I recommend the Studyit site all the time but I don’t know how many of you have checked it out. It has lots of useful material on it – for instance have a look at these key tips for Level One Formal Writing:
* Use examples of formal writing to model your work on.
* Understand the focus of the task and who you are writing for by underlining the keywords.
* Plan your time wisely – don’t spend all your time deciding on a topic. See Choosing a question
* Write about something you are familiar with and have an opinion about.
* Plan your writing carefully so it has a clear introduction, middle, and conclusion.
* Indicate a new paragraph by leaving a blank line or indenting the first line of the new paragraph.
* Have a series of 4–5 paragraphs discussing the main point. Use a clear structure for each paragraph of your essay.
* Include and incorporate reliable statistics, facts, examples, and opinions.
* Use formal language and tone throughout.
* Use a wide range of vocabulary and language features accurately and appropriately.
* Use rhetorical questions and/or minor sentences as a special feature rather than in every paragraph.
* Read your writing ‘aloud in your head’ at least once. Listen for any weak or inappropriate words, informal language, run-on sentences, or punctuation errors.
* You will not be allowed to use a dictionary in the examination so use words you know how to spell.
* Check that you have used the correct spelling of a word that may sound like another (there/their/they’re, here/hear/hare).
* Check each new sentence starts with a capital letter.
* Read from a range media such as newspapers, magazines, television, and radio to keep up to date with current issues and opinions to help your writing.