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Academic Ramblings from Essay Writing Service UK

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To begin, this being February, it seems appropriate to offer a few words on optimism and its distant cousin reality – “distant” because, the more hopeful our ambitions become the less grounded they tend to be. Consider that February is the most optimistic month of the year, a time in which people openly announce “resolutions” for the entire year, which is as fanciful as it gets. It’s difficult enough sticking to such “resolutions” for seven days let alone three-hundred and sixty five. By placing our ambitions too far afield they become impossible to reach; we set ourselves up to fail and gain nothing but the loss. The same thinking is at work when we decide that, this year, we will study every night, attend every lecture, work twice as hard, party half as much, and so on; finally, the hope runs, we will emerge from that chrysalis the beautiful butterfly we’ve been waiting to become. Gym membership skyrockets, but no one seems to be getting any fitter. This is because (if we’re honest with ourselves), in spite of our best intentions, the likelihood of maintaining a wholesale lifestyle change for more than week is rather low. In consequence, December’s lacklustre student will not suddenly become February’s model scholar.

The point is that genuine academic or personal change does not come at the click of a switch but, rather, is an incremental process. This is because, put simply, people don’t transform, suddenly; they evolve, gradually – which, in fact, is a huge relief: because, now, the pressure’s off; now, you don’t have to suddenly be a model student. You just have to be a model student that day. Anyone can do something for a day. And then the next day, then the next. You just need to approach your goals in the spirit of Ancient Roman architecture: one day at a time. This is the key to academic success, making things easy for yourself, first and foremost in your own head. Break it down even further. Everybody can do twenty minutes of study every day; and if you do that every day . . . You see where we’re headed with this. Incrementally build your work day by day, a sentence or citation at a time, slowly constructing the final product. The trick is to do a little a bit many times rather than doing a lot a few times. Coffee fuelled all-nighters and last minute cramming sessions are not the solution. In fact such disproportionate behaviour overtaxes the mind and the body, both of which you really want in full-form all the time, let alone when sitting an exam or penning a thesis. Quick-fix study techniques will only set you back in the long run; whereas if you really understand your topic, addressing it will not be difficult. Don’t make the work an enemy, make it an ally; find what you enjoy in the subject, make it work for you.

Let us consider the example of the dissertation, which is likely be the longest piece of academic prose you will ever compose, a very important piece of work any way you look at it. Say you have a word count of ten thousand words. This figure can seem daunting, because it represents the outcome as opposed to the process of the work, which is the exact opposite of the way you should be thinking about it. All your focus should be on the day’s contribution. If you wrote only a hundred words a day every day, you would finish your dissertation, or the first draft at least, in just over three months. This gives you another six or so months for revisions, additions, amendments, for polishing your work to a fine finish. This is how you get a first-class result. You make it easy on yourself. One hundred words a day is not an optimistic ask it is a realistic one, because it demands only a very slight change to your daily routine; and there’s better news on top. The more you get into the habit of a bit of scholarly work every day, the more analytically able you will become. You will essentially be conditioning your mind to critical thinking on a regular basis. As a result, critical thinking will become part of your general way of processing information as opposed to being something you simply employ when needed; that is, it will become second nature. This ability will be a great asset when it comes to sitting exams; moreover, you will find it becomes easier and easier to complete other essays quickly and skilfully. Indeed, you will find that such mental conditioning helps you with life in general, because this daily digest of academia will be incrementally sharpening your mind in all kinds of unexpected ways, in a “wax-on, wax-off” kind of fashion: honing your wit, alacrity, cognition, memory, and so forth.

The consistent thread in all of the above, you’ve probably noticed, is the fact of breaking things down into manageable chunks – a kind of intellectual divide and conquer strategy, if you like. The idea being to place yourself in the most advantageous position possible by tackling objectives one process at a time. This necessarily requires a realistic and practical approach, which, if followed, will invariably deliver results. If you write a hundred words a day for a hundred days, you will have ten thousand words; no two ways about it. You just need to get your mind fixed in the right trajectory. After all, the first port of call for any great achievement is in the mind of the doer. Being able to think critically and act logically will put you in good stead for success. There is no reason not to equip yourself with every available advantage in your academic career. Make things easier on yourself. Make a “new day’s resolution”. Start today and see how it goes; and remember, every day you meet your goal is another success, and success deserves to be rewarded.

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