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 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.
Give yourself a pep talk, and keep the end goal in mind: you’re going to do a great job and impress your teacher.
You’re going to prove to yourself that you can take on this challenge, enjoy it, and write an essay in record time.
It’s important to set out with a clear idea of what your argument is, because then everything you write subsequently will be working towards the goal of getting this particular argument across.
Of course, don’t spend too long on this and end up with not enough time to write the actual essay!If it helps, install a full-screen text editor onto your computer, such as Darkroom, to force yourself to look at your essay and only your essay.You can also get browser apps that keep you off social networks for a time period of your choosing, such as Leechblock.Each time you quote someone, add in a footnote saying where the quote is from, and at the same time, copy and paste the details of the book into a bibliography at the end of your document.Save time on proofreading by checking over each sentence or paragraph for spelling, grammar and typos as you write it.To get yourself thinking clearly about what you’re going to be writing, see if you can sum up what your argument is going to be in a single sentence – a bit like an ‘elevator pitch’.If you can’t do this, the chances are that you don’t quite know what you want to say, with the result that you may end up waffling in your essay, thereby wasting valuable time.This could be bullet points or one-sentence summaries of what you want to write in each paragraph.For each point, also include a line or two on what evidence you’re going to use in support.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.