You Can Write a Five Page Essay in 1 Hour

If you’re panicking over a deadline, take hope in this: it’s possible to write a five page essay in an hour. It’s not, obviously, going to be your best work, but it can be a very passable paper so long as you follow this guide.

  1. Gather everything you’ll need.
  2. Whatever the essay topic is, gather every bit of information you’ll need and have it on hand—right beside you is best. If there are digital sources, go ahead and open them, you can tab between them and the word processing document. Once you sit down to write, you don’t want to get up again and lose your focus, or spend too much time searching for something.

  3. Write your thesis statement.
  4. While you don’t have long to muse on a thesis statement keep in mind this one absolutely critical point: it must be something you can support with the materials you have on hand. Any thesis you come up with that is supportable with the sources you have handy is fine, given the time crunch.

  5. Create an outline
  6. Now, you may be thinking you don’t have time for this, but for the purposes of writing a five page essay in one hour, we’ll be suggesting a different manner of outline creation than usual. It will most definitely save you time.

    Here’s an example of an introduction outline. Follow this template for each section. Research points and include them as you create it.

    • Introduction: (3 paragraphs, 1 page)
    • First paragraph: Introduce the topic
    • Not your thesis mind you. While you might ordinarily introduce your thesis earlier, you’ll need to pad this paper as much as possible without adding too much fluff. To do so, introduce the general topic. Include useful information, but make sure you write a paragraph that covers about 1/3 of the first page.
    • Second paragraph: Introduce your thesis
    • Now, introduce your thesis. In the first sentence, state it. For the rest of the paragraph, refine and clarify it. Third paragraph: Introduce three supporting ideas.
    A sentence for each idea and a sentence to clarify should finish up the first page.
  7. Write your essay over the outline
  8. As you’ve researched along the way and copied and pasted points, typed out quotes, and such in your outline, you can actually edit the outline itself by removing bullet points, adding clarification sentences, and polishing the entire thing. Proofread, and you’re done!

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