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Introduction Differences between in class essays and regularly assigned essays Strategies for Writing Coping with the stress of writing an in-class essay Time Management The Writing Process What to leave in, what to leave out Strategies for writing the best essay possible in the given time limit.
The main differences: You get the assignment and must start immediately Usually, you cannot research or reference other material Most importantly, there is a strict time limit.
Don’t start writing right away. Breathe in, breathe out. Start to read and think about the topic. Source: Google Images
Let’s use a two-hour exam time limit as an example: Use 10 to 15 minutes to identify ideas and plan your approach to the topic Spend 60 - 55 minutes writing Allot 10 to 15 minutes at the end for revising and editing Of course, you can add and subtract, but make a schedule and stick to it!
Look for key words that indicate how you should develop and organize your essay
Identify: the main points. Brainstorm what you want to say: note the key words and phrases think about what you want to say Slot your ideas into a quick, point form outline. 1.Thesis of your essay 2.Supporting point 1,2,3 (body paragraphs 1,2,3) 3.Conclusion
You may think that you don’t have time for this, but you can quickly jot an outline in the margin or on the inside front cover of your exam booklet.
It will help you organise your thoughts and to feel calmer when you are writing your essay.
Your Introduction will: Summarize the main points. Introduce your thesis statement. Depending on the type of essay you are writing, your Body Paragraphs will: Discuss key ideas Criticize the author’s arguments Evaluate the author’s arguments AND Justify/defend your thesis statement.
To defend your Thesis Statement: Use specific facts and examples to back up your judgments. Present specific points clearly and logically in step-by- step order
Start with a strong first sentence Don't waste time composing a long introduction. Clearly state the main points in the first 1 or 2 sentences. Add in the thesis statement you brainstormed before.
As you're writing the essay, now and then reread the question and your thesis to make sure that you haven't wandered off course. Don't pad your essay with information unrelated to the topic. Source: Google Images
If you find yourself running short on time, don't start panicking and writing frantically. Consider these strategies instead …
Consider listing the key points you still want to make. Your instructor will know that lack of time, not lack of knowledge, was your problem.
A simple one-sentence conclusion emphasizing your main point A hastily constructed ending paragraph could lower the value of the rest of the essay. A well worded, strong concluding sentence is usually the better way to go.
Strategy for an In-Class Essay Outline for an In-Class Essay
Breathe! Plan your time. Allow time to: read the question identify the key points write an outline & thesis statement Write the essay Review If you run out of time, don’t panic. List the key points you haven’t gotten to yet Write a strong concluding sentence instead of a paragraph
Introductory sentence & thesis statement Body Paragraphs (each one discusses a key idea in your essay) 1 2 3 Conclusion: Don’t worry about a full paragraph. 1-2 sentences that summarize your points and refers back to your thesis is enough Make sure your conclusion and Thesis statement agree with each other.