Writing a short Essay in 30 Minutes

For most of the people out there, college is not just about grades and courses, but about learning things that will be helpful later on in life. Time management is definitely one of those things and as soon as the end of the term will approach, you will start to realize how important every single minute you waste away can be. Essays are probably the most dreaded and the easiest type of assignments out there and the truth is that you can actually write a short essay in half an hour or less. It all lies in the way you get to organize your thoughts and if you want to learn how to do this, then read on.

  1. First and foremost, make sure that your topic is clear in your mind. Make sure that you know exactly what your opinion is on a certain topic and make sure that you have read enough things to back up your arguments. Preferably, this should have been done before you actually get to writing, but if you are running out of time, you can easily check out the Internet for a brief introduction in your subject.
  2. Some people work very well with mind maps and you can structure your essay this way as well. Basically, try to brainstorm everything you know about the subject on which your short essay will be about and put it down in the form of a mind map. Keep this somewhere you can see it when you actually get down to writing. This should not take more than 5 minutes.
  3. Start with a good introduction in the topic of your essay and make it as clear as possible what your opinion is. It is not recommended that you are very personal, but essays do allow you to state your opinion (which you should actually do). Normally, this will take around 5 minutes as well.
  4. Go on and bring at least 2 arguments to sustain your opinion. Develop each of them in one paragraph that starts with the main statement. Be as clear and as knowledgeable as possible and make sure that everything has coherence and that it flows naturally. Since this is the largest part of your essay, it may take a bit more, somewhere around 10-15 minutes.
  5. Linking words help you organize your essay better. Words such as “first of all”, “second of all”, “consequently”, “hence” can be absolutely great when it comes to adding a bit of structure into your essays.
  6. Last, but not least, make up a conclusion that repeats the thesis of your essay and that has a tone that goes up. Your very last sentence is extremely important, so do take a bit more time to “craft” into the perfect ending of your essay. Again, this should not take more than 5 minutes in total.
  7. Last, but not least, allow an additional 5 minutes or so to check everything again. Rephrase anything that may seem odd and add anything that may clarify things.