Current Essays For Exam Solutions

Essay exams are designed to test your ability to synthesise information and to organise your thoughts on paper. The following points are designed to help you prepare for essay style examinations.

Be familiar with the terminology used

Make sure you understand the question and are clear about what you are being asked to do. Terms like: compare, trace, illustrate and evaluate all have different meanings and will require a different style of answer.

  See Exam Skills: Clue Words

Take time to read the exam paper thoroughly

Not reading questions properly is a common mistake made in essay exams. Therefore, make sure you read each question carefully and be sure you understand exactly what the question is asking.

If the question is ambiguous, unclear or too broad, clearly write your interpretation of the question before answering.

Plan before you write

Don't write your essay off the top of your head - the results will be disorganised and incoherent. Before you start writing, jot down your ideas and organise them into an essay plan.

    • You can write a plan on the exam paper itself, or on any spare paper you have with you.
    • Begin by thinking about how you will answer the question.
    • Note the main information in point form. Doing this will also help you think about your answer.

Number your answers

If you have to write more than one essay, always indicate the number of the essay so it is clear which question you are answering.

Hint: You don't have to answer questions in the order in which they appear in the exam paper. Start with the easiest one first and do the hardest last. This helps to reduce anxiety and facilitates clear thinking.

Time yourself on each question

    • Allocate a set time to complete each question (for example, two essays in two hours = 1 hour per question)
    • Start with the easiest one and do the hardest last. This approach reduces anxiety and helps you think more clearly.

Answer in the first sentence and use the language of the question

Always answer the question in the introduction. To clearly signal your answer, use the language of the question.

For example:

Question: "How do the goals of liberal and socialist feminism differ?"

 You could begin your essay with:

 "The goals of liberal and socialist feminism differ in three main ways . . ."

This approach makes sure you answer the question, and makes the exam easier to mark. 

Make sure you structure your essay 

It should follow basic essay structure and include:

Introduction

An introduction should explicitly state your answer and the organisation of the essay. For example:

"The goals of liberal and socialist feminism differ in three main ways. The first is that . . . The second is . . . and the third main area of difference lies in the . . . This essay will argue that although these differences exist in approaches, the practices of liberal and socialist feminism have become very similar".

Body

The Body of your essay should include:

    • supporting material
    • appropriate details for your answer.

Make sure you structure the body of the essay as you indicated in your introduction. Use transitions to tie your ideas together. This will make your essay flow. If you feel you are losing the plot, go back and reread the question and your introduction. 

Conclusion 

In your Conclusion, re-answer the question and refer briefly to the main points in the body. Show HOW you have answered the question. For example: 

"In conclusion, it is clear that although liberal and socialist feminism originally held differing views on how to attain their goals, a realistic assessment now shows that their practice has become very similar. This is most clearly illustrated by . . . (give your best example and end the essay).

If you run out of time, answer in point form

Markers will often give you some marks for this.

Write as legibly as possible

    • Print your answers instead of using cursive writing.
    • Be aware of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
    • If you are using exam booklets, write on every second line.
    • If you have time at the end of the exam, proof read your essay for grammatical and spelling errors.
    • Leave space in between answers in case you have time to add any information you didn't include in your essays.

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  • Virginia Kearney 4 days agofrom United States

    Elvira, if your topic is about a person with potenital, you are probably not doing a problem solution essay. You are writing a reflection essay and I have an article which gives all of the instructions you will need, including information about how to do the introduction. Here is the link to that article:https://owlcation.com/humanities/How-to-Write-a-Re...

  • Elvira 4 days ago

    How can I start writing my essay topic is about Aperson with potential.I don't know how to start.can you please help me?

  • Virginia Kearney 3 weeks agofrom United States

    Kanika--It is a good idea to turn your topic into a question and an answer. Here are some examples:

    What is the effect of divorce on young children (or teenagers or college students)? Your answer would be your thesis. Another topic idea could be:

    What is the effect of divorce on men (or women)?

    What is the effect of divorce on a person's work? See my article on how to write a cause effect paper.

  • Kanika 3 weeks ago

    Can you help me to find topic sentence on,Effect of divorce?

  • Virginia Kearney 4 weeks agofrom United States

  • Sayed Abid sadat 4 weeks ago

    Hi! I need your help to select my topic on information technology to write my artical. thank you

  • Virginia Kearney 6 weeks agofrom United States

    Hi Mr. Johnson, I have everything you might need for writing a college essay on my website. You can look on my profile page or search for my articles on: choosing a topic; writing a thesis and topic sentences; how to organize and write different kinds of essays; using commas and semicolons correctly; easy words to use as sentence starters to write better essays and much more. I have over 100 articles about writing to help you out!

