, 2010 at 9:48 AM (Answer #2)

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You did not mention which country you are attending college in, though it sounds as though it is not the United States, so I am not sure of which test you speak or how exactly to help you.  But in most places, there are study books specifically written to help you out for that test.  Check your local bookstore or if your college has a bookstore, try there.  The internet too, might be a source, and if you can't find one to help where you are at, you might try the English Literature SAT II study guide book.  Any major online book outlet will have that and it should cover the areas above pretty well.

It's also probably a good idea to talk to someone who is already in the program or has already taken the test.  Ask them how they did it, and by all means, allow yourself enough time to really study and prepare for it.

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mallo | Student | eNoter

Posted July 2, 2010 at 11:44 AM (Answer #3)

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good luck

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 3, 2010 at 11:07 PM (Answer #4)

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Being good in your subject is definitely important in doing well in any exam. Therefore to be able to do well for a test that qualifies you to enroll for a master's program in English literature a very good proficiency in English language and a wide exposure to different kind of English literature will definitely be very useful. For this it is good to read a lot of Books in English. Any book which is recognized in literary circles as a fairly good book and which you find interesting is worth reading. However limiting your reading to this may not be very good ideas.

Each of the qualifying exams does tend to give more weightage to some particular type of literature. You will do well to find out what kind of literature is more important that the exam you have to appear for, and then make sure to include that kind of literature also in your reading.

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James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 10, 2010 at 8:07 AM (Answer #5)

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The other posters are absolutely right. Learn as much as you can about the test, buy a study guide if one is available, and study as much and as long as you can well in advance of the exam.

You wrote:

By the way, survey of Enlglish Literature, literary criticism, Norton and the glossary(Abrams glossary of literary term) are very important for our exam. please help me.

Do you own a copy of Abram's glossary of literary terms? If not, get one and read it from cover to cover once. Then do the same with the other books that you know are central to the exam. The Norton book is probably huge and will take a long time to get through. Don't worry about reading every page. Focus on learning authors, titles, dates, and types of literature: Who wrote what when? What sort of literature is it? Review the Norton anthology section-by-section; let the organizational principles of the anthology guide you in your studying.

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