Remembering some basic principles for academic essay writing will allow you to create valuable, persuasive papers, even if you're under a time crunch.
Colleges abound with tales of woe about students who slept through exams because they stayed up all night, wrote an essay on the wrong topic, forgot everything they studied, or freaked out in the exam and hyperventilated.
If you are rested, breathing normally, and have brought along some healthy, energy-boosting snacks that you can eat or drink quietly, you are in a much better position to do a good job on the test.
Essay exams are not the place to be subtle or vague.
It’s okay to have an obvious structure, even the five-paragraph essay format you may have been taught in high school.
Here are some tips: Interpretation words ask you to defend ideas of your own about the subject.
Don’t see these words as requesting opinion alone (unless the assignment specifically says so), but as requiring opinion that is supported by concrete evidence.
You aren’t going to write a good essay on something you figured out at 4 a.m. If you prepare yourself well throughout the semester, you don’t risk your whole grade on an overloaded, undernourished brain.
If for some reason you get yourself into this situation, take a minute every once in a while during the test to breathe deeply, stretch, and clear your brain.
The most successful essay exam takers are prepared for anything reasonable, and they probably have some intelligent guesses about the content of the exam before they take it. Try some of the following suggestions during the semester: These suggestions will save you lots of time and misery later. You’ll notice the following suggestions are all based on organizing your study materials into manageable chunks of related material.
Remember that you can’t cram weeks of information into a single day or night of study. If you have a plan of attack, you’ll feel more confident and your answers will be more clear.