Sometimes the work needed to keep a decent GPA can be daunting.  It is hard to imagine writing four papers at the end of the semester and actually surviving—but it can be done!

I have learned quite a few techniques to keep me focused and driven during times of high traffic.  In order to do well, we have to stress less and prepare more.  Here are my seven steps to writing papers and how you might be able to help yourself stay on task.


I try to keep my desk and workspace clean and organized. Having the necessities at hand is something that totally works for me.  The longer you can stay focused on your work, the better, so remove all non-essentials.

Texts (Books and Syllabus/Instructions/Assignments)

I am a note taker and reference the texts often, so I make sure to keep citations in mind that support my thesis. I note pages and authors when working with multiple texts, in my notes, which is important and a timesaver.


Try to limit your distractions!  This seems like it would be simple, but cellphones make it harder. When I am writing papers, I turn off my phone, so I am not tempted to check social media or text messages.

Need Noise?

Some people need noise in order to block out distractions. This doesn’t necessarily work for me, but I have seen it work wonders for others.  Music, especially classical music, is said to help with concentration and productivity.  If I am unable to focus I tend to listen to meditation music.  There are study playlists everywhere to help you really find a good headspace.


Rome wasn’t built in a day, so if you can start your work early then you should.  Working against deadlines is something most college students dislike, so try being proactive instead of procrastinating.

Reading and Editing

Reading a paper or essay aloud helps to catch grammatical errors. You can hear run-on sentences, incorrect words and notice different tenses you might have slipped into during the writing process. You can always revise until you submit, and should.

Submit on Time

Most professors have strict policies regarding late papers.  My only real advice is if you don’t want deductions on your hard work from the very beginning without a word being read, submit on time.

I hope this list can help narrow down some good techniques for writing a stellar paper.  You don’t have to be the best student to write well, but you do have to remain focused, stress-free and prepared!