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18 Simple Essay Hacks Every Student Needs To Know

Turn off Netflix for starters.

1. Start with a good quote for inspiration.

2. Try the Pomodoro technique.

3. Block out distracting notifications.

4. Block out distracting noises.

5. Use Wikipedia to find sources, not answers.

6. Recover lost files in Word.

7. Or just use Google Docs.

8. But if you are using Word, at least use this shortcut to find better words.

9. Sharpen your sentences by cutting unnecessary words.

10. NEVER EVER DOUBLE SPACE AFTER A PERIOD. EVER. EVER.

Nothing Says Over 40 Like Two Spaces after a Period! http://t.co/5x4xjrxqny

This is a hangover from the days of typewriters. You are not using a typewriter, so don't do it. If you're using a typewriter then cut that shit out, hipster.

11. Get up and walk around.

12. Get out of the house. Go to a café or library.

13. Write your first draft by hand.

14. If you don't like traditional word processors, try a clean writing enviroment like IA Writer.

15. If you're working on a longer essay, try using Scrivener to organise your thoughts.

16. Use Wordle to generate a cloud of your most used word to help avoid repetition.

17. When editing, change the font to something with a serif, and print it out.

18. Paste your essay into Google Translate and hit the speaker icon to hear it read aloud.

And if all else fails...