Writing the GP Essay – Write to convince!

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In this article, I will try to stress how you should go about writing an essay, especially those taking a GP (HSC) Cambridge paper.

Before going further, I assume you have read my 2 previous articles:

1) Writing – The Why And The Essence

2) How to write good english

Note: If you haven’t done so yet, please go read them and then get back to this one. (You should at least read ‘article 2′ above)

That said, lets get to work..

Writing an essay, especially an english GP essay, is something which can be very very interesting and easy to do. Yes, I know what I’m talking about from my own personal experiences! I was very weak in writing essays, perhaps partly due to the fact that I was a science student (you should have heard about this line from your teacher :) )

But with a correct strategy and correct personal commitments, you can achieve what I was able to achieve (that is an A, A+, A++ in almost all my gp essays).

Aim Of A Cambridge General Paper Essay

Let us consider some few points:

Why do we have to write an essay ? (ask yourself first and then look down.. ;) )

1) To show (to the examiner) that we can comfortably express our thoughts and opinion in a clear, simple, effective and persuasive manner.

2) To show that we can fluently and maturely use the chosen language. (Read How to write good english)

3) To show that we can analyse, argue and discuss a given topic very intelligently and creatively

Very often, students fail to choose a correct topic to write their essay, ending up in a waste of time and effort. This gives rise to a stressful mind, especially in exams where your time is limited. Consequently, they fail to deliver a good essay and perhaps without finishing it on time. So, next we have:

Choosing The Correct A-Level GP Essay Title

- As a GP (general Paper) student, and hence for your gp essay writing, you are expected to have a general knowledge on almost any topic, coupled with a fluency and maturity in your langauge.

A) How to display fluency in our language? Read How to write good english

B) How to have a general knowledge on topics?

1) Participate actively in ALL your GP classes.

I never attended a class passively, I always participate, discuss, challenge and argue (sensible discussions) with my teacher. (I finally ended up as leading the class ;) , ssshhh, keep it for yourself :) )

Don’t be shy, you will do mistakes, but most importantly you will learn from these mistakes to become better! So now on, don’t sleep in your classes, go rock that GP class!

2) Write down new, useful and prominent words or ideas that your teacher or any other student might have said.

Once at home, re-read them and make additional notes (make sure you read the trick I taught you in my article How to write good english) use the Internet or any other related informative materials to enrich your knowledge. These early months of your HSC classes are the most determining part. If you have not given enough time, you will not be able to absorb much information in your head.

3) Get to know topics beforehand

Your teacher will probably point out what he will be doing for the next class. So, go and get as much information as you can about that topic.. read them several times, structure them in order of “introductory info“, “benefits/advantages“, “consequences/disadvantages” and/or “any conclusive parts“.

4) Get a love and enthusiasm in your reading and collection of information.

Things should be to such a point that ideas start flowing in your head in a logical manner. Just a thought – If I ask you about Pamela Anderson, you will say more than you are being asked. Why? Because you have surely read, heard or seen things about her and most importantly this is an area of interest to you! (except if you a girl of course :P )

Writing The General Paper Essay – Structure of your Essay

1) Introductory Part (this should be 1 paragraph) – Give a small clear definition or explanation of what you will be talking about.

2) Body of your Essay(This should normally span to 8 paragraphs, but not too lengthy) Elaborate on 4 advantages and 4 disadvantages of the defined topic in paragraph 1. Give examples as and when needed!

3) Conclusion(this should be 1 paragraph) – Give a small conclusion on your own and if possible suggest a solution or any recommendation. This really makes for a good conclusion.

So, in all we have around 10 well balanced paragraphs. This surely makes for a fully-fledged essay within the expected number of words (as per the exam essay rules)

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER:

=> You are NOT supposed to prove the subject title of your essay! You should discuss and analyse it!

=> Give at least one example in each discussion or whenever you are elaborating an advantage or disadvantage. NEVER EVER write a GP Essay without an example! You will lose much points and credibility (in the eyes of your examiner)

=> Each paragraph should talk about ONLY 1 specific idea.

=> Make your paragraph fluent, make it flow. Do not just change paragraph abruptly.

=> Make your gp essay lively and convincing! You can write the most foolish essay, but if you write it in a convincing manner and with maturity, you will score the required marks! I know what I’m saying, trust me on that!

Well guys, these were only some hints and some advice from me, based on my personal experience. The biggest work is to be done by you. You have to write a lot of essays to get good at it. It’s just like playing football, the more you train, the better you perform. Heed your teacher‘s advice carefully. Go ask him and discuss with him any problem or confusion you might have. I wish you all the very best for your GP Essay Writing preparations and go rock those exams! Cheers!

