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Taking an essay test:. How to do well on fewer than 10 cups of coffee. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to succeed at essay tests. What is an essay test?. Unlike multiple-choice or true-or-false exams, an essay test looks for more than mere correctness.

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Taking an essay test

Taking an essay test:

How to do well on fewer than 10 cups of coffee



What is an essay test
What is an essay test?

Unlike multiple-choice or true-or-false exams, an essay test looks for more than mere correctness.


Instead, an essay test looks for depth, critical thinking skills, and an ability to synthesize ideas.


So what do you need to do? skills, and an ability to synthesize ideas.


Pay careful attention to the “direction” words your prof uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.


Know your terms
Know your terms! uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

  • Analyze: Break something down into its parts and show how the parts connect to each other.

  • Compare: Show how two or more things are similar and different.

  • Contrast: Show how two or more things are different.


Know your terms contd
Know your terms (contd.): uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

  • Define: Explain the meaning of something.

  • Describe: Give a full, detailed picture of something in words to show its key aspects and traits.

  • Diagram: Draw a picture of something and label its components.


Know your terms contd1
Know your terms (contd.): uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

  • Evaluate: Present both the positive and negative features of something.

  • Explain: Give reasons and facts to clarify your points.

  • Justify: Support something with facts and reasons.


Know your terms contd2
Know your terms (contd.): uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

  • List: Present information as a series of brief, numbered items.

  • Outline: Provide information in a clearly organized way.


Know your terms contd3
Know your terms (contd.): uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

  • Summarize: Briefly recap your main points.

  • Trace: Describe the order in which something occurred.


Follow directions
Follow directions! uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

If you’re not responding to the question you’re asked, you won’t get the grade you’re hoping for.


An “A” essay test is: uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

  • well-focused,

  • well-organized,

  • well-supported, and

  • well-packaged.


Well focused
Well-focused uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

Stick to the point and avoid “rambling.”


Well organized
Well-organized uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

Plan ahead, and include a clear introduction and conclusion.


Well supported
Well-supported uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

Use facts, figures, examples, research studies, etc. to bolster

your points.


Well packaged give yourself time to check grammar punctuation and other surface level concerns
Well-packaged uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.Give yourself time to check grammar, punctuation, and other surface-level concerns.


Well packaged contd
Well-packaged, uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.contd:

Neglecting grammar and punctuation is like showing up for a job interview in jeans and a dirty T-shirt. You may be the best candidate for the job, but no one is going to take you seriously.


So how do you start
So how do you start? uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

Budget your time. If you have an hour and a half, give yourself 15 minutes to plan, one hour to write, and 15 minutes to review.


Read all the questions before you start. uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question. Jot down important words, ideas, etc. while they’re fresh in your mind.


Before writing, uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

look at the direction words. Make sure you understand what your teacher expects.


Jot down a rough outline
Jot down a rough outline uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

This will add clarity, organization, and conciseness to your response.


Review what you ve written
Review what you’ve written uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

Your answers should be direct and clearly respond to the question.


When in doubt generalize
When in doubt, generalize uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.

If you can’t remember that Romeo and Juliet was first performed in 1595, just put “late 16th century.”



  • Do I truly understand the question? questions.

  • Have I jotted down a rough outline of my major points?

  • Does the first sentence of my answer tell the reader what the question is and how I will develop my response?





Is my handwriting legible and have i double spaced
Is my handwriting legible, and have I double-spaced? subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?


What about text anxiety
What about text anxiety? subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?

Many of us get very nervous before an exam.


It s not all bad
It’s not all bad subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?

A little bit of “stage fright” can pump out the adrenaline we need to perform.


However
However… subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?

Too much anxiety can erode our focus and sap our confidence.


Control your anxiety
Control your anxiety! subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?

  • Replace negative thoughts by rehearsing your test-taking strategies.

  • Use a favorite pen if you have one.


Control contd
Control (contd.) subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?

  • Tense and release different muscle groups, one group at a time.


Control contd1
Control (contd.) subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?

  • Breathe slowly and deeply. Oxygen feeds your brain!


Control contd2
Control (contd.) subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?

  • Focus on a soothing word or image.


Remember
Remember: subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?

The best way to succeed at essay tests is to be prepared!


Give yourself time to study without cramming. subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?


Make sure you understand all the questions. subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?


Plan your answers before you start writing. subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?


Take a deep breath… subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?


…and watch yourself succeed! subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?


Remember: subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments? Come to the Writing Center at ANY stage of the writing process: ● brain-storming, ● planning, ● developing, or ● finishing. Our professionally trained tutors will be happy to help!


Workshops subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?Madonna’s Writing Center offers the following workshops:● APA● MLA● CMS● Using Sources Correctly● Introductions and Conclusions● Getting Started● Developing Ideas● Revision● Evaluation● Test-taking● Writing Concisely


Works cited
Works Cited subject/verb agreement errors, comma splices, fused sentences, and sentence fragments?

  • www.how-to-study.com/EssayPrint.htm

  • owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/general/gl_essay.html

  • owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/general/gl_anxiety.html

  • www.csbsju.edu/academicadvising/help/essayexm.htm

  • www.mtsu.edu/studskl/essay.html


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