• Ryan Calleja Urry

5 Useful Essay-Writing Tips For Your Upcoming MATSEC Exams ✍️

Time for more tips ⏱

Whether it's Economics, French or Philosophy - essays are coming your way. While we're sure you know what you're doing, here are a few ideas to keep in mind 😇


1. Leave The Freestyling To The Rappers 😉

Having an essay plan is very important. A lot of students try to just write as they go, while this can work, it won't get you the best mark you could have gotten.

Freestyle writing results in you getting writer's block and going off on tangents.

Instead, spend just 10 minutes before starting your essay question to brainstorm ideas, list the points you want to hit and create a structure & order in which you want to mention them. This tip is a winner & makes you much more confident throughout the whole writing process.


2. Let Them Hear Your Voice 🗣

The most meaningful and captivating pieces of writing are those that feel like the writer is sitting down right beside you, having a conversation.

Hey, I'm talking to you, yes you 👋

Make the examiner feel this way by writing in a warm and friendly tone, just like how you'd speak to them. This way they get engaged in what you have to say and are more likely to see your perspective and give you marks for your efforts. Do not sound stale.


3. Specificity Is Key 🔑

This helps whether you're writing a narrative piece of fiction, a critical analysis or even a Bio essay that's straight from hell.

For example, when it comes to fiction, let's say you want to convey the message that a picnic day was fun and exciting. Instead of saying, "the picnic was fun and exciting" talk about a specific moment during the day that directly proves it to be exciting. Make them feel it.

Show the examiners, don't tell them.


4. The Golden Technique ✍️

I'm sure you've heard of this one before in some form, it works wonders. Not only is this method the crux of a well-written essay, but it also simplifies the act of essay-writing itself.

The acronym is P.E.E, funnily enough, and it stands for:

Point - Explain - Example.

Here you first make a point or put forward a statement, you then explain the theory and how it works and why you believe it, & finally conclude by cementing the idea through a concrete example that proves the point.

This is the most effective way to present an argument & allows you to come across very confidently in what you say.


5. Out With A Bang 💥

A good intro and a strong body are essential, but make sure you never neglect to give a perfect conclusion.

Your final words will make or break an undecided opinion. A good conclusion should encapsulate your entire essay, highlighting your most important points while again showing your competence & understanding of the field in question.

Always end strong.


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