How to write essay a week at university?Watch
I'd recommend breaking it down and setting targets- e.g. basic research and compiling a reading list for you essay on day 1, reading your reading list and making notes day 2, day 3- finish your reading and start your plan- day 4 refine plan/start writing (or write the whole thing in a day), day 5- off day/finish writing, day 6- check & edit, day 7-submit
Obviously that would just be an example and you'd move things around to fit your schedule etc., but it's not quite as big of a mammoth task as it first appears, especially when history is now your only subject. And history is quite notorious for having very few contact hours hahah.
Thought I'd edit to add my personal method:
1. Choose my essay question
2. annotate question with all my general thoughts about it prior to doing the reading.
3. go through the reading list and source all the materials I want to use. Typically, I will use 4-6 sources in an essay but I'll read 10-15 depending on time, length and inspiration!
4. Read, take notes and summarise critics' arguments.
5. Go back to my step 2 notes and add to them having done the reading.
6. Write a very detailed essay plan. This is the part which takes the longest, even longer than the essay writing itself sometimes. I make my plans detailed enough that I don't have to think about content at all when I write the essay, just but making it coherent.
7. Write draft 1
8. Write draft 2/ final draft
9. If I have time, proofread before sending in final essay.
This can and will take me as long as I give it, but I have done it in 2-3 days before. 7 days is probably ideal, though! Sometimes you also have to settle for sending in your first draft... I prefer not to, but it is what it is!