Am I the Only One That Hates Essay Editing?

by A Guest Author

Put a book in front of me and I could probably read it cover to cover and thoroughly understand it. Ask me anything about the plot lines or the characters, or even ask me for a chunk of dialogue and I probably could do it. Ask me about the history of the author and I would shrink under the table.

I find that the book is my world. I find that I can easily get involved with a book in a matter of minutes. I try to see where the author is going to take me and I play a game with myself to see if I can determine the end of the book correctly. I do that by reading between the lines and trying to get clues from sentences that appear slightly out of context.

In short I honestly do not have a problem with assimilating and understanding most books that I read. Although I will have to re-read the classics a few times to get it right. This “gift” infuriates my classmates who are spending hours in huddled conversations getting totally frustrated by the lack of understanding of their books. In the main I put this down to the famous “skip a few pages” routine. It is always the case that the author never really has wasted pages. So if you skip, you are skipping a vital piece of the storyline for sure.

So with all this ability to immerse myself into books, you may ask why I can not walk through essay editing. The truth is I can describe verbally everything. Ask me to put it into a formal essay and my mind goes to mush. I start to “double think” and second guess. I decided that now it is on paper I have committed the sin of getting wrong. The answer here is that I cannot write on paper what I think. The ability to read the written word is fine; my ability to write is just not as good.

I use to not do my essays and just accept the zero mark and the telling off. The teachers could never understand why I was able to talk so expertly in class, but failed to back it up with written work. In fact my fellow pupils would look at me in dismay, as often as not it was me who told them everything that they had put into their written reports.

I decided to get some assistance, as I as in real fear of falling far behind in the scoring. I decided I needed to get someone to write it for me. It was not cheating (I told myself). As I knew it all, I just needed help in getting onto the paper in a form acceptable to the educational authorities.

So how did I go about this? Well I signed up for one of those essay editing schemes, and although I could sometimes argue a little with their final answers, I could not argue with the structure layout and professionalism of the final product. OK it may be a little of a cheat, but it is something I really have to do. So I would rather call it “thinking outside the box”.

About The Author:

Malcom Harris has now managed to improve his marks at School.

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