Posted: Steve in: Freelance Writing
July 3rd, 2014

Application Essay

Writing an application essay can be no easy task. Just this small thing can be the very difference between the customer getting accepted into the college or not. Therefore, for you, as for the writer, it is vital to give it your best. And there is more to it than structuring your essay and having a perfect grammar.

Choosing a topic and having a fluent and coherent writing is the key to success, of course. With a little bit of planning you will be able to produce the application essay of the highest quality. Here are several tips you should keep in mind that might help you to accomplish this task:

  • First of all, the start. Be sure to have a great opening to your essay. You can choose to use the famous quote, saying, etc. The main point of this is to grab reader’s attention, so that the person would definitely be interested in reading it further.
  • Do not use any templates. Try to be as individual, as possible. Remember, that your goal is to distinguish yourself from many other applicants. Your essay has got to have a personality, a tone, and you should strive to keep it individual till the last full stop.
  • If you are confident in your writing skills, you should try to be as controversial as possible. It is completely alright to touch the topic of politics, religion, etc, as long as you are careful and thoughtful about it. Being able to clearly express your thoughts and state your arguments on certain topics may give you sizeable advantage in comparison to other applicants.
  • Do all you can to avoid clichés. To put it simply, it can ruin everything, however well you may have started. Things like these show that you were too lazy to look for any comparisons or metaphors and have spent most of the time using bland and predictable writing devices. Needles to say, this may send your whole essay down the drain.
  • Make every word count. Don’t forget that there is a limited amount of words you can work with, so you should never waste a single letter.
  • Not only should your every sentence be an integral part of your essay, but it should also be concise. The admission officer has to read hundreds of essays like yours and that is exactly why you do not want him to stop reading it midway.
  • Try to be as accurate, as possible. It means that you should check if your essay meets all criteria and is grammatically and stylistically correct. Also, you should always read it several times to make sure, everything makes sense and you didn’t misspell someone’s name by accident. Minor errors like these can make all the difference in the world.
  • And the last, but not least – time. Make sure to give yourself plenty of opportunity to produce the piece of work of high quality. It is a grave mistake to write an application essay overnight. Give your brain a chance not only to produce some great ideas, but also to revise them and to put everything on paper.

These are only few of many points that you should keep in mind when writing an application essay. Be individual, be smart, be creative and this piece of work will become something that may change customer’s life for the better.

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Posted: Erin in: Career in Writing
January 20th, 2014

Disputed Order

Silence in the courtroom! The order is disputed

How are the disputes usually resolved? This question is essential for every writer, because one can never foresee all the possible reasons for disputes. But we all want to prevent disputes; so, here we go.

A person who places an order always knows what he or she would like to get for the money paid. Therefore, they have to make sure that they have given clear initial instructions and requirements to the writer who attempts completing the paper. When something goes not the way it has been expected, a customer wants “justice”. Generally, there are two types of conflict situations depending on the outcome desired by the customer. They are the following:

  • A customer is not happy with the paper but the deadline allows for a revision. After customers read through the paper, they might consider the essay as the one not following their demands or not being up to their expectations. As a possible outcome, the customer asks to change the writer.
  • A customer is not happy with the paper but the submission time is already due. This suggests that your individual client might want some compensation for the mistakes made in the process of writing. The possible outcome is that the customer asks for reimbursement, refund of the money paid.