  • Dick Johnson 6 weeks ago

    Hi! I Have An Assignment I Have To Do In My College Class On Friday And I Was Looking For Some Advise! Thanks!

  • Richard Cranium 6 weeks ago

    This website helped my child with her homework.

  • Virginia Kearney 7 weeks agofrom United States

    I have many articles on different subjects for you to look at. Many of the ones in this article would work fine but you can also look at my articles which are specifically for high school students. A good paper idea is one that interests you and it will be easier to write if you immediately can think of your opinion on that topic and some examples you can use from your own life, something you've read, current news or an example from literature, a movie or another video.

  • Stupid Pickle 7 weeks ago

    I have to write an essay for English is there any topics that you would recommend for a high school freshman

  • tommy wensyel 2 months ago

    this article was very helpful and it wasn t bias my english teacher wanted us to write an essay. it was really helpful i got a lot of good ideas

  • Jawaher 2 months ago

    How can get out bad relationship

  • Virginia Kearney 3 months agofrom United States

    Hi Trang--I have a lot of information to help you write your paper. Look for my articles about how to write argument, problem solution and proposal papers. In order to discuss two solutions, you just need to think about two possible answers to the question that have not yet been done. For example, in the question "How can students get enough good sleep each night?" two good answers that are equal would be: making a schedule for work and sleep, and using a technology device like a cell phone or fitbit that tracks sleep patterns.

  • Trang Phan 3 months ago

    my writing teacher asks me to choose a pro-solution topic that is practically related to student life. After that i have to draw out two solutions which are equal to each other.It means that both of them can not be currently done. it seems so difficult

  • sssssss 4 months ago

    How can healthcare be ensured for everyone around the world?

  • Damtaodu 5 months ago

    How do one respond to new challenges and adapting to a different environment, living without familiar amenities, interacting with new and different types of people and studying intensively among others.

  • Virginia Kearney 6 months agofrom United States

    Hi Kashymawoh--I'm glad you've decided on a topic for your essay. You can find everything you need to know about writing it by looking at my other articles on writing problem solution essays and writing argument essays. If you don't see the link for that, search in my profile, which you can find on the top right of the page.

  • kashymawoh 6 months ago

    hi Virginia, i am writing an essay on solving unemployment issues in Nigeria, kindly assist me.

  • Virginia Kearney 7 months agofrom United States

    Hi Cassandra! After you choose your topic, be sure to look at my article about how to write a solution essay. I give all the instructions you should need. If you want help revising or with punctuation, you can find articles on those topic too.

  • Cassandra Pines 7 months ago

    I need to write a 6-7 page essay about a social movement. I don't know how to start

  • Virginia Kearney 9 months agofrom United States

    Hi, Sparsh, Your best help would be to look at my other articles about how to write problem solution essays and argument essays. You might also like to look at my articles on Toulmin, Rogerian and Classical argument strategies. These articles include specific instruction on how to organize and outline your essay as well as how to argue effectively for your solution. In addition, they provide samples with commentary on why these work. Finally, you ought to look at my articles on how to write a great thesis and topic sentences. You can find these by searching for my name on Letterpile, or by looking on my profile page. I have over 100 articles on writing to help you out.

  • SPARSH AGARWAL 9 months ago

    Hey Virginia,

    I am preparing for writing section of PCAT exam. In the writing section, there are generally problem solution essays. It is my humble request if you could provide me with a source where there are more of problem solution sample essays, so that I can prepare accordingly and practice writing on the problems mentioned above.

    Regards

    Sparsh

  • Virginia Kearney 11 months agofrom United States

    Problems with health can be related to disease or preventative measures like diet and exercise. Here are some easy health-related topics: How can a person with Celiac disease best manage their diet? How can students best exercise and eat to be healthy? What are the best strategies to avoid illness? How can people avoid heart disease? What is the best way to stay healthy if you have diabetes?

  • poo 11 months ago

    i want a health related topic. like people should be concerned about their health. but what problem can i state?

  • Stevie Glenn 12 months agofrom Minneapolis

    Great topics on education! Good sources for quick education articles.

  • Chris Velo 14 months ago

    Thank you for all the topics to write on; I would read one section thinking that I couldn't write anything only to discover a few points I had to make into a quick essay.

  • Virginia Kearney 14 months agofrom United States

    Hi Colleen--I'd suggest you look at my Non-Profit Research Paper article for help.https://hubpages.com/literature/Research-Paper-on-...

