Read this first: How to use this course


Hi there, LitLearner!

It's very important that you read through everything here.


I'm extremely excited for what's ahead and all the learning that you will be doing over the next few weeks!

Here are some simple steps to help you get the most value out of this online course and smash the Paper 1 exam when it comes around in May or November.


Step 1. Join the Facebook discussion group

Join our exclusive Facebook discussion group just for students enrolled in premium LitLearn courses. Here, you get the attention and help you need :)

Here's the fresh, brand new 2020 LitLearn group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/litlearn2020/

Flood the group with:

  • Discussions
  • Questions about specific concepts
  • IB memes
  • Anything else

Step 2. Learn the basics

The first week should be dedicated to revising and learning the basics of analysis. This will help you get the most out of the full analysis video tutorials down the track. Of course, this is just my recommendation. The course is yours after all!

If you're sitting on a grade of 5 or below, you should definitely read and watch all the material in

  1. The Essentials of Analysis
  2. Literary Techniques
  3. Basic Analysis
  4. Advanced Analysis

Read and watch the material in the order that is comfortable for you, but try to go sequentially. I've carefully organised the content in a way that is easiest for you to digest and understand.


If you're sitting on a grade of 6, you should go through specific topics which you are still a bit unclear about in

  1. Literary Techniques
  2. Basic Analysis
  3. Advanced Analysis

If you're sitting on a grade of 7 (Why are you here? Just kidding!) you should go through the Advanced Analysis content as well as anything else that you are unclear about before moving on to the Full Analysis videos.


Step 3. Full Analysis

In the video tutorials, I will show you exactly how to apply the analytical skills to real poems and prose extracts.

Don't just watch.

  1. First read the extract...in detail.
  2. If you are in SL, spend 20 minutes annotating the text. In HL, spend 40 minutes annotating it.
  3. NOW, you should watch and read the whole lesson. Have your annotations next to you and follow along, marking and circling and scribbling on the text with a trusty pencil or a pen.

Why do this?

You will learn much more and much faster if you first attempt to tackle the texts by yourself. You'll be able efficiently discover specific gaps in your knowledge when you get around to seeing how I approach the exact same text.


Step 5. Practice, practice, practice.

You enrolled in this course because you want to improve yourself by doing something about your current situation. The next step is putting in the hard work to make those improvements become a reality.

The most important thing is practice. You must practise doing analysis.

To help you get as much practice as possible, I have created a set of exercises and mini-assignments for you to complete after every Full Analysis lesson.