We have one more day of classes Monday, but in honor of the end of classes and the start of finals, here’s a handout designed to help students make the most of timed writing situations.
If you are, at this moment, frantically cramming for tomorrow morning’s exam, that first tip may not sound all that useful. But procrastination is probably the biggest reason why bright students sometimes get poor grades. Start early.
But you can also plan your time during the test itself. Your professor knows which paragraphs are harder to write, and will evaluate them accordingly. Does the question ask you to “evaluate”? If so, don’t fill your page with a summary. Likewise, if the question asks for “evidence,” don’t spend all your time giving your own personal opinions.