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Writing a good essay requires synthesis of material that cannot be done in the 20-30 minutes you have during the exam. In the days before the exam, you should:
- Anticipate test questions. Look at the question from the last exam. Did the question ask you to apply a theory to historical or contemporary events? Did you have to compare/contrast theories? Did you have to prove an argument? Imagine yourself in the role of the instructor--what did the instructor emphasize? What are the big ideas in the course?
- Practice writing. You may decide to write a summary of each theory you have been discussing, or a short description of the historical or contemporary events you've been studying. Focus on clarity, conciseness, and understanding the differences between the theories.
- Memorize key events, facts, and names. You will have to support your argument with evidence, and this may involve memorizing some key events, or the names of theorists, etc.
- Organize your ideas. Knowledge of the subject matter is only part of the preparation process. You need to spend some time thinking about how to organize your ideas. Let's say the question asks you to compare and contrast what regime theory and hegemonic stability theory would predict about post-cold war nuclear proliferation. The key components of an answer to this question must include:
- A definition of the theories
- A brief description of the issue
- A comparison of the two theories' predictions
- A clear and logical contrasting of the theories (noting how and why they are different)
Many students start writing furiously after scanning the essay question. Do not do this! Instead, try the following:
- Perform a "memory dump." Write down all the information you have had to memorize for the exam in note form.
- Read the questions and instructions carefully. Read over all the questions on the exam. If you simply answer each question as you encounter it, you may give certain information or evidence to one question that is more suitable for another. Be sure to identify all parts of the question.
- Formulate a thesis that answers the question. You can use the wording from the question. There is not time for an elaborate introduction, but be sure to introduce the topic, your argument, and how you will support your thesis (do this in your first paragraph).
- Organize your supporting points. Before you proceed with the body of the essay, write an outline that summarizes your main supporting points. Check to make sure you are answering all parts of the question. Coherent organization is one of the most important characteristics of a good essay.
- Make a persuasive argument. Most essays in political science ask you to make some kind of argument. While there are no right answers, there are more and less persuasive answers. What makes an argument persuasive?
- A clear point that is being argued (a thesis)
- Sufficient evidenct to support that thesis
- Logical progression of ideas throughout the essay
- Review your essay. Take a few minutes to re-read your essay. Correct grammatical mistakes, check to see that you have answered all parts of the question.
Essay exams can be stressful. You may draw a blank, run out of time, or find that you neglected an important part of the course in studying for the test. Of course, good preparation and time management can help you avoid these negative experiences. Some things to keep in mind as you write your essay include the following:
- Avoid excuses. Don't write at the end that you ran out of time, or did not have time to study because you were sick. Make an appointment with your TA to discuss these things after the exam.
- Don't "pad" your answer. Instructors are usually quite adept at detecting student bluffing. They give no credit for elaboration of the obvious. If you are stuck, you can elaborate on what you do know, as long as it relates to the question.
- Avoid the "kitchen sink" approach. Many students simply write down everything they know about a particular topic, without relating the information to the question. Everything you include in your answer should help to answer the question and support your thesis. You need to show how/why the information is relevant -- don't leave it up to your instructor to figure this out!
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The SSC MTS Descriptive Paper will be conducted soon. The SSC MTS Paper II or the Descriptive Exam is scheduled to be held on 28th January 2018. It is now high time that you start your Descriptive Test practice soon. The SSC MTS Descriptive Test will consist of Essay & Letter Writing for 50 Marks. You will get a total of 30 minutes to finish your paper. Read this article to get the Essay and Letter Writing Topics for SSC MTS Exam. You can get the details of SSC MTS Exam& know the little details like Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, etc.
Essay and Letter Writing Topics for SSC MTS Exam 2017
⇒ Essay Writing Topics
- One Year of Demonetization – Failure or Succes?
- Pollution in India – Is Delhi Safe to Breath?
- Gender Inequality at Work Place
- Current Status of Indian Economy.
- GST Impact – Cheaper or Costlier?
- Digital India – Reality or Myth?
- Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan.
- Natural Calamities – Are Humans Responsible too?
- When will the Indian Women be Safe?
- Are Reservations for Lower Class Fair?
- Role of Agriculture in Development of India.
- Could India become Superpower until the year 2030?
- Corruption in India.
- What is your definition of World Peace?
- Global Warming and its Impact.
- Religious or Spiritual – Who do you think you are?
- Sustainable Development – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.
- Beti Bachao Beti Badhao Abhiyaan.
- Role of Teachers in the Society.
- Need of Computer Literacy in today’s age.
Essay and Letter Writing Topics for SSC MTS Exam 2017
⇒ Letter Writing Topics
- Write a letter to your daughter to congratulate her on her Academic Success.
- Write a letter to your cousin who is going through a Depression.
- Write a letter to your elder brother asking him to guide you in making the career choice.
- Write a letter to your favourite author praising his/her book.
- Write a letter to Bank Manager for reissuing your ATM Card.
- Thank your old school teacher for making you a good human being.
- Write a letter to your Uncle advising him on his retirement plans.
- Write a letter to invite your friend to your brother’s wedding.
- Write a letter to the Municipal Officer demanding a Garbage Bin your area.
- Request for more frequency of Public Transportation (Bus Service) in your area to the Municipal Corporation.
Important Points to Remember
- The essay & letter would be asked for 50 marks.
- Make sure that the title of the Essay should be catchy and appropriate.
- The matter you write should be grammatically correct.
- Avoid overwriting or repeating the same content again & again.
- Try to avoid spelling mistakes at all costs.
- Be neutral while conveying your thoughts.
- Conclude the Essay and Letter properly & in a systematic manner.
These Essay and Letter Writing Topics for SSC MTS Exam will be helpful to you in your daily practice. Make sure that you write atleast one essay or one letter daily to increase your speed.
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