Does anyone have any tips when writing essays in exams?

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The trouble i find in exams is that i don't write enough ESPECIALLY in timed conditions. I try to spend an equal amount of time on each question, but when i read over what i have written i seem to always forget to do something. Do you write a plan, or do you go straight into? What are some useful tips?

Posted Mon 16th April, 2012 @ 16:19 by Tiffany

9 Answers

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You should try using the 5 x 5 method. 

Your essays should include 5 paragraphs. The first sentence of each paragraph should be your topic sentence; your main point. The rest of the paragraph should include 5 points which relate to your topic sentence. 

There's no need to bother with an introduction or conclusion when it comes to writing an essay during an exam or timed conditions, 

If you need more detail about this technique just ask :) 

Answered Wed 2nd May, 2012 @ 21:21 by Maryam
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Apparantly you should always make a plan - that way you know excactly what you need to include, and you can put emphasis on more important points within your answer. Also, read the question twice so you don't misread it! Like you said, make sure you spend an equal amount of time on each question, and leave time to check all your answers for spelling and gramatical errors.

Hope this is helpful :P

Answered Tue 24th April, 2012 @ 18:21 by Lydia
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I usually write a plan (but don't spend too long on it), then I try to write about 4 paragraphs. Fore each paragraph I:

make a point, use a example, explain  the point, then explain the example talking about writers technique (Language punctuation etc) and say what effect it has on the reader and me.

Answered Sun 6th May, 2012 @ 16:55 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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I personally always write 3 very well developed paragraphs. I open with a point, take very short quotes as evidence, explain my point then link back to readers and the question. (This is known as PEEL rather than just PEE.) Overall, it's about quality over quantity, flesh out your points as much as you can and really get into it. Try to write multiple interpretations since that's an A* technique, embed as many quotes as possible (so when writing sentences: "another way in which the author conveys the 'divide' between the characters"). On the contrary to what Maryam said, it is essential that you do a conclusion. You should also be doing an introduction. NEVER use the word 'I' in the essay until the conclusion in which you may impart your own opinion. Also, come up with a generic introduction that you can use for any essay question on a book, so that means you have much less to think about at the start, and can use the time when you're writing to come up with your ideas - in that way you've made a plan while not munching up too much of your time.

Anyway, there are all sorts of details I could go into, I would just highlight it needs to be clear, concise, and quality over quantity.

Answered Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 11:46 by Rigs
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Personally I always use the 5 paragraph rule, starting with an introduction then three main points followed by a conclusion. In the conclusion i always reflect on how succesful the writer has been and if the text achieved it's purpose. You can use your own personal responses to help evaulate this. It's always good to make a small plan at the start to- it reminds you of the main points you are making and the time you have. It's important to use short adpt quotes and explain them indetail. I've been taught that it's always good to expand on the quotes, offering more than one interpretations and explain how they effect the audience. I tend to split my three paragraphs into: language, imagery and structural techniques. Just keep an eye on the time- but don't let it panic you :-)  Hope this helped and Good luck!

Answered Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 11:56 by Zoe
Edited by Zoe on Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 11:56
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My advice is take a highlighter into the exam! Although you may feel like you know the question, it's helpful to highlight the key words to quote in the essay to ensure that you're definately linking your essay to the question :)

Also, it is always helpful to make a plan, it prevents you from rambling on about other things and ensure that you maintain a strict focus on the main points :)

Hope this is helpful, OH and Goodluck! :)

Answered Thu 13th December, 2012 @ 10:22 by NewGirl.
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When you start the actual essay keep you eye on the time and if you're running behind you have to compromise with what you're writing to finish on time! Good luck

Answered Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 10:26 by Lamise Hassan
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my advice is you should ALWAYS keep an eye out on the time.. in my exam i didnt write anything relevent to the question.. the question was write a blog enetry about a dialemma and how you overcame it and i wrote about how me and my boyfriend met and i got 14 marks out of 16 so yeah :]

Answered Sun 4th November, 2012 @ 20:43 by Elissa♥♥
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When I did gcse's I used to look at all the paper first then look at the marks and time all my questions for example 12mark question max time on that would be 15 minutes.... Did 4 to 5 paragraphs... To make it a reasonable size or length

Answered Sun 4th November, 2012 @ 21:37 by sharaan