How to Write a Band Six Essay



A very wise English teacher (yes, they do exist) once remarked: “there are essays, and then there are the essays they expect you to write in HSC English.” This is one of the most important lessons you will need to apply when figuring out how to write a band 6 essay during your HSC year. Writing an essay that directly responds to the question and demonstrates that you really know what you are talking about is no easy feat. Most students will be able to haphazardly put together a short introduction and give a few examples from their texts that relate to the question. If you have a lenient marker, this may be enough to scrape a pass. However, by making a few changes to the ways you approach essay writing and using some proven techniques to enhance your essays, you can move beyond “just a pass.”

One of the worst things about having an area of study and three different modules is that each unit is so different that you end up changing the way you write and structure essays for each unit that you study.

Check out the following posts to get the definitive guide for writing band 6 essays:

Essay Structure: Simple Quick Reference Guide

Writing Band Six Essays: Intelligent Introductions

Writing Band Six Essays: Body Paragraphs

Writing Band Six Essays: Conclusion

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  1. Hey Guys, Great ideas here. Keep up the innovation in the face of mediocrity.
    Roberta Von Heupt (Still inspired educator)

  2. Sorry is there more info yet to be added to this post?
    What follows “there are a few things you should note down that can and will help you write band six essays.”??? what are these things? Can someone pls help?

    1. Yikes! Thanks for noticing that Lolla, looks like we may have lost a portion of this post during our site migration. We’ll check our backups and hopefully have the rest of the content up soon!

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