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Working with Consultants on Essays [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2006, 19:02
Working with Consultants on Your Essays

Since this topic comes up frequently this time of year, I figured it was time for a post.

1. NEVER let the consultant write your essay for you. If the consultant is sending you entire sentences that she has written for you and that you are incorporating into the essay, you are no longer the author of the essay. This is an unacceptable ethical violation and often produces very weak essays.

2. There is always a great risk that you will lose your "voice" in the editing process. Make sure that the consultant does not try to transform your essay into her own.

3. Grammar and structure should not be viewed as an afterthought. How you express your ideas can often be as important as the substantive content.

4) The best consultants will tell you what you do not want to hear.

5) Reasonable minds can (and often should) differ when it comes to admissions questions. Do not be surprised if consultants came to different opinions with regard to your essays.
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Great Topic [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2006, 18:05
I'm thinking of using one of these services as I have recently written my gmat and cut the timing a bit tight for round 2. Does anyone have any good experiences/references?
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Re: Working with Consultants on Essays [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2006, 19:56
Hjort wrote:
Working with Consultants on Your Essays

4) The best consultants will tell you what you do not want to hear.


Definitely true. The consultant I'm working with is brutally blunt. I get responses to essays like:

- Yeah, it's crap.
- This is a boring piece of S***.

And so on. But that means that when I get the odd: "this works great", I truly appreciate it and believe it.

Cheers. L.
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Re: Working with Consultants on Essays [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 12:22
lepium wrote:
Definitely true. The consultant I'm working with is brutally blunt. I get responses to essays like:

- Yeah, it's crap.
- This is a boring piece of S***.

And so on. But that means that when I get the odd: "this works great", I truly appreciate it and believe it.

Cheers. L.


Whom are you working with lepium?
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Re: Working with Consultants on Essays [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 22:39
toDoorNot wrote:
lepium wrote:
Definitely true. The consultant I'm working with is brutally blunt. I get responses to essays like:

- Yeah, it's crap.
- This is a boring piece of S***.

And so on. But that means that when I get the odd: "this works great", I truly appreciate it and believe it.

Cheers. L.


Whom are you working with lepium?


From the comments I would guess that his name stars with S and ends with Y :)
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Re: Working with Consultants on Essays [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2008, 01:41
My opinion is the best essays are written by you. If you need someone else to write your essay, or to revise it (there is a difference between getting an opinion and getting someone to restructure/rephrase it for you) then you haven't tried hard enough.

Plus spend the money you can save on Vodka instead!!
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