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Old October 29th, 2018 (5:54 AM).
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    Do you like such type of tasks at all?
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    Old October 29th, 2018 (6:43 AM).
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    I always hated it with a passion. I never really saw a reason for them other than to be a time waster.
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    Old October 29th, 2018 (6:44 AM).
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      depends on the subject, if its one I have much knowledge of and interest towards, it's fairly easy

      otherwise its hell
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      Old October 29th, 2018 (7:33 AM). Edited October 29th, 2018 by gimmepie.
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      The actual act of writing an essay isn't hard, although it is certainly tedious. The problem comes when extra requirements are imposed like word limits/quotas. You always either get a high quota on a very limited topic or a ridiculously low limit on a very complex topic.
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      Old October 29th, 2018 (7:43 AM). Edited October 29th, 2018 by Yue Han.
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      Hated it in school but I actually loved it in university.

      My technique, for any topic of essay, is to write it backwards. I start with a beta-conclusion so I know where I want to end up. Then I write the bulk of the essay, constantly going back to my conclusion,to see what I need to focus on to end up at the conclusion I've already written. Along the way I will inevitably change my mind on a few things so the conclusion ends up changing at times too which is fine. Only after I'm happy with the bulk, and also the final conclusion too, I then write the introduction which then becomes the easiest part since I've already completed the essay so I know exactly how I should introduce it.
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      Old October 29th, 2018 (7:46 AM).
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      not hard, sometimes it is actually. Mostly though im a huge procrasinator (misspelled i know)
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      Old October 29th, 2018 (8:50 AM).
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      Old October 29th, 2018 (10:28 AM).
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      Old October 29th, 2018 (11:24 AM).
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      for English class, they just come naturally. i don't really have to put in any effort into them and i still make A's on them most of the time.

      writing an essay for any other subject, i'd be horrid at though.
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      Old October 29th, 2018 (1:45 PM).
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        Long ago I didn't like them. Now they're an easy A unless the teacher is particularly strict.
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        Old October 29th, 2018 (5:12 PM).
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          Throughout my experience in government schools, as so many of you have expressed in so many words, despised being coerced into writing in a format that would not allow me to express my thoughts. This, of course, assumes I was interested in expressing my thoughts in such an environment, and during that time in my life.

          Now, depending whether I am feeling expressive with my thoughts, and able to somewhat organize my self-ramblings, I can write in a journalistic-style that may as well be an essay.

          That said, I will also state that I oftentimes find that only using writing as a medium of expressing thoughts a bit constrictive. I would prefer utilizing dictation software initially in order to expressing my thoughts, and use writing as a means of organizing my thoughts.
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          Old October 29th, 2018 (7:15 PM).
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          As someone who wants to write for a living, writing essays, research papers and proposals aren't that hard. In fact, I've become a pro at them. There will be times that I may mess up when it comes to grammar and stuff, but I can do them just fine. :)

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          Old October 29th, 2018 (9:10 PM).
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          Depends of the subject for me also. History and business essays I liked to write about, other subjects not so much. I find it's much easier for me though when I have an outline and have my introduction, key points, and conclusion already planned out.

          With that said, I vastly prefer fiction writing haha.
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          Old October 29th, 2018 (9:54 PM).
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            Writing essays is easy. Improvising is not good though which I do often.
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            Old October 30th, 2018 (12:59 AM).
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            I find it interesting replying to this thread considering anyone who knows me kinda jabs at me for making long essay-length posts lmao.

            Anyway, I actually used to really hate essays back in high school but that's only really because the biggest hurdle of starting an essay is actually starting off with a good introductory sentence. After that's done, the rest of the essay essentially more or less writes itself in my mind.

