Tips for Writing Under Pressure

One common final exam is writing, and that is coming soon with the end of our Spring quarter. Many students will feel a lot of pressure from writing paragraphs or an essay with a short amount of time. That’s why it’s important to learn how to handle that pressure. Here’s a great article from ThoughtCo. that shares how you can to do that:

“8 Quick Tips for Writing Under Pressure”

by Richard Nordquist

You have 25 minutes to compose an SAT essay, two hours to write a final exam paper, less than half a day to finish a project proposal for your boss.

Here’s a little secret: both in college and beyond, most writing is done under pressure.

Composition theorist Linda Flower reminds us that some degree of pressure can be “a good source of motivation. But when worry or the desire to perform well is too great, it creates an additional task of coping with anxiety” (Problem-Solving Strategies for Writing, 2003).

So learn to cope. It’s remarkable how much writing you can produce when you’re up against a strict deadline.

To avoid feeling overwhelmed by a writing task, consider adopting these eight (admittedly not-so-simple) strategies.

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Free Pearson Resources

Many schools use Pearson books and online resources to teach students English, including us! They have many topics to choose from: seasonal (holidays, events), adults (life skills, conversational topics), early learners, and more. Though the resources are aimed at teachers, the materials are great for students too. Go to Pearson’s Classroom Resources and check them out!

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Connectors and Comparisons

Have you heard of “linking language”? These are words that connect two sentences. It’s important to know how to use linking language because they help you change the flow and rhythm of your writing style. More importantly, they connect two ideas. In other words, linking language helps you explain more complex ideas and express more nuance. If you don’t use linking language, your sentences are possibly short or disconnected in terms of rhythm and ideas. Mastering linking language shows you know how to logically connect ideas.

Below is a chart of linking language, or connectors, you can try. Read the original  article by Kenneth Beare for more explanation about what connectors are and how to use them: Sentence Connectors and Sentences – Showing Comparison. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

TYPE OF CONNECTOR

CONNECTOR(S)

EXAMPLES

Coordinating Conjunction and…too High level positions are stressful, and can be harmful to your health too.

Customers are satisfied with our sales, and they feel our marketing team is friendly too. 

Subordinating conjunction just as Just as high level positions are stressful, they can be harmful to your health.

Just as students need a vacation from studies, employees require some downtime in order to bring their best efforts to work.

Conjunctive adverbs similarly, in comparison High level positions are stressful at times. Similarly, they can be harmful to your health.

Students from Asian countries tend to be excellent at grammar. In comparison, European students often excel in conversational skills. 

 

Prepositions like, similar to Similar to other important professions, high level business positions are stressful at times.

Like the healthy pursuit of free time activities, success in the workplace or at school is essential to a well-rounded individual. 

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The Colon and the Dash

Has the colon and the dash often confused you? When and how should you use them? Here’s a quick writing tip on exactly that, from englishonline.net. So the next time you write something, give these two things a try!

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Useful Emailing Phrases

As you learn English, you’re not only communicating in person. You also communicate via email. Oftentimes, English learners don’t focus on expressing themselves fluently via email, or they are not sure if they should be using formal or informal language. English in emails also often has different kinds of phrases compared to when speaking in person or writing for classes. So learning how to communicate fluently via email is great progress to mastering English in all contexts. Check out this article with a list of 100 useful emailing phrases that is “essential language for the beginning, body and ending of formal and informal English emails.” Recommended for intermediate learners and above (Levels 400+).

List Preview:

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How to Write a Summary

For English students learning how to summarize, check out this video on how to write one; it explains the things you should and shouldn’t do for an effective academic summary. Apply these tips the next time you read a text. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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That Missing Comma!

Commas often go missing in many learners’ writing because grammar rules are confusing! It’s hard to remember all the rules, and commas can be especially confusing–they’re so small, but they have a major impact on the flow and meaning of a sentence. Here’s a great video that focuses on one specific topic–commas for compound sentences. Watch the video (it’s great for listening practice with a native speaker too). The next time you write compound sentences, you’ll know where that comma should go! Recommended for intermediate learners (Levels 300-400).

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