The thing is that usually such situations are the result of misunderstandings or the failure to comply with the responsibilities of each respective party. The customer may complain about:

  • “Borrowed content”. This is a very serious issue that encompasses a number of consequences that you already know about. Hint: pay attention to every line you write, especially when you put a reference after the sentence. Make sure you used double quotation marks if it is a quote, i.e. direct, word-to-word rendering of any researcher’s intellectual property. Proper citing and referencing will guard you from being charged with plagiarism as a serious academic offense.
  • References. This happens quite often. The main claim can be lack of sources cited or incorrect referencing style. Another problem might be the fact that not all sources are listed or referenced respectively. Hint: always double-check the style your customer requires the paper to be written in (MLA, APA, Harvard, Chicago, etc.). Do not forget to place a sufficient number of sources and cite all of them in the body of the paper.
  • Not following samples or instruction files. Hint: never ignore or neglect the files uploaded. If you have any shadow of doubt, feel free to ask any question you want to guarantee that your final writing meets the customer’s demands.
  • General instructions. This option includes insufficient or at times over-exceeding word count. Additionally, writers might skip some necessary tables, graphs, charts, steps of calculations, diagrams, or sketches etc. Hint: the only advice is to double-check all instructions to make sure you have not forgotten any essential detail.
  • Basic requirements. These include the use of academic style, proper terminology, and writing free of grammatical errors. Hint: working knowledge of English is a prerequisite skill of a freelance writer; therefore, you should have no problems because such a situation will not happen to you considering your expertise and professionalism.
  • Deadline. Hint: customers usually do need a paper if the time’s up and they cannot submit an essay anymore. It is one of your responsibilities to complete an order in a timely manner. So, if you’re being late with uploading an assignment, it is much better if you negotiate a deadline extension with your customer.

The paper may also be disputed by writer. DO NOT forget that in order to protect the efforts of our writers, Academia-Research allows for writers to raise a dispute.

Orders disputed by the writers. Remember you can always ask company’s admins to place an order on dispute for one of the following reasons:

  • The customer has uploaded new instruction files after you have delivered a completed paper.
  • Customer has introduced new readings to be used in the essay.
  • Revision instructions are drastically different from the original requirements.

In case when these situations take place, you are free to raise a dispute and let the competent departments decide on the matter at hand.

In conclusion, you might want to keep all these things in mind and always be very attentive to all the details that can lead to the undesired disputed order.

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Posted: Erin in: Freelance Writing
November 28th, 2013

Argumentative essay: when intelligence conquers

Brace yourself: your argumentative essay is coming

Have you ever seen two linguists arguing over a comma or the entire conference panel ready to explode because of some minor disagreement over the referencing style? Such academic disputes tend to grow into an epic war when the participants have not grasped the basics of argumentative writing. Don’t be like them and argue reasonably!

Take a stand

An argumentative essay aims to persuade a reader to support a certain position or activity. In such an essay, you take a stand. Your position is defined in the thesis statement of the introduction. All further steps are directed to support your position with arguments.
Selecting an arguable position. The easiest way is to get an already formulated arguable position for your essay. However, most often you need to develop a specific argument from a general topic yourself. Imagine that the general topic is global warming. The latter fact has already got more than enough interpretation in various types of literature and media. In this respect, “global warming” itself cannot constitute a proper arguable position because it is a common fact. Instead, you can refer the problem in such a way: Reducing the use of the deodorant sprays will contribute positively to the struggle against global warming.

Arrange the arguments

It is solely up to you what organizational pattern to choose for your essay. Generally, the text can be divided into three main parts, introduction, body, and conclusion. What we need is a general strategy of writing an argumentative essay.
When you pass to formulating the thesis statement, you should indicate a subject of your argument and your position: The use of deodorant sprays should be reduced. Where the use of deodorant sprays is a subject, and should be reduced is a stand.

Be strong

The very next step is establishing credibility to the argument you’ve just presented. To do this, you need:
demonstrate a knowledge of the topic you are discussing;
consider the audience you are communicating with;
present fairly the opposing points of view (counterarguments).
NB! You should present at least two opposing points of view. You can give more counterarguments if you wish. However, it is very important to answer each one of them not to deter reader’s credit. Also, do not use emotionally colored vocabulary (‘corny environmentalists’, ‘parasites’, etc.) not to offend the feelings of the potential reader.

Your argument should have enough support in the text: personal experience; rhetorical colors; examples; precedents; experts’ comments etc. The structural pattern of your PROs and CONs within the body of the essay is left for your expert consideration.

