One of the main differences between high school and college is the actual course load. Papers are a huge part of almost any class and require a little more effort than what was put in during high school. I learned this undeniable truth the hard way during the first day of college classes. I walked into a history class and the teacher immediately started about the mid-term paper that should be 5000 words long and use at least five scholarly sources.
College essays can be overwhelming at first but it is important to break up long assignments. Transitioning from the single page essays that were standard in high school to the elaborate and scholastic essays that college is a challenge that needs to be addressed correctly. The way that I handled writing these grueling essays is break it down into three steps.
The first step is collecting notes on the topic. This is possibly the most important step because the notes provide a layout for your essay. The more information you have on a topic is always helpful because keeps your essay from stalling and covering topics twice. The notes you make before you begin writing the essay can essentially make or break you essay.
The next step is actually writing the essay. Writing an essay as lengthy as 5000 words is easier to break down into a couple days. Attempting to sit down and write the full length of an essay can lead to mistakes and lackluster concepts. On the other hand, if you break the essay writing down over the course of a few days, you can focus and elaborate correctly on each topic.
Finally, the last step is to proofread your essay thoroughly. I usually go back to the assignment page and look over the requirements for the paper so I make sure I cover everything the teacher is asking for. Papers in college can be overwhelming but they are much easier if you break them down.