1. Learn to analyse essay questions, so that you can quickly establish the topic and the question that is being asked. See my video on essay question analysis.
2. Learn the three types of essays that get asked and be very familiar with the structure of each. This way you won’t have to waste time thinking how you should structure the essay
3. Memorise some phrases that can be used for certain essays. For instance, for a question that asks for both views and your opinion, you can use the same phrase to end the introduction “this essay discusses both sides of this argument and then I will give my own perspective.”
4. Practice planning lots of essays. It’s important to make a plan before you start writing you know the main points you will write about, so that you don’t have to stop and think of these while you’re writing. See my video on essay planning.
5. Practice writing lots of essays. This is important to build writing fluency, so that you can get your ideas down on paper quicker. If you want to receive feedback on your writing I have a writing correction service.