So you waited until the last minute to write your 3,000-word essay? It’s not ideal, but don’t be concerned. If you follow our instructions, you will be able to make it happen.
We are aware of the situation. You intended to finish your essay before the deadline, but life has a way of getting in the way. We wouldn’t recommend writing an essay in such a short amount of time, but 3,000 words in a day are entirely feasible. You might be able to meet the deadline and even write an essay you’re proud of if you put your mind to it.
Take a deep, long breath. You must keep your cool. Here’s how to write an essay quickly!
Writing An Essay As Quickly As Possible
We suspect you haven’t fully embraced that mantra if you’re reading this guide – but there are a few things you can do the morning before deadline day to make your day of frantic essay-writing go more smoothly.
Consume a Nutritious Breakfast
A nutritious breakfast, such as porridge, will help to fuel your body and mind. You won’t have a mid-morning slump over your laptop because of its slow-release energy, which you can’t afford right now!
Are you not a fan of porridge? Don’t worry, this is far from the only type of brain food that will help you write an essay. Check out our list of the best brain fuel foods to see what else can help you get started (and keep that flying start going). Although you may be tempted to inject coffee into your veins, try to avoid taking in too much caffeine at first. Caffeine is the polar opposite of slow-release energy, and it will cause you to crash after a few hours.
Decide on your workstation and equipment
Choose a quiet and peaceful environment where you can put all your focus correctly. You’ll know whether you prefer working in a library or at home, but don’t go somewhere you’ve never been before. You must be confident that you will be comfortable and able to concentrate for as long as possible.
Be prepared by bringing two pens, a bottle of water, any notes you may have, and some snacks to use as mini-rewards. These will keep you going without requiring you to take your gaze away from the screen (apparently dark chocolate is an excellent choice for concentration!).
Remove social media and other distractions
Procrastination is the worst enemy of a student (besides a hangover). Turn off your phone (or put it on silent) and resist the temptation to check social media.
Don’t believe in yourself? Deactivate your accounts or have a friend change your passwords for you for 24 hours. Make a schedule and set time management goals for yourself. When you only have 24 hours before a deadline, time management is critical.
Assign time chunks to reach specific milestones, as this breaks down the large daunting task and provides extra motivation every time you complete one of the relatively easy mini-tasks.
Assign Your Time
Assume it’s 9 a.m., and your essay is due the following morning. If you’re wondering how to write essays faster, here’s a 14-hour schedule you can follow (remember, this is just a summary of each stage – we go into more detail below):
9 a.m. – 9.30 a.m: Select your essay question and formulate your overall argument.
9.30 a.m. – 11 a.m: Create an outline and plan for your essay (breaking it into mini-essays)
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m: Fill in the blanks in your introduction.
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m: Look for quotes and references to back up your claims.
1 p.m. – 1.45 p.m: Break for lunch
1:45 p.m. – 6 p.m: Create the essay’s body.
6:45 p.m. – 6.45 p.m: Dinner pause
6.45 p.m. – 10.30 p.m: Editing, improving, and meeting the word count
10.30 p.m. – 11 p.m: Print (if necessary) and prepare everything for the morning.
Remember to plan a few 10-minute breaks (one every 45–60 minutes or so should suffice). Giving your brain a break is essential for maintaining overall productivity.
Choosing a topic and organizing your essay
Choosing an essay question and responding to it.
9 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.
If you are given a choice of essay questions, choose the one about which you are most knowledgeable. After all, this isn’t the time to learn a new topic from the ground up. No matter how simple the question appears to be, 24 hours isn’t long enough to learn anything in depth.
Furthermore, questions that appear simple at first glance are frequently the most difficult. Because they’re short and worded in a straightforward manner, you’re probably expected to write a much more original and complex essay in response.
Choosing how to respond to the question
Next, decide on your approach – how will you approach the question? It’s your essay, so go in any direction you want as long as you keep relating your arguments to the question.
It can be useful to generate a quick answer in your head because it gives you a general idea of what to write about without requiring you to reread the question.
This will help you better understand the question and save you from having to go back to it later (when you should be concentrating on writing the body of your essay).
If you can’t decide what to write about, try brainstorming ideas. Write down all of your thoughts, and you’ll notice a pattern emerge.
Time to plan your essay
9.30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Once you’ve decided how to answer the question, you should be able to create a solid plan for the body of the essay.
Write down three to five key points that you want to make in your overall argument, and beneath each one, use bullet points to list all of the information, supporting arguments (and, even better, any rebuttals to popular counter-arguments), or quotes you already have for each point.
Begin with the most obvious or all-encompassing argument, as this will allow you to go into greater detail on each of the smaller arguments – one of the keys to writing a good essay.
After that, writing the essay should just be a matter of fleshing out each point and filling in the gaps.
And, yes, we realize we haven’t found any quotes or references yet – but bear with us, there’s a reason for this.
How to Write a Quick Essay Introduction
Time: 11am – 11.45am
Because your introduction is unlikely to require many (if any) quotes, it makes sense to get started and feel a sense of accomplishment as soon as you’ve planned your essay and know where it’s going.
This way, by the time you sit down after lunch to tackle the main body of the essay, you’ll have already cut a couple of hundred words from the word count.
At this point, don’t worry about making it sound amazing – just get started on introducing your argument and telling the reader how you’ll support it. When you’re in the editing stage, you can go back and make yourself sound smarter.
