A.J's Top Exam Tips (#3)


Essays are some of the darkest moments in educational life, that's a fact. The examiner who decided that it was a good idea to schedule the English, Philosophy and Ethics exams on the same day (6 essays total) is a cruel man who has made it into my Death Note. My hand still twitches with the memory. But here's the thing: writing essays earlier in the year proved to be the most beneficial revision tool for me. Philosophy has a heck of a lot of content and names and predicates, so ultimately when I was given an essay at the end of the topic, I was more than happy to write it. Remember those trees of notes I aforementioned? I probably recycled 70% of those because they kept repeating and rephrasing what I had already summarised in my essays. In the end, I had about 35 essays filed and categorised in my revision folders (along with irrelevant notes which were said to impress and get me extra marks). Essays work because they need concentration and coherence. It's not like a worksheet where you do ten minutes, chat with friends, have a bean-bag race in the commonroom hall (very fun, try it) and come back to it. Three hours of devotion to an essay means you will have fabulous notes at the end of the year, and the best part probably is that it's not a photocopy of your teacher's sporadic notes from his 20-year-previous uni days. It's from you, it's your own thoughts and it will make sense to you (in case that wasn't a big enough hint, I'm also encouraging you to WRITE IT YOURSELF. Come on now, you incorrigible minikins...)

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