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(Slate)   Everybody hates the college essay -- the students writing them and the professors grading them. So why are they still being done?   (slate.com ) divider line
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2013-12-14 05:26:12 PM  
21 votes:
Many people hate the college essay. These people include the students who write them and the professors who grade them. They hate the college essay for many reasons. These reasons include that essays have many rules, essays require citation, and essays are difficult to grade.

The first reason people don't like college essays is that they have many rules. This means that when a person writes an essay, he or she has to follow specific rules, like not writing in the first person. "First person" means "a set of words or word forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to the person who is speaking or writing" (Merriam Webster). First person is considered informal and therefore cannot be used in college essays, which are considered formal. Therefore, if the writer of an essay doesn't know the rule about not writing in the first person, he or she will not write correctly. There are other rules that a writer must know to write an essay but the first person rule is a big one.

The second reason people don't like college essays is that they require citation. An essay writer cannot just say something is a fact unless it comes from somewhere else. This is called citing a source. An example of citing a source is in the previous paragraph of this essay, in which the writer used the term "first person" and then cited where the definition for it came from, which was the Merriam Webster dictionary. If a writer turns in an essay without at least one cited source, it will receive a bad grade and so citing sources is very important. However, citation takes a long time and so this is another reason why people don't like writing essays.

The third reason people don't like college essays is that they are hard to grade. This is because the college professors must read each one from start to finish to know if the writer followed the rules and used citation, and when a professor has many students this can take a long time. Also, lots of students sometimes think that they deserve a better grade than the professor gives them, and this is why they have to keep Office Hours. Office hours are the hours that a professor has to be in his or her office to talk to students.

As stated above, there are there many reasons that people don't like college essays. Those reasons include that they have many rules, that they require citation, and that they are hard to grade. There are other reasons that people don't like college essays, but those are three important ones. In conclusion, college essays are hard and many people don't like them.

I have neither given nor received any help on this work, nor am I aware of any infractions of the Honor Code.
2013-12-14 07:00:56 PM  
3 votes:

Pocket Ninja: Many people hate the college essay. These people include the students who write them and the professors who grade them. They hate the college essay for many reasons. These reasons include that essays have many rules, essays require citation, and essays are difficult to grade.

The first reason people don't like college essays is that they have many rules. This means that when a person writes an essay, he or she has to follow specific rules, like not writing in the first person. "First person" means "a set of words or word forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to the person who is speaking or writing" (Merriam Webster). First person is considered informal and therefore cannot be used in college essays, which are considered formal. Therefore, if the writer of an essay doesn't know the rule about not writing in the first person, he or she will not write correctly. There are other rules that a writer must know to write an essay but the first person rule is a big one.

The second reason people don't like college essays is that they require citation. An essay writer cannot just say something is a fact unless it comes from somewhere else. This is called citing a source. An example of citing a source is in the previous paragraph of this essay, in which the writer used the term "first person" and then cited where the definition for it came from, which was the Merriam Webster dictionary. If a writer turns in an essay without at least one cited source, it will receive a bad grade and so citing sources is very important. However, citation takes a long time and so this is another reason why people don't like writing essays.

The third reason people don't like college essays is that they are hard to grade. This is because the college professors must read each one from start to finish to know if the writer followed the rules and used citation, and when a professor has many students this can take a long time. Also, lots of students sometimes think that they deserve a be ...


Did not follow APA guidelines when citing sources   -10 pts.
2013-12-14 06:53:57 PM  
2 votes:

Pocket Ninja: Many people hate the college essay. These people include the students who write them and the professors who grade them. They hate the college essay for many reasons. These reasons include that essays have many rules, essays require citation, and essays are difficult to grade.

The first reason people don't like college essays is that they have many rules. This means that when a person writes an essay, he or she has to follow specific rules, like not writing in the first person. "First person" means "a set of words or word forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to the person who is speaking or writing" (Merriam Webster). First person is considered informal and therefore cannot be used in college essays, which are considered formal. Therefore, if the writer of an essay doesn't know the rule about not writing in the first person, he or she will not write correctly. There are other rules that a writer must know to write an essay but the first person rule is a big one.

The second reason people don't like college essays is that they require citation. An essay writer cannot just say something is a fact unless it comes from somewhere else. This is called citing a source. An example of citing a source is in the previous paragraph of this essay, in which the writer used the term "first person" and then cited where the definition for it came from, which was the Merriam Webster dictionary. If a writer turns in an essay without at least one cited source, it will receive a bad grade and so citing sources is very important. However, citation takes a long time and so this is another reason why people don't like writing essays.

The third reason people don't like college essays is that they are hard to grade. This is because the college professors must read each one from start to finish to know if the writer followed the rules and used citation, and when a professor has many students this can take a long time. Also, lots of students sometimes think that they deserve a be ...


/Citation needed
2013-12-14 08:45:12 PM  
1 vote:

Psychohazard: 1) No-one knows how to write anymore; and 2) The author doesn't want to do the work to teach them.


You liar.  Only one who read the article could have paraphrased it so succinctly.
2013-12-14 07:51:03 PM  
1 vote:
Many people hate the college essay. These people include the students who write them and the professors who grade them. They hate the college essay for many reasons. These reasons include that essays have many rules, essays require citation, and essays are difficult to grade.

-Rand Paul
2013-12-14 07:42:28 PM  
1 vote:
I like the quip about plagiarism at the start of the article. I don't know about the author's school, but we punish plagiarism severely.  The minimum punishment is usually a zero on the assignment (easiest for the professors, because they don't need to involve the disciplinary committee), but it's not uncommon for the really egregious ones to actually be expelled.  In the case of international students, this results in a revocation of their student visa and deportation.  In the case of all students, it means a whole lot of student debt and exactly nothing to show for it.

And you know what? We don't have a big problem with plagiarism.
2013-12-14 07:39:33 PM  
1 vote:

Pocket Ninja: As stated above In conclusion, there are there many reasons that people don't like college essays. Those reasons include that they have many rules, that they require citation, and that they are hard to grade. There are other reasons that people don't like college essays, but those are three important ones. In conclusion As stated above, college essays are hard and many people don't like them.


No points deducted.

Too many contractions.  This is supposed to be a formal essay!
 

LATE -10
2013-12-14 07:14:47 PM  
1 vote:
Pocket Ninja is a national treasure. No cite, but res ipsa loquitur.
2013-12-14 07:13:33 PM  
1 vote:
I loved writing essays; I once got Jerry Springer, Darwin, Charles Dickens, and The Three Stooges in a paper - it was awesome and great fun to write.  Got an A.  My papers were never boring.
2013-12-14 04:53:12 PM  
1 vote:

NewportBarGuy: Essays are great because they teach you how to bullsh*t. An essential skill in life.


Exactly.  People who can't bullsh*t turn to crime or suicide at some point.
2013-12-14 04:51:10 PM  
1 vote:
Essays are great because they teach you how to bullsh*t. An essential skill in life.
 
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