Our Last Big Essay

Suggested Schedule for Synthesis/Research Essay

We all know that working gradually on an essay (not just throwing it together at the last second) is the best way to get a good grade. Here is a four-week schedule which will work for your final essay.*

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Wk 12 Off Select and narrow topic Select and narrow topic Select and narrow topic Find content Find content Find content
Wk 13 Find content Find content Find content Find content

Write thesis;

Outline

Easter Break Easter Break
Wk 14 Easter Break Easter Break First draft First draft First draft First draft First draft
Wk 15 First draft Peer Edit Final draft Final draft Final draft Final draft Off

This corresponds to the four-part procedure that I frequently say is behind all writing projects:

  1.  Think 
  2.  Gather 
  3.  Draft 
  4.  Revise 

* This material is adapted from Budgeting Your Time to Complete a Research Paper. (Please do not be put off by the "For Dummies" part of the title. The advice is excellent.)


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Revised 12/30/21 • Page author: Curtis Allen • e-mail: callen@ashland.edu.