Which is the better strategy in essay type exams
Write down their key words, listings, etc, as they are fresh in your mind.
Otherwise these ideas may be blocked (or be unavailable) when the time comes to write the later questions. [ This will reduce "clutching" or panic (anxiety, actually fear which disrupts thoughts).
Set up a time schedule
to answer each question and to review/edit all questions
If six questions are to be answered in sixty
allow yourself only seven minutes for each
If questions are "weighted",
prioritize that into your time allocation for each question
When the time is up for one question, stop writing,
leave space, and begin the next question. The incomplete answers can be completed during the review time
Six incomplete answers will usually receive more credit than three, complete ones
Read through the questions once and note if you have any choice in answering questions
Pay attention to how the question is phrased,
or to the "directives", or words such as "compare", "contrast", "criticize", etc. See their definitions in "Essay terms"
Answers will come to mind immediately for some questions
Before attempting to answer a question, put it in your own words
Now compare your version with the original.
Do they mean the same thing? If they don't, you've misread the question. You'll be surprised how often they don't agree.
Think before you write:
Make a brief outline for each question
Number the items in the order you will discuss them
Get right to the point
State your main point in the first sentence
Use your first paragraph to provide an overview of your essay.
Use the rest of your essay to discuss these points in more detail.
Back up your points with specific information, examples, or quotations from your readings and notes
Teachers are influenced by compactness,
completeness and clarity of an organized answer
Writing in the hope
that the right answer will somehow turn up is time-consuming and usually futile
To know a little and to present that little well is,
by and large, superior to knowing much and presenting it poorly- when judged by the grade received. ]
There are no new answers.