On a reader’s request, here are some ways you can improve your essays for the ICSE English Language Board Exam:
* Captivate your reader’s mind by making your beginning really interesting.
- begin with a rhetorical question, ex. “Ever thought what life would be like if…?”
- list a few words regarding the topic, ex “Lights. Lamps. And loads of love. Diwali is truly a time of celebration…” or “Roller coasters. Cotten candy. And lots of fun. That’s right, all these things can mean only one thing…”
- write something which seems totally off topic but is a hidden link to the actual topic.
- provide statistics to your readers, ex. “It has been said that 76% of human beings have a sweet tooth.” (these are not actual statistics)
* Use $100 words, i.e. use better vocabulary wherever appropriate.
For example, instead of ‘happy’, use ‘elated’, ‘overjoyed’, etc. You may also make use of idioms where appropriate.
* Make your paragraphs flow. Make sure that one paragraph is linked to the next.
* Do not go off-topic.
* Write at least five paragraphs: Introduction, Beginning, Middle, End, Conclusion.
* Think out of the box. Do not write something that you have read before or something that has been published before. Make your essay your own. Write about something that only you have experienced. If you are writing a narrative essay, make your characters have realistic personalities.
For example, write about what your grandmother would say if you broke a vase instead of imagining what a fictional grandmother would say. Such things add a realistic and unique touch to your essays.
* Wrap up your essay in a polished way, but make sure not to make it a summary of the essay, ex. if it is a persuasive/argumentative essay, conclude it by reinstating your stand in a different way than how you did in the beginning of the essay.
Update as on January 12th, 2019:
* Most importantly, make sure you have your grammar (punctuation, spelling, capitalization, sentence structure) perfect! Often, it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference. Ask your teacher to point out the grammar mistakes, if any, in your essays. If you want help, send over a few of your essays to us, and we’ll give you some feedback to the best of our ability.
These were a few tips and pointers that I could think of from the top of my head. Hope these guidelines help you while writing your essays for the English Board Exam! 🙂
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