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Tips For Writing Under Pressure
Writing is one of the most common assignments students get these days. They come along with in-depth research and ability to be persuasive. However, despite the fact that this task is very common, young people still feel intimidated with an idea of writing, especially when it is timed writing.
Why is it so?
Well, some of them do not have a solid knowledge of how to write a good essay. Others are overwhelmed with other important tasks, and writing seems like a daunting responsibility. So, they skip it, and when the time comes for them to write something timely, then cannot do it well.
Aiming to help stressed out students, we have written a complete guide to academic writing under pressure. Read on to learn how to that best!
7 ways for students to write under pressure
- Plan the time you have.
In the beginning, you need to plan the time you have and see how exactly you can use it. So, if you have an hour to finish an essay, then take 10 minutes to collect your thoughts, five minutes to write an outline, thirty minutes to write the first draft, and fifteen minutes to revise the paper.
If you do this, you will end up having a high-quality paper in the end – and that is exactly what you are aiming for!
- Don’t try to be smart.
Do not play that trick on your tutors. It is better to be crystal clear in simple words than super smart. Your main goal is to be understood, and that is only possible if you explain your words in a clear manner so that anyone reading your paper will know exactly what you are talking about.
- Keep it simple.
Keep your sentences short and paragraphs easy to scan through. You do not want to tire your readers to death, so make reading your piece as simple as it is only possible.
- Provide examples.
Sometimes it is much easier to provide an example than explain a huge concept in your own words. Examples show images – and they are faster and easier to imagine. So, think of a real-life story or an example from the history to demonstrate your opinion – and you will get the desired effect of your audience keeping up with you and your thoughts!
However, make sure that the example does not take too long to explain what you mean by that. Remember that if it is taking too long, you need to search for another example, as in most cases you have a word count limit.
- Write the first draft.
Once you collect your thoughts and find proper examples, get ready to compose an outline and your first draft written based on it.
You do not need to make the first draft perfect, as you will still have time to change it. Just make sure that it is easy to keep up with your thoughts, you stick to the proper structure (which is an introduction, main body paragraphs, and a conclusion) and have a high readability level to make the reading process fun and easy.
- Develop a strong thesis statement.
Your text must begin with a hook that will make the users want to finish the whole piece. But what comes after that hook is way more important.
In the end of the introduction, you need to add a strong thesis statement explaining what the whole piece will be about and what your personal position about it is.
The clearer you make this part, the better engagement you will create. Do not give a full answer in the thesis, though, as readers will have no reasons to continue reading the essay. Rather give them a sneak peek and keep the intrigue.
- Revise the paper.
Finally, after you finish the first draft, consider revising your paper. You need to focus on the proper grammar, correct punctuation, preciseness of the facts you are using.
Professionals recommend to focus on one problem at a time and go over the text several times to ensure no errors are left.
And just to know what to concentrate on during this stage, check out this article by Stanford Education Blog on what most common errors students make in their essays. You will be surprised to find some of them there.
Now you are all set to go. Timed writing has never been easier. If you just follow our tips, you will see that even with limited time available you can create perfect papers.
So, will you use our tips next time? Or do you have some better ideas on how to deal with stress connected to timed writing? If so, then please do not hesitate to share with us in the comments!
About the Author
Kevin is a professional educator and a private tutor with over 8 years of experience. He is also a content writer for various blogs about higher education, entertainment, social media & blogging. During his off time, Kevin enjoys traveling and cooking. Feel free to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin & Google+.