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10 Bomb Messages Students Hide In Essays To Get A+

10 Bomb Messages Students Hide In Essays To Get A+

What is the worst nightmare of your college life?

Exams? Strict educators? Tons of books to read?

Have another think coming.

Essays!

“I am a master of academic writing! Give me a topic, and I will write your essay like a boss!”, said no student ever.

Your humble narrator is not an exception.

When a student, I hated writing essays. I didn’t like the rules of academic writing, aka particular structure, style, references, and arguments. Agree, it’s hard to love writing when they say what to write, how to write, what words to use, and what pals to cite. My essays made me sound unemotional, and they didn’t let me express myself in writings. The thing is, I wrote essays to please professors and get high grades. (I bet, most students have the same motivation.) My essays were award-winning from professors’ perspective, and they were not difficult to write, following one and the same structure.

To write an essay, they ask you to:

  • choose one topic from several given ones
  • do research
  • write an outline
  • write an introduction, three paragraphs with arguments and counterarguments, and a conclusion
  • follow APA or MLA styles
  • make a list of references.

The problem is, such essays can play Old Harry with students who don’t want to lose their creativity. Some fellows kick against the rules and hide secret messages in essays to express their individualities, awesomeness, and creative natures.

And here comes the paradox:

These hidden messages help those students please a teacher and get A+ in spite of breaking rules of academic writing. For instance, once I’ve written the one-line essay on the topic If You Could Live in a Different Country:

“If I could live in a different country, you would not read or understand this essay, because I know vous ne parlez pas français.”

Yes, it’s stupid. You won’t believe but I’ve got an A for it. And yes, don’t try writing anything like that every time you get a dull topic to discuss.

You better try hiding some less stupid messages in your essays to express yourself, develop your personal writing style, but still get high grades from your academic professors.

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1. Use Power Words

Your professors want you to sound intelligent, don’t they? Okay, let’s please them and hide several power words in your essay.

What does it give you?

  • You focus on using language effectively.
  • You avoid using the same words over and over again.
  • You toy with teachers’ emotions.

What are power words? They are words that trigger emotions. Just take a look at Winston Churchill’s writing passage, and you’ll see power words causing fear and hope. Their mix toys with our emotions, making us feel, sympathize, and react somehow.

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    Hide power words in your essays, and they can help to get on the right side of your professor.

    2. Change Your Tone

    Your professors want you to sound academically in your essays, don’t they? To please them but still express yourself, you can change your tone of voice a bit. Yes, essays are formal, but it doesn’t mean they should be boring.

    What does it give you?

    • You stand out from your fellows.
    • You don’t hide your personality.
    • You make a professor see you have a voice.

    i-have-a-voice

      Use a confident tone of voice, make sure to write clear words and short sentences to express your thoughts, and don’t sound like a dictionary of unpronounceable terms.

      3. Start Essays With Inspiring Quotes

      Your professors want an essay hook from you, don’t they? Consider hiding a quote to create the initial impact on them. Make sure this quote lays the foundation to the main idea of your essay.

      What does it give you?

      • You make an essay more interesting and promising.
      • You demonstrate your erudition.
      • You give a point to your essay.
      • You establish credibility.

      Make sure you hide inspiring quotes in your essays, as they help you go up in professors estimation.

      Example:

      Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

      4. Try K-rule

      And here comes a trickier message for you to hide in essays. The so-called K-rule assumes that k-sound words are perceived as the funniest ones. It doesn’t mean you should write a funny essay, but hiding some k-sound words in it might play for your hand.

      Don’t you know that comedy writers use the K-rule to create texts for amusing their readers? The trick is, you consider the text cool but you don’t understand why. So, why not to try practicing this rule to your works?

      P.S. Re-read the last paragraph. You haven’t even noticed how many k-sound words I used to write it ;-)

      5. Makeup Your Language

      Some students go further. They hide messages written in foreign languages, when appropriate.

