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would it be unforgiving and lazy of me to go and grab a sandwich?
and i need to finsh them. :\
1500 words is EASY. Like, ridiculously so. You barely have to do anything. Go on, grab a sandwich, have a bath, whatever, you're fine.
I'll just sit here shitting myself as a 2:1 floats away on the breeze...
Make it your goal to have it done before sundown. You're more than capable of it, I'm sure.
There's a need to be super concise and detailed as you have little space to debate every issue the topic raises.
I know this principle applies to 4,000 word essays but the pace is a little more relaxed. It's more reading though.
But still, it shouldn't take too long. 4000 is eminently doable, it's just the reading that takes its time.
Introduction - Say what I'm going to argue
Paragraph 1 - First argument
Paragraph 2 - Second argument
Paragraph 3 - Third argument
Paragraph 4 - Fourth argument
Conclusion - Repeat what I've already said twice.
99/100 (minus one for spelling own name wrong).
Unfortunately, I then dropped all the arts subjects and did something else with my life instead - essay writing skills out the window.
Last year when completing my final year of uni I received two 1,500 word essays. They were relatively undemanding compared to other, more comprehensive, essay assignments. Yet they were met with some of the lowest scoring grades in the entire year, simply because many failed to grasp the change of expectancy and requirement. I too found it difficult first time around.
There's a misconception that you must cover as much ground as possible and present several alternate theories and arguments. I would urge you to consider two or three and discuss them in depth, you have neither the space or time to research many.
it does take an ability to write fairly tersely to get the detail in - given that the into/conclusion were generally about 300-400 words, that only leaves around 300 per argument which as you say, isn't a lot.
Went well with my inability to sit down and study until the night before, too. My history teacher in sixth form insisted on us writing essays in university format (with a standardised reference style, even), so I got high marks on my first ever uni essay purely, I think, for my writing style and structure more than anything else. Shame it all went downhill so quickly after that initial burst...
two 1500-2000 word essays a week, my suggestion is that you need to focus on a tight and clear argument running through. if you have that, it is easy.