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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

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.

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

Featured photo credit: Guido Gloor via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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