With all this in mind, you can start defending your points in an intelligent and polite way. So, dear opponents, those who are about to win the argument salute you!

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Posted: Erin in: Freelance Writing
November 20th, 2013

What are Tautology and Redundancy?

This tasty taste of writing: what are tautology and redundancy and how to avoid them?

Have you ever come across “most recent new research”? Whoever your editor is, this person won’t miss such a construction, which in turn will lower the grade and your rating as a writer. So, it’s time to “specialize the case in details” and define redundancy to avoid it.

Here we deal with linguistic understanding both of redundancy and tautology, and only with it. Redundancy is unnecessary repetition of information both in speech and writing; another proper term for it is pleonasm. It’s also indicated as usage of predictable information or some superfluous words. Two most common types of pleonasm exist: syntactical (grammar) and semantic (word meanings and style).

Grammar redundancy is a kind of rather typical mistake in text

It usually isn’t highlighted with Microsoft Word program or other grammar checkers. It is seen as usage of similar constructions in sentences, same word patterns, repeating pronouns, propositions, and conjunctions. To understand the issue with grammar redundancy, compare two sentences:

“He stretched to the table because he wished to demonstrate that he still could move freely”.

“He stretched to the table to demonstrate he still could move freely”.

Both of them have similar meaning but the first one is overloaded with unnecessary constructions, while the second represents the same idea in a smoother way, following the main dogma of linguistics about “word economy”.

Contrary to grammar redundancy, semantic redundancy can be detected only by humans

People have got logic and imagination to detect contextual synonyms. For example, read this sentence and find two words with the same meaning:
“Scientists have got a general consensus of opinion concerning the solution of garbage recycle problem in the city”

Here, the words “consensus” and “opinion” convey almost the same meaning and usage of both is a kind of semantic redundancy. The same is with such expressions as “innocent and sinless child”, “most recent new research”, “sunset in the evening, “specialize the purpose in details” etc. Semantic redundancy is close to tautology and often is contaminated with it – as a kind of words with similar meaning that are used in the same word construction/sentence/passage.

Tautology is quite similar to semantic redundancy

However it also can also develop in repeating cognate words and simply repeating the same words through the text passage. “Horrible horror film”, “circulation of air circles”, “jump spots built for jumping” and so on give a clear idea of what tautology is.

Academic writing is already tough, and one doesn’t need to further complicate it by overloading texts with repeat constructions. Keep your style simple and re-read the text to eliminate the unnecessary expressions for your works to be clear and engaging to read.

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Posted: Erin in: Freelance Writing
October 29th, 2013

Strong Conclusion

Writing a strong conclusion

Every academic writer is well aware of the importance of conclusion. It is often more than enough to get the general picture of the dissertation or an essay by going through this usually laconic section. Writing one, however, is no small feat.

That is mostly because it is rather hard to find anything useful or interesting to say in conclusions. Here are only the few out of many points to keep in mind when writing the “epilogue” of your dissertation

Many people prefer sticking to the “formula”

When writing one, but it would often be better to go without clichés and phrases like “We can conclude that…”. It would make your conclusions section feel more alive and written, because you “care”.
Do not forget to bring up the main idea of the research, its significance. When writing a conclusion you should show how you answered the main research question and brought closure to the problem. Do not concentrate on something that you have written in a single paragraph of the paper, instead try shedding some light on the issues of the whole research, carried throughout the paper.

Last chapter has several main purposes:

  • to summarise the results
  • to present your own suggestions and ideas about the research
  • to offer your advice and speculate on the future research in this area.

