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.