I needed to come back to this thread and add in some information.
First.. a *HUGE* thanks to NRE. This was an incredible thing she found and while such things have been around, I'm sure, I hadn't seen one until NRE
found this to share. I can say..it made an enormous difference for me, immediately..I just couldn't say anything sooner, as some of those I am graded
by also have accounts on ATS. So....it's an interesting position I'm in at times for what can be said when I know it's being said right TO an
instructor as well. lol...
Anyway... I had a paper due this past week. A term paper, in fact. Big deal....letter grade changing stuff for any college course and this one was no
exception for points it was valued at. I was all set for Fatalism...and really, I'm not