Reducing Student Essay Writing Stress – 5 Top Tips

Reduce essay stress by being organised. 5 top tips for students.
Let’s face it, when it comes to writing essays, dissertations, thesis chapters or submitting coursework, even the most organised of us will come face to face with that last minute essay panic at some point in our lives. I have worked with lots of students over the past year, and indeed, as an under-graduate and then a post-graduate student, I have found myself surrounded by students of all ages, styles, abilities and personalities. There is always a commonality – the dread of an essay or academic assignment. The extend of the dread, and the reason for the fear may be different across the board, but nonetheless, it would be nigh on impossible to find a student who doesn’t find themselves getting slightly nervous when the words ‘essay’ and ‘deadline’ are uttered within the same breath.

However, essay writing is a fundamental part of all study. We start pulling together written assignments at school from the age of 4, and we continue to write assignments throughout our life. Sometimes they are career related, and certainly in our earlier life they are frequently academic and educational.

I am one of those individuals who likes to plan to avoid that last minute essay panic. I don’t find a buzz in working all night to finish off an assignment that’s due to be submitted at 9am the following day. I don’t find that my academic or creative genius is awoken only when there is 4 hours to go before submission deadline. I find that I am calmer, and I generally write better and more coherent essays when I have the luxury of time and the ability to re-read, and rewrite my essay.

There are however some students who do find that they are much more productive and almost much more intelligent in their essay writing when they are up against the pressure of a deadline. And that’s just fine. But sometimes, when you have a 200 page thesis to submit for example, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to deliver a good quality essay in 12 hours. And so you need a plan.

One of the best ways to avoid that last minute essay panic is quite simply to have a plan for completing the essay. Attack the essay as you would any project:

1. Know the deadline. This is the point at which all stages of your plan will work back from.

2. Set a realistic start date. If the essay is only 1,000 words long, you don’t need to start writing and researching it two months ahead of the deadline date. One to two weeks is probably sufficient. If however the essay is 10,000 words long, then starting it two months ahead of deadline might be sensible.

3. Work out all of the key steps you need to complete between the start date and the finish date. These could include completing the research, watching an important film that is related to the subject matter, carrying out qualitative research, attending a discussion group, meeting with your tutor etc. It should also include completing various parts of the essay itself; for example, writing a full content plan for each chapter, drafting the introduction, drafting the body of the essay, drafting the conclusion.

4. Set completion dates for each of these key steps…and stick to them. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of missing a deadline and then letting the whole plan slip – keep on top of it.

5. Aim to work to a completion date that is at least 2 days before the actual submission deadline. Not only does it feel great to complete your work in plenty of time before submission day, it also gives you a couple of days to re-check through your work and to sort out a proof read or final editorial, if this is required.  

So there you have it –  my 5 top tips to reduce your stress levels!


Power of The Word

Words possess magic power over us. Words of order, words of a sentence, words you use in your essay. They make all the difference in our life. That is why we should devote enough attention to the words we say to each other. Being polite, saying compliments to surrounding people gives fruit in the form of constructive and pleasant interaction with others.

Words possess magic power over us. Words of order, words of a sentence, words you use in your essay. They make all the difference in our life. That is why we should devote enough attention to the words we say to each other. Being polite, saying compliments to surrounding people gives fruit in the form of constructive and pleasant interaction with others.

For people words are probably the main way or form to express themselves and to interact with other people, which is of vital importance. We can express sorrow or joy, gratitude or disrespect and other feelings via words. No wonder that words turn into a powerful instrument. Words are empowered when we articulate them and provide with specific sense. What we say may lead to more serious consequences than what we do, in fact. As the saying goes, “Words can make a deeper scar than silence can heal”.

From this stand we can see that we should be very thoughtful and careful when speaking in order to stay accurate and tactful. Many people, however, lack communication skills and they even try to search for communication skills tips which are in fact many in the Internet, in multiple books of various psychologists, writers, etc. Different sources point often to similar aspects. They claim that each of us should first of all demonstrate proper upbringing and be extremely polite, using all polite clichйs and being very tolerant. In one essay it was written that “proper upbringing may sometimes irritate, but that’s only because one feels he lacks it so much”. That’s true. At the same time, politeness should not hide your personality but rather give way to it. The same is with your verbal communication. Anyone should be gracious and sincere altogether. Besides, mentioned sources are almost unanimous in that people like to hear compliments, and that means that we should practice saying them. To say a really nice compliment you should find some specific trait about person and put it into the form of compliment. You should be very attentive, because every small detail of some person when noted by you and mentioned will bring pleasure to that person. There are a lot of techniques on how to make the best compliment. Actually, a full-fledged coursework can be written about this aspect of communication. But there is one aspect that can hardly have instructions to follow, for it is very natural. This is sincerity. You can’t learn or teach sincerity. Your sincerity should go from within. When it is so, you will be accepted by most people and what you say will be adequately accepted as well. Thus, for example, the best compliment is the one which is sincere. If you really like something about the person, go ahead to tell that. However, you should think whether what you say doesn’t touch that person too much. Once again, words are really powerful instruments and even what you say with the best intentions may turn to hurt person.

So, combination of politeness, sincerity and tactfulness is what makes you a good person to communicate with and this also makes the power of your words be used in the best way. For this reason try to remember the discussed tips or, which is even greater, give way your personal style of communication.


Persuasive Essay

Don’t you just love it when you can argue with someone and get them accept your point of view? That is what persuasion is all about! Persuasive writing, also known as argumentative essay, utilizes logic and reason to show that one idea is more legitimate than another idea.
It attempts to persuade a reader to adopt a certain point of view or to take a particular action. The argument must always use sound reasoning and solid evidence by stating facts, giving logical reasons, using examples, and quoting experts.

Persuasion does not reflect our stubbornness. It helps us to look at evidence; state ideas more clearly, consider the opposition’s argument fairly and justify our own position. Persuasive writing attempts to convince the reader that the point of view of writer is valid. The writer needs to select a topic which can be well defended and debatable. A debatable topic gives the writer the opportunity to bring out many important points. A writer can emphasize on these points and conclude the essay positively. On the other hand if a topic is not debatable it becomes difficult for the writer to bring out strong points. At the end the reader or reviewer is not convinced of the arguments given. It should be a statement of position and the position must be clear and direct. In the body of the essay, the writer uses specific examples, statistics or personal opinion to persuade the reader that the stated position is a valid one. The elements that go towards building a good persuasive essay include establishing facts, clarifying relevant values, prioritising, editing or sequencing and having confidence in the topic. An effective way to write a perfect persuasive essay is to generate a set of words. The essence of successful writing is representing the ownership of words in a way that is soothing for the reader. You need to develop techniques to highlight the topic of your paper and focus on your key arguments. The writer is considered the king but the reader is any writer’s most important critique. Persuasive writing is a framework of sentences that can present how you can provide experimental value to your goal and give more knowledge to your readers. It requires creativity in your writing skills to differentiate you from other readers. While persuasive writing is largely static the reader’s interface is dynamic and interactive. Structuring the reader’s interface includes all sorts of dynamic changes to your writing skills and relate to the readers frame of mind. The changes and experiments must lead to a continuous innovation process in our writing skills and generate the interest of the reader. Although you should try to stick with logical arguments, try to pinpoint any emotional reactions that people may have to the issue you are writing about. By addressing these emotions and complementing them with facts and arguments you can start writing topics which are well accepted by the readers.

We have tried to elaborate certain finer techniques that can help you frame a well-written persuasive essay. Always revise, proofread, and edit your essay before final submission.

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