writing research essay

If this is your first time writing a research essay at your university, then this article is for you. At the time I’m writing this, many of you may have reached the end of your semester… which, for Arts students at least, is the most hectic week in terms of final projects and assignments!

Here’s something I think will get you to review the core of your essay. It’s back to basics time! After all, a minor mistake in the format or referencing style can make a huge difference between a distinction and a credit. Maybe these are things you’ve stopped thinking about, but from my experience, they are the most important in writing your best essays.

So here are the five steps to getting started on your research essay for the first time.

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last-minute assignment

The assignment is due in a few hours. You’re screwed. I’ll keep this post short. Feel free to skim through it. Time is precious. First Find a permanent desk. Whether you’re furiously typing at home or in the library, stay where you are. Keep this place as your working table for the next few hours (or at least until the library closes, if that’s where you are). Don’t think twice about looking for the ‘perfect study place’. And for you to actually stay where you are,…Continue Reading “How To Complete Your Last-Minute Assignment On Time”

avoid falling sick

What do you do to avoid falling sick in the midst of assignments and exams? Probably nothing, like most of us. Until it’s too late.

I’ve talked a lot about the importance of getting enough sleep despite being a super busy university student. I’ve mentioned the huge difference exercise can make in your daily life several times on this blog. I’ve talked about the art of self-discipline. These practices can definitely help you avoid falling sick. But, most of the time, they are hard to keep up with.

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art of discipline

I have been struggling with self-discipline ever since I joined my university. And the more time passed, the less disciplined and messier my university life became. This came as a surprise to me because back in secondary school, we were taught how to be disciplined… and I had no problems with it. I would work for my O- and A-levels while writing three blog posts a week! Now, the moment something happens and gets me busier, I can barely follow my own blogging schedule.

I think it’s the lack of a stable structure at my university that weakened my self-discipline. Have you looked at your timetable? Classes and tutorials are all over the place and some of them change according to the week. Back in secondary school, I had to wake up at 6 a.m. every day because school started at 8 a.m. every day. At university, sometimes my day will start at 8 a.m. but at other times it’ll start at 2 p.m.!

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As a university student, I’ve always felt pressured to be constantly working on my assignments or studying for future tests. Free time? How about I catch up on last week’s readings? And don’t forget to revise your lecture notes!

And the moment I felt like taking a break, I’d feel guilty because time is scarce and precious… I should be productive at all times.

Does that sound a lot like you too?

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ways to stay focused

If you’re in Malaysia, here’s to a long weekend, right in the middle of the semester! It’s Merdeka! Perfect time to chill and/or party! Or is it, really? Many of us would use this opportunity to catch up on school work, because, let’s admit it, the past few weeks were hard on us.

University is a beast sometimes. You come in for the first weeks, chill for a while, and slowly dive into the programme. And without warning, there’s suddenly a pile of assignments before you! How did we get here?!

And since then, we’ve been running around like headless chickens, struggling to catch up on readings and tutorials, while meeting all the deadlines. And oh, here it comes, the sweet call of procrastination. Where’s the motivation to work? How do you stay focused?

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practice self-care

You may have wondered why I haven’t been posting anything for a week. Part of me felt like, with the rush of assignments and classes you are currently going through, one blog post a week would be enough and not too overwhelming. But the other part of me was like, I just don’t feel like it.

I haven’t been feeling like myself lately. With all the unexpected things that life throws our way, you may not always feel like yourself too. That’s why I want to write about self-care today.

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travelling as a student

I apologise for being MIA (Missing In Action) for a whole week on this blog. Last week I went on a break by travelling to Penang—no email checking, no writing and nothing related to ‘work’.

It felt good to get away and live in the moment.

Sometimes, that’s what we all need as students—a break. We’re overwhelmed and overloaded with assignments, lectures, events and activities and what not, 24/7. There’s no time to breathe.

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hd student

Do you want to know the secrets of writing like an HD student? You may feel like it’s impossible to score a high distinction in your assignments. And the ways to go about it may vary among the different areas of study at your university.

But it is possible to ‘train’ yourself to get closer to scoring an HD. The ‘tips and tricks’ I’m about to share are not top management secrets; sometimes, they are hints and prompts from your course materials! Most of them will sound quite obvious. But you can’t imagine how many people forget about them when writing up their assignments.

Often, it all lies in the core of your assignment writing habits.

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Isn’t it why many of us procrastinate at school? Because we’re scared to fail? We’re given so many assignments to complete but we have no idea whether we have it in us to do them properly. What if we misunderstand the question? The moment we start doubting is the moment procrastination kicks in.

More than a year ago, I wrote a blog post about this type of anxiety-related procrastination, and here’s how I described it:

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