Every college student at one point or another will be faced with writing a paper. Even the mathematicians have to go through general education courses and end up writing papers about literature or world events or what have you. Getting an A on a paper might not be much to brag to your friends and family about (or it is…) but what if you told them it only took you half the time to write it?
It is possible to write an amazing paper in a short period of time. The key? Be a genius of course. Okay, but seriously the everyday person can write a paper that will blow your professor away if you go about it right.
Okay, get ready because I am about to blow your mind here: do you remember back in high school English how your teacher gave you all those little assignments leading up to the big paper? If you never had a teacher who did this, I am truly apologetic because although those teachers pushed you and you hated them for it, what they were forcing you to do does do a world of good if you carry the concepts they taught into college.
The best way to write an A paper in a short time frame is… prepare, prepare, prepare. The more work you put into preparing for your paper, the easier it will be to write, plain and simple.
At this point, you’re probably thinking to yourself that the time it takes you to prepare for the paper is just as long or even longer than writing the actual paper. Oh contraire my friend. If you take an hour to make an outline detailing the structure of your paper, writing your thesis, figuring out what the paragraphs will be about, maybe plug in the facts you are going to use and throw in your topic sentences, the paper is essentially written. If you have a detailed outline in front of you, it will take you a fraction of the time to write your paper because you will know what you need to do and don’t have to make up the structure as you go along. By doing it without an outline, you usually end up stuck on what to write about next then start to procrastinate, right? Or, you realize how much your paper stinks and how it isn’t by any means enjoyable to write? Chances are, if it isn’t enjoyable to write it will not be enjoyable to read resulting in a bad grade. I’m not about to say that writing an outline is a super fun thing to do (unless you’re an English or communications nerd and love to write), but it will make the process of getting to that final result much smoother.
Need some other tips on avoiding procrastination? Check out this post Kill The Procrastination Beast.
I’m reading Gardner’s Art Through the Ages