How many practice essays do you write in a week?

Submitted by Kathy-ann Daniel on 12 November 2012 - 1:12pm

How many practice CXC CSEC English essays do you write in a week?


It just occurred to me to ask everyone, how many practice CXC CSEC English essays they wrote each week. I guess I thought it was normal for everyone preparing to sit the CXC CSEC English exam to practice writing CXC CSEC English essays in the year before the exam.

It seems to me that the only way to prepare for an English exam on writing essays is to practice writing English essays before the exam. How else can you become good at writing English essays except by practicing writing essays?

I don't think reading essays is going to make you good at writing essays, anymore than watching someone ride a bike is going to make you a better bike rider. That just doesn't seem to make sense to me. In order to become better at riding a bike, you have to get on a bike and practice riding it. If you practice, over time, you will become better at riding bikes.

In the same way, in order to become better at writing essays, you have to practice writing essays. Over time, you will become better at writing essays. And, as you receive feedback, review at your mistakes and try not to make them again, you improve your essay writing skills.

Of course, it is a great help to see examples of good English essays; no doubt. And, I would add, it is also a great help to see examples of bad English essays so you know what NOT to do.

This is why in our collection of CXC CSEC English model essays we have examples of both well written essays and poorly written essays, since reviewing both types of essays can help you to identify good writing styles and poor writing styles and see the differences between them.

So this blog post is to remind you to practice writing English essays every week. You should practice writing at least one short story, one persuasive essay, one descriptive essay and one summary each week. Sound tough? How does a grade 1 in the CXC CSEC English exam sound? Writing these practice essays can get you there people.


tburn (not verified) 12 November 2012 - 7:43pm

I didn't really do much practice essay writing b4. I just went to class and take notes and ting.

I find it real hard to write essays yes! It take me whole week to do that one I post. Boy dat was hard wuk!

june joseph 12 November 2012 - 8:29pm

Hi Kathy, I really think that this site is awesome. Imagine, I learned to write my very first summary and persuasive essay right here by following the tutorials. I have written two essays last week and I have posted my first summary for this week last night. I really do think that when you practice writing essays, they eventually become easier to do. In the final analysis, you even end up realizing that the work is great fun! I do intend to write as many as I can every week as this is very good practice for the CXC CSEC examinations. Once again, thank you for this opportunity. I feel totally privileged to be a participant. I do hope other participants are literally grabbing this golden opportunity and making the most of it. I am also looking forward to seeing some of their work posted here.

Kathy, I must ask if there are any comprehension passages that could be posted here for us to go through and answer questions on these passages. I do think this could be quite as useful. Looking forward to hearing from you about my last summary.

All the best until ...


guest (not verified) 2 May 2013 - 9:05pm

practice makes perfect so I will start practicing to write essay and short stories and so on cause yes it hard in the first but after a time it becomes simple cause in the victory is yours, you feel happy and satisfy cause what you put in that is what you get out.i would encourage everyone to practice be b4 exams .It paids off in the end.

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