How to Pass English

Instructor: Eric Campos

Eric has tutored in English, writing, history, and other subjects.

English is a core course at every institution in the U.S. It is also a discipline that will help you develop skills crucial for your success in the world after school. In this article, we will discuss strategies for passing any English course.

Participate in Class

English courses heavily involve class discussion and analysis. In order to pass your English class, you'll need to pay close attention to these discussions and actively participate. Participation can be a large portion of the grade, but it'll also help you gain a better understanding of the material. Don't be afraid to speak up and contribute to the dialogue. If you have questions about the material, it's crucial that you address them as soon as possible. If this isn't one of your strongest subjects, this will be the best way to clarify any difficult assignments or issues with the reading. Remember, it's important to not just sit in class, but actively listen in order to gain an understanding of the subject. For listening strategies in and outside of the classroom check out: Listening for Pragmatic Understanding.

Keep Up With the Reading

The last thing you want to do is fall behind in the assigned reading. Remember, all of your tests and essays will involve selected texts throughout the course. Make sure you allow time to read the assigned excerpts. This will ensure that you're up to speed with the material and prepared to discuss the text in class. English courses are designed to train you to read and process all kinds of information. These are invaluable skills that will not only earn you a passing grade but propel you through your future career. Learn more about reading comprehension and how you can use it in English class with our resource: Strategies for Reading Comprehension.

Note Bene

As this Latin phrase urges: get into the habit of taking good notes! Write down important information while you're in class or doing group exercises. When it's time for exams, these notes will provide an additional resource you can use for studying. These notes can also help you brainstorm ideas to write about in essays. If you actually own the novels or texts you're studying, mark them up with notes too. Write down your thoughts or questions on the blank sides of pages, and underline important or interesting passages within the text. Then, you can really contribute to classroom discussions by referring to the sections you took notes on. Look into Taking Notes and Making Study Guides for Yourself for additional tips on notes and studying techniques.

Excel in the Essays

Essays are a staple of English classes, so it's paramount to perform well on these assignments. Writing a good essay requires a high level of attention to detail and a strong thesis, or essay objective. Be sure to research the appropriate material and synthesize your arguments carefully. It's very important to cite your sources and incorporate evidence into your paper. This enhances your credibility as a writer and allows the reader to keep track of what you're talking about. When your essay is complete, take time to go over the writing and edit for any grammatical errors. Check out this English Grammar course for a review of proper grammar and tips for sentence clarity. Don't wait until the last minute to get started! Start working on your essays as soon as possible to allow time for revisions and help if you need it.

Additional Resources to Help You Pass English

While you can always pursue tutoring after class, there are also online resources you can use to supplement your studying. Study.com's courses are mobile and available anytime at your convenience! In addition to written transcripts, you'll have access to video lessons and practice quizzes to ensure that you're grasping the material. If you still have questions, our virtual instructors are available to answer your queries and provide additional advice for success in your English course.

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