How To Write Gooder: Finishing the Essay

Okay, so you just finished writing your essay. Congrats! I’m so proud of all the hard work you put into writing that thing. It’s hard to pump out an essay, no matter how long it is or what the subject matter is. You can hand it in knowing at least I’m impressed with your work.

If you want your prof to be impressed by the work you do, you might not want to hand it in just yet. While some people can just finish an essay and hand it in, if I haven’t gone over it at least once I go crazy. I end up looking it over once it’s already been handed in and that’s not productive at all!

So here are some tips for finishing that essay up.


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How To Write Gooder: Writing the Essay

Would you look at that, I’m back at it again with some tips to help you write an amazing essay. I’m not going to lie – this entire “how to write gooder” series (name stolen from one of my fave profs) is entirely self-serving. I haven’t had to write an essay yet this year and I’m trying to re-teach myself how to write one now that I have a few assigned.

They’re good tips if I do say so myself. I’ve included some quotes from essays I’ve written just to demonstrate the point I’m trying to get across. You don’t have to know what’s going on in them.

Hopefully you find these tips helpful, although I will say I’ve never had a chance to apply to them something that isn’t a critical analytic essay so I can’t promise anything (you didn’t pay for this so I can’t give you a money back guarantee).


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How To Write Gooder: Planning a Killer Essay

I’m going to take a wild guess and say you’ve had to write an essay at least once in your academic career. Maybe I’ll even go crazy and suggest that you’ve probably struggled to write an essay before. Trust me, we’ve all been there. My first year I had to hand in an essay every two weeks. After that I’d consider myself a bit of an expert on essay panic.

Writing’s one of those frustrating things where the only way to get good at it is practice. You have to keep writing and you’ll probably never get perfect. Especially when different profs like different writing styles. Unfortunately for us, that means having to constantly work at it.

For me, setting myself up for success before I even start writing is so important. It’s the reason I’m not crying (too much) when I realize I’ve put off essay writing until the night before. How do you expect to write an A essay if you haven’t prepared for it? You can’t (and if you can, please teach me your ways).

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How To Take Some Killer Notes in Class

As you might have noticed, taking good notes can make or break your semester. I’m not saying this to stress you out. I’ll telling you this because last year I completely ignored how important good notes were to my ability to study them later. This made finals week hard. With September having just come to an end, you still have time to get your study schedule back on track if you’ve lost your way. 

Below I’ve got some killer tips to help you write amazing notes during your lectures.


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How to: Have the Best Morning Ever

I have a secret to tell you: I’m a morning person. Despite finding myself up way later than I should be most nights, I don’t actually enjoy it. In an ideal world, I’d be going to bed no later than 10:30PM and waking up at 6:00AM. Strange, right? I actually want to wake up early.

I’ll let you in on another secret: I didn’t always use to be this way. In fact, it was only when I started university last year that my attitude towards the morning really changed. I’ve always had to wake up early to get to school, but I used to dread being up before the sun was properly set in the sky. When I think back to what sparked this change, I can only link it to one thing – I wanted some alone time.

Living in dorms meant sharing my space with roughly 25 other girls, and seeing one girl every time I was in my room. Waking up early gave me at least an hour of quiet before the craziness of the day kicked in. Despite no longer sharing a dorm room, I do still have roommates and getting to have a little bit of time in the morning that’s just mine has become a feeling I love.

My hope is that I’ll be able to share with you some tips and tricks to help make mornings the best thing about your day.

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How To: Set Goals for the Academic Year (and beyond!)

As a list junkie, I love setting goals. Writing down what I hope to accomplish so that I’m able to organize the craziness in my brain brings me a lot of joy. For whatever reason, when it comes to writing down my goals I can never remember what I wanted to do.

Part of this is my goals are always super vague. I want to do things like ‘work on my blog more’ or ‘hang out with my friends more’. While those are totally things I can try to accomplish, what do they really mean?

Maybe I’m just a terrible goal setter, and that’s okay, but I have to work hard to figure out goals and to-do lists. So hard in fact, I’ve created a system. A simple one (because I’m lazy) but a system all the same.

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