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Taking Essay Exams: How to Stay on Track

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Taking an essay exam can be nerve-racking. So much so, that you could psych yourself out and totally go blank with writer’s block. Follow these helpful tips to steer clear of a crash and burn.

Don’t waste time composing a long introduction. Clearly state your main points in the first sentence. Use the rest of the essay to support and illustrate these points with specific details. As you’re writing, now and then reread the question to make sure that you haven’t wandered off course. Don’t pad your essay with information unrelated to the topic. And don’t try to bluff your instructor by repeating information using different words. Take our word, they’ve been there done that.

If you find yourself running short on time, don’t worry about crafting a lengthy conclusion. Instead, consider listing the key points you still want to make. Such a list will let your instructor know that lack of time, not lack of knowledge, was your problem.

(Source:About.com)


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