As frustrating as those activities can be, they always seemed more finite than the monumental task of “writing a paper.” You can’t just open the book and start working: you have to brainstorm, research, outline, draft, edit, and add those pesky citations.
As I moved through college, however, I developed a system for cranking out papers in record time.
Even as someone who basically writes papers for a living these days (like this article), I still viewed every college paper with a tinge of dread.
After all, writing a paper isn’t like working math problems or reading a chapter of a book.
If the assignment seems vague, it’s not because the professor is trying to trip you up.
Often, it’s that they know their field so well that it’s easy for them to think some things are “obvious”…even when they aren’t to us non-experts.
Any thesis you come up with that is supportable with the sources you have handy is fine, given the time crunch.
Now, you may be thinking you don’t have time for this, but for the purposes of writing a five page essay in one hour, we’ll be suggesting a different manner of outline creation than usual.
She earned her Ph D in English from the University of Georgia in 2015.
There are 17 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. After all, writing takes specific skills and a lot of practice.