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In English Language exams you may be asked to write persuasively in favour of some viewpoint (e.g. 'Britain should continue to have a royal family')
Firstly, you may like to begin planning your answer with a rough list of arguments for the viewpoint and possible arguments against. Whilst gathering your material you should think about:
1) Which of the arguments in favour of the viewpoint are the strongest, clearest and most simple to make? Often these will be the first arguments you think of in response to the statement. It much better to communicate a simple argument well than try to express more complex points in an unclear way! Don't make things harder than they need to be!
2) Which of the arguments against the viewpoint can you think of a response to? Although we are not writing to argue (and so don't need to include opposing opinions) including these arguments in your essay, and then effectively opposing them with a response will make your writing extremely persuasive.
After you have gathered all of your material, it is time to order it into a structure. You might find that different peices of writing work best with different structures. Here are a couple to consider:
Structure 1: [Introduction] [Strongest pro argument] [Next strongest pro arguments] [Strongest against argument and your reply] [Next strongest against arguments and your replies] [Conclusion]
Structure 2: [Introduction] [Strongest pro argument] [Strongest against argument and your reply] [Next strongest pro argument and your reply] [Next strongest against argument and your reply] [Conclusion]
INTRODUCTION AND CONCLUSION
Now that you have your material and your structure, you can begin writing!
Your Introduction: Should very briefly outline the viewpiont and why you think it is true. Hint at some of the points you are going to make to back it up.
Your conclusion: Should summarise the points you have made and re-iterate your viewpoint!see more
In this question (taken from a non-calculator higher level GCSE maths past paper), we want to find an answer x=?
Ultimately we want to leave x 'by itself' on the left hand side, with our answer on the right. Our first step is to 'undo' the 8 on the outside of the bracket. This is done by dividing by 8 on both sides of the equation. After dividing by 8 we have (x+3)=(36/8).
Because this is a non-calculator paper, you may find it easiest to calculate 36/8 in stages. We can see very easily that both 36 and 8 are both divisible by 2. This allows us to simplify the fraction to 18/4. Repeating this step again gives a simplified fraction 9/2. It is now easier to see that 36/8=9/2=4.5 and so x+3=4.5.
Finally we 'undo' the 3 on the left hand side of the equation by subtracting 3 on both sides of the equation. This gives us x=4.5-3 so x=1.5. This is the final answer.
It is worth noting that although we have gone through the stages step-by-step in this example, the question is only worth 3 marks in the exam. You should practice these types of algebra-solving questions such that you are able to solve them whilst presenting your workings clearly, quite quickly.see more