My son is taking literature exams soon and doesn’t seem to be familiar with the texts. He has never been a big reader and is in a real panic: SMCP

To excel in literature-based exams, you need to be familiar with the set texts and the themes they explore. Some students cling to the belief that reading the literary works is unnecessary and potted summaries contain all the information they will ever need. There is a place for these summaries in the bigger study plan, but a sole reliance on them is unlikely to lead to top grades. The first step is to read the texts and make sure that your son has a good grasp of plot, themes and characters. Typical public examination set texts will include poetry, a novel and a play.