            It also helped that I had really good English teachers who were particularly strict about doing essays, too. So essentially I kind of developed a talent for writing as a whole thanks to that.
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            Old October 30th, 2018 (3:28 PM). Edited November 5th, 2018 by NeoGeisha.
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              Do you like such type of tasks at all?
              In my case it really depends on a certain topic. I always liked writing in general and essays weren't a too difficult task for me but writing about topics in which I wasn't interested at all, especially in an academic style, was a real problem :frown: My procrastination in such cases was really awful and sometimes I had serious troubles with deadlines because of this.
              I think that the main problems while writing essays are:
              - using of posing questions (it's a bad and weak way for presenting your essay's argument)
              - using too much citations from various resources instead of your own ideas and analysis
              - straying off the subject in question/thesis (you need to define it clearly, make a plan for your essay according to it and follow it carefully)
              - signposting (if your type of essay doesn't demand this, then it's better to avoid it)

              I can also say from my own experience that a common mistake/problem is a lack of checking and editing of the ready essay. In my case I didn't always have enough time for this, sometimes I was lazy for such work too and that often caused losing points for my rather well works. Also it's very good if someone with good writing skills can help you with this part of work because many mistakes are often seen much better from a fresh perspective. Some of my friends were very helpful in this case, also there are some professional services https://coolessay.net/ which help to improve the essays too.
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              Old October 30th, 2018 (5:08 PM).
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              In high school it was ezpz. When I went to college, I was like "what the actual psyduck is this?"
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              Old October 30th, 2018 (5:56 PM).
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              Like others have said, it really depends on the subject. If the topic is something I am interested in, I don't have a problem writing about it.

              If I am not interested in the topic, I can usually still write something but it takes me a bit longer to get started and get into the groove.
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              Old October 30th, 2018 (6:38 PM).
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              lmao so when I graduated high school, I hated essays so much that I partially picked my major based on the sole fact that I would never have to write any essays.

              ...and then several years later I ended up switching from my math degree to an English degree and revelled in writing essays instead of struggling through math and programming assignments. The thing is, my English degree wasn't in literature. I still hate writing essays on literature. I got to write essays on humanity and the Internet, Pokemon (wrote several about Pokemon, actually!), and all kinds of interesting things. When you're genuinely interested in and excited about the things you're writing about, essays are so much fun! Whereas in high school I'd just desperately be trying to eke out as many words as possible to reach the bare minimum, in university I was constantly having to edit myself down because there were just so many cool things I wanted to analyze in my papers.

              So writing is pretty easy for me now. By the end of my undergrad, I could usually knock out an 8 page paper in a day or two, so long as I'd done all my preliminary reading/research. :) Longer papers took a bit longer, of course, but mostly just because they were more involved with lot of references to hunt down.
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              Old November 1st, 2018 (3:42 AM). Edited November 1st, 2018 by WilliG.
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                I hate writings! ​It's really hard for me to concentrate and start writing. Besides my English is now very good. To tell the truth I used to buy essay online to save my time and get good grades. Recently I started using the Wunderlist app and keep a running list of tasks I need to accomplish.​ It helps to stay organized.​
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                Old November 1st, 2018 (3:50 AM).
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                  During school I hated essays but now I write articles in my free time. Think its due to in school the type is set while what I write on is based on what I want.
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                  Old January 15th, 2019 (8:43 AM).
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                    The longer an essay gets, the harder it is to control. Once a paper gets around 25 pages (not including references or the lit review), it gets difficult to hold the entire paper in your mind. When working on a masters paper, I had such a difficult time at one point, I had to walk away from it and have my wife explain to me where I was in the process. My brain was just fried. My outline had long since disappeared.

                    I eventually got back into the paper, finished it, and earned my degree, but it was seriously stressful.

                    Stumbling blocks my students run into most frequently in order of most to least common:

                    Writing a thesis
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                    Explaining the quality/value/provenance of their evidence
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                    Old January 15th, 2019 (2:31 PM).
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                    I'm fine at writing essays when it comes to subjects such as Legal Studies, Economics, History etc. It feels extremely natural to me to write essays on those subjects and it helps that I am interested in it too :D However I struggle a lot with English essays - I've never done that well in English, as I just don't really understand what the teacher is looking for and the subject matter doesn't really interest me. :( Plus our English department is renowned for being super harsh with their marking.
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                    Old January 15th, 2019 (5:26 PM).
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                    Old January 15th, 2019 (7:42 PM).
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                    If I'm interested in the topic I can write quite a bit!
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