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The Pros and Cons Of Hiring Writers To Write Your Essays

The Pros and Cons Of Hiring Writers To Write Your Essays
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Lately, I keep seeing more and more call-outs from people online asking where they can find someone to help them write their dissertation for them. Or preferably: write it for them.
I am not sure how to feel about this as in a way it seems strange that students who’ve spent years working towards a big goal would give away a chance to get their own voices heard so easily.

A dissertation is a final year project/assessment. It is to prove you have mastered what you have worked towards over the years and that you take responsibility for your own life and learning. So actually and ideally you should write it yourself.

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If you are at the end of your course/training/studies and you are still unable to write and create your own work without help, what have you been studying for?

And if there are mitigating circumstances: family emergencies, health problems, overwork and exhaustion etc, is there really no way to get an extension on your final project?

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If the last problem is the case and they will not grant you time off to deal with your problems, then, and only then, you could look into someone helping you out in a desperate situation.

So keep in mind: you only ask for someone to help you out if the situation is desperate, and here is how you do it:

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Ask Around

Ask graduates if they know a good writer. If someone is recommended by a person who has already graduated they might be worth checking out. Also, if you already know people who graduated, maybe you could ask (bribe) someone who graduated in the study you do to do it for you. Might be worth checking out, and cheaper than other options.

Check the internet

Search for “Dissertation help services”, there are many available for you.Another idea is: post your request as job on Upwork or another job website. This is even better as it gives you control of the situation and some protection – especially of your money. Posting a job is easy and freeWhatever way you choose, don’t forget this golden rule: if you find something or someone that appeals to you, don’t go for it immediately: first, check how good they are. Ask for sample writings, and do some research on how accredited they are.

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Don’t ask just one person or company, contact a few and compare prices as well. Some people charge a ridicules amount of money, don’t fall for that. On the flip side, beware of too good to be true low prices as well, you might get exactly what the price says: nothing.After you find the one that fits your need, check their knowledge on the subject you have studied and also set them a hard deadline. Keep track of what they do and frequently ask for updates and sample readings. If the piece is not done in time, you have nothing to hand in and might have to pay your writer anyway.

Check if the written piece is original once you receive it. Remember, you are already in awkward territory seeking outside help, a case of plagiarism might just get you send out of class/university.

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If you can, try adding bits to the work, you’ll feel less like a fraud if there is a part of your own work included. Maybe rewrite a few bits in your own words.All in all, getting your dissertation written by someone else is easy, but don’t do it unless there is an honest reason for it.So, here are your keynotes:

  • Ask for recommendations
  • Search the internet
  • Shop around
  • Check your writer
  • Set a strong deadline
  • Check for plagiarism
  • Make it your own

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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