· Read the question carefully to make sure you understand what’s being asked.
· Organize your ideas into a diagram, keeping an eye on vocabulary and grammar.
· Use a formal style.
· Start with a short but clear introduction.
· Use examples, anecdotes or personal experiences to support your thesis.
· Try to make a clear, concise, full, creative and comprehensible presentation.
· Use transitional words and phrases to join ideas and paragraphs, and make it flow.
· Let your personality show.
· Try to make an impact on the reader.
· Try to keep the reader interested at all times.
· Think in your own language. Don’t use words adapted from other languages and don’t translate things literally.
· Use a rich vocabulary and include idioms.
· Use advanced grammar: variations of structures, clauses, subjunctives, correct sequences of verbs. Don’t use words unless you’re sure they’re correct.
· Make sure your essay has the minimum number of words that are required.
· Finish your writing by trying to impress the reader.
· Use the last five minutes to proofread your essay.