2 Consider the QuestionUnderstand the question and make sure you answer the question asked.Don’t stray off topic.Remember the question is an opportunity to show the instructor what you know.
3 Think About the Question Do a pre-write to generate ideas.Organize your ideas [group them together]Make an outline with a thesis and a topic sentence.
4 Your Thesis Try to make the question into your thesis statement. Question ex:(Describe three reasons why students fail final exams)Thesis:Three reasons why students fail final exams are a lack of attendance,participation and studying.
5 Begin Writing Make your title now so you don’t forget! Double space so you can make insertions.Top to bottom- start at the introduction and work your way through.Middle to ends- start with 3-body paragraphs and then write introduction and conclusion.
6 Don’t Forget Essay Structure Introduction – lead-in, transition sentences and thesis.Body paragraphs – Transition and topic sentence and main points and examples with specific details.Conclusion – restate thesis in different words, summarize and use an ending strategy.
7 Save Time to Revise and Edit Quickly read your essay once forward all the way through – make sure you haven’t left out any important ideas.Quickly read your essay backwards – Check for run-ons, fragments, and spelling errors.
8 What should I do before class begins? If you know the topic, do a pre-write, outline and draft essay at home.If you have a selection of topics , do a pre-write and outline for each at home.
9 Before class begins? (cont…..) If you don't know the topic, look at your notes and homework assignments: What were the major points covered? Write a few sample questions and do a pre-write and outline for them.Write a daily journal on academic topics. It will help make in-class writing easier.
10 What should I do during class? Read each question carefully. Make sure you understand it before you begin writing.Budget your time: Make sure you can pre- write, outline,write and edit your essay.
11 Your Time = 90 Minutes Choose a question 3 min Pre-write 5-10 min Organize and outline minDraft minRevise minEdit min