Tips & Tricks for for writing a great paper

  • Pace yourself. Far too many students start their papers the night before they are due and write straight through until their deadline. Most have even deceived themselves into thinking they write best this way. They don’t. Professors give out assignments at the beginning of the semester for a reason: so that you have ample time to plan, research, write, and revise a paper. Taking advantage of that time means that not only will you produce a better paper but you’ll do so with less stress and without losing a night of sleep the evening of the due date.
  • Plan then write. Whatever form it takes, an effective outline accomplishes a number of things. It acts as a reminder to make sure you cover your topic as fully as possible. It offers writing prompts when you get stuck. A good outline allows you to jump back and forth, attacking topics as your thinking or your research allows, rather than waiting to see what you write on page two before deciding what you should write about on page three. Finally, having a plan at hand helps keep you focused on the goals you’ve set for the paper, leading to better writing
  • Don't Plagiarize. Plagiarism is much more than lifting papers off the Internet — it’s copying phrases any site or book without including a reference and enclosing the statement in quotes, it’s summarizing someone else’s argument or using their data without noting the source, it’s including anything in your paper that is not your own original thought and not including a pointer to where it comes from. Avoid ever using another person’s work in a way that even suggests it is your own