Assignments at uni can be unbearable for a lot of students but they don’t have to be! If you know how to write a good essay then getting that First Class Degree becomes a piece of cake. Once you have the basics down then you’ll be writing up disso-worthy pieces in the time that it takes your friends to write their name and date!
Pick Your Environment
This one is different for everyone and only you know what’s best for you. If you study best in your room then lock the door, light some candles and commence. However, if you decide your room is full of distractions (Netflix) and you work better in the library then head to the library. If your friends distract you too much in the library and you realise you can’t work there either, well, ever considered paying someone to do your assignments? Just joking, definitely don’t do that. It’s risky and you will get caught. You’ll find the right space for yourself, just try out different places and see what works best.
Starting the Essay
Now most students want to start their essay from the introduction but isn’t it a bit hard to introduce an essay that you haven’t even written yet? It’s like introducing a stranger to your friends and trying to convince said friends that you know them. You probably won’t even get their name right! So it might be a good idea to write your essay first and get all your points down before you even worry about the introduction.
Wikipedia is not your friend and your lecturer probably won’t accept it as a source. While Google and your uni’s library is useful, there are also other methods you could try to vary your research. If you search some keywords and use the Google Books option, you’ll see all the books that contain those keywords. If you’re lucky you might even get a decent preview of the pages you need. Google Scholar is also useful when it comes to academic sources.
Give Yourself Time to Take Breaks
Set a certain amount of time or a word count and when you reach it take a break. I would recommend a word count as it motivates you to be more productive rather than procrastinate. When you reach that word count, reward yourself. Have some chocolate, smoke a cigarette, sacrifice a virgin: whatever it is you like to do in your spare time. This will prevent you from getting severely burnt out. Now go ace that assignment!
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