How to plan time for essay writing
Writing is a complex developmental process as well as a ﬁnal product, and everyone constructs an essay in different ways.
Whatever kind of a writer you are, writing a schedule or action plan for each essay will help you to manage your time. The following example of a schedule gives you an outline of the types of activities you need to consider and it is particularly useful for someone who is able to prepare an essay in speciﬁc stages.
|WEEK/DATE ||ACTIVITY |
|7–8 November||Preparation: think about question/discuss with tutor/assemble reading list|
Notes: Appointment 10.30 am on Monday 7th
|9–18 November||Library and other research|
Notes: Need to book Simpson and Jarvis textbooks from Restricted Loan (try Thursday or Friday pm)
|18/19 November||Assemble all notes/materials; write essay plan.|
|20–25 November||Write essay|
Notes: Two drafts; leave one-day gap between 1st and 2nd drafts
|26 November||Final read through; final tweaks if necessary.|
Notes: Check references/bibliography. Ask Anna or Mark to read essay too if they have time!
|27 November||Hand in essay|
As you become more experienced in academic study you will come to develop your own learning style and be able to assess how long you need to spend on these tasks. However, you should always leave yourself plenty of time for preparing and completing the essay.
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