I’m a college student, and I need help with essays. It’s part of the job description. I’ve learned that it doesn’t take long to write a paper when you start on the right foot. Follow these steps, and you’ll be able to crank out your next research project in no time!
Get a pencil and set the timer to 60 minutes.
Get a pencil and set the timer to 60 minutes.
- Set a goal of writing 500 words, one paragraph, or even just one topic sentence. Whatever you need to write, set a goal for yourself that is challenging but achievable in 60 minutes (or however long you have).
- Now start writing! Don’t stop for anything: no phone calls, no bathroom breaks—just keep writing until your time runs out.
Take the first 5-10 minutes to brainstorm about the paper.
The first thing you will do is brainstorm about your paper. This is the most important part of your work, as it helps you develop ideas, topics, research, and sources. It is best if you use this time to write down all the ideas that come into your mind without worrying about how they might fit together. Here are some questions that can help:
- What is my topic?
- How many pages should I write?
- Who do I want my audience to be?
- What is my thesis statement (the main idea)?
Write for about 50 minutes, then take a 10-minute break.
- Write for about 50 minutes, then take a 10-minute break.
- Do some stretches and pushups while at it (or whatever exercise you prefer). This can be done right before or after the writing session, but not during it—it’s distracting!
Now you’re ready to write!
Now you’re ready to write! Here are some tips for using the timer:
- Set the timer for 1 hour. This is important as it will allow you to work on your paper briefly each day.
- Start writing when the timer begins, and stop when it ends. You’ll find that this helps keep your mind focused on what you’re working on and prevents distractions from arising while writing.
- If you want or need more time than an hour—or less—that’s fine too! You can set up multiple alarms throughout the day so that they go off at intervals so as not to be over-burdened by having too much work at once (and thus becoming overwhelmed). Be sure, though, not to spend more than two hours at once writing if possible; doing so may cause burnout later on due to burnout being caused by too much stress being placed upon one’s body in one sitting/session/etcetera…
Write your introduction.
Write your introduction. The first paragraph of your paper should give the reader an idea of what to expect from the rest of the paper. It should be brief and concise but also engaging and exciting. The introductory paragraph should answer questions such as “What is this story about? Who is it about?” It should also set up a general idea of where you’re going with this piece, which can be accomplished by using a question like “How does [X] work?” or “Why did [Y] happen?”
Your introduction needs to lay out all these details clearly because if you don’t do so in one paragraph (or at least two), it will likely confuse readers who aren’t familiar with your topic or industry jargon. Your goal here is to ensure that anyone who picks up your paper understands everything they need to know before moving on to its body paragraphs.
Don’t forget to keep your notes as you go along.
Don’t forget to keep your notes as you go along. Your notes will help you remember what you have written and provide a rough draft for the rest of your paper. As you go through each step, keep track of what you’ve done so that when it comes time to write your conclusion or introduction, you won’t have to struggle with remembering how much work it took for your ideas to come together.
Try to write your body paragraphs in 15-20 minutes.
Once you’ve completed your outline and have a good sense of how much time you’ll need, try to write your body paragraphs in 15-20 minutes, then you can add a conclusion before the timer goes off. A body paragraph should be three or four sentences long and support your thesis statement by giving examples or evidence that proves it. The topic sentence should state what that example will be, while all other sentences will expand on it.
Make sure you’re not using too many details when writing these paragraphs! You need enough information to prove your point, but don’t go overboard with unnecessary facts or figures—that will bog down your paper and make it harder for readers to understand what’s going on.
Don’t forget to cite your sources if necessary.
Some think citations are only necessary if the paper is published. However, citing your sources can help you avoid plagiarism and mistakes in writing your research paper. You should also cite your sources because it’s the right thing to do—it shows that you’re grateful for all the hard work that went into finding that information!
You have two options for citing: MLA or APA style. Both formats are acceptable, but each has its own set of rules that must be followed. For example, MLA cited works with book titles, while APA uses journal articles (or websites).
The best way to write a paper quickly is by keeping in mind what your instructor wants and how they want it. If they give you a specific length or dissertation ideas, follow those guidelines in your writing as closely as possible (within reason). If they don’t specify any particular parameters, try outlining or writing anything else! The more organised you are with your ideas beforehand, the easier it will be later on when editing time rolls around.
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