40 sentence essay plan

In most examinations, you have a defined time to plan and write an essay or a long answer. Using a structure for planning this answer  is helpful for both revision and for use in the final exam.

In the “Forty Sentence Essay Plan”, you write the essay title in the centre box and then identify 8 sections or paragraphs of the essay and write those along the thick branches connected to the title box. You then identify (in note form) 5 sentences for each section/paragraph. The whole plan takes about five minutes, after which you write a sentence per minute for 40 minutes, sticking to the plan, to complete your essay without wasting a second!

Using this technique can help you to build up answers which you can look back on and also help you to learn time management.

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