MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

364 views

How can I write a good essay in such a limited time?

1. Practice

I would say first and foremost, practice loads! Pick a topic you want to work on and find a past exam question and just give it a go. I often found it helpful to do one or two untimed just to see how long it took me (and to test my knowledge), then you can refine it. Work out how long you'll have to do it in the exam and practice doing some under timed conditions. The more you do it, the easier it will become. This will also make it easier not to panic on the day of the exam. 

After even doing a few, you'll be able to work out how much they expect you to write and waht kind of thing you can cut out. 

2. Plan & Structure

Give yourself a couple of minutes at the beginning to jot down your points, you don't need long but this could make the difference between a weak "waffley" answer and a really strong answer. 

This is particularly the case with some the long answer questions in some papers where you are required to describe and evaluate. With these, structure is very important in order that you make it very clear to the examiner where you are describing and where you are evaluating. Use paragraphs to make this really clear and don't be afraid to start evaluative sections with "In evaluation..." 

The actual structure of an essay could vary depending on what works for the question (and how many marks it's worth) but I would recommend either:

Introduction / Describe / Evaluate / Conclude

OR

Introduction / Describe / Evaluate / Describe / Evaluate / Conclude

However, this is by no means set in stone, read the question, think about what it's asking for and look at the mark weighting before deciding this for certain. 

3. Don't panic

Try and practice a few completely unseen. This will help test timing and knowledge, as well as giving you an opportunity to see what it feels like to do it under exam conditions. 

Remember to read the question carefully (maybe circle/highlight key words), do a quick plan, then go for it!

Annie N. GCSE Psychology tutor, A Level Psychology tutor, GCSE Philos...

8 months ago

Answered by Annie, an A Level Psychology tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

32 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£20 /hr

Lily O.

Degree: Law with Psychology (Bachelors) - Southampton University

Subjects offered:Psychology, Law+ 1 more

Psychology
Law
-Personal Statements-

“Hi, I'm Lily and I study Law with Psychology at the renowned Russell Group University in Southampton. ”

£20 /hr

Nina S.

Degree: Psychology (Bachelors) - York University

Subjects offered:Psychology, Maths+ 1 more

Psychology
Maths
French

“Psychology student at the University of York with a passion for biological mechanisms and their effect on behaviour”

MyTutor guarantee

£20 /hr

Frances B.

Degree: Experimental Psychology (Bachelors) - Bristol University

Subjects offered:Psychology, Maths+ 2 more

Psychology
Maths
English
-Personal Statements-

“Hi, I'm Frances! I'm currently studying Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol and I absolutely love it. It has such a wide range of interesting aspects which spark curiousity into our own thoughts and behaviours that ca...”

MyTutor guarantee

About the author

£22 /hr

Annie N.

Degree: Psychology (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered:Psychology, Philosophy and Ethics

Psychology
Philosophy and Ethics

“I'm a 2nd year Psychology student at Durham. I found a love for Psychology through enthusiastic teachers and I hope that I can do the same! ”

You may also like...

Posts by Annie

Discuss one biological therapy of Schizophrenia

How can I write a good essay in such a limited time?

Other A Level Psychology questions

How does the social learning theory explain aggressive behaviour?

How should I structure my essays?

1. What are the key approaches, issues and debates in psychology and how can I include them in my essays? (AQA)

What is Behaviourism?

View A Level Psychology tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok