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How to Write a College Paper in 48 Hours
You are sitting in your dorm room Wednesday night, contentedly listening to music as you play on your computer when it suddenly occurs to you that you have a paper due on Friday that you haven’t even started. What do you do? Do you panic? Do you beg a friend for help? Do you give up? No! You follow these simple steps and knock out that paper in 48 hours, or less.
- Review the Assignment. You may be short on time, but it will do you no good to start a paper before you understand the assignment. Carefully review the assignment parameters so that you can be sure that you are on the right path.
- Form a Thesis. Your thesis statement is the foundation of your paper, and all of your proof paragraphs must relate to the thesis. When writing your thesis, be sure to incorporate the basic topics you intend to discuss (e.g. “Pompeii was one of the most significant archeological finds of the 16th century; it offered a glimpse into the social structure, daily lives, and economic structure of the Roman Empire.”). A strong thesis will set up the structure of the rest of your essay.
- Gather and Read the Research. It may seem like a daunting process to have to read through dozens of articles in order to find a few relevant facts. You can streamline this process by skim-reading for keywords relating to your thesis (i.e. Pompeii, Rome, volcano, etc.). Take advantage of bold-type and paragraph headings. This will help you speed through articles so that you only focus on relevant information. Highlight and make notes of any pertinent information you can use when you begin writing, including the reference.
- Outline Your Essay. This may seem like an unnecessary step; however, if you create an outline that contains topic sentences that relate to the thesis, and support those sentences with notes from your literature review, then half of the work is done before you start writing. Make sure you cite the references in the appropriate format in-text and on the reference page. This will save you time later.
- Write the Essay. If you work from your outline, you should already have a strong foundation for your essay, so all you will need to do is fill in any missing information and add your analysis. ***Helpful Hint: Write your Conclusion so that it mirrors your Introduction, and end it with a strong concluding sentence. This creates a sense of closure and makes the reader think about the topic, even after he/she is done reading.
- Review and Proofread. Proofreading is an essential step and is what helps create a polished final product. Pay attention to the flow of the essay, and make sure there are no spelling and grammar errors. If you are able, it is always helpful to have a friend proofread for you, as well. The fresh perspective can help catch any mistakes you may have missed.
You are done! In 48 hours or less you have researched and written an essay of which you can be proud!