Usually you always have all the time you would need to work on your essay. This might not always be the case. At times you might be forced to quickly work on your paper due to a tight deadline. This might be the case if you have been so busy that you ended up working on your essay last minute. The tight deadline might also be imposed by your teacher. It is however, possible to come up with a good piece even under these circumstances. This article will look at useful tips that can help you write a good essay even when under the pressure of lack of time.
When under the pressure of time, it is normal to panic and feel like you cannot do it. However, panicking will not do you any good as you will end up wasting more time. Take a deep breath and banish the negative feelings. Put in positive thoughts and an ‘I can do it’ attitude. You can also give yourself a pep talk keeping in mind the end goal. Relax and let your positive words flood your mind, motivate, and encourage yourself. Keep calm and start to tackle your assignment.
After taking on the right mindset, you will need to create a distraction-free environment:
This can be the library or anywhere that is quiet. It should be free of people that are likely to distract you.
To be able to focus, you will need to be comfortable wherever you sit.
You cannot afford to be using your phone at this critical time unless it is for your research. Procrastination is not an option at this stage thus you have to strictly commit yourself to your essay and not to use your phone. You can switch off your phone or put it in airplane mode if you are using it for research. Some apps can aid in keeping you off social networks for a time that you set.
Moving up and down getting necessary things you forgot to pack from your dorm will harm your concentration and productivity. It is hence crucial to ensure that your computer is charged and all your supplies available in your study area.
Unless you are instructed to hand write essay, typing it will much faster as you will not need to make a draft. It will be easier to edit what you have typed and change things around. A typed document is also much easier to read.
It is crucial to carefully read and understand the question while under pressure as your eyes might just see what they want to see. You might end up answering a different question only to realize it when you are halfway through with your paper. This can be very dangerous. Underline the keywords in your question or the topic given to force your mind to focus on the right task.
You should open your books on the pages with the relevant information you will use. You can also mark where relevant information is by putting post-it notes in those pages. This will help save on time as finding needed information will be easy.
This will help you to keep your information targeted towards the goal of putting that particular argument across. Summing up your argument in a sentence will help you think clearly about what you are going to write. Remember to save on time for writing the actual essay.
Your short notes can as well be used as an essay outline. You can write them in the form of summarised sentences of what you want each paragraph to be about or bullet points. You should also include supporting points of each main idea. To make this into a detailed essay plan, you will need to organize your notes into a sensible structure.
Following your outline, you can turn your short notes into an essay with the introduction, body, and conclusion structure.
The introduction should point out to the reader, the main argument, and the key points that support the main argument that you intend to explain the body paragraphs. Most introductions in an essay begin with a general statement that explains how the topic relates to much larger issues. The statement is then followed by a thesis statement that is the calculated response to the question asked by the essay. There is no specific length for an introduction but because of limited time, one paragraph would be enough.
This is where your main argument is explained. The main points supporting the argument are outlined and supported by the evidence stated in the outline of the essay. Each main point should represent one paragraph that will be backed up by supporting concepts. There is no specific length of the body but to save on time, three would do the job.
Here, you should not only put your point across but also leave the reader with something to consider. You should restate your thesis statement and summarize each of your most important points. You should not summarize your whole essay. This final paragraph should end the discussion but leave room for further exploration.
The introduction and conclusion of an essay can be the hardest bits to come up with. You should save these two for last as they will be easier to write then. This is because by the time you are done writing the body; you will be very familiar with your argument as you will have spent plenty of time on it.
You should double-check your essay to ensure that your paragraph is in the right order and there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes. Small oversights can affect the overall quality of your essay.