Writing essays in exams really comes down to being as prepared as possible and having a good strategy for the exam itself.
Make sure you’re managing your time and keeping calm enough to write the killer essay you’d be able to come up with outside of the exam room.
* Before you even start writing, you need to be reading each word of that essay question super carefully. Do they specify that you need ONE, at least ONE or TWO or more related texts?
Make sure you’re following instructions and paying attention to the little things that are actually... No excuses for skipping this step because you can just do it during reading time. The kick of pure adrenaline when you start an exam can make it pretty tempting to get writing asap but save yourself a world of pain and take a few minutes to plan.
That way, if I had a total mind blank when I got to writing a certain paragraph, I didn’t have to leave the evidence out or waste time trying to remember it.
This one is pretty closely related to the point about planning but hey, can’t push it enough.
The pressure of writing essays in exams makes it sooooo easy to start rambling and just chucking idea after idea after idea onto the page.
Make a structure during your planning and be really strict about sticking to it to keep your essay as clear and strong as possible.
Addressing the keyword and source material really well will show your marker than you are actually answering the exam question, not just chucking out a pre-prepared response.
The overall best tip for writing essays in exams is to remind yourself what your markers are looking for.