1 Beforehand: get prepared Devise your own note-making shorthand, adapt it for your course requirements and vocabulary and then use it consistently. Having an effective shorthand system avoids the need to write down full words, but remember to introduce new…
Use a Gantt chart to plan chunks of time to work on your assignment, making sure you factor in your other commitments.
To plan your essay, identify what you're being instructed to do, the topic area and the limits of the essay.
If you find it difficult to get started on your essay, start with a mindmap, then group your ideas togethers to form the essay sections.
Critical thinking is a skill you already have, put to work in a new environment. It gets easier with practice.
Working from the bottom up can be a creative way to grow a project. You write notes as you read to create a rough draft as you go.
The more precise your queries, the more helpful your supervisor’s answers will be. And remember — all feedback is valuable.
You might be surprised to learn that it could be more efficient to spend less time on drafting and longer on other aspects of your writing.
Getting off-screen and looking at your research in two and three dimensions can help you see the ‘big picture’ more clearly.