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Hi all,

I'm having a bit of trouble with my essays. Whenever I get my essay back from my teacher, she nearly always tells me I need more facts and to expand my points more. However, when I do this I always seem to run out of time. In the exam I need to write 2 essays in an hour and a half; whereas at the moment it takes me an hour or so just to write one. I can't seem to balance the amount of detail required with the time frame.

I was just wondering if anybody had any tips which could help me!
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Is it cos u sit around thinking for too long or are u a slow writer ?


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What level are we talking about? I presume A Level.

Don't scatter-gun facts without relevant analysis otherwise you'll come across as too overly-descriptive dumping all of your knowledge.

It is indeed hard to fit everything in the timeframe. When I did my A levels it was difficult because of the time constraints but knowledge of the material will inevitably speed up your answering. The problem then is going the other way, not finishing because you want to get everything in.

Since your question was very general I can only give some vague advice. Make sure you keep writing these practice essays - there is only a finite number of things they can ask you especially at A level so odds are by the time the exam comes around you would have done a question similar if not the same as the one they ask you.

If you need anymore advice, or if anyone studying history does message me. I'm doing it at university now!
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