An additional suggested reading:

=> Secret to your success! Do you have a vision of who you are & who you want to be ?

=> Method Of Presentation Of Topics



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  (55) Responses to "Writing the GP Essay – Write to convince! " - Say your part!

  1. 2
    From Essay Writing Help   on May 12th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    “Writing the GP Essay – Write to convince!”. Good job this is such a useful and helpful step.

    2
    From Essay Writing Help   on May 12th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    “Writing the GP Essay – Write to convince!”. Good job this is such a useful and helpful step.

  2. 4
    From AlexM   on August 16th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

    4
    From AlexM   on August 16th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  3. 6
    From Sam   on October 21st, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Your blog is interesting but reading this post gives me the gitters…i’m havig my GP examinatons in 2 weeks and reading this had made me feeling totally unprepared. on top of that, i usually write in total 6 paragraphs for my essay!…

    6
    From Sam   on October 21st, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Your blog is interesting but reading this post gives me the gitters…i’m havig my GP examinatons in 2 weeks and reading this had made me feeling totally unprepared. on top of that, i usually write in total 6 paragraphs for my essay!…

  4. 8
    From Taahaa   on October 31st, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Hey…nice blog…i have recently started GP…what would recommend me to read?

    8
    From Taahaa   on October 31st, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Hey…nice blog…i have recently started GP…what would recommend me to read?

  5. 10
    From ChiawYee   on November 4th, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Great post =)

    10
    From ChiawYee   on November 4th, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Great post =)

  6. 12
    From Mukhe   on December 8th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    First of all, i would like to express my gratitude to the effort you have made in writing your blog. I have been in constant search for that “Critical Thinking” book but i have been unable to find it. I will make sure though, that i get myself a copy VERY soon.

    I top my class in GP, although i am usually quiet and shy and i am always sitting somewhere in the corner at the back. However,(hehe, i have been using these expressions quite often lately, we are supposed to be using them in GP. I have been mugging them up..”In addition to”, “As a result”, “Despite of” blahblah)-as i said that i got good grades-i did not do well in my recent examination. My teacher,whom i don’t trust, wrote a comment stating “The essay is good in the context of Nepal(hope you know my country, or should i give you some hints?..ok…mmm…Land of Himalayas..or mmm..Mt.everest should be better..ok that should suffice)but it is required that you write more global examples!!” I am fond of reading the local english newspapers and i also do have access to Newsweek and times or the economist. I had been previously informed that in Gp, if we can write essays that have local examples with global viewpoints, than it’s better. I am confused, should i or should i not write local points to re-inforce my essay???

    mmm, and could you please write more about writing the initial and final paragraphs as these needs to be accentuated because these are the areas where the reader get’s an impression of the writers ability to express his or her opinions.

    Could i add some more points??..ok?..ok then..mmm one should also be careful not to write the “I” word and should be equally aware not to generalize facts such like, say, “everyone believes that carbon dioxide is the key factor that has helped to accelertate the Global Clomate change phenomena”….or “Catcher in the rye is probably the best fiction ever written about a teenage boy” or something like that, hope you got what i mean.

    btw, i bookmarked your webpage..cheers!
    thanks

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    From Mukhe   on December 8th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    First of all, i would like to express my gratitude to the effort you have made in writing your blog. I have been in constant search for that “Critical Thinking” book but i have been unable to find it. I will make sure though, that i get myself a copy VERY soon.

    I top my class in GP, although i am usually quiet and shy and i am always sitting somewhere in the corner at the back. However,(hehe, i have been using these expressions quite often lately, we are supposed to be using them in GP. I have been mugging them up..”In addition to”, “As a result”, “Despite of” blahblah)-as i said that i got good grades-i did not do well in my recent examination. My teacher,whom i don’t trust, wrote a comment stating “The essay is good in the context of Nepal(hope you know my country, or should i give you some hints?..ok…mmm…Land of Himalayas..or mmm..Mt.everest should be better..ok that should suffice)but it is required that you write more global examples!!” I am fond of reading the local english newspapers and i also do have access to Newsweek and times or the economist. I had been previously informed that in Gp, if we can write essays that have local examples with global viewpoints, than it’s better. I am confused, should i or should i not write local points to re-inforce my essay???

    mmm, and could you please write more about writing the initial and final paragraphs as these needs to be accentuated because these are the areas where the reader get’s an impression of the writers ability to express his or her opinions.

