Writing a paper is one of the most time-consuming types of homework. You have to do research, put your ideas in order and decide how and where to go to your topic. How you want your subject to develop and where you want your line of thought to go to. These are not natural things, and it is easy to waste time and lose track of it making turning in your essay on time a hard task to achieve.
This might seem like the most obvious advice, but in all honesty, how many times have you been late turning in an assignment because you didn’t start it until the day before it was due? Waiting until the very last minute also pushes you to getting information from less than trustworthy sources like Wikipedia. In turn, this lowers your possible grade.
So let’s say you have two weeks to deliver the essay. Take a day or two to do research, read up and become an expert in the topic. This not only gives you potential sources to list but as you have read about the subject, possible from different perspectives, you will be something of an expert. This will guarantee that you will have an easier time writing, and it will take less time than you would expect.
Finishing your paper before the due date means that you will have time actually to reread what you’ve written and take your time finding and correcting mistakes. All these with the aim of helping you to get the highest grade possible always. Another thing you should do is have someone read your essay for you. Sometimes fresh eyes can notice mistakes you might have not because it is the first time they are reading it.
When you have to do something unpleasant, or something you don’t want to do, you start doing other things that you find more pleasant than that. Hell, even picking up and cleaning your room might seem like a more fun activity than writing your essay. Try this instead: try investigating for 30 minutes, take a break for 10 and then continue, then the same when you are writing. This is called a Pomodoro technique. Short periods of work interweaved with the rest will help keep you on task and make writing easier.