Check this list of most common tips useful to write a logical conclusion:

  1. Never underestimate the significance of the keywords. Use them and the phrases from the introduction wisely. Do not abuse this, however, as it may come to bite you in the end. But, putting the correct keywords and phrases in the correct places throughout the conclusion can greatly benefit you in the eyes of the person, researcher, etc. who is currently reviewing your paper.
  2. Do not lose “style”. Keep the same tone that you have used in the dissertation or essay. Try to refrain from using any ambiguity in your expressions, jokes and hard to understand contexts. The tone should be polite and formal. It will present you as the serious researcher, intent on having a serious and thoughtful discussion.
  3. Keep in mind that you are not to introduce any new ideas in your conclusion. This section in its entirety should signal the reader that you are trying to point out the significance of the paper and bring the whole dissertation to the definite and clear end. Disregarding this is not recommended, as it may be viewed as “disappointing” in the eyes of the reader, who wanted to see the answer to the question raised and not to be introduced to another unsolved problem.
  4. Always remember that a good researcher revises the conclusion along with the paper. If you are changing something in your essay or a dissertation, your conclusions section should become the mirror of the paper, accurately adjusting itself to whatever changes you have made. Rereading your own conclusions from time to time will do you no harm, but it may greatly benefit you in the long run.

These are only several points to keep in mind when writing a strong conclusion. Never hesitate to put some effort into this small section and your efforts will surely pay off.

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Posted: Erin in: Freelance Writing
October 16th, 2013

Plagiarism-Checking Software

Plagiarism Check Software: How Can I Use Them?

Every person involved in academic writing is well aware of the fact that plagiarism is quite a pressing topic. As far as the issue is on the agenda in our professional activity, we decided to shed some light on the commonly used plagiarism software. First of all, let’s start from what actually the term “plagiarism” means. Most of us consider “plagiarizing” as copying someone’s work or borrowing somebody’s ideas. In fact, “copying” and “borrowing” are only the masking notions for the serious violation.

According to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary “to plagiarize” means:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
  • to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

All in all, plagiarism is nothing more than fraud and lies

The student can be excluded from the university if the issue of plagiarism has occurred during the learning process.

During the research, you use different sources: articles, on-line books, videos, etc. All these sources finally appear in the Works Cited page. In the body section every paragraph or sentence taken from the other source and is not your own conclusion must be referenced according to demanded academic style.

However, sometimes we neglect the rules of proper referencing or simply forget about in-text citations. Therefore, always better to double-check your paper for plagiarism in order to avoid further issues. For such purpose there are various software programs that will check your paper for plagiarism indicating if there is any matching text accessible in the web.

When choosing the software, it would be better to pay attention to the reputation of the particular company or its product

For example, a well-known company is more likely to sell the software, but not distribute it for free. Please keep in mind that the penalty for plagiarism is always heavier than the amount you are to pay for the program.

N.B. Not all of the plagiarism checking software products are 100% reliable. Some softs, for example, Turnitin, save the papers in their database after checking. What does the latter mean? Imagine the situation when you had written a good dissertation and put a lot of effort in it. Naturally, you will want to check it for instances of plagiarism. If it is Turnitin, the result will be 0% of matching text for the first time. With the happy smile on your face you pass this dissertation to the tutor. He checks the paper with Turnitin and it appears that the paper is 100% plagiarized! How it can be? The reason is the paper has been saved in the database. By the way, a lot of universities and colleges use Turnitin for plagiarism check. In this respect, Turitin not only processes the available data on the Internet, but also it scans its own database of academic papers that have been submitted by different students from all over the world.

In order to avoid such unpleasant situations, do not use Turnitin for plagiarism check. You can always decide in favor of a program which checks only on-line sources while processing your paper and what is more, it won’t add your paper to the base.

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Posted: Erin in: Freelance Writing
October 2nd, 2012

The best job sites for finding work at home

Job postings aren’t necessarily the sites that focus on work at home jobs

Space is not a constraint to start up a business or venture. You can also start it from your home, with least investment and effort. Work at home jobs are now the in thing for the freelancers and the housewives. Even the regularly employed people are getting into this profession and are taking it as their full time career. The options are getting diversified day by day with market expansion and internationalization. At the same time earning potential has also increased manifolds.

