Exam Writing Strategy

A Good, Basic Plan of Attack

  1. skim the whole exam

  2. build a time budget

  3. proceed from easiest to hardest questions

  4. outline your essays

Steps to answering exam essay questions

  1. focus on the wording of the question

  2. brainstorm ideas and draft an outline

  3. double-check that your examples and argument answer the question

  4. ensure your opening and closing sentences clearly relate to or re-state the exam question.

  5. Write.

This information is compiled both from personal experience and from How to Become a Straight A Student by Cal Newport.