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How long does it take for you to write 15 pages paper?

starlingstarling Posts: 260Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2010 in College Life
I was just wondering...
I'm a senior at high school right now and the teacher gave us 7 months(!!)
to write the paper.
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Replies to: How long does it take for you to write 15 pages paper?

  • alethiometeralethiometer Posts: 275Registered User Junior Member
    I've written a 15 page research paper in a weekend, but I don't recommend it. It takes different people different lengths of time, and it seems like your teacher is trying to teach y'all the process, which I think is great. Good luck
  • Myrmidon73Myrmidon73 Posts: 624Registered User Member
    Even if you get 7 months, in truth you guys are all gonna do it in the last week or two.

    I wrote a 40 page term paper in 2 and a half weeks, but I was really into my subject. I've also written a 10 page paper over one Sunday, but as the above poster said, it's not recommended. If you want to write a good one, take 2 weeks to actually write it, and another week or two to edit it really well. It's good that you have a lot of time.

    Also, if you work on it sooner than later, you'll have more time to talk to your teacher about what's good and what's bad and everything.
  • lollybolollybo Posts: 776Registered User Member
    Force yourself to do 1-2 pages a week.
  • claire18claire18 Posts: 48Registered User Junior Member
    Research. Learn more than your teacher will ever ask. Become an expert.
    Write an outline. Write the paper. You won't have to look up things, it will write itself in less than a week - try to write it in one piece, as you will be faster and it will be more fluid.
    Let it rest. For one week, two weeks.
    Then start editing and improving it.

    I wrote 75 (!) pages during the last two weeks. They aren't good. But I have time. In May they will be brilliant.
  • mr_chipsetmr_chipset Posts: 1,930Registered User Senior Member
    I wrote 10 page paper for chem in one night. Then I was freshmen. Now I'd probably write 15 pages in one night easily :) Although research... Hmmm.. I'd give it like two days.
  • Saxonthebeach6Saxonthebeach6 Posts: 524Registered User Member
    It really depends...I've had 15 page research papers that take about a month, but then again last semester I had to pump out 15-20 page lab reports in less than a week.
  • fizix2fizix2 Posts: 3,570Registered User Senior Member
    It depends on
    a) The subject
    b) How well you know it
    c) How long you're willing to spend on it
    d) How much of it is just data and graphs and stuff like that.
  • futurenyustudentfuturenyustudent Posts: 5,366Registered User Senior Member
    My admin professor clearly said she will NOT look at drafts. Too bad the topics are each a half a page long.

    I can usually do it overnight if needed.
  • ticklemepinkticklemepink Posts: 2,764Registered User Senior Member
    Generally about 2-3 weeks with research. The easiest and fastest way to do it is if you KNOW the subject and what you want to talk about and how you want to organize it.

    I've done a 20 page paper in 2 days- that was NOT fun and I don't recommend it.
  • icanreadicanread Posts: 508Registered User Member
    to actually write it: two nights and maybe an hour for editing/bibliography
  • OKgirlOKgirl Posts: 2,134Registered User Senior Member
    It depends on if there is research involved.

    If I had one night to do a paper, I probably could, but it wouldn't be good. Start as soon as you can (especially if it requires books from the library) so that you can have a lot of time for proofreading and improving. It feels so good when the stress is gone!

    Dang, I have a 5 page essay due tomorrow and I haven't even looked at the topic!
  • drusbadrusba Posts: 8,639Registered User Senior Member
    1. A good 15-page research paper starts with an outline and a lot of research to learn everything needed and keep track of all sources you will rely on so you can cite them. You then write a first draft which should cover everything as much as possible. That first draft should end up being about 50 pages long. Then you toss that one and start over and rewrite so it is better organized and covers what is needed. That one should end up being about 35 pages long. Then rewrite again eliminating anything not actually needed, eliminate all repitition, and eliminate all adverbs and adjectives except those absolutely needed (for example the word "very" should be removed completely from the draft) and get it down to about 20 pages. Then you start editing out everything but what is absolutely needed until you have it down to 15 pages. That final one is reviewed carefully for sentence structure and spelling and computer spell-check is not relied upon because it does not correct for words that sound alike and are spelled correctly but have entirely different meanings (like to, too, and two).

    2. A typical (as opposed to good) 15-page research paper done by many students starts with black coffee at 11 p.m. the night before it is due, consists of two hours Googling to find quickly some support for what you are doing, and is hammered out by 7 a.m. so it can be turned in by 9.
  • ticklemepinkticklemepink Posts: 2,764Registered User Senior Member
    ^^ haha the two extremes...
  • avcastneravcastner Posts: 210Registered User Junior Member
    It depends if the paper is based on books and other literature or your own research. If it's just the standard high school term paper, I could turn a 20-page paper out in just 4 hours--but I type 90+ wpm. That's another factor to consider--how fast do you type? Can you take information from a published source, reword it, and notate it correctly and still make your paper make sense?

    I would do a little each week. First week, choose a topic, find your sources, get an overiew of the topic, and develop a thesis statement.

    Second and third weeks, read those sources! Take notes! Notate!

    Fourth week: develop your outline and write your introduction.

    Fifth and sixth weeks: write your paper.

    Seventh week: Write your conclusion, proof your paper 5 times, make sure you have done your bibliography, endnotes, and other support pages properly. (Turn your paper in early--your teacher may even give you bonus points if he/she can start grading it before everyone else's.)

    (See: you did it in seven weeks (not 28!). And now you have 21 weeks to sit back and relax while your friends stress about it.
  • EclipticaEcliptica Posts: 947Registered User Member
    Last big paper I wrote was a 27 page paper that I wrote in one night the night before it was due. Ended up acing it and getting it submitted to the Nat'l Communication Association Conference in Chicago last year. Go figure, right? [/firstbrageverformeherebecauseI'mretardedcomparedtotherestofyou]

    Seven months certainly is a lot of time. I don't think I could manage it, I personally need the pressure. A research paper is a lot different, though; once you get the research done, the paper is the easy part. The 27 pager took me a week or so of research, but only six or seven hours to hammer out and get it sound exactly how I wanted it to.
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