I’m going to show you that essay writing routine for university I got so many questions from you guys about how I write my essays because now that I’m doing the research master in law and also studying philosophy of a specific scientific field I need to write more essays than study for actual exams so in this video I’m going to show you all the steps that I do to write an essay from start to finish so let’s start so the first thing that I’d like to do is start reading a cornerstone article or book this really depends on the assignment usually our professor gives us a certain article that’s the starting point of our essay so I always like to start reading that article if you have a very free assignment maybe ask your professor version tips where to start so the second thing that I do after reading the cornerstone article is to start doing research doing research is very important because if you don’t do proper research you can miss very important information I also got a couple of questions about how I do my research so our university provides us with the legal database where we can search for articles case law codex clauses you name it.
That’s usually what I use I usually use clue or navigator which is a Dutch legal database which you can use whatever you like. When it comes to philosophy unfortunately there isn’t like a real philosophy database so what I like to use them is to just Google or to use Google Scholar which is the more scientific side of Google another good thing to use is Stanford or Plato at the PDF they’re very nice to Saku PDF if you just want to read a more general article about a certain philosopher so after I’ve done my research and I’ve done even more reading it’s time to write down the important part but I really recommend doing is whenever you are reading a certain text the book or article is already highlight and write down.
The important part in Word documents because this way you already have a little bit of an overview, a little bit of a beginning with your essay. Whenever you’re really going to start and you’re not going to start with a blank sheet so write down the important part as kind of notes don’t copy the whole passage into your essay so after I’ve written down all the important stuff I’ve done all the research that I wanted to do.