View Full Version : Strategies for Essay in Longman

07-01-2002, 02:21 PM
1. Read carefully and answer the question exactly as it is asked
Write down what is asked:
Ex: Topic no: 105
ôStudents at universities often have a choice of place to live. They may choose to live in university dormitories, or they may choose to live in apartments in the community. Compare the advantages of living in university housing with the advantages of living in an apartment of community. Where do you prefer to live? Give reasons for your preference."
What is it asked from us to do in our essay?
1. To mention where do we prefer to live.
2. To compare the advantages in between the two choices.
3. To give reasons for our preference.
It is very important to understand what do we have to write in the essay .Other topics do not ask for comparation, but is asked "why" we prefer what we have chosen, then we have to mention why we made that choise.Or other topics ask just if we agree or not, and to use specific reasons and details to support our answer. Depends on each topic what we have to answer, and how do us answer, and what we have to mention. Therefore, read carefully the topic and establish what exactly as it is asked.

2. in a good essay we have to restate the topic in the introduction, even that they know which the topic is.
Ex: Topic no: 105
We can write in our introduction:
"Students at university often have a choice of places to live. Some students might choose to live in university dormitories, or others to live in apartments in the community."
This way we restate the topic. Afterwards we are going to mention our choice.

3. Organize your essay and your response very clearly.
See in "google"- the 5-paragraph essay, I believe,is the best. After, we have to choose on which side we are, disagree, or agree with the statement .I believe in writing the choice that is easier to write, meaning even that personally we disagree, but is easier to write that you agree ,we should write that we agree. We have to choose what is easier for us to write correctly.

4. Whenever you make any kind of general statement, be sure to support that idea with examples,reasons,facts, or similar details.

5. Stick to vocabulary and sentence structures that you know.

6. Finish writing your essay five minutes early so that you have time to proof what you wrote.

Shalom le chulamm

07-02-2002, 04:05 AM

that helps a lot.


07-02-2002, 09:47 AM
Hi Dstrauber
Thanks a lot :) :)