During an exam, it is important to remember:
1) Essay structure
2) P. Q. E: Point Quote Explain
Point per paragraph
3) Read the question carefully.
Answer the question and refer to the question. Look at it while answering your essay.
4) Write a plan and check point per paragraph: main arguments and ideas
5) Time management: know how much time you will spend on each question. Check marks for each answer.
1) Know the general story and characters of the text. Revise this with the help of youtube, sparknotes.
2) Go over lecture notes, notes from tutors or previous essays. There may be certain theme, arguments and ideas discussed.
3) Think about/prepare a response dealing with the main themes and analysis of the texts discussed. The question will want you to interact in some way with the text and respond. It won’t be a simple summary of the story.
4) Learn simple, short and flexible quotes that you can change to answer the question. This also applies to a description, an image. You can also paraphrase but make sure to mention the author.
5) If citing secondary sources, cite the author and the title. Same as point four, learn simple and short sources or the argument of the secondary source.
6) Consider a plan/write out a plan/mindmap/brain storm with flexible, key points per paragraphs, quotes and arguments. Know this for the exam.
7) Remember the standard expected is different to an essay as part of an assessment. For exams (a short space of time), they want to check that you have
-a certain understanding and analysis of the texts covered,
-you understand what has been discussed in lectures,
-you can interact with the text,
-clearly conveyed your ideas and points-good writing style.
8) Practise writing. Write a short paragraph using quotes and ideas as practice.
P.Q.E : point quote explain
Discuss the role of the female characters in Beowulf.
1) Main point/ argument/ idea
2) Main point/ argument/ idea
3) Main point/ argument/ idea
4) Main point/ argument/ idea ?
Ways to revise essay writing before your exam:
- Coloured cards
- Record yourself
- Practice Questions
- Use Colours / Images / Rhymes for key words and concepts
- Don’t forget the marking criteria! If you have access to marking criteria or previous marking criteria to verify what is expected of you.