Create a mini-outline in your introduction to indicate exactly what you intend to argue. And don’t use the introduction as a place to throw in random references to things that are only vaguely relevant, especially if you’re only doing it to meet the required number of references. If you’re unsure, leave it out. Create a mini-outline in your introduction to indicate exactly what you intend to argue.
And don’t use the introduction as a place to throw in random references to things that are only vaguely relevant, especially if you’re only doing it to meet the required number of references. If you’re unsure, leave it out. Create a mini-outline in your introduction to indicate exactly what you intend to argue.
How to Locate Sources for an Essay
Time: 11.45am – 1pm
It’s now time to gather the critical information and quotes to back up your claims.
It’s critical to limit the amount of time you spend on this because it’s easy to become distracted when Google bombards you with irrelevant information. But you’ll find it easier to write your essay if you have a lot of relevant information, so don’t skimp on it.
Choose your keywords carefully, and copy and paste any key ideas or quotes you find into a separate ‘Research’ document.
Allow yourself an extra 10 minutes if you’re using reference books rather than online resources to get anything that looks useful from the library. Remember to use the index, even if it seems obvious.
Where to Look for Quotes on the Internet
Google Scholar is a great resource for finding direct quotes without having to sift through endless paragraphs.
Of course, any references in your lecture notes are your best bet. Even if you haven’t written down the names, go over the lecture slides (if your lecturer is gracious enough to post them online) and look for any hidden gems. Go straight to the source and see if the lecturer has posted a list of any recommended readings on the online platform for your module.
Keep track of your sources and format them for your bibliography as you collect quotes. This will help you avoid plagiarism accusations.
Extra citation advice
Assume you’re reading a text by Author A that includes quotations from Authors B, C, and D. Rather than referencing Author A’s text, use the quotes from Authors B, C, and D, and consult Author A’s bibliography to find the references for B, C, and D.
Aside from the fact that this is how you should reference in general. It has the added benefit of adding three sources to your bibliography rather than just one.
Also, if you’re writing your essay in Microsoft Word (2007 or later), use the automatic referencing system. Simply enter the details of sources as you go, and it will generate a perfect bibliography or works cited page at the end. This tool is fantastic, and it could save you a lot of time typing out your references and bibliography.
Starting the Essay
Time: 1.45pm – 6pm
You’ve had your brain-stimulating lunch, and it’s time to start typing. 3,000 words may seem like a lot, and in some ways it is – but with your well-thought-out essay plan in place, it should simply be a matter of expanding on all of the points you’ve already listed.
If you find it difficult to express your ideas eloquently, start by writing down all of your content.
After all, you can fine-tune the wording during the editing process, and it’s much easier to consider style once you’ve typed up everything you want to say.
While your essay plan should get you through, there’s no reason to think that more ideas won’t come to you as you write.
Unless they are necessary, jot them down on a notepad – they may come in handy later if you need to make up the word count.
How to Completing the Word Count
Use the research you gathered earlier to back up the key ideas in your outline, but don’t ramble for the sake of rambling. Try to be succinct, and trust that the strength of your arguments will get you to around 2,500 (ish) words.
Consider your essay to be a kebab stick: the meat is your key point, and you surround each chunk with vegetables (quotes and remarks) to complete the kebab. We can’t wait until 6 p.m. for dinner. Don’t get too worked up if you can’t make it to the word limit.
Choose a single point in your argument that you believe hasn’t been fully developed and return to your research. There will almost certainly be another quote or two that you could include to make your point even more clear.
Make sure you paraphrase your main points to give the essay your own voice and make it clear which words are yours and which are not. Plagiarism is serious, and if you don’t cite properly, all of your hard work could be thrown out!
Conclusion: Your conclusion should not take too long to complete. You’re essentially summarizing the arguments you’ve spent the last few hours developing. Explain how they all work together to support your overall response to the question you chose.
Editing your essay until it is flawless
Time: 6.45pm – 10.30pm
We’ve allotted 3 hours and 45 minutes for editing your essay, which may seem excessive. And it most certainly will be for some of you.
But, as we mentioned earlier, not everyone can write down their thoughts and eloquently express them all at once. If this is you, now is the time to polish your work. Ensure that it receives full marks for written communication.
However, if you have the ability to write flawlessly and quickly, you may not need this much time to edit your essay. If this is the case, give yourself a little more time after dinner to finish your essay.
Are your paragraphs linked together?
Regardless of how long you take, make sure your essay flows well. Is this all making sense? Perform a quick spell check and make sure you have enough time. It will deal with any printer issues (if your university still requires you to provide a paper copy). Every one of us has been there.
Many students overlook the significance of spelling and grammar. It varies from university to university, subject to subject, and tutor to tutor. But your writing style, spelling, and grammar can account for up to 10% – 20% of your grade. Make sure to edit thoroughly!
Finally, make sure that all of the points you wanted to discuss are written down. Also, make sure they are fully explained. To meet your word limit, make your sentences longer (or shorter, depending on the situation).
Let’s get started
While starting essays a day before the deadline is not recommended. It is unlikely to result in the best grades, following this guide. It should help you avoid tears in the library (I’ve been there) and the need for extensions.
Remember, this is a last-resort solution and not something you should do regularly.
Why are you still reading this?
We’re all aware that you have a lot of work to do. Get ’em while you can!
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