When the question topic is difficult, planning becomes even more important. If you start writing your essay straight away, without preparing some ideas first, you will probably get stuck and start to panic!
Take this recent exam question:
The range and quality of food that we can buy has changed because of technological and scientific advances. Some people regard this change as an improvement, while others believe that it is harmful.
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
I think you'll agree that this is a tricky question. My advice would be to spend about 10 minutes planning. Follow these steps before you start writing:
- Take a couple of minutes to read and understand the question.
- Decide what each of your 4 paragraphs should contain.
- Spend around 6 minutes noting down ideas for the two points of view.
Click here to download an essay plan template that I use with my students.