On the Masters course I completed recently, the problem of finding time to do all the reading for each piece of work was a frequent topic of conversation.
One day I walked into the lecture theatre and found a group of students discussing the latest essay we’d been set.
I’d finished mine in an afternoon a few days earlier, but most people didn’t seem to be that far ahead. I asked a friend how his essay was going, and he responded that he hadn’t started yet.
“You haven’t even started?” I asked, somewhat surprised, “you know it’s got to be handed in next week?
” “Oh, well I’ve spent all week doing the reading, but I haven’t had time to write the actual essay so far”. Asking around, this was a fairly common response.
I was trying to bite my lip, but I just couldn’t help myself.
I told the group of students in front of me that I had written my essay, in full, over the course of just one weekend – and I had done it without doing any reading.
“Are you mad?
!” I asked – “I’m never going to find time to read twenty books and fifteen journal articles before next Tuesday!
” The gathering of confused faces in front of me was evidence that no-one else in my class had any idea about the techniques I use.
Of course, now that you’ve found this website, you can find out exactly how I wrote that essay so easily, and with so little time spent reading.
And you probably won’t be surprised to hear that the answer isn’t particularly difficult.