SUMMER BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Remember that ...

"Your schooling days may be over but, remember that your education still continues"


- Author Unknown.

TIPS

If you need to take the exam in September:

1. Go over your school work. Determine what you need to do. Write down all of the problems you had last year.

2. Take all your past assignments, quizzes, and tests. Review them to see what you got right and what you got wrong. If you got a perfect score on a test or quiz then put it aside. Focus on your bad quizzes, homework, etc... Even if you just got one thing wrong, you still got it wrong, and you should figure out why it was not correct.

3. Find the right hours. Don't study when you're really tired. It's better to study for two hours in one day than to try and cram in that daily hour of studying at two in the morning.

4. Plan: Always create a plan before you start studying, not to mention that this plan has to be achievable.

5. Study less, with more concentration, if possible.

6. Always be hopeful and don't doubt yourself.

7. The written exam will be on 2nd September, at 4pm. The oral test will probably take place on 4th. The exact time of each test will be announced on the wiki.


If you don’t need to take the exam in September:

Practise, practise & practise and don’t forget that “learning is a natural pleasure, inborn and instinctive, one of the essential pleasures of the human race.“ Gilbert Highet.


RECOMMENDED BOOKS

(*If you’ve already read the books listed below, let me know and I’ll recommend you some other titles)


Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson

Jackson has never felt at home in Cambridge, and has a failed marriage to prove it. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, he attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realise that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected...

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer

It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence.



The Ice Princess, by Camilla Läckberg

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life.


The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith

Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective.



Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911.


The House of Special Purpose, by John Boyne

Russia, 1915: Sixteen year old farmer's son Georgy Jachmenev steps in front of an assassin's bullet intended for a senior member of the Russian Imperial Family and is instantly proclaimed a hero. Rewarded with the position of bodyguard to Alexei Romanov, the only son of Tsar Nicholas II, the course of his life is changed for ever.


Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance.


Saving Fish from Drowning, by Amy tan

On an ill-fated art expedition of the Southern Shan State in Burma, eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas morning tour – and disappear. Through the twists of fate, curses and just plain human error, they find themselves deep in the Burma jungle, where they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of the leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages and destruction of the Myanmar military regime.


ONLINE NEWSPAPERS

LISTENING

  • Elllo: Listening comprehensions exercises
  • ESL: Listening comprehension exercises
  • BBC Podcasts: Podcasts
  • TED: Talks with subtitles
  • TUNEIN: Online radio, music and talk stations
  • NPR: Online radio stations


SPEAKING




ENGLISH CENTRAL: Listen and repeat until you get it perfect.

FOR THE TELLY AND MUSIC ADDICTS

BTVGUIDE: All your favourite TV shows.




STREAMTV: More TV shows for the summer.




LYRICSTRAINING: Listen to your favourite songs and complete the lyrics.





MUSICENGLISH: Videos of your favourite artists with subtitles.