University papers are almost the highest level of academic writing that you will have to accomplish, leaving the first place only to MBA ones. Although the pressure is high, it does not mean the task is impossible to complete. In fact, university essays are not much more difficult than college or high-school ones, except of the amount of research required.
Here are a few recommendations we would like to give you to make the process easier.
Quite expectedly, start early. Yes, you have other things to do. Yes, there is little time. Yes, you are fed up with writing. Unfortunately starting early is the only way to do it right.
Once you are assigned a paper, start planning. You will need to research, come up with a thesis, outline your paper, write and edit the first draft, revise it and then submit. All of it takes time, especially the research part. That’s why it is better to make a schedule. Thus you will know how many hours of work you have, how many you can assign to each stage of writing, when you won’t be able to work (friends’ weddings etc.) and so on. If there is a defined amount of work to do on a certain day, it takes the pressure off a little.
Do not hesitate to spend plenty of time thinking through your topic. The point is to come up with something worth writing about. If you skip this stage and jump to writing straight away, there is a great chance you will end up in the deadlock. Although time loss might seem unreasonable at the very beginning, in the long run it will save you plenty of efforts.
Remember, an essay is not a pool of random facts and elaborations. It has to make a point. Even if you are writing a descriptive paper that does not require a thesis, you still have to be clear about the purpose. Stay focused and don’t let your mind wander around.
An important thing for any essay is making smooth transitions. Do not assume that your reader will make efforts to follow your logic. If the sequence of your points might make difficulty to the reader, rearrange them and explain their connections.
ALWAYS outline before you write. Although the rule is not new, you will be amazed to find out how many students neglect it. They prefer to start writing and see where it takes them. While this technique might do for producing short stories as a hobby, even great writers like Iris Murdoch planned ahead every detail they wanted to include in their novels. You don’t have years to rewrite your paper, so it is better to know where to move from the very beginning.
Review and revise your paper. It is better to cut out parts that don’t fit, even if you worked hard on them. Being able to stick to the point and omit irrelevant information is one of the qualities you should have to succeed in university education, and every university essay is designed to check it. Don’t let your unwillingness waste paragraphs of writing spoil your final grade.
Finally, get help from other people. A second opinion on your topic, additional editing or proofreading, checking whether your train of thought is understandable for other people – whenever you can engage a peer, do so without any doubts. Also, make breaks in the process to let your brain have the rest from the paper you are writing. When you come back to it, you will notice things you haven’t noticed before.