If the exam is something like English Paper 1, you know that a third of the (two hour long) exam is an essay so you should be starting that essay with at least 40mins to go.
Hot tip: a lot of top students try to move through the first two sections of that exam fairly quickly so they have more time for a banging essay 💯.
Keep your paragraphs to a regular structure like PEEL/PEAL (point, example, explanation/analysis, link) so you have a clear idea of when you’ve written enough in each paragraph and when it’s time to just move on.
Memorising essays gets a little controversial but I think we all agree that you need to, at least, have a few ideas and potential essay structures going into that exam room.
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.
Well don't stress too much because we're going to help out here with some tricks and tips for writing exam essays* that will actually show the HSC marker all of our killer ideas and skills.
This might end up being a pretty hefty post so let’s get cracking straightaway.
Having a mind blank during an exam is not a good feeling because the clock is literally ticking and there isn’t a way you can magically force yourself to remember a quote or come up with an idea.
It will feel pretty stressful but your best bet here is actually to pause and think instead of continuing to waffle on.