Tuesday, March 11, 2014

making essays more manageable and writing them fast

It seems like writing essays can take FOREVER. But I've figured out they really don't take that long if you come up with a method for doing them every time. 

It really helps to break the steps down into separate days so you have time to process it. 


{Handwrite this outline | Time: 20-40 minutes}
Do 5 days before the essay is due in study hall or in a free period at school. 
1. Opener
        Thesis: 
2. Topic sentence for first paragraph
        - evidence/details or quote/analysis
        - evidence/details or quote/analysis
                i. Transition
3. Topic sentence for second paragraph
       - evidence/details or quote/analysis
       - evidence/details or quote/analysis
               ii. Transition
4. Topic sentence for third paragraph
       - evidence/details or quote/analysis
       - evidence/details or quote/analysis
               iii. Transition
5. Summary statement
        Restatement of Thesis:


{Handwrite essay | Time: 30 minutes} 
Do 4 days before the essay is due during a boring class. 

Write the outline in essay form on a piece of paper. It helps to highlight/label your thesis, evidence, etc. 



{Revise | Time: 20 minutes} 
Do 3 days before the essay is due at lunch, in the class, or in a study hall/free period. 

Get a friend or the teacher to make comments on what you have so far and make notes in the margins. 



{Rewrite essay | Time: 30 minutes} 
Do 2 days before the essay is due in a boring class. 

Rewrite your essay after revising. 



{Type essay | Time: 20 minutes} 
Do the day before the essay is due at home. 

Take the latest handwritten draft you have and type it up, changing or modifying anything else you might need as you go. 


Obviously, you can do these things wherever and whenever you want, but when you only end up with 20 minutes of easy typing to do at home, it feels like you've barely done anything!



xx Signe


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