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I am having difficulty organizing an essay that must be written within a 25 minute time limit. It takes me at least 15 minutes to develop a thesis and several clear supporting examples.I am so stuck, I freeze and cannot even get the intro, conclusion and proofing done. How can I write an essay in 25 minutes?

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    The rule of thumb is that you spend no more than 25% of your time planning and the rest of the time writing, saving the last 4 or 5 minutes to proofread. Make sure you understand that you will be turning in a corrected rough draft, so don't even consider writing a second draft. Learn to make any corrections in the draft you do write.

    One way to learn to write a 25-minute essay is to have someone time you and follow this schedule:

    1. Write a 45-minute essay or two.
    Read them over and critique yourself.
    2. Write a 35-minute essay or two.
    Read them over and critique yourself.
    3. Write a 25-minute essay or two
    Read them over and critique yourself.

    You don't do all that in one day!! Ideally, you'd do that over about 3 weeks although you could do so adequately over about 2 weeks. You need to read your written essays aloud to someone else (the person who timed you, perhaps) and note places where your writing was not clear. Figure out how to address those items before going on to the next step.

    Use this for essay prompts:
    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/after/essay_prompts.html

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