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Post by Yousra Hassan on April 29, 2014

I like to leave small comments in parentheses; Its my little way of giving the reader a little chuckle. It works well with my teachers but is it a good idea in an AP exam ?

Another thing is I always tend to (overly) qualify statements. My arguments are something along the lines of 'everything in moderation'. I've realized it makes me seem a bit -well- confused, like I have no real opinion on the matter. Although I thoroughly believe in "meeting halfway", is it safer to take a one-sided stand ?  

Strategies to Raise Your Essay Score

  • Formatting Tips
    • Neatness counts!
      • Use your most legible handwriting (probably printing)
      • Occasional (neat) scratch-outs are fine; a big mess of scribbles is not.
      • Practice writing timed essays by hand—don’t use a word processor.
    • Indent your paragraphs
      • Makes your essay look neater and easier to read.
      • Be sure to make all your paragraphs approximately the same length.
  • Writing Tips
    • Write (your first paragraph) perfectly
      • Starting out neat and clear makes a good impression
      • Don’t obsess over the later paragraphs as much; your reader won’t notice as much, and the pressure can harm your writing.
    • Write with flair!
      • Use details instead of generalizations
      • Take a few risks with your prose style
      • Use colorful vocabulary
      • Don’t go overboard showing off your skills
      • Do not use abbreviations or IM-style slang.
  • Content Tips
    • Answer the question.
      • Look for clues in the prompt.
      • Don’t go off-topic.
      • Take a few risks.
      • If taking a slightly more outrageous position than usual will keep you interested in your task, do it.
      • When in doubt, have fun writing. You’ll stand out from everyone who isn’t.
  • Test-Taking Tips
    • Budget your time.
      • Each essay is worth the same number of points, so you’ll want to spend about equal time on each of the three.
      • Use part of your 40 minutes to plan and jot down an outline (3-5 minutes should be sufficient).
      • Keep an eye on the clock, but don’t let it run your life.
      • Order your essays.
      • You can write your essays in any order you like, but it’s best not to leave the hardest essay for the end (when you’re tired and low on time). If possible, write the essays in the order presented.

Strategies to Raise Your Essay Score

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:09
  • Formatting Tips 0:36
    • Neatness Counts
    • Indent Your Paragraphs
  • Writing Tips 3:39
    • Write Perfectly
    • Write with Flair
  • Content Tips 5:59
    • Answer the Question
    • Take a Few Risks
  • Test-Taking Strategies 7:06
    • Budget Your Time
    • Order Your Essays