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Posted by bitesize_english_teacher (U15197928) on Thursday, 16th May 2013
Many people find it hard to finish the essay in 45 minutes. They start well and write in great detail about the first couple of acts of a play and then discover the 45 minutes are nearly over.
There is no way to solve this problem other than by prevention!
Subdivide your 45 minutes as follows:
AT THE START: five minutes planning: underline key words/phrases from the question that should be used in the opening topic sentences of paragraphs. Briefly write down the main topics/headings/themes/aspects you want to discuss.
AT THE END: five minutes proof-reading. Check spelling, apostrophes, expression and punctuation - particularly the 'comma splice'. Remember that your style of expression is part of what is being assessed.
WHILE WRITING THE ESSAY:
Divide your time roughly into three ten minute slots.
Check the clock constantly. After ten minutes have you finished the first aspect you wanted to discuss? If not, speed up at this point. Even if you had many other things to say about your first point, you will have to condense them to ensure you tackle the rest of the question.
In the same way, after twenty minutes, check whether you are about two thirds of the way through your argument.
PACE yourself in this way. That's the secret of finishing the essay in the time available!