Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better. Remember that you want to capture the experience of taking an actual essay exam. For some exams, you may be provided with some short excerpts of sources As with all writing, if you think of your essay as being produced in three stages, you can tackle the test in an organized fashion. The three stages are prewriting, writing, and revision. Suggestions for each of these stages follow. Most essay exams provide you with 10 minutes of perusal time.
Use this time to plan out your hypothesis, topic sentences and what quotes from the sources you are going to use in each of your body paragraphs. If you use this time well, your essay writing will remain clearly structured. An Example Planning Structure. In the exam Many students start writing furiously after scanning the essay question. Do not do this! Instead, try the following: Perform a" memory dump. " Write down all the information you have had to memorize for the exam in note form.
Read the questions and instructions carefully. Read over all the questions on the exam. Essay exams are like any other testing situation in life: youll do best if you are prepared for what is expected of you, have practiced doing it Print your answers instead of using cursive writing.
Be aware of grammar, spelling and punctuation. If you are using exam booklets, write on every second line. If you have time at the end of the exam, proof read your essay for grammatical and spelling errors. Exam writing Read carefully. Look for instructions as to whether there is choice on the exam. Circle key words in questions (e. g. : discuss, comparecontrast, analyze, evaluate, main evidence for, 2 examples) for information on the meaning of certain question words. See information on learning and studying techniques on the SLC page for Exam