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Some basic pointers my teacher/year 13s have given me:
1. Detail is important - make sure you use a lot/enough to support your arguments.
2. Don't narrate. You're answering a question, not telling a story. You need to be as analytic as possible.
3. Judgements!! You should reach one in every paragraph. Make them clear, and make them stand out. Implied judgements get less marks.
4. If the question mentions a factor, you need to talk about it.
5. Link back to the question - as often as is needed. According to some year 13s I know, this should happen every 7 or so lines.
6. Answer thematically - at least for OCR. I have no idea what other exam boards like, but themes and links between events are probably a good thing to include.
7. If you're running out of time in the exam - write a conclusion. My friend leaves space at the end of the paragraph she's writing to finish once she's done the conclusion. Never leave an essay conclusion-less!
Hope that helps