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How To Write My Essay In 20 Minutes: A Good Strategy

Sometimes the challenges and rigors of school leave you with a paper to write within a really short deadline, like 20 minutes. If this happens to you, don’t worry because it’s actually possible to do. Most essays fit into the 5-paragraph style, where you have an introduction, 3 paragraphs for the body and the final paragraph is the conclusion. Knowing this ahead of time will help you map out your paper in almost no time at all. That’s assuming you have already done the research or your paper is a personal reflection one that’s based on your own life or something you know a great deal about.

Okay, let’s get started. Contrary to what you may think, you won’t be writing the introduction paragraph first. You will be writing the body first, and then the introduction and then the conclusion. The logic behind this process is that both the introduction and the conclusion are summaries of the body. It’s much easier to have the body completed first and then quickly base the first and last paragraphs on what you’ve already written.

  1. The first paragraph of the body contains your strongest argument or your most essential example. You should let the reader know what the topic is by the first or second sentence. You should have a transition between the introduction and this paragraph and then the concluding sentence is a transition to the second paragraph of the body.
  2. The second paragraph contains your next best argument and a supporting example. Remember to have transitions at the beginning and end of this paragraph as well.
  3. The third paragraph of the body is the last chance to submit another supporting argument. While this one is the weakest of the three, it’s also the last one the reader will remember, so keep it interesting. This paragraph also needs the transition sentences. It helps the reader move smoothly from one paragraph to the next.
  4. Now it’s time to write the introduction. Of course, this paragraph is the opening one of your essay, so it goes before the body. Look at your body paragraphs and see what you need to do to summarize what you’re going to tell the reader. You can also state your thesis or argument as the last sentence of this paragraph. It’s the perfect transition.
  5. The conclusion is last, and is also a summary of the body, but with different wording than the first paragraph. It’s your final statement to make a lasting impression on your reader.

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