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Politics: Final Year 1 Essays
Like many of you, I have now returned home for Easter break; admittedly, the thought of exams and essays the last thing on my mind. Despite this, I feel it is important to write this blog as a friendly reminder to everyone – including myself – not to isolate and ignore our final University deadline. Those of you under the social sciences umbrella will currently be faced with a series of essays; ranging from short summaries and outlines to the dreaded 2500 summative. Additionally, you may also find that these essays are all due within the same week and in certain cases the same day. In light of this, I have constructed this blog as an encouragement to outline organization tips to keep you ready and prepared for the upcoming essays. While these tips may be more applicable to those of you studying under a social science faculty, they are by no means exclusive and may still be adopted by those of you studying a science-based subject.
- Plan plan plan: While many tutors and advisors suggest that it is impossible to write an essay within the time frame of just one day, I would like to challenge this. I believe that if you have a good and concise plan with effective evidence, case studies and references – your essay can be finished within hours. Thus, my first piece of advice to you would be to start your plan as early as possible; this will give you time to change and moderate your plan to best suit your essay. It will also ensure that you are granted a strict and clear structure which will further reduce the chances of you waffling and going off on a tangent. It is also advised that you send off your plan to your seminar tutors or course heads so they can offer you personalized advice and feedback. Moreover, writing this plan will also aid your ability to gain confidence and assurance regarding your essay.
- Wider reading: The more time you give to the essay, the better! – this is because you will have more time to read around your topic question. This will ensure that you are addressing your essay from a unique perspective; inevitably, the easy option would be to utilize the references used in lecture and seminar presentations – however, in doing so you may be limiting yourself to a smaller range of literature. Rather, I suggest that from an earlier date, you begin exploring the vast ray of literature surrounding your essay question; these may range from newspaper articles to old published books and journals. This will surely add a greater depth of understanding to your essay and will help you secure that first!
- Proofread: If you finish your first draft days before the deadline, this will give you time to proofread your essay for grammatical errors that may challenge the academic understanding and flow of your essay. Thus, when the examiner is reading your essay, a sense of clarity and professionalism will be established.
Overall, I hope this blog has provided you with some useful tips to motivate you to address your essays sooner rather than later. If you have any questions regarding this essay or in general, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you! 🙂