The dreaded writing assessments are coming, and some of you are beginning to freak. Well, have no fear, because there are several useful tips that will help you become a better writer and improve your performance on your standardized essays.
The secret every great essay is a good night’s sleep and breakfast in the morning. This allows the brain to be rested and get the body started it up and run normally. Try to eat something healthy like a bowl of cereal or even a banana if you don’t have time, but avoid fatty foods in the morning.
Another helpful hint is to know what the rubric is and how you expected to be graded. If you know what the reader is looking for, you improve your chance of getting a good grade.
One thing that everyone needs to do before you start into your essay is to gather your thoughts and write a brief outline. This will allow you to jump into your story with a little foundation and extend on what you need to write about. The writer also needs to write or create his or her essay for the reader. Give them what they want to know or what can entertain them.
Write from what you know about as well, and if you don’t know, then find out. If you start writing on an informative topic about dogs, and then say that dogs can survive in space, then you’re going to lose your reader. Make sure that what you’re writing about makes sense and is concise.
One final tip that will help you is no matter what is to have fun with it. If you don’t get excited about your writing, then don’t expect the reader to either. Write about something that interests you or find and relate something that interests you in the topic, but never go into it bland and dull. Make it something that people can read and be able to say this was pretty good, because chances are your story wasn’t the first one they have graded all day and they are probably getting bored of reading the same topic.
If you are worried that you won’t score very high, don’t be. Go ask one of the many English teachers. They are more than willing to help you and will definitely accept the chance to help a student increase their score on the writing assessment for the West Test. You better go now though, because the test is getting closer and will be here March 26 through April 5.