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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

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

What to have for dinner tonight?

Which route to take to work?

How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

For example:

If the problem is “always late to work”…

  • Why am I late to work?
    I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
  • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
    I feel so tired in the morning.
  • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
    I slept late the night before, that’s why.
  • Why did I sleep late?
    I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
  • Why did I drink coffee?
    Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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3. Simplify Things

As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

5. Think Laterally

Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

The Bottom Line

There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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Reference

[1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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