      Like this guy:

      “There was a section where you were supposed to listen to a song and answer a free response about the form of the piece. The song was a freakin’ kpop anthem. So, I wrote the free response half in made-up Korean, along with translations underneath (which resembled entries in a bad Asian restaurant menu, grammar and all). Which is even funnier because my AP music teacher is Korean … still got a 5.” Source: Reddit

      Not legit enough? What about this essay in elvish?

      elvish-essay

        Not sure if that dude got A+ for it, but you could try the same trick to please a professor with a sense of humor or the one with languages as a hobby.

        6. Add Humor

        Students become so creative when it comes to boring subjects. Instead of begging custom services for help, they use humor in writings to surprise those reading them.

        What does it give you?

        • You stand out.
        • You match wits with fellows.
        • If your professor reveals a message, you’ll get an A by all means. If not, you still can become an Internet star. Like this guy, for example:

        funny-essays

          Physics has never seemed so exciting, hasn’t it?

          7. Break Essays Structure

          No guts, no glory. Who else but students understand that better than others? With an academic essay expecting a strict structure, it might seem strange to risk and break it. But big chances are, the result will be worth an effort.

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          What can you do to break an essay structure but still please professors?

          Write your essay as if it was a blog post:

          • It will oil the path but still let you express thoughts and arguments.
          • It will make your essay easy to read and understand.
          • It will make you love writing (well, probably), as you blog a lot on social media and online communities anyway.

          8. Change Font

          We all know that texts are perceived differently when online and printed. With that in mind, students change fonts of their essays depending on a version their professors need.

          Thus, if you print your essay then use Times New Roman or Georgia.

          If they ask for mobile version then Verdana, Arial, or Colibri will be your best choice.

          Or, you can express your individuality by choosing exotic fonts for your essay, unless otherwise stated. But make sure it looks well when printed. Otherwise, you’ll get something like this:

          essay-font

            When handwriting essays, some students use the following trick to hide a knowledge gap:

            “When I took AP US history I couldn’t remember which amendment abolished slavery, so I made the number look like really bad hand writing. I got a 5.” Source: Reddit

            It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth trying.

            9. The Rule of Three

            To stand out from others, hide a message following the rule of three.

            What is that? It’s when you pair two like ideas and suddenly add a third, incongruent one.

            Why three? It’s a number most people can easily remember.

            What does it give you?

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            • You’ll get a clever way to establish a pattern.
            • You’ll misdirect readers, hooking them at the same time.
            • You’ll make a professor see your individuality.

            i-have-a-voice

              Examples:

              “I can’t think of anything worse after a night of drinking than waking up next to someone and not being able to remember their name, or how you met, or why they’re dead.” – Laura Kightlinger

              “Losing weight is simple: eat less, exercise more, and pay NASA to let you live in an anti-gravity chamber.” – Unknown

              “I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.” – Jon Stewart

              10. Sharpen It

              Writing like a boss doesn’t mean writing like a crazy typist ready for everything to reach a words limit. Hide shorten words in your essays to vary language, sharpen it, and show a professor that you deliver more of the nuts and bolts than simple wordiness.

              Examples:

              cut-words-essays

                Impress with meaning rather than length.

                Did you ever hide messages in essays? How did it help to impress professors, stand out from fellows, and get high grades for academic writing?

                Share your thoughts in comments!

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                13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

                “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

                Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

                You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

                Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

                1. Take a step back and evaluate

                When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

                1. What is the problem?
                2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
                3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
                4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
                5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

                Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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                2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

                If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

                At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

                Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

                3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

                Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

                4. Process your thoughts/emotions

                Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

                1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
                2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
                3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
                4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

                5. Acknowledge your thoughts

                Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

                By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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                Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

                6. Give yourself a break

                If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

                7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

                A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

                Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

                After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

                8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

                As Helen Keller once said,

                “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

                Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

                9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

                In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

                1. What’s the situation?
                2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
                3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
                4. Take action on your next steps!

                After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

                10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

                A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

                Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

                For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

                11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

                No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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                12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

                No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

                13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

                There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

                After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

                Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

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