Some Basic Tips for Essay Writing

  • Outline your Essay. Commit this outline to memory ! That way when you get the exam, you can jot down your outline. Remember: Don't forget your thesis statement. A thesis statement is a single declarative sentence that states what you want your readers to know, believe, or understand after having read your essay.
  • Practice writing ! Start practicing writing your essays ! The more comfortable you are answering the questions during your study time, the less nervous you will be when answering the questions on the exam.
  • Learn key concepts, facts, and names. You will have to support your argument with evidence, and this may involve learning some key concepts, names, etc.
  • Organize your ideas. Knowledge of the subject matter is only part of the preparation process. You need to spend some time thinking about how to organize your ideas.

For Dr. Wooster's exams, please note the following :

  • Things to avoid in the essay: your personal opinion, personal experiences, etc. The point is to demonstrate your knowledge of factual information as presented in class and in the textbook.
  • Lastly, remember that the essay is your opportunity to show that you have studied and read the text. If you remember bits of information and can tie it in to the prompt, put it in! The more detailed the better. These prompts are usually written in a way to incorporate many aspects of the chapter readings, not tiny factual things that would be easy to skip over.