Tip #1

Pre-Writing (8-10 minutes)

  • Understand the requirement of the prompt that you are given.
  • Know who your audience is.
  • Plan and organise your ideas by using:
    • Word / Idea Webs to generate the kind of vocabulary you will be using.
    • Other visual organisers (tables, time-lines, flow charts) to classify, order and further develop your ideas.
  • Group your ideas into ‘chunks’ so that you can develop them as paragraphs.
  • Decide which group of ideas will be used for maximum effect.




Tip #2

Writing (35 minutes)

  • When writing out your composition, try to link your ideas as smoothly as possible with linking words and phrases as well as develop your events.
  • Don’t worry too much about spelling and punctuation. You can check on these later. The main thing is to get your ideas fleshed out on paper first.




Tip #3

Revising & Editing (10 minutes)

When you reread your composition:

  • Does it make sense?
  • Is your handwriting neat and legible?
  • Are proper nouns capitalised and does each sentence begin with a capital letter?
  • Does each sentence end with the correct punctuation mark and has punctuation been used correctly throughout your composition?
  • Are your ideas grouped into paragraphs? Did you indent before each paragraph?
  • Is your spelling correct?
  • Do your subjects and verbs agree?
  • Are your tenses consistent?