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need tips - March 28th 2016, 12:22 AM

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I am working on an 8-10 page paper. Due April 2. Scared out of my mind. I got a working thesis, some quotes and a rough outline. Showed my thesis and outline to professor, he says it's good but I should go back and "complicate" my working thesis (why do English professors love saying that?)

It is a compare/contrast essay. All from my head, preferably no outside sources- as in I may use it if absolutely necessary but not encouraged.

I am super stressed. I don't know what to do. Didn't feel like the writing center helped much. I did some brainstorming. I don't know what else I can do. I am stuck in how to write it. I am scared I will start writing but it will turn out a waste. That's why I've been procrastinating.

I am also confused about some of my professor's comments but I am too scared to ask him this late because the paper is due soon and I dont want him to know I hadn't started writing yet

I can PM you my thesis and comments he wrote but I don't want it to be a public thing.

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Re: need tips - March 30th 2016, 06:45 PM

Hey there,

Sorry I hadn't answered this earlier! How is your thesis coming along?

It's good that your professor thought that your outline was good. I'm not sure what he meant by 'complicate' it, but was wondering if he meant instead of having all your points for and then all your points against, to have make a point for, and then argue against that point, before moving on to a different point. Does that make sense?

It's also good to brainstorm and write 'stuff' even if you don't think it's good enough. When I was doing my dissertation, we were told that even if we thought our work wasn't good enough, to keep going with it, rather than starting afresh and changing several times as that puts more pressure on us to finish it.

You could also ask your professor about some of the comments he made. He doesn't have to know that you haven't started writing...you could just say you were looking back through your outline and wanted to follow up on his comments.

If you want to PM me your thesis, you can, and I'll try (but can't guarantee) to read through it in time!


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Re: need tips - March 31st 2016, 06:47 AM

One tip I learned that really helped me if my essays are too short is to go through and higlight every sentence that is somewhat vague. After you do that, go through and either add content or rewrite them completely.
It's tough because you can't use quotes which can take up space, but you can also take a look at your paragraphs and see if you can break them up more and expand that way.
You can feel free to PM me whatever you'd like and I can help as much as I can. I've taken a lot of higher up writing courses so I should be able to help some.


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Re: need tips - March 31st 2016, 10:19 PM

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Hey there,

Sorry I hadn't answered this earlier! How is your thesis coming along?

It's good that your professor thought that your outline was good. I'm not sure what he meant by 'complicate' it, but was wondering if he meant instead of having all your points for and then all your points against, to have make a point for, and then argue against that point, before moving on to a different point. Does that make sense?

It's also good to brainstorm and write 'stuff' even if you don't think it's good enough. When I was doing my dissertation, we were told that even if we thought our work wasn't good enough, to keep going with it, rather than starting afresh and changing several times as that puts more pressure on us to finish it.

You could also ask your professor about some of the comments he made. He doesn't have to know that you haven't started writing...you could just say you were looking back through your outline and wanted to follow up on his comments.

If you want to PM me your thesis, you can, and I'll try (but can't guarantee) to read through it in time!
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One tip I learned that really helped me if my essays are too short is to go through and higlight every sentence that is somewhat vague. After you do that, go through and either add content or rewrite them completely.
It's tough because you can't use quotes which can take up space, but you can also take a look at your paragraphs and see if you can break them up more and expand that way.
You can feel free to PM me whatever you'd like and I can help as much as I can. I've taken a lot of higher up writing courses so I should be able to help some.

Thank you Nicole and Holly! I am doing okay for now I think. I got a lot of writing done-though it's still draft-y. I am trying to get 5 solid pages before bed and 3 solid pages tomorrow plus looking over it. That would be 8 pages plus hopefully time for editing. (Not proud for delaying this for so long but it is what it is at this point) I do have a lot of material I've generated to work with but it just has to be the formal paragraphs now.
   
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