): Remember to schedule in a few short 10 minute breaks (one every 45–60 minutes so should do the trick).
If you're reading this guide, we suspect you haven't entirely embraced that mantra – but there are a few things you can do the morning before deadline day that will make your day of frantic essay-writing run smoothly.Time: 9am – 9.30am If you've been given a choice of essay questions, you should choose the one you have the most knowledge about, or have some strong opinions on.After all, this isn't the time to learn a new topic from scratch – no matter how much easier the question seems, 24 hours isn't long enough to learn anything in enough detail! You had every intention of getting your essay done before the deadline, but sometimes life can get in the way. Fuel your body and mind with a healthy breakfast, like porridge.We wouldn't recommend writing an essay in such a short period of time, but the good news is that 3,000 words in a day is totally doable. Its slow-release energy means you won't have a mid-morning slump over your laptop – something you really can't afford right now! Don't worry, it's far from the only brain food that'll help you write an essay.You need to be confident that you'll be comfortable and able to focus for as long as possible.Be organised and come equipped with two pens, a bottle of water, any notes you have and some snacks to use as mini-rewards.Time: am – 11am Once you've decided on your approach to answering the question, you should be able to form a pretty solid plan for the body of the essay.Write out three to five key points that you want to make in your overall argument, and underneath each one, use bullet points to list all the information, supporting arguments (and, better still, any rebuttals you have to popular counter-arguments) or quotes you already have for each point.These will keep you going without having to take your eyes off the screen (apparently dark chocolate is the best option for concentration! Procrastination is a student's worst enemy (besides a hangover).Turn off your phone (or place it face down on silent) and resist the urge to check social media. Temporarily deactivate your accounts or get a friend to change your passwords for 24 hours.