As a Master student, I could never imagine I would have any problem with composing an essay. It turned out that writing an assignment on apparently “simple” subjects like Culture can be a hurdle.
But let me put everything in line by starting with the fact that I’m the first year student of Magistrate who seems to know everything about the Great Depression. So, I was very excited when the professor asked us to write an argumentative essay on the cultural and social effects of it. It took me three hours of diligent work to put everything I knew in a 5-page paper, and I couldn’t wait to learn the score.
The disappointment was immense: I got only 75, which was a disaster! Fortunately, I was given an opportunity to revise the paper and improve the score.
I thought I would need culture homework help, so I browsed the web looking for the sites where I could get assistance. On Quora, I came across a Nerd answering questions for free. I texted Nerdify — and here is my story of how I noticed the beam in my essay-writing eye.
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1. Argumentative Essay Is about Expressing an Opinion
When I contacted the Nerd for the first time, I believed my professor was picky and subjective. Maybe, he didn’t like me and wasn’t going to give me the grade I deserved.
To my surprise, the Nerd could quickly detect what the main problem with the essay was. “The thing is that you do not express an opinion on the topic. And you do not present an opposite opinion, either”, she explained.
When I took the second look at my assignment, I realized that the Nerd was right. My essay looked more like a set of interesting facts; a report, at best.
In academic terms, my work was an informative essay — a decent piece of research, which had nothing in common with argumentation. My Nerd guided the transformation in the correct way.
The Nerd explained to me what argumentative essay was and how it was different from other types of writing. In academic terms, my work was an informative essay — a decent piece of research, which had nothing in common with argumentation, though. She also encouraged me to formulate own opinion on the problem and to choose supporting evidence.
As soon as the first half of the work was done, I had to mention opposite arguments. When we found those arguments, the Nerd told me that I could either refute them or acknowledge their validity. Both variants were ok, but I chose the first one.
2. Culture Essay Is about Relevant Evidence
“The fact that the Dust Bowl traveled 2,000 miles before hitting the East Coast in 1934 is exciting, but I don’t understand how it fits in discussing social and cultural effects of the Great Depression”, the Nerd outlined another problem with my essay.
Nerd taught me to choose evidence that supports an argument, rather than distracts a reader’s attention.
Some facts sound very exciting, so you may have a temptation to put them in your culture homework assignment, even when they do not fit in the discussion canvas. The Nerd explained to me how to choose evidence that supports an argument, rather than distracts a reader’s attention.
That time, I felt sorry for my professor who had to wade through the wilds of facts and ideas to understand what I wanted to say. The revised essay looked much better than my first try. All arguments were relevant, clear, and entirely in place.
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3. Culture Essay is about Credible Information
“I think, I know what will improve your score,” the Nerd sounded intriguing. “Many of the sources you have used in your essay are hardly reliable.”
At first, I thought she was joking. But then I inspected the first draft carefully and realized that most information came from .com and .net files.
The Nerd told me that like many other students, I am very trusting about the information that I find on the web. The thing is that everyone can post anything on the Internet, so it’s not a good idea to cite the very first evidence you’ve googled.
My Nerd gave me a checklist on how to determine the quality of the source. I’m still using it.
- Do not trust information coming from .com and .net sites. Anyone may add it without credentials. It is usually better to take information from .edu or .org sites.
- Check the author’s credentials. The Nerd told me I should trust experts who have authority in the field. It is commonly better to trust a certified historian than a blogger who writes about the Dust Bowl one day and about the fashion another time.
- The most credible information comes from books and peer-reviewed articles. Many books and materials can be found online. But if you have problems with accessing a particular source, Nerdify experts will assist you.
- Make sure information comes from a recent source. Since the Great Depression is a carefully studied topic, there is a wealth of information, some of which may be outdated. The Nerd recommended me to use sources that have been published over the last 5 to 10 years.
When I saw A on the revised paper, I realized that contacting the Nerd taught me a bunch of lessons about writing an argumentative Culture essay. I felt relieved when I received a higher score on the revised paper. I was happy my grade was saved.
However, there was also another thing that made me feel great. I understood that the grade was saved due to my own efforts and diligence. And that was terrific!
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