Our short list of tips to help you power through writers block, and get assignments finished.
We at Future Finance, a private student loan company, are well aware of the problems that students deal with as regards student financing. But students have many other worries too. One of the most common problems that students will find themselves running into with assignments will be writers block. So check out our short list of tips to help you power through writers block, and get assignments finished!
1. Set realistic short term goals and keep track of your progress
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but some of it was.
It’s easy to make a task seem complicated by only looking at the beginning and the finished product. But there are many steps in between that need to be taken, and putting your focus on some of these smaller tasks can make the goal much more achievable.
How to approach this will depend on your problem. Perhaps you should be focusing on certain sections of your work over others, in which case you may want to start with the simpler, more achievable sections. This can help give shape to what you’ll write elsewhere, especially if you’re working on an introduction or overview.
Or perhaps your problem is writing at all because you are worried about the quality. In this case, instead of thinking of writing in terms of just quality, think about it in terms of layers. First, build the foundation- write a general overview of what you are going to say in the paper, or section, this will help you create a clearer picture in your mind of what’s important to include, and also get you writing. Later, you can come back and go into detail more than the general layout. Finally, you can return for all the spell checking, editing, and rephrasing in the last stage.
2. Read previous papers that you have written well
Sometimes, the biggest factor in writers block is being worried about writing poorly, or not being sure how to write. So a good tactic to help shake yourself out of it is simply to look at some previous assignments that you have done, to remind yourself of how you normally write, and that you can do quite a good job of it. A little self-confidence can go a long way.
3. Schedule dedicated time for writing-and just writing
Having too many different things to do will simply distract you, and stop any momentum dead. Even checking your references, something that is completely necessary for writing at the university level will still break your rhythm. Have your bibliography constructed before you sit down to write. Turn off your phone, close your browser, and just write out your thoughts as they flow from your head through the keyboard. Many people have trouble with self-censorship preventing them from writing. This is a time to simply write.
A lot of students find it hard to dedicate a full day or even afternoon to writing due to part-time jobs or other commitments. We carried out a survey and found that 18.5% of students feel that their education is suffering as a result of their part-time job. If your part-time job is taking over all your time and you fear that your grades will suffer, you could check alternative finance solutions e.g. your parents, government grants or student loans. A little bit of extra help might just give you that bit of extra time you need.
4. Write with friends
Writing with others means you can bounce ideas back and forth, ask for advice and opinions, or just make it harder for you to ditch your responsibilities and skip the library for the day. It will also make it a lot easier not to get too down on yourself when you can see that everyone else is in the same situation as you.
The easiest source of this is of course people who are doing the same subjects and assignments as you, and these people will be the most equipped to give you advice on what you are doing, but it is certainly not necessary. Writing can also be very isolating, as it can involve hours spent on your own, not interacting with anyone. Making your sessions part of a group can help incorporate it more into your normal life.
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