Competing for laureate or want to pass with flying colours? Read this then. I've seen many students focus on researching on new topics very often. But they totally ignore their grammar! Formation is important. If you REALLY want to get this 'A
', the first step you should do is to check your dictionary, your lower classes books and copybooks and anything that contain English grammar.
Something you should do quite often is to check the Examiner's Report. And be sure to have your syllabus with you. If you don’t the syllabus, get it here: Syllabus
Many do the error of focusing into only some topics for the examination. That's totally WRONG! You should cover the maximum topics. All knowledge is necessary for an examination. I highly recommend you use your own thinking rather than just 'copy paste' what you learned from books, teachers and the internet.
Do you know how to choose what essay you’re going to do? If you think that you should do the topic that you ‘like’ then you’re wrong. You should do the topic on which you have more knowledge, even if you dislike the topic.
Important sources of information are: local newspaper, magazines, books specialised in essays (wide choice at your local library) and the internet.
The examiner will expect
-fluent style and demonstration of the use of appropriate idiom.
-grammatically correct, good paragraphing and good punctuation and spelling
-an introduction with clarity and without unnecessary detail
-a conclusion sufficiently referencing to major points and pulling the threads of the arguments together
Some tips from an examiner
: (directly from Paper 8004/11 - Paper 1)
-take time to read all questions very carefully before making your choice
-scrutinise the wording of the chosen questions
-If you are not absolutely sure of the precise meaning of the question, do not attempt it
-do not write all you know about the topic - answer the question
-prepare an essay plan which remains focused on the question as set
-ensure the plan shows that you have sufficient/knowledge to meet the requirements of the question
-check and edit the essay structure regarding introduction, main body and conclusion
-illustrate your major points with appropriate examples (local/national/international)
-leave enough time to check your work
-ensure you have answered the question as set without superfluous digression
-check your English systematically correcting any careless errors.
A common error by Mauritian students: they write infact
and it’s totally wrong. They are written like this: in fact
and at least
Next is choosing between comprehension and data response
. I would suggest you don’t gamble in the exams. Comprehension is the best option. Again here, NEVER copy the words in the passage. Put them in your own words. Unless you have practiced at least 10 Data Response questions (and had good marks), do not attempt Data Response in the examination.
Always write for what has been asked. Be careful not to be irrelevant by writing more than necessary just to show that you have ‘a great knowledge’. Questions are often tricky. Be sure to read them 3 times before answering.
When answering the ‘what is meant by the following words’ question, do not answer by giving another difficult word.
When writing your summary, underline the main points first. Be sure not to include any details as this will give you minus points!