The PORPE Process Helps Teens Prepare for Essay Exams
Studying for in-class writings and essay tests can be a challenge. Have your teen try the PORPE process before the next big test. The letters in PORPE stand for:
- Predict. Your teen should figure out essay questions the teacher might ask. They should focus on the most important ideas in the chapter. Have your teen consult the class notes. Most teachers will tell students what the test will cover.
- Organize. Have your teen write down information needed to answer the possible essay questions, then think about how to organize it. For example, most essays should begin with a main idea or thesis statement. Then your teen can support it with specific details.
- Rehearse. Encourage your teen to make flash cards with key points for answers to different questions. Help your student review them over several days so the ideas stick.
- Practice. Now, your teen should try writing some answers to the possible test questions.
- Evaluate. Have your teen look over the essay answers. Are they accurate? Are they well organized? How could they be improved?
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