    Could i add some more points??..ok?..ok then..mmm one should also be careful not to write the “I” word and should be equally aware not to generalize facts such like, say, “everyone believes that carbon dioxide is the key factor that has helped to accelertate the Global Clomate change phenomena”….or “Catcher in the rye is probably the best fiction ever written about a teenage boy” or something like that, hope you got what i mean.

    btw, i bookmarked your webpage..cheers!
    thanks

  7. 14
    From mukhe   on December 11th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    thanks!..i seem to know where i might have gone wrong. OK, i will work on to balance my essay with both local and global examples.

    That should do.
    hehehe..i have a busy week ahead too.

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    From mukhe   on December 11th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    thanks!..i seem to know where i might have gone wrong. OK, i will work on to balance my essay with both local and global examples.

    That should do.
    hehehe..i have a busy week ahead too.

  8. 16
    From asmita   on January 14th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    hello..
    uve mentioned zat one skd be lively in class n interact with teacher.. well im dng my hsc nw and 4 my gp classes i cant put zat into practice coz z tacher gimself is so boring..

    but for other classes ive saww that to sit in front and interact wiz teacher make myself mre cnfident n im more active in claasss..

    well thkss ur good advices keep guiding us..
    tc
    bye
    asmita

    16
    From asmita   on January 14th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    hello..
    uve mentioned zat one skd be lively in class n interact with teacher.. well im dng my hsc nw and 4 my gp classes i cant put zat into practice coz z tacher gimself is so boring..

    but for other classes ive saww that to sit in front and interact wiz teacher make myself mre cnfident n im more active in claasss..

    well thkss ur good advices keep guiding us..
    tc
    bye
    asmita

  9. 18
    From Wakish   on February 7th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    @asmita:
    thanks for the feedback and sharing your actual experience in class. It’s indeed boring and a waste of time to have such teachers alas! But in this case, don’t let this affect your studies, put in the effort yourself ;)

    @Guy Genave:
    Hi Genave. Thank you so much for the appreciation. Please do feel free to contact me if you have any doubt..etc. But if I do take time to reply (at the moment), it’s that I’m busy with work and rl. But I won’t forget to give a reply though late ;)
    Btw, I have other articles which might interest you, just have a look at the categories on the right hand side (sidebar or side menu). Thanks!

    Cheers!

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    From Wakish   on February 7th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    @asmita:
    thanks for the feedback and sharing your actual experience in class. It’s indeed boring and a waste of time to have such teachers alas! But in this case, don’t let this affect your studies, put in the effort yourself ;)

    @Guy Genave:
    Hi Genave. Thank you so much for the appreciation. Please do feel free to contact me if you have any doubt..etc. But if I do take time to reply (at the moment), it’s that I’m busy with work and rl. But I won’t forget to give a reply though late ;)
    Btw, I have other articles which might interest you, just have a look at the categories on the right hand side (sidebar or side menu). Thanks!

    Cheers!

  10. 20
    From Esha   on April 8th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Hi, I’m Esha…erm..Im having difficulties to write GP essays…i do manage but I want to get a perfect A+….can any1 plz help me…actually I want to write very very good english which I think is one of main skill I lack…can any1 plz help! Thnx

    20
    From Esha   on April 8th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Hi, I’m Esha…erm..Im having difficulties to write GP essays…i do manage but I want to get a perfect A+….can any1 plz help me…actually I want to write very very good english which I think is one of main skill I lack…can any1 plz help! Thnx

  11. 22
    From roman bhattarai   on July 20th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    thanks.this blog is my favorite one .
    great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    22
    From roman bhattarai   on July 20th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    thanks.this blog is my favorite one .
    great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 24
    From vashiket   on August 3rd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    i don`t know if you come online often now.. but if u do please reply me the soonest….

    24
    From vashiket   on August 3rd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    i don`t know if you come online often now.. but if u do please reply me the soonest….

  13. 26
    From Genisha Chhantel   on August 8th, 2009 at 7:54 am

    OMG! I am so glad that I have found myself a very good GP’s blog. Thank you Wakish, I really appreciate this blog more than anything at present. I am doing my A levels in Nepal and seriously that is the last place you want to do A levels in. My GP teacher is the worse. I feel like he hardly teaches anything because all he talks about is boring stuffs about him and not terrorist or global recession (something which might make an appearance in the exams and definitely not a question on him). To sum it all up he is pretty useless so I thought I would find informations myself and your amazing blog had it all. But what I am really looking for is essays written by previous students so I can compare and write better essays myself. I think if I do my GP now, I will probably get a C but like everyone else, I am striving for As in all my subjects and as you have said it, I am a science student thus it is a tad difficult for me. Wish I had taken Sociology. Hmmm, it also does not help that I have about just 2 months to prepare, the date is out. GP paper for Oct/Nov session is on 19 October. Time is running out. Once again, thank you very much. I think without this blog, I would still be almost clueless.

