I’ll be taking the SAT I in three days, and I’ve concluded that above everything else, I need to work on my essay writing and vocabulary skills. For now, I’m putting my priority on essay-writing, so I was wondering if you guys (especially those who did well on their essays) could offer some tips. To be more specific:
What’s a good way to brainstorm when you are first given the topic? When I take practice essays, my major problem is that I take too long brainstorming, and I’m usually left with only 10 minutes to write an essay. Because of this, I tend to rush, which makes my handwriting illegible (sometimes) and basically screws up my essay.
How can I make my essay sound more intellectual? I sound like a little kid when I write an essay because for some reason I can’t get any good vocabulary out. I’ve decided that, since I don’t really have that much time, I just need to create a collection of words that can replace common expressions and use those in my essay. For example, I might say in my essay: “There are many different reasons why …”, replace this with “There are a myriad of reasons why …”, it sounds better, right? So, where can I find a list of these useful ‘essay’ words.
— > Words that describe quantity? (multitude, myriad)
— > Words that describe quality? (fusty, perdurable)
— > Words that describe …
Or is this a bad approach?
And one more thing,
How can I exercise my brain so that I can sit down and take this long test while staying sharp. I find that near the end of the test, my brain is exhausted, especially during the boring critical reading sections. I need help staying alive and awake during this SAT!
Appreciate any help!