  • Colleen 14 months ago

    Hello Virgina,

    I have a Critical Analysis & Research Writing paper due the assignment is A Good for A Community: A Research Based-Solution Essay I am having the most difficult time with this. Can you help?

  • Virginia Kearney 15 months agofrom United States

    KyLie--That is an interesting idea. The departmental final exam for my students included a question about this topic. I will see if I can add some to the list.

  • KyLie 15 months ago

    I would like some topics on the death of Harambe the gorilla....

  • Karla 16 months ago

    Should have a topic about animal abuse or cruelty!

  • Bangladesh Page 2 years ago

    Here is a lot of topics to write on. It really makes me think to write something on the topics. There are some topics here I never thought that an essay can be written! Thanks for sharing.

  • Virginia Kearney 2 years agofrom United States

    Hi Zero, I don't exactly understand what you want. Perhaps you mean you want to write an essay about "How to find a good job?" or "Solving the difficult problem of finding a good job?"

  • Virginia Kearney 2 years agofrom United States

    Hi mtariqsattar--I actually have also written articles about how to write essays of many types. You can search for this on Hubpages or just look for the links next to my topic ideas articles.

  • Tariq Sattar 2 years agofrom Karachi

    Hi there VirginiaLynne, I don't know how to start but you nailed it and you seem to possess command over topics. You do justify what you have said in your profile.

    Anyway, I enjoyed reading your hub - it is helpful to those who are seeking to teach essay at the college or university level, and those who want to writer such a genre of essay. That is problem-solution essay.

    I would ask though about the tips to writing an essay quickly and accurately at the same time. How should you as an essay writer achieve both ends?

  • Virginia Kearney 2 years agofrom United States

    Thanks for the ideas Jaime--I may think about putting some solution ideas into another article.

  • b.s.s 2 years ago

    Wow!! What a great topics

  • Virginia Kearney 2 years agofrom United States

    So glad Symphony Dunbar that you are using my site to get good ideas. You must be doing a good job writing those essays too!

  • Symphony Dunbar 2 years ago

    I love this site. I come on here, get a topic, write an essay, get an A+, just like that!

  • sera 3 years ago

    Thanks it helped so much

  • Maria Cuevas 3 years ago

    I would really like environment issues. It is very passionate among many.

  • Virginia Kearney 3 years agofrom United States

    Hi Justin--Glad this helped you. I have a 5th grade daughter and two daughters in 7th. I used to teach 6th grade myself and know that you are learning a lot about writing!

  • justin 3 years ago

    I really like the questions for the problem and solution it makes me want to improve some mistakes I made.P.S. I'm a 6th grader.

  • Tessa 3 years ago

    Awesome website! I'm definitely going to use one of these topics. Helped a lot. Thanks!!!!!

  • Hyder 3 years ago

    How "Education is solution all our problem" I want to write essay this topic anyone help me

  • Ova ELai 3 years ago

    I would like a topic on counselling a teenage who thinks is having a sexually transmitted disease or HIV

  • Virginia Kearney 3 years agofrom United States

    Thanks Ashley--I will write some topics about that!

  • Ashley 3 years ago

    Military life topics would be great!

  • djelke16 3 years ago

    Great topics! Thank you so much.

  • Dottie 4 years ago

    Thank you! This was so helpful!

  • Rachel 4 years ago

    This website is perfect! Helped me a lot, thanks!

  • Lcarter 4 years ago

    Great topics!

  • Virginia Kearney 4 years agofrom United States

    So glad I helped you Kaiya! I know that getting the right topic and finding some good information can really help someone overcome that writer's block that makes starting an essay so hard!

  • kaiya123 4 years ago

    This helped a ton! Anyone of these topics could easily be well written, being that there is so much information about each topic. I seriously couldn't have thought of any of these topics, and this definitely helped my essay. There was many topics to choose from, depending on the area you are interested in. It made me think about what I really wanted to write about! Thanks so much!!! :)

  • Maria Jordan 4 years agofrom Jeffersonville PA

    A meaty and worthwhile list of subjects for anyone to pursue...most thought provoking and interesting topics. Excellent job.

    Voted UP and UAI. Hugs, Maria

  • SaM 4 years ago

    This HELPED a lot! Thanks!

  • Pamela Oglesby 4 years agofrom United States

    You really thought of so many valid topic that are all worthy of discussion. Anyone of this topic could easily be written about and really there are so many problems, it is a bit overwhelming, but then we must start somewhere. This is a great idea for a hub and no one should have to have writer's block anymore. Voted up and useful.

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