There are certain best tips and tricks for writing research papers and term papers quickly. If you master them, you can become a super successful student. In this article, we’ll break down easy steps to writing a research paper from start to finish.
Before you get to them, we’d like to point out that the most important thing about fast-written essay is careful planning, remembering about time, and sticking to the point.
1. Plan Your Time
If you have 30 minutes, then consider 10 minutes for outlining, 15 minutes for writing the body of your essay, and 5 minutes for revision. If you have an hour, then redistribute the time accordingly. Remember that you should spend at least ⅕ of your time on structuring, and at least ½ on shaping the paper’s body.
2.Pick Your Topic
The best scenario for writing a quick paper is when your professor allows you to pick your topic / thesis statement. In this case, you can use brainstorming or mind-mapping techniques to come up with a good topic that is relevant to your assignment guidelines and that you’re interested in writing about. The key to success is to choose a topic that is as broad as possible. Remember that your time is limited and you can’t afford to spend a lot of time doing research to find enough material for writing on an unusual or a rare topic.
3. Research to the Point
If you need research, do it. Just look for the most specific information. Search for the key concepts you’re definitely going to use in your paper. Remember that you don’t have much time on the whole essay, so be brief and concise in your research.
Don’t forget to keep track of your sources so that you can cite them in your paper to avoid plagiarism. You can use your notes later when building your bibliography page.
4. Develop Your Thesis
Now that you’ve done the research, you should have an idea as to what your thesis statement should be. Professors always hate broad thesis statements so try to make it seem as specific as you can without limiting the amount of things you can talk about.
Your thesis statement is the main idea of your paper so it needs to be specific. Besides, your thesis should be concise and simple. It should briefly outline the points you are going to argue in your research paper and support it with relevant evidence.
Start with the simplest: break the essay into 5 paragraphs (a standard), including the introduction and conclusion. Each of them should contain a main point, evidence that supports it, summarizing sentences, and transitions to the next paragraph.
Think about the main points that will support your thesis – they will be your subheadings. Then you need to group your notes together and match all the information that fits together under each of your sub-headings. If any information doesn’t support your thesis statement, it doesn’t belong to your academic paper no matter how interesting it is.
5. The Body
Once you have your thesis statement established, read through the stuff you have written and try to organize and take out stuff that doesn’t fit. Come up with the number of paragraphs you want, what each paragraph is specifically talking about, and put things in their respective paragraphs.
Start each body paragraph with a topic sentence, analyze why this sentence is true, and support your topic sentence with relevant facts and examples. You can also use quotes from credible sources to support your own ideas but you should explain how they relate to your points.
6. Make the Introduction and Conclusion Solid
You already have your thesis statement in the intro. So, write a hook preceding it — a quote, a relevant anecdote in a sentence or two, or some statistical information associated with the topic. Also, make a transition to the body of your essay at the end of the intro. In the conclusion, re-summarize the thesis statement while linking it to the evidence that you are providing in the body paragraphs. Write a conclusive sentence that would place the information in your paper into a broader context.
7. Revise and Edit
You have to reread your academic paper and make sure that it is on the point. It will take as much time as fixing your grammar and spelling mistakes. You will need to check the logic and the flow of your piece of writing and make improvements to ensure that your paper is well-organized and that there are logical transitions between your paragraphs.
Finally, you need to check spelling, grammar, and punctuation and fix all the mistakes and typos if there are any.
We’ve shared with you some of our own tricks on how to write a good essay fast.
Now you have your paper in hand…congratulations and best of luck to you on your grade.