How to avoid stress when writing law essays

hi and welcome to the students guide to know my name is Karina Cesar and today I want to talk to you about how you can avoid stress when working on your law essays I get plenty of requests from students asking about how they can manage their time a little bit better or just in general what they can do to make sure that they really stress much much less when working on the Rice’s so today I want to give you five tips that will make sure that you can do just that here we go tip number one is to plan the exact amount of time that you need to spend working on each essay that you’re working on and try to stick to it one of the biggest mistakes that students generally do in working on the right phases they leave everything to the last moment and obviously if you do that you don’t really exactly know how much time you need for each essay and you might end up working on one essay much more than on the other and all of that will just mean that your your grades are totally unbalanced it’s a very good exercise for you to say to yourself okay if I have let’s say two three essays I need to work on this academic term I am going to spend my time and divide my time equally between them what that helps you to do is it helps you to avoid the stress of oh my god I haven’t done enough work because in reality you always feel like you haven’t done enough work for every single essay that you’re working on and it applies just the same way to too many lecturers and academics that write journal articles it’s just the same for everyone but what you need to do to avoid that stress is to set yourself a deadline and say okay so I’m going to spend let’s say those two weeks working on that – essay and those other two weeks working on another one and the other three weeks the other two weeks working on the third one what this will allow you to do is to have a dedicated period of time when you focus on just one essay and not stressing about the other two or three essays let’s say so it’s really good for you to be able to do that so the amount of pressure on you and at any given time will be definitely minimized tip number two is to aim to submit your essays at least on three to four days prior to the actual deadline so if you set for yourself a deadline of finishing an essay that’s three to four days before the actual deadline you leave a lot of space for anything that can go wrong you might not be able to get access to a journal article or you might need to spend a bit more time proofreading something it might be that you went down with a cold I hope not but it might be the case and what that allows you to do is it allows you to stress much much less about anything unpredictable because you know that you have the time you can accommodate anything like that if it happens tip number three and this is probably the most important tip is to make sure that you work with the strategy you approach every single IC you work on with a strategy the worst thing that you can do is start doing a bit of this a bit of death so a bit of reading of textbooks a bit of journal articles start doing some writing throw in some referencing not knowing exactly what you’re doing and hoping that all of that together will help you to come up with with a decent essay that’s not really how it works what you should be doing is you should start with reading the textbook and reading the relevant journal articles after you have you have read your lecture materials you then go on and expand on the journal articles once you’ve finished your reading so you have highlighted let’s say it’s relevant and parts of the textbook chapters or journal articles and you know roughly what you’re going to be writing about that’s when you start planning your essay and that’s when you start looking at every single part of your eyes including the introduction the main body and the conclusion and thinking about okay what do I need to put in there once you have a bullet point plan of the entire essay it’s only then that you should really start working on your essay and I’m not saying that you will not come back to the reading and do more reading afterwards or that your plan that you set out at the beginning will not change but what that allows you to do is it allows you to escape problems such as oh my god I have written most of my essay and I just realized it’s on the wrong topic because you’ve done enough reading you’re able to understand exactly what the topic is about I’m saying exactly but obviously I do realize you will still be quite confused even when you will be writing your essay and once you’ve finished writing it but what this does it it gives you a better start at at and a better shot at writing an essay that is a first-class essay if you want to learn a bit more about how you should come up with the strategy when working on your law essays I have created an online course on how to write first-class low essays I’ll provide a link to it down below tip number four is to understand your question really well before you start working on it and by this I don’t mean just knowing what the question is asking about what area of law let’s say it is asking about or what key concepts it mentions but what I mean by this is making sure that you have identified first first of all is it a problem question or an essay question this is usually an easy task problem questions typically just the scenario of events that you need to react to whereas an an essay question is usually a one or two sentences that asks you to comment about specific area of law but the tricky part starts with identifying different types of essay questions which is something that the law lecturer is hardly ever mentioned and the law guide books also hardly ever mention what I mean by this is trying to find out whether it’s a general I say question or a quotation as a question or a specific essay question and only once you know what type of an essay question it is and you will you will know how to how to react to it and again this is something that I talk about in my course and finally tip number five it might seem like something super basic but a lot of students do forget about it it’s organizing your space your study space and here I’m talking about not just organizing your desk but also making sure that anything related to your studying and writing the essays is really organized because you will have a lot of stress and pressure on you already it’s a desktop of your laptop it’s cluttered and you have a thousand versions of the essay there you will really struggle to to focus on a specific document and focus on specific reading and working on a on a particular topic so that’s it from me today if you enjoyed the video make sure you give it a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel for more similar videos in the future and if you want more tips on how to write first class through essays again I’m gonna refer you to the course that I created and the link is down below I also support students with Fe plans and si proofreading so if you’re interested in any of that check out my website students got to load code at UK