Sunday night, ten o’clock. You’re sitting at your desk, typing furiously at the keys, different words flashing across the screen. The clock chimes, and you pause, rubbing the sleep out of your eyes. A third cup of coffee sits next to you, drinking it a memory long forgotten. Stupid, you think to yourself. Why did you wait until now?
If this is you, don’t worry: We’ve all been there. Here’s some advice to keep you from falling asleep on your laptop every night, and passing your essays with flying colors:
#1. Don’t trust yourself
When you say that you’ll do it later, or tomorrow, you are being a liar. Let’s face it: You don’t want to do it, so you won’t. It’s that simple. If you have something due, work on it prior to the night before due date.
#2. Keep steaming along, but stop occasionally to load up with coal
You can think of essay writing like a steam train. It takes a lot to get her going, but when momentum kicks in, she just keeps going. Eventually, you’re going to want to pause to fill up with coal and water, maybe a snack or two, but don’t let that take up all your time, and keep going on your journey.
#3. Go for the gold
Even though you’re going to be tired when you finish, make sure to check it over. Little things like spelling mistakes can drop you a whole letter grade, and grammar and punctuation are a must. Skim it to make sure it makes sense, then go after the little details. Do the greatest you can; don’t settle for second best.
#4. Plan your route
When you go for a hike in the great outdoors, you never want to be without a map. So when you plunge into the dense forest of essay-writing, you’ll want a plan, a rough sketch of what you’re going to write about and where.
#5. Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t stress about your essays. This just makes it infinitely harder to focus and concentrate, because you are too busy thinking of all that could go wrong. Just get it over with, and you’ll never have to see it again.