General Skills


Writing to Persuage, Argue and Advise.

Getting Started;
To help you get started with your exam, use these tips;**

•Read the question twice. Underline key words to reinforce your grasp of the task and to make sure you understand exactly what you are being asked to do.
•Whatever you do, make sure you answer the question. More marks are lost by writing off the point than anything else.

Think about what you are being asked to do. To do this, all you need to do is apply the same checklist we have mentioned elsewhere - remember genre, audience and purpose?

Once you've read the question, work out:
•Genre: what format or layout is being asked for.
•Audience: who you're writing for.
•Purpose: what you are being asked to write - what's the purpose of the text.

Why make a plan?

•Planning stops you rambling off the point.
•To keep it well-structured - this makes sure you keep the right points in the right order.
•To keep track of time - planning allows you to organise your time effectively and takes the pressure off - once it's done, you know where you're going.

What’s in your plan?

•Main points

Planning the end is particularly important because not knowing when to stop writing will lose you marks. It shows you don't understand what you're trying to do. Also, nothing will be gained from restating your arguments. So make your points, back them up if necessary, and then shut up.

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