How to Write an Essay Fast and Without Any Problems
Writing a clear and concise essay with a short deadline is one of the biggest challenges students face. There are many things that can be done to avoid short deadlines — planning, getting to work early, etc.—but there are some situations that simply can’t be avoided. When this happens it’s good not to panic and instead focus on a few techniques that can help you write an essay fast and without any problems.
Here are the seven steps you should take to get the essay done fast:
- Step 1: Give yourself a few minutes to plan. A good trick is to give yourself about 10 percent of how ever much time you have to write to sit and plan. For example, if you have 60 minutes to write, spend 6 minutes to plan. Draft a thesis statement so you know what it is you want to write about, then focus your main points so that you support your claim.
- Step 2: Create an outline for your essay. Structure it with your introduction (which should include a draft of your thesis), body paragraphs (each with a single main point in support of your argument) and a conclusion. Your outline will give your essay structure, making it much easier to write.
- Step 3: You don’t need to flesh out all of your ideas in full, but you can save yourself a lot of trouble if you brainstorm and think about your supporting arguments and evidence before you start your first draft. Put down your best thoughts next to the main topic points in your outline for easy reference.
- Step 4: Be sure your sentences are direct and clear. Restrict your word choice to ones that your audience will easily know. The last thing you want is to choose words that break your reader’s concentration and forces him or her to reread a sentence or, worse, take out a dictionary.
- Step 5: Write your introduction. Try starting it with a hook to compel your reader to keep reading. You’ll want to briefly introduce what you plan on discussing so that your reader knows what to expect throughout. Be sure finish your introduction with a strong thesis statement.
- Step 6: Stick closely to the main topic of your essay and avoid going off on different tangents. Introducing new sub-topics that aren’t explored satisfactorily is a sign of a hastily written paper and will surely lead to a lower grade. Be sure you support your argument with sound evidence.
- Step 7: Write the conclusion to your essay. Be sure that you don’t introduce any new concepts or ideas. Your conclusion should be a simple summary of your argument and your main supporting points. If you have the time, focus on making your final sentence thought provoking enough to leave a good impression on your reader.