It’s probably also going to be easier for your teacher to read a typed document than your handwriting, and you won’t suffer an achy arm that could slow you down, so that’s an added bonus.When you’re in a rush, it can be easy to skim over the question and think you’ve understood it – only for you to realise, after writing most of the essay, that you got the wrong end of the stick and it’s too late to change it.
This is particularly hazardous when you’re under pressure, because your brain has a tendency to see what it wants to see; it may tell you that the title is asking a question that you want to answer, while the reality might be subtly but crucially different.
So, start by reading the question very carefully and ensuring you’ve completely understood what it’s asking you to do.
Once you’ve done this, organise the notes into a sensible structure by dragging and dropping paragraphs into an order you think works. You now have the outline of your essay in note form.
You can now turn your notes into an essay by rewriting them into academic prose, complete with ‘filler’ sentences that glue it all together and help build your argument.
Prepare your workspace by opening the books you’ll need to use on relevant pages, or putting Post-It notes in them to mark where relevant information is.
This means you won’t have to keep wasting precious time hunting through books to find the information each time you need to refer to it.
Most young people these days type faster than they write by hand, so unless you’ve been told that you must handwrite your essay, type it.
This will make it much easier to edit what you’ve written and change things around, and you’ll be able to get more words in through typing quickly.
When you’re in a hurry, your notes can double up as an essay plan, killing two birds with one stone.
Start by typing your essay notes directly into the document you’ve created for your essay.