    xoxo
    Genisha

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    From Genisha Chhantel   on August 8th, 2009 at 7:54 am

    OMG! I am so glad that I have found myself a very good GP’s blog. Thank you Wakish, I really appreciate this blog more than anything at present. I am doing my A levels in Nepal and seriously that is the last place you want to do A levels in. My GP teacher is the worse. I feel like he hardly teaches anything because all he talks about is boring stuffs about him and not terrorist or global recession (something which might make an appearance in the exams and definitely not a question on him). To sum it all up he is pretty useless so I thought I would find informations myself and your amazing blog had it all. But what I am really looking for is essays written by previous students so I can compare and write better essays myself. I think if I do my GP now, I will probably get a C but like everyone else, I am striving for As in all my subjects and as you have said it, I am a science student thus it is a tad difficult for me. Wish I had taken Sociology. Hmmm, it also does not help that I have about just 2 months to prepare, the date is out. GP paper for Oct/Nov session is on 19 October. Time is running out. Once again, thank you very much. I think without this blog, I would still be almost clueless.

    xoxo
    Genisha

  14. 28
    From AHMAD   on August 23rd, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    hey, i am jus tooo happy to find such an AWESOME GP website… listen, i have a big problem to solve.. i am giving GP exam this year in nov.. have hardly a month left.. the prob is that i dont have a proper GP teacher as i live at a remote place… PLZ tell me books to study, websites of excellent gp essays, and all the other stuff to help me get an A- grade… if i dont get an A grade, i may have to wait till june and waste a whole year.. Plz, help me asap.. i am counting on you.. reply asap… thanks, Wakish

    28
    From AHMAD   on August 23rd, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    hey, i am jus tooo happy to find such an AWESOME GP website… listen, i have a big problem to solve.. i am giving GP exam this year in nov.. have hardly a month left.. the prob is that i dont have a proper GP teacher as i live at a remote place… PLZ tell me books to study, websites of excellent gp essays, and all the other stuff to help me get an A- grade… if i dont get an A grade, i may have to wait till june and waste a whole year.. Plz, help me asap.. i am counting on you.. reply asap… thanks, Wakish

  15. 30
    From Wakish   on October 1st, 2009 at 12:41 am

    @Genisha Chhantel:
    Thank you.. all the best! About the science part, I don’t think I would have time at the moment and science need more time to prepare than English ;) Sorry :S

    @AHMAD:
    I have tried emailing you with some advice, but you gave me a wrong email.. just too bad dude, you ruined my energy and time to email you, thats bad!

    @bad-gp:
    If you don’t like anything, then it’s trouble dude. Try to at least make some effort. Wish you all the best!

    30
    From Wakish   on October 1st, 2009 at 12:41 am

    @Genisha Chhantel:
    Thank you.. all the best! About the science part, I don’t think I would have time at the moment and science need more time to prepare than English ;) Sorry :S

    @AHMAD:
    I have tried emailing you with some advice, but you gave me a wrong email.. just too bad dude, you ruined my energy and time to email you, thats bad!

    @bad-gp:
    If you don’t like anything, then it’s trouble dude. Try to at least make some effort. Wish you all the best!

  16. 32
    From Ricky   on October 8th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Hi Wakish,i’m also a mauritian lad and I need your help.I’ve written an essay and i would like you to correct it and to tell me my mistakes and my level if possible.I would be very grateful to you if you could do this to me.I give you my email address,you can either add me on msn or send me your email if you want so i can send you the essay: rckyshay@yahoo.com. Reply ASAP please…
    Thanks a lot,i’m waiting for you.

    32
    From Ricky   on October 8th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Hi Wakish,i’m also a mauritian lad and I need your help.I’ve written an essay and i would like you to correct it and to tell me my mistakes and my level if possible.I would be very grateful to you if you could do this to me.I give you my email address,you can either add me on msn or send me your email if you want so i can send you the essay: rckyshay@yahoo.com. Reply ASAP please…
    Thanks a lot,i’m waiting for you.

  17. 34
    From ayoushee   on October 10th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    thanks.. this encouraged me.

    34
    From ayoushee   on October 10th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    thanks.. this encouraged me.

  18. 36
    From mariyam   on March 26th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    this blog was really helpful. thx.

    36
    From mariyam   on March 26th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    this blog was really helpful. thx.

