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Some Reflections from your test essays : You, the Writer

A post from over a year-and-a-half back. I forgot I even had it, but must remember to use apply more consciously.

H1 General Paper 8807

Something to debate over perhaps ?

Excerpts :

… Robert Tombs, professor of history at St John’s College, Cambridge, warned that students were “drilled into writing” in a formulaic manner between the age of 11 and 18, leaving them unable to articulate their ideas on degree courses.

… Prof Abulafia said that writing essays involved “making judgments” but too many pupils struggled to cope because of the emphasis on chasing decent exam grades. He said that pupils often “knew the mark scheme by heart and that is how you ensure you get an A”. “That is not what education is about,” he said.

Taken from : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9124555/Bright-students-cannot-write-essays-say-Cambridge-dons.html

My Own Reflections :

Structure helps, BUT the idea is to be natural, instead of too stylised and rigid/forced.

Rigid / Forced essays force-fit words, phrases, ideas, illustration even though these do not fit.
The essay could lose relevance.
Or the language shifts jerkily…

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