The options available to start a home based business are primarily of outsourcing in nature. But, one can also opt for proprietary business. Content writing, software programming, testing are just a few writer jobs available in the market. Most of these jobs are available on the internet and it has become more accessible and flexible to work with. But while opting for this career option you need to make a calculated and wise decision. The initial period is a testing time for all such entrepreneurs. The going is slow and the earnings are not so lucrative. Yet one needs to be dedicated and have the perseverance to stick to the job. But you need to understand the requirements of this job. There are a few areas that one needs to look into before stepping into this profession. These are:

  • Core competency

Try to highlight the core competency within you. Understand what you are good at. There is no point doing something that you are not comfortable in.

  • Select the job

Only understanding the core competency will not do. You have to look into the feasibility study. You can not start a construction business from home. Select the job that suits the work space, environment and your time devotion.

  • Time

As stated above time is crucial while deciding the job. Calculate how much time you can devote for this project or assignment. Because you can not take it lightly after you have committed to the project.

  • Revenue

Know the earning potential. If you are devoting additional time on this and also hampering your family life you need to be adequately compensated for this.

  • Support

You require a positive support from your family and close friends. Because the initial start will not be easy. There will lot of hindrances and shortfalls and you need to overcome those with confidence and guts. Hence, you require the support to take you forward.

The freedom and flexibility of the work at home job can not be compromised. You are your own boss and allot the time as per your convenience. Moreover, you can earn as much as you want. It is a huge industry with numerous writing online for money jobs available on the website and on local newspapers and magazines. The convenience of internet has been a major boon for this business and the entrepreneurs are greatly benefited from this.

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Posted: Erin in: Thesis Tips
March 26th, 2012

Thesis Title

Thesis Title Writing Tips For The Beginners

A glance at a thesis title will inform you what the bone of contention is about. A title must encapsulate in brief the core and scope of the study. This way, the researcher can be guided along the labyrinths of literary, scientific, or sociological investigations and discoveries. A dissertation head must not be confused with a title page. In fact, it is found on the title page! In academic parlance, the title page must contain the following information: The title of the work, the name of the person who did the thesis, and the course and number. The page is not complete if the date the thesis was submitted is absent, or if the professor’s name is omitted. Of course the name of the school should be prominently displayed.

A dissertation lay-out for a title page will place it next behind the approval page. Yet at this point, the thesis title page will bear no numerals, it will be marked as i. This page must follow a designed format, whether it is MLA, APA, or PPA. If you take a look at the course of the study, it is set in all caps; the name of the student appears two spaces below the study. Two spaces after the name, the abbreviated degree appears. In correlation, the name of the school follows immediately after the degree. There is no space in-between. Credit is given to the adviser; his or her name settles below the name of the university or college. The entries for the title page will be centred between the prescribed margins.

Examples of dissertation papers reveal varied formatting requirements for different types of disciplines. The scientific theses title of a study will be verbose in style to capture the breadth and scope of the study. Still the title will be condensed until all lexical debris will be eliminated without altering the original thought. The name of the study adds to the smart packaging of the intellectual product. This is how important it is to the completed work.

Observe the heads for literary research papers. These are interesting reads by themselves. The titles must hook a casual reviewer’s attention. One interesting paper name “Effective Feminine Wiles in the Plays of Shakespeare” may be interpreted as a reflection of sensitive social issues as seen from the different characters point of view. Titles can be intellectual teasers. Coined creatively and adroitly, titles speak well of the researcher’s ability to grasp the enormity and significance of the entire study.

A thesis title for a scientific study may read like this: “The Ratio of Molecular Dispersion on Electro-Magnetic Conductors in Negative and Positive Fields”. For a layman, the title may be insignificant, but for a science student, this may provide him important information without him having to go all the trouble of doing the experiments. Indeed a thesis titling is like a thumb print unique. Duplication is disastrous to one’s academic career.

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