  19. 38
    From ROSHAN   on April 15th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    for expressing the examiner that we are being ready for future, to deal with this world.we are ready for accepting challenging task.and lastly we are being ready for creation of new world in no one have thought before

    38
    From ROSHAN   on April 15th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    for expressing the examiner that we are being ready for future, to deal with this world.we are ready for accepting challenging task.and lastly we are being ready for creation of new world in no one have thought before

  20. 40
    From Ocan   on April 26th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    You could stand in for a teacher of GP. Tell me did you really used to do that? I have referred a couple of colleagues to your site for some really good spunking in GP

    40
    From Ocan   on April 26th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    You could stand in for a teacher of GP. Tell me did you really used to do that? I have referred a couple of colleagues to your site for some really good spunking in GP

  21. 42
    From BIBHUSAN   on August 30th, 2010 at 6:00 am

    i graps alot of aknowledge from this site this site is really useful guys

    42
    From BIBHUSAN   on August 30th, 2010 at 6:00 am

    i graps alot of aknowledge from this site this site is really useful guys

  22. 44
    From Rukia   on October 1st, 2010 at 5:32 am

    haha! I saw this when there’s just 5 hrs remaining for my exam ! That stinks because I was really never into reading books and collecting information but I guess its time for change now ! My GP teacher is quite good because he always appreciates my ideas and my works (in my opinion). My vocabulary and language are pretty stinky .My friend told me that may be its because I don’t watch english movies and books but I’m not into reading or watching . Well anyways I’ll keep in mind some important things . Your site is awesome !It’s surely worth bookmarking !

    44
    From Rukia   on October 1st, 2010 at 5:32 am

    haha! I saw this when there’s just 5 hrs remaining for my exam ! That stinks because I was really never into reading books and collecting information but I guess its time for change now ! My GP teacher is quite good because he always appreciates my ideas and my works (in my opinion). My vocabulary and language are pretty stinky .My friend told me that may be its because I don’t watch english movies and books but I’m not into reading or watching . Well anyways I’ll keep in mind some important things . Your site is awesome !It’s surely worth bookmarking !

  23. 46
    From Bivushann   on October 14th, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I would like to call it awesome. You have kept quite valuable guidances for those of us heading for good GP grades. Once again, this is awesome.
    You are a lot lot better than my GP teacher!!
    [ Don't worry, i wont be a fool to repeat the same words again and again in the exam hall. I learnt that from you!]
    Keep up the noble work!!

    46
    From Bivushann   on October 14th, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I would like to call it awesome. You have kept quite valuable guidances for those of us heading for good GP grades. Once again, this is awesome.
    You are a lot lot better than my GP teacher!!
    [ Don't worry, i wont be a fool to repeat the same words again and again in the exam hall. I learnt that from you!]
    Keep up the noble work!!

  24. 48
    From siew hui   on February 27th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Er, I am from Brunei. Just one month ago, I had hear of this subject, GP. We haven’t got lots of practice on essay, but the teacher has given us a test. Hopefully I would not be skinned alive when I got my test back. Would you please recommend websites of excellent gp essays and others sources that would help me with my GP? I would pretty much like examples of GP essay to see how it is down. My introduction was always poorly done !

    48
    From siew hui   on February 27th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Er, I am from Brunei. Just one month ago, I had hear of this subject, GP. We haven’t got lots of practice on essay, but the teacher has given us a test. Hopefully I would not be skinned alive when I got my test back. Would you please recommend websites of excellent gp essays and others sources that would help me with my GP? I would pretty much like examples of GP essay to see how it is down. My introduction was always poorly done !

  25. 50
    From KESHAV   on April 30th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    well,….im going for my a-level final exams…..but im stii nt ready…i cant write a proper essay…n i dnt knw hw to improve my handwriting….i’ve an aweful 1!….i do read…but i forget them as soon as i close z buk….i tried to use a copybuk bt im nt sure hw to do it…what do u advise me?…..im scared!

    50
    From KESHAV   on April 30th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    well,….im going for my a-level final exams…..but im stii nt ready…i cant write a proper essay…n i dnt knw hw to improve my handwriting….i’ve an aweful 1!….i do read…but i forget them as soon as i close z buk….i tried to use a copybuk bt im nt sure hw to do it…what do u advise me?…..im scared!

  26. 52
    From Sasha   on July 4th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Good advises! I’m going to follow these steps for sure. Thank you very much! :-D

    52
    From Sasha   on July 4th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Good advises! I’m going to follow these steps for sure. Thank you very much! :-D

  27. 54
    From Wakish   on March 7th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    thanks guys! All the best!

    54
    From Wakish   on March 7th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    thanks guys! All the best!

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