how to write a last minute essay
I am often too lazy to do this, but the best way for proofreading is to read over it the next morning. That way your mind has some time to get off the subject for a while and get a fresh perspective. But I’m telling you this from experience. don’t wait until a few minutes before class to print it (if you have to submit a hard copy). You never know if your printer will decide it doesn’t feel like printing, you forgot you ran out of ink/paper last week, or some other random factor that only happens when you have to print at that exact moment.
Now that you’ve done the research, you should have an idea as to what your thesis statement should be. Professors always hate broad thesis statements so try to make it seem as specific as you can without limiting the amount of things you can talk about. Since this is a research paper it doesn’t have to be controversial, revolutionary, super innovative, etc. It just needs to provide direction on where your paper is going. So if you are writing about a person you can talk about how they were influential, made an impact on issues of that time period, thrived through difficult circumstances, something like that. A general rule I learned in high school is that thesis statements should be the last sentence of the introductory paragraph. I’ve always put it there and haven’t had a teacher correct me so I would go with that.
Once you have the idea where your essay is going to go, set all the checkpoints your reader will have to pass. Point out the thesis statement, the most important arguments and a conclusion phrase. This way your mind won’t race and you’ll have a solid foundation of your work.
While good old Wikipedia is not a trusted source itself, the footnotes there often provide great source material on your topic. Although you don’t have the time to double-check every fact you include into your work, just make sure you place the references where you originally intended. The good thing is that they may even turn out to be cited according to the style you need.
After you know what scope of work you need to deal with, you should budget time effectively for your progress. Remember, you don’t have a good deal of time – just several hours to write an essay successfully. First of all, set a fixed amount of time to pre-write, write, and post-write the essay. This step-by-step way of writing an essay within specific timeframes enables you to avoid procrastinating any important essay writing stage. For example, you are determined to write an essay on Monday. Allocate enough time for it. Think 2 hours is enough to brainstorm the main ideas for an essay, structure and edit it? Find an additional hour to do everything in your essay as required. Don’t forget about 3 finishing touches:
While writing an essay, any distraction is likely to set in – Facebook notifications, likes on Instagram, calls from the best friends, and so on. To write a last-minute essay demands much more focus than if you wrote it during the whole week. Getting distracted while writing an essay can result in a poorly-written essay with many mistakes in spelling, grammar, etc. The rules of grammar in English aren’t the easiest to follow. For that reason, you can read the article on The Guardian – 10 Grammar Rules You Can Forget: How to Stop Worrying and Write Proper.
If you’re using reference books rather than online resources, give yourself an extra 10 minutes to get anything that looks useful from the library. And, although it sounds obvious, remember to use the index!
So you’ve left your 3,000 word essay until the last minute? Not ideal, but don’t stress. You can make it happen by following our steps!
Take a catnap . . . but only for 15 minutes. Photograph: Image Source/Alamy
If you happen to be “fatigue resistant” you should now be enjoying the enhanced concentration, creative upwelling and euphoric oneness that sleep deprivation can bring. If not, try talking yourself into it. “Conversation keeps you awake,” says Horne. “So talk to a friend or even to yourself – no one will hear you.”