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How to Write an In-Class Essay

Whether it’s a history class or an English class, in-class essays are becoming more and more common. When you aren’t prepared, and even when you are, writing an in-class essay can be stressful and chaotic. Here are a few tips on how to be successful while writing an in-class essay.

1. Take your time but pace yourself. This might sound confusing, but it really isn’t. I would suggest taking the first few minutes to plan and get organized. For some people this might be an outline or organization map of some sort. Others simply write down what ever helps them get their ideas on paper. Do what works best for you. After planning, keep your eye on the clock, take time to think about word choice and if the statements being made makes sense with the topic/prompt. You wouldn’t want to have rushed through the entire paper only for there to be grammatical and spelling errors all over the essay.

2. Make sure your paper gets in before the deadline. The deadline is usually the end of class. Some teachers won’t even look at your paper if it’s late, so work efficiently and save the last few minutes to get the essay turned in. If you’re typing your in-class essay, this is a good idea in case your computer has technical issues. You might have time to fix it and still get your essay in on time.

3. Come prepared for anything. It depends on the teacher, but sometimes they’ll give you the topic. If they give you the topic, practice writing your essay at home if you can. Work on your introduction, thesis, and conclusion. I suggest preparing your arguments too. If your teachers allow you to, bring in material that you can reference while you write and support your arguments with. Supporting your arguments with textual evidence helps make an essay better. If you aren’t given a topic, the in-class essay will most likely be on something you’ve covered recently in class. You can still prepare by going through your notes and past material.

4. Read directions and answer the prompt in your essay. Answering the prompt in your essay is crucial to receiving a good grade. Reading the directions will help you understand what you have to write about and help maximize your score.

I hope that these tips help you write a solid in-class essay. Remember to take your time, pace yourself, complete your paper before or at the deadline, prepare for the essay, answer the prompt, and read the directions. Good luck writing!

How to Write an In-Class Essay

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

Finals week is here! For a lot of students this can be the most stressful week of the first semester. Here are the top ten ways to prepare for finals:

10. Be organized with your school materials. Have your class materials organized so that when you go to study, you aren’t scrambling through your backpack and folders. I do my best to color code my folders with my notebooks so that when finals come around, I know exactly which notebook goes with which folder.

9. Dress appropriately on finals days. It has been proved that when you dress up nicely for a test, you do better than when you wear just a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt. It gets your mind in the mood that you are doing something important and it tells your brain that the test really matters. You don’t have to come to school wearing a full on tuxedo or a business dress but you want to dress nice and comfortable.

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

8. Eat a healthy breakfast. You want to be well nourished when you take a test, especially a final. This helps your body function properly and helps you think clearly when you take a test.

7. Coming in at number seven, I would highly suggest checking your grade daily, about a week prior to finals. By doing this, you are keeping a close eye on your grade and you know exactly what grade you have going into the final. Additionally, know what grade you need to get on the final to keep your grade or boost it. I suggest the app, Exam Calculator. You just plug in your grade, the grade you want, and then the weight of the final.

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

6. Communicate with your teachers. At least a week or two before finals, talk to your teachers about your grade and see if there is anything that can be made up or turned in if it is missing. This not only shows your teachers that you care, but it also helps you study and prepare for finals in advance.

5. Stick to your normal routine. If you’re the type of person that always comes home from school, takes a nap, and then stays up doing homework or studying, stick to it. If you’re the type of person the drinks coffee every morning, then stick to it. If you try to adjust your normal routine by suddenly going to bed later or drinking coffee in the morning, you are mentally psyching yourself out. You are confusing your brain and you just won’t perform as well on the finals.

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

4. Relax during the test. During the test, let your knowledge take over. Since the first day of school you have been learning and preparing for the final in one way or another. Believe in your education and trust that you know what you’re doing. If you don’t pay attention in class and if you don’t study, then I would be worried. Good luck in that case!

3. Pace yourself. There are always time limits for finals so make sure to keep an eye on the time. You want to make sure you finish the test in a comfortable amount of time.

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

2. Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping is a good time to rest your body. Also, by getting a good amount of sleep, you feel fresh and ready to tackle your tests. For teenagers, it is recommended to get about 9-10 hours of sleep a night.

1. Study! Unless you’re a super genius and you memorize everything the minute you see it, you should study for your finals! How would you expect to do well if you don’t prepare for the test? Studying boosts your confidence in the materials and helps you keep good time on the test.

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

Good luck to everyone this week! I hope these tips help you succeed during finals!