Time Budget for Essay #3

This is an absolute truth for students:

If you wait until the last minute to write a paper, you will be tempted to cheat and your final product will be terrible.

With this thought in mind, I have adapted the writing schedule from the Budgeting Your Time to Complete a Research Paper website to fit our situation. Following this advice will not guarantee you a good grade, but it is certainly better than trying to slam a paper together in the last hour before class begins.

Essay #3: Evaluation

  1. Selecting a topic (includes preliminary reading): 2 days. Friday, February 15 – Saturday, February 16
  2. Finding something to say (finding and evaluating sources, note taking): 4 days. Sunday, February 17 – Wednesday, February 20
  3. Designing the paper (creating a thesis statement, choosing a structure, identifying subtopics, outlining): 1 day. Thursday, February 21
  4. Writing first draft: 4 days. Friday, February 22 – Monday, February 25
  5. Writing final draft: 2 days. Tuesday, February 26 – Wednesday, February 27
  6. Finishing touches (final grammar/spelling check, format check, etc.): 1 day: Thursday, February 28

The paper is due at the start of class on Friday, March 1.


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Revised 12/24/18 • Page author: Curtis Allen • e-mail: callen@ashland.edu.