How to write concisely and clearly?

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I have my English Literature AS level exam tomorow on Turn of the Screw by Henry James and Edward Thomas poetry. I want to show as much of what I know as possible but I had a bad experience in my philosophy exam on monday and am now very nervous. My essays tend to overabstract and complicate points; does any one have any tips for avoiding this and wiriting a clear essay? I think that planning may help but not sure how to go about this. Thanks!

Posted Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 07:56 by Sarah

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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. Maybe do a little spider diagram with the main points you are going to make and a few quotations you're going to use. Remeber the plans should take less than 5 minutes! It's important to use short adpt quotes throughout 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. Make sure when addressing a point (for example the structre in poetry) stick to it and don't be tempted to add in other points such as imagery. If it's a "to what extent does the author..." styled question- I'd argue both points, one more predominantly (he does and he doesn't) then conclude at the end of the essay. Don't be nervous! :-) Hope this helped.

Answered Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 12:27 by Zoe