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    Most of the guides on last minute essay writing seem to quietly assume a lot of prior reading has been completed and that it's only a case of refreshing the mind and starting to write.

    I however could only verbally waffle unconvincingly on my subject for 2 minutes if forced to. So I'm looking for some help, encouragement, tips, whatever you want to call it as to how to structure my last minute reading into note taking into citations/quotes/paraphrases etc into completed essay.

    I'm usually a perfectionist so I just feel like I can't get started. At this moment in time all that matters is handing something in. It could be so bad that it gets 50%, but that's better than having the extra 10 days for late submission but having it capped at 40%. How do I approach throwing references in for marks when I haven't done the reading?

    It's actually my first essay in university and it's 2500 words. I'm aware to many this is indeed 'nothing', but to me at this point, with say 16 'useful' brain hours left to deadline, it is quite some task. I'm a 'mature' student (late 20's) and haven't for a long time done anything of this nature and certainly am not au fait with the methodology or best practice of grinding out a piece of work from reading.

    (Never have the quietly questioning quote marks around the word mature been more applicable than this moment I choose to prove as a supposedly more experienced individual that procrastination is not the road to success)

    Thanks for any good help as really, really, it may be the difference.

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    Establish your essay around 2-3 points, that you go into in a lot of detail and get a few quotes/evidence for. You only really need 2 opposite points to form a debate.

    Well, I hope you have completed the essay at this point :lol:

    I always leave my essays till deadline night, I perform better under pressure. Look at your lecture notes, as well as lecture sides if your lecturer actually bothers to upload them somewhere. Get a few books from the core reading, and read the introduction and conclusion, this gives you a good overview of the topic. Dive into the book for details and just put ink to paper and you'll eventually get it done. Always better to research prior and have a plan in place, remember this in future. But yeah, you can get away with it in first year but don't let bad habits die hard.
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