Welcome. I assume you're here because you procrastinated so hard that the due date is now here and you haven't even started that very important essay. Don't worry though because this has happened to literally everyone and you're not alone. In fact we have some tips that will help you quickly write essays whenever you've had a big night on the lash.
Step 1: Plan the essay
OK first thing's first, plan out your essay. How many words do you need to write? How long will that take you? What do you need e.g. notebook, textbooks etc.?
Step 2: Figure out what you're being asked to do
Get out that assessment criteria sheet and a highlighter and find the main question being asked. If you haven't yet selected a topic, now is the time to do it! Obviously the easier, the better.
Step 3: Make an outline
This consists of these basics:
- Introduction *write this last*
- hook i.e. provocative quotation, interesting example, thought provoking question
- thesis i.e. what you will be investigating and why
- transition i.e. where you will begin
- First paragraph
- Strongest point + introduction + examples + explanation + conclusion that ties in with thesis
- Second paragraph
- Weakest point + introduction + examples + explanation + conclusion that ties in with thesis
- Third paragraph
- Second-strongest point + introduction + examples + explanation + conclusion that ties in with thesis
- Conclusion *write this last*
- Emphasise thesis + summarise paragraphs and how it ties to thesis + conclusion i.e. findings
Step 4: Edit your work
Never ever rely on spellcheck to find errors for you. Get a friend or family member to read over your essay before you submit.
Step 5: Make sure all your references are right
If you don't know what referencing system your college uses or how to apply it, you need to do some quick searching. There are tools online to help with correctly citing sources.
Step 6: Write your introduction and conclusion
Try and write the body of the essay first before you do the introduction and conclusion. That way you can give a more precise idea of what you're talking about.
Step 7: Reward yourself!
You just wrote an essay against the clock! Time for Netflix and chill.