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MSc - how long would it take you to research & write a 2000 word essay?

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keylimepieplease Tue 08-Mar-16 15:33:43

So many deadlines and not enough time and I'm starting to panic.

How long would it take you to research and write a 2000 critical analysis, if you know the general topic but haven't done any journal searches at all?

And it needs to be of a decent standard really else I'm just letting myself down sad

I'm worried I don't have enough time sad

dimots Tue 08-Mar-16 15:35:27

About 8-10 uninterrupted hours

dimots Tue 08-Mar-16 15:37:32

By that I mean it could be 2 hours per night for 5 nights, but not 10 hour while in charge of children during the day. I don't mean I would work for 10 hours straight.

dimots Tue 08-Mar-16 15:45:35

I could write it in less time, but only if I was happy just to pass, rather than get a good grade. It also helps if it's a topic you are especially interested in, as I find I get less writers block with those.

keylimepieplease Tue 08-Mar-16 15:48:42

Dimots, that sounds doable. So you think about 200 words per hour, is that including the reading too? Or once you've had your reading finished?

dimots Tue 08-Mar-16 16:01:46

Including the reading. But I am a very fast reader and good at skimming over the irrelevant stuff. I assume you have internet access to the relevant journals? And a basic knowledge of the subject to guide you? Make a list of the keywords you want to use in the search engine on the journal webpages and systematically go through them all, skim reading the results and making a note of the titles and authors of the relevant ones to read more thoroughly.

ItMustBeBedtimeSurely Tue 08-Mar-16 16:04:39

About a day, maybe a bit more. The research would take the most time imo.

keylimepieplease Tue 08-Mar-16 22:41:49

Brilliant, thanks for the tips dimot!

keylimepieplease Thu 10-Mar-16 16:55:07

I'm starting to panic a bit now. I'm such a slow reader and get easily distracted by other lines of enquiry and end up going off on tangents! I have only one day to finish it now, deadline is 5pm tomorrow. I still have 1200 to write plus associated reading sad

keylimepieplease Thu 10-Mar-16 16:55:21

Sorry that's a totally whining post!

ouryve Thu 10-Mar-16 16:58:29

2 or 3 evenings, with no interruptions and plenty of biscuits to munch on

About a month, with my present life!

IAmAPaleontologist Sat 12-Mar-16 17:17:38

I did my dissertation (undergrad) in less than 2 days. 6000 words. Good plan, themes in order. Find and skim articles, wrote that theme. Find and skim next lot and write that theme and so on. Got a decent enough mark. Not that I particularly recommend that way of doing assignments!

Littleallovertheshop Sat 12-Mar-16 17:20:48

You can do this. Stop worrying and get Reading. My dissertation analysis (5k) was done in the space of 2-3 days with no library access. You can do this, just get started, 1.2k to go is nothing.

Breathe grin

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