• Barbara L. Ciccarelli, PhD

Don't Throw in the Towel: Last Minute Deadline Writing Tips

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Although I don’t recommend it, I do have tips for it. I’m talking about the wait-until-the-last-minute deadline situation. Now granted this #pandemic has not made things easy. Maybe the whole family has been home day after day when before everyone had their own schedule, and there was always a period of time when you had the apartment to yourself to study. But let’s face reality. There is a #deadline and #course completion/maybe #degree completion is at stake. So what do you do? First, since you waited until the last minute, you might be feeling a great deal of #stress and finding it hard to #focus. The best thing to do is find a comfortable spot with pen or pc and #brainstorm as much as possible on the #topic. Don’t try to control your thoughts. Just #write. When you have about a page, stop, stand up and shake out your nerves and take a deep breath. Next, read over your page and see if you can see any #connections between the ideas. Is there a main idea? Now start a #mindmap. Here is a URL with examples. The use of the mind map will help #organizeyourthoughts and calm your #lastminutedeadline jitters. Once you have the mind map, all you have to do is develop your #paragraphs and make sure your structure and content meet the requirements of your #assignment. And, oh yeah, don’t forget #crediblesources and proper #citationstyle. If you would like some #coaching, contact us asap at academicskillsonline.com. We can help you with writing and #studyskills such as #timemanagement.

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