As soon as you’ve finished a chapter or essay, copy a passage or two and write down some thoughts about it.
Even if you've got the right level of grammar and vocabulary for your written exam, there's one more thing you need to be good at to get the best marks: having ideas and organising them.
And you need to be able to get that done in about ten minutes.
While there is no need to define well-known words, sometimes investigating the meaning and origin of a word can shed new light on your topic.
For example, why is one of Shakespeare’s plays called ?
You might start with a contrast between medicine and poison.
When we examine that contrast we might remember that medicine is also a kind of poison.Indeed, antidepressants have many negative side effects (insomnia, weight gain, nausea, etc.).Knowing this, we may well wonder to what extent antidepressants are over-prescribed.Set yourself a time limit (a few minutes perhaps), and start writing down whatever comes up in your mind as you contemplate your topic. Topic: my experience volunteering in Nepal The orphanage was in the tourist district, presumably so that foreign visitors would feel sorry and volunteer their time. The roof was leaking and the walls were a patchwork of faded paint and plaster.Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation, or whether your ideas are good enough. Do remember though that this is a pre-writing technique–I’ve seen a few too many exams that look like some kind of free association. As I quickly discovered, the director was horribly corrupt, and embezzled most of the funds.Many people think everything they write has to be good, but that's not true at this stage.Turn off the "editor" in your head and just write whatever comes into your mind on the topic.Many candidates get stuck at the brainstorming stage.The good news is that, just like with anything else, practice is the answer.How to brainstorm The point of brainstorming is that ALL your ideas go down on paper.You select the good ones afterwards, not before you write them down.