How to make an article review in just one hour
Exam situations often call for the quick writing of a review. You may never have seen the article in question until the last minute so knowing how to pull a good article review out of thin air can really come in handy. So with pen in hand and the clock ticking, here’s how you can write one in an hour.
Getting acquainted with the article
Article reviews often require you to read them through a few times. Do this, but make notes as you go along. You want to understand the purpose of the article as well as the intention of the writer if you are to review it properly. Make use of every implication, digression, opinion and clue that may help you to gain insight into the writer’s purpose and relay that to your own reader.
You have about a minute to decide what direction you want to take with your review. On the one hand, you may want to give a purely objective viewpoint on what was written. Or perhaps you agree with the writer on every point and want to convey that in your assignment. Then there’s the possibility of totally disagreeing with the writer and proving him or her wrong as far as you can. Decide quickly how you feel so that your review has a purpose.
Display some methodology
Now it’s time to prove your point. If you agree, say and show why. If you disagree, give reasons and support them with evidence. Don’t spend too much time writing. Use your precious minutes to conceptualize and let your notes carry the weight of your writing when the time comes. If your notes are good, the writing is a cinch.
Critique on the writer’s contribution to the subject
Be honest with your own readers and tell them what—if anything—they will gain from the article’s main ideas. If there’s nothing being said that will enrich the reader, then add your own insight so that the reader trusts your opinion over the writer of the article you are reviewing.
Proofread your review quickly and if you have an extra minutes, do so again. The secret of writing quickly is having your ideas ready. If you successfully break up the writing from the conceptualization process, you can manage your time better and write something you’re your professor will enjoy reading.