5 Tips for Finishing Final Papers from the Writing Center Director

1. Revisit the assignment prompt. Completing an assignment is way more than meeting the page limit.  Ask yourself: Do you focus the majority of your writing in answering the main question or questions listed? What can you add and subtract to shift the focus back to the important questions?

2. Compare your introduction and conclusion. Often, in first drafts, writers will actually craft a better thesis statement in the conclusion than in the introduction. This happens when the act of drafting helps one work through ideas, which isn’t a bad thing! However, in a more polished draft, the introduction should include a clear thesis which is revisited in the conclusion.

3. Put some distance between you and your writing, even if it is only 10 minutes. Take 10 minutes to not think about it. Take a walk. Talk to a friend. Listen to music. Watch a cat video on YouTube. Eat a healthy snack.

4. Visit the Purdue OWL for your selected citation style (MLA? APA?). Ensure that each source listed on the References or Works Cited page corresponds with an in-text reference.

5. Read your writing aloud before submitting. Event if it’s 5 a.m. Even if you’ve already read it 1,000 times in your head. You will notice more errors or awkward wording when you read aloud. .

We hope you find these tips helpful! Happy writing, Knights!

-Cassie

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