How Long Does It Take You To Write An Essay

What's a reasonable amount of time for me to schedule for a written university assignment, including library research, online journal search, draft and actual writing, to get a better than pass mark?


I'm a full-time university mature-age student, but I'm studying from a distance, so my access to lecturers and other students is minimal. The last two semesters I achieved a perfect GPA, but I've since doubled my study load and I'm finding my current methods aren't working so well for me. So what I want to know is including research time, how long would writing a 1500 word essay take you? Is there a particular way that you structure your time, like, if you don't have all the resources you want after looking for X time, too bad?

Study guides I've read seem to indicate that the percentage the assignment is worth of your final mark gives you an estimated time to commence (ie 40% start 4 weeks before it's due, 10% write it in the week it's due), but they don't indicate how much time per week to spend on it.

I think I'm ready to not aim for that perfect GPA anymore, so you can factor that into what's a reasonable amount of time, if you like.

At this point of my current assignment, I"m only at 750 words, and I've already invested 14 hours.

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Night before emergency essay writing tips

  1. Plan your remaining time. Where are you at? What have you done so far? More importantly, what do you still have to do? If it’s ten p.m., you’ve read none of the assigned material and you have a 1500-word essay due in the morning, you’re in for a rough night.
  2. Know how fast you can write. 600 words an hour? 900? Budget your remaining time to allow enough for getting the word count you need.
  3. Research. Read, read, and read some more. It’s difficult to write unless you have something to say. You find something to say by reading the material.
  4. Always have your essay question or topic in the back of your mind as you read.
  5. Read slowly, but skim what you can and highlight relevant quotes you might want to use in the essay.
  6. Pay attention when you read. Look for relevant facts. If you have the essay topic or question in the back of your mind, eventually you will start to notice points of interest.
  7. Notice themes in the reading you do. Think: what do I want to say about this?
  8. Even if you don’t care about the topic, take a stand. You must have an argument, a point of view.
  9. Eliminate all distractions.
  10. Take breaks.
  11. The key to effective researching and writing when the pressure is on is to focus on the point of your essay. Never stray from it.
  12. Handwrite the first few pages and then type it onto the computer. This acts as a second draft
  13. There is no such thing as a good first draft. Use the first draft just to get something, anything down on the page (or screen). Even the night before, you need to edit and polish your writing.
  14. Change your perspective often. Handwrite some, type some, print it off and read it on paper rather than the computer screen. This will help you shift your perspective, and you may notice errors or weaknesses in your writing.
  15. Even though it’s the night before, writing an essay still involves a specific process. If you want a higher mark, you should follow The Night Before Essay Planner’s three steps to essay writing: plan, research, write.
  16. Keep your room well ventilated, take a deep breath, start writing and tell yourself you can do it.
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