This is the first episode of the Read, Write, and Cite Podcast! In this episode, I explain how to write a paper fast by being efficient and intentional with your time. I talk about outlining before you begin reading and other strategies to get the most out of your time when you are writing papers for college.
Writing a paper fast is not about speed, it’s about efficiency. Everything you do has to be purposeful and effective.
It all begins with understanding your purpose. Before you write, read the instructions for your assignment carefully. Figure out what it is you are being asked to do. With that in mind, create a detailed outline that includes everything required in the paper. Here is an example:
Write as You Read
Once you have created a detailed outline, you know what you need to find as you read and research for your paper. Take notes, write summaries, and put down your ideas in your outline as you read. This makes the best use of your time and it helps you to not forget the ideas you have as you first read your source materials.
If you do this, you should have most if not all of your outline complete by the time you finish reading your sources. After that, all you have to do is remove the bullet-points (or whatever you use to outline) and then fill in the gaps.
That’s it! Writing fast is writing efficiently and with a purpose in mind. Good luck out there!
Dr. Jacob Lauritzen is a high school and college English teacher in southeastern Arizona. He is also a co-owner of Carpe and Zen Productions.