How to write academic essays: time management

With college life being as demanding as it is, any time that can be utilized more wisely is a welcomed talent. You’ll learn to manage your time better and better as you go through your learning career, but if you want to speed up the process and work on this trait now, then pay attention to the following pointers.

Break up your work

A worthwhile exercise is to get into the habit of breaking up your work into smaller sections and noting these into an easy-to-understand chart. Your work becomes easier to manage and keep track of, helping you not become overwhelmed when you start writing.

Research smartly

Make lots of notes when you research and find different methods of getting information. You may want to print out pages of your research or make copies of book pages. Sourcing audios and videos can also be helpful in getting information to stick.

Drafting paragraphs

A great timesaver is to write a rough draft of every paragraph of your main paper content. Do this without correcting any mistakes or worrying about style and language errors. Just write! Include all relevant sections of your paper wherever applicable like your introduction, conclusion, abstract, thesis statement, etc. Once you’re done with this, you’ll be surprised at how well you actually did.

Connecting paragraphs

Look at your finished content and start arranging it in an order that flows well and makes sense. Resist making any corrections at this stage. Concentrating on one thing at a time without getting distracted by another will get your work moving a lot faster.

Rewriting paragraphs

Once you’ve got the order you envisioned, read through your work and correct all the language errors you find. Consider shortening and expanding wherever necessary as if you were marking someone else’s paper as your professor. Make sure a readable style is retained.

Check the format and revise everything

Now ensure that all the sections of your paper are coherently placed in the correct way according to the format requirements. This includes (where applicable) your title page, placement of thesis components and a bibliography of all your research sources.

Take breaks

Not resting every half hour will prove to be counterproductive in your work. The more relaxed you are the more you’ll get done and the better it will be. Don’t neglect to let your brain process what you’re engaged in.