Time: 9am – 12pm
If your professor gave you an option to choose the topic on your own for a 3000 word essay, you should focus on the one that you know much about (for instance, you can choose among those that were discussed during lectures or those that are of special interest for you to explore them deeper).
Remember that it is preferable not to explore a brand new topic when you have only 24 hours till the deadline expiration, even if you think that the topic is easy. The next step will be finding the most appropriate approach to schedule your work. When the deadline is fast approaching, students usually get stressed. However, you should calm down and check if you are confident in discussing this specific topic. If not, choose the one that will be easily researched.
Writing an essay in one day can be very challenging, however, it is up to you which direction to work and what arguments to introduce in your paper. If you are not sure what to discuss in your paper, feel free to surf the Internet and get an insight into what your paper will present. Remember that you only want to find some hints for the writing process, not to check your Facebook or Twitter account. Settle certain time frame limits like 10-15 minutes, which are more than enough to get some background ideas about the selected topic. Without specific time limits, you can spend too much time reading the basics, having no time for proofreading or other important steps.
It is obligatory to write down any ideas that pop up in your head. You can mention all possible statements about the chosen topic. Then you will have to define only 3-5 aspects that you would like to explore deeper in your paper. Before writing college papers, you can write down the key arguments as bullet points and check if ideas relate with one another. In other words, you will have to create a sketch of your future paper or an outline. A good outline will help you succeed in essay writing.
In order to be sure that all your ideas directly refer to the question, you can include some subheadings to divide your paper into appropriate paragraphs. In this way, you will not go off the topic and organize your ideas in a clear way.
Time: 12pm – 1pm
If you have explored the definition of essay structure, now you probably realize that writing an introduction is the most tedious and time-consuming task. However, it can become easier if you did not overcome the previous stage (outline writing). In introduction, the reader should see a clear picture of what the paper will discuss. You should simply introduce the topic and a couple of arguments that will be explored to the full in the main body paragraphs. Do not forget to include a thesis statement at the end of your introduction. A good introductory paragraph should include a “catch” or “hook” that will make the reader interested in reading the paper further.
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Now you should focus on the research step. Sometimes professors ask to carry out research prior to writing an outline or introduction, but it is up to you on how you want to organize your writing process. The key idea is to submit a perfectly written essay, so it does not really matter if you write an essay outline first or carry out research.
If you want to present solid argumentation, you should find profound evidential support. As it was already mentioned, you should settle time frames for every writing stage and doing the research should also take place within certain hours. For sure, Google will show you numerous results with irrelevant data, but you should refrain yourself from reading every single sentence. Not to waste your time, you should write key words in the search engines.
Find credible and newly printed books, articles, online reviews, etc. Choose both direct quotes and sentences that will be paraphrased in your own words. Your paper should clearly demonstrate your own voice, so do not present more than 10% of direct quotes.
Skim reading is advisable, since you do not have much time. Do not read every single chapter and paragraph. Inserting appropriate key words in search engines will help you to save much time.
The most important thing about research process is to write down all names of the sources as well as the exact pages where you borrowed information. In such a way, your professor will not blame you for plagiarism. Even if you forget to put appropriate in-text citations (not actually plagiarizing on purpose), your professor will still blame you for cheating. Therefore, check your essay introduction and other paragraphs to make sure that every borrowed idea reflects the original source.
Time: 4pm – 8.30pm
Now you should focus on typing only. However, please pay attention to the word count limits. It is important not to have any breaks during this step and simply put down all your ideas.
Get back to the ideas that were written during the research process and extend your arguments until you have a paper with 2,500 + words. Then you will re-read your body paragraphs and make the paper bigger.
If you do not reach the appropriate word count frames and think that you will never submit a good 3000 word essay, please do not panic. Simply check your paragraphs for argumentation and decide on the most shortly discussed. However, please remember that your main body paragraphs should be approximately equal in length.
Time: 8.30pm – 10.30pm
If you are done with the essay conclusion, it is high time to proceed with editing. Re-read your paper and make sure that it does not include any irrelevant ideas that partially relate to the chosen topic.
Check the unity, coherence, and flow of ideas. All your standpoints must be supported with relevant facts. Check the spelling of words and correct grammar mistakes. Do not be in a rush because many professors deduct many points for poor grammar or formatting, especially if you are a university student.
In any case, if you managed to write your lengthy paper in 24 hours, we are proud of you! However, it should not be your regular habit of postponing the essay writing till the last day.