Take measure to ensure that you are writing concisely and effectively.
If you are unsure of how to do this, refer to a few of our learning guides for help.
When you write the essay itself, you need to have clear arguments, to be aware of the issues and be able to back up analytical points with appropriately selected information and evidence and some historians' views.
So you will need to have worked hard in your studies, and done some effective revision.
Highly Supported Don’t just say that something has to be true – prove it.
With figures, facts, tests, examples, graphs, or whatever else you can find that will help you to prove your argument.Study the question - The first thing is to study the question.You are not being asked to 'write everything you know about …'.10 minutes - You will have a specified time to write each essay.Aim to spend roughly 10 minutes (or more) planning and thinking.You are being asked a specific question that needs an answer that is directly related to it.Brainstorm - Once you are sure what the question is asking of you, the next thing you should do is brainstorm.It is…Highly Focused Attempt to answer the question as completely and thoroughly as you can. But, try to avoid ‘padding’ or rambling on with unnecessary information.Doing so only demonstrates that you have no idea what the right answer is and that you are grasping at straws or hoping that somehow you might have the correct answer in your mix of words. Yes, it is an exam and some nervousness should be expected.A rough guide to your plan should be: Introduction - Introducing your understanding of the question, how you plan to tackle it, what you are going to include and what your main line of argument is(optional)1 paragraph - Providing context (linking intro to rest of essay)4 paragraphs - Each of a reasonable length discussing a single issue/factor (or combination of)Conclusion - Summarising the main arguments made in your essay and ending with your main argument.Catch the examiner's eye - Your essay will be one of possibly hundreds that an examiner has to read and mark.