Almost anything you can think of trying to learn gets easier over time with consistent practice. You can make good habits that last a lifetime and can transfer into other skills as well. Aside from practice, however, there are often a few secret tips and tricks that can quickly take a novice to a higher level of performance if followed with care. Here are a few hints on how you can have an easier time with your essay writing:

Quality Content is more important than Quantity

You may be given a word limit that seems formidable at first. It may even be the longest you have ever been told to attempt. This should be no cause for concern to you. If you are familiar with the subject area or have enough time and available resources to gain familiarity you can still write an impressive piece. The trick is to focus on hard hitting points rather than irrelevant fluff. Any good teacher can tell when a student is word padding.

It pays to start early

This tip is especially relevant to procrastinators although it can really apply to anyone. The quicker you begin, the more time you can allocate to make the essay more polished and professional. If you are writing in an unfamiliar format, even a few extra minutes can make a world of difference to your finished product.

You’re not competing against anyone but yourself

If you discuss your work with other people in your class, it can easily start to seem as if you are in some sort of competition. One person may have written more words, another may consistently score higher marks while another may regularly be praised for submitting early. The more you focus on how other people approach their written assignments, the less you can focus on making your own work better. There is no real reward for engaging in such activities unless you observe others’ work to get ideas on how you can improve your own.

Write a plan before you start the real thing

If you dive straight into the writing without planning out which elements will be included where, when and how, you may end up painting yourself in a corner with your own words. A plan may add a few extra minutes to the beginning of the writing process that could save you hours of wasted time closer to the end.

Get a trusted second opinion

If you are accustomed to writing well, you may come to believe that all of your work is good. This is a grave mistake that you should try to avoid at all costs. You are human just like everyone else and you may write something that is less than stellar every once in a while. By running it by someone whose opinions you trust, you increase your chances of finding those hidden mistakes. You also decrease your chances of accidentally repeating those mistakes in later works.

This is the first step to creating good writing and so simple that people often overlook its impact. With a topic that you are well versed in that the reader is likely to be impressed by, you are more likely to be successful in your quest for higher grades with the least amount of effort.