Wow, it has almost been a year since I’ve written a new essay. I promised I’ll keep writing even after my GP exam, but I couldn’t keep it because of a lot of my…umm…”busyness”. But here I am again, with finally enough time to get into writing again, and show you my work! I’m done with my A levels, and I’m taking a gap year which I’m spending writing short movie scripts and making short movies. And now that I have so much time available, why not write my essays?
So to get back to my essay-writing flow (and getting used to my blog again, because I logged in after a really long time), I’ve decided to post some TIPS on GP essay writing. Yeah, I know I’m only a student, I’ve studied GP for a year, and I have achieved an A grade in it (trust me, I am NOT boasting), but why not I share some of the things I learnt along the way while writing my essays and giving my GP Paper? These tips are not PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES on writing your essays, but just something which may help you get comfortable with your writing and make sure you don’t stop enjoying your writing as you write the essay.
- Power of interest: When your teacher present you with a list of topics to write at home, always choose the topic you are interested in. From interested, I don’t mean that you should know anything about it, interest s just enough. Why? Because if you want to write an essay of, for example, Robots in the Future, you have the passion and interest to write on the topic. Now all you have to do is just start researching on the topic, and as you research you will not just get points for that particular essay, but some information will be kept in your brain for any future essays you write on a similar topic, for example, Robots Replacing Humans.
- Power of passion: As mentioned in the first point, your passion and interest for a specific topic or subject matters a LOT in your essay-writing. Remember you are writing argumentative essays, so you’ll need both knowledge AND passion about the topic you are writing in to defend/attack your topic.Need an example? Notice my essay categories. I have studied Economics and Business, but I really do NOT feel like writing on any such topics related to these subjects. And take the category Science and Technology; I am very much interested in topics related to science, but I’ve never taken up a science subject since my IGCSE’s. I was very passionate about the topics, and I learnt a lot through researching about them before I used to write my essays.
- Read everything before you write: When giving your exam, always read all the topics before choosing which one to write on, and never plan a topic to choose before you even look at them. You may be a know-it-all in science, but you might find a topic related to movies which is easier to write on, fun to write on, and even gets your interest more than a science related topic.
- Outlines are boring, but they’re your friends: Remember your teacher once suggested that you to create an outline, or a draft before you write an essay? It sounds unnecessary when you have your all-powerful brain to process and structure all the points for you, but once you do it you’ll realize how important and helpful it is. Planning an outline of your essay on a sheet of paper helps you jot down ANY point you get, and then visually re-arranging them in front of them using a pen is much simpler. Its helps you organize your essay in a flow so that the reader enjoys reading and you as a writer enjoy writing it.
- Less breaks, more focus: When writing unsupervised, try to avoid breaks between your writing. From my experience, the less breaks while writing, the more you stay focused and involved in the topic, and the more you stay involved, the more interesting your essay becomes.
- Mood matters: Make sure you’re in a GOOD mood when you’re writing, with no distractions around you or inside your head. Focus is important!
Again a reminder, that these are not guidelines, just a few tips which may help you out in writing. Enjoy writing, and get those A grades!
If you have your personal tips which you’d like to share, post them as comments below. Share and spread the knowledge! Goodbye!