Aim to spend roughly 10 minutes (or more) planning and thinking.
Brainstorm - Once you are sure what the question is asking of you, the next thing you should do is brainstorm.
Simply write down everything you can think of in brief notes and in no particular order just to get it out of your mind and on to paper.
Decide whether the question is asking for a thematic approach, or chronological.
Is it asking for causes to be evaluated or for a discussion of two sides of an argument?
When writing in haste we tend to: It is better to say "Toward the end of the 19th century" then to say "in 1894" when you can't remember whether it's 1884 or 1894, though approximate, may be incorrect, and will usually be marked accordingly. A qualified statement connotes a philosophic attitude, the mark of an educated man.
The following words are commonly found in essay test questions. The well-organized, neat-appearing individual will usually get the nod over another equally capable person who is disorganized and careless in appearance.Although other factors are involved, the analogy to examination writing is a skill. The student would be advised to follow certain steps in writing an essay exam.You are not being asked to 'write everything you know about …'.You are being asked a specific question that needs an answer that is directly related to it.Answers will come to mind immediately for some questions Write down key words, listings, etc. Otherwise these ideas may be blocked (or be unavailable) when the time comes to write the later questions.This will reduce "clutching" or panic (Anxiety, actually fear which disrupts thoughts).There will be 15 minutes remaining when the last question is completed.The incomplete answers can be completed during the time.To begin writing in the hope that the right answer will somehow turn up is time consuming and usually futile.To know a little and to present that little well is, by and large, superior to knowing much and presenting it poorly--when judged by the grade it receives.