Sunday, 20 September 2015

Tips to write a good essay in exams

Essay writing can be tedious for many, especially for those who repel the thought of long form writing. But if you want to earn marks and score well in the subject, then you cannot run away from essay writing.

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Here are five quick tips to help you write a good essay in your exams—

1.       Write what has been asked
Don’t divert from the topic and make sure that in the flow of writing, you don’t lose the focus from the topic. You can of course draw references and examples from other elements, but ensure that your prime focus throughout remains on what has been asked to you, especially in case of argumentative essays.

2.       Frame a good intro
You won’t really go and watch a movie if you don’t like its trailer. A trailer is somewhat an intro of a movie that captivates the audience and convinces them to watch the movie in the theatre. Similarly, the intro of an essay that is the first two paragraphs is crucial as they determine whether you have intrigued your reader enough to make him read further.

3.       Break the essay into parts
This doesn’t mean that you have to use bullet points, but break it into three parts, wherein the first part talks about the topic in general, the second talks about your views on it with logic and reasoning and the third gives a conclusion in not more than a paragraph about what is your final call on the agenda. This makes it easier for the reader to understand and even for you to analyse and pen down the information accordingly.

4.       Follow an essay plan
Before starting to draft the essay, process a plan in your mind about how you would go with the topic, what all you know about the topic and what all needs to be there on the paper. Not everything you know about the topic is going to be useful and hence, you need a plan to demarcate the necessary and the unnecessary in your mind before you start to write.

5.       Don’t exaggerate and write as much is needed

Don’t go on writing just to make it look like a real long form writing. Your examiner will get disappointed if you repeat points and don’t give something new to keep the flow of the write up. So unless you have something new to offer, don’t stretch and exaggerate the essay. Overdoing it will only hamper your grades.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Why is it so important to maintain a good sleeping pattern during exams?

Examinations are an evaluation of what you have learnt, understood and how well you can put it into words by manifesting your ideas properly. Though it is quite true that stress, restlessness, confusion become a part of your exam phase, with worries about marks, time management as well as peer pressure.

Eight hours of sleep are crucial and mandatory for a human body, in order to ensure that it functions well and operates on day to day tasks efficiently. During exams, when your mind is already stressed out, your sleeping pattern for every day becomes all the more crucial and needs to be well maintained.

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Unhealthy sleep patterns mean weaker brain

Panic during exam time is pretty obvious, but many students mistake it grossly and think it is all right to spend nights before and during exams studying, learning those chunks of texts and reading more than what their brains can take. However, they need to understand that this act is more of a bad step, which does more harm than good.

With such rigorous study sessions and staying awake at night, your brain loses the tenacity to concentrate and focus on topics properly. You also in a way force your brain to indulge into activities, when all it needs is adequate rest to keep it functions smooth. This in return affects your mood, your learning and hence, your academic performance as well.

Higher stress levels

Inadequate sleep, unhealthy and light sleeping patterns can cause a number of health issues in your body. For the starters, sleep deprivation increases the secretion of cortisol—which is the stress hormone in our body, and as you know stress is the root cause of a number of health hiccups, be it headache, nausea, or something as chronic as diabetes.

Therefore, it is wise as well as healthy to take proper breaks between study hours and give your body and mind the right amount of rest they deserve. Only then can you concentrate well on your subjects and your brain will be rejuvenated after a long sound sleep, to focus on topics better.