Exam essays, part II

Class, Essays

Test time and other nightmares

Almost all writing has a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and an end (the conclusion). Even when writing under a deadline, you should try to create all three components. Ignore the temptation to just start writing and hope you will make all the correct split-second decisions about what to say and where to include it. I know, I know – you’ve done it this way in the past and it has turned out okay. Trust me, a little time spent planning will more than pay you back in reduced test frenzy.

Exam essays, part I

Class, Essays

Essay exams are scary a wonderful chance for students to share their thinking on a topic. Studying harder isn’t what makes some students write essays that set them apart from the average. Studying with a plan is. Here’s how you can do it, too. [Note:  Please, please practice this advice at least once before trying it in an exam. You will want to learn to strike a balance between the steps in this exercise. No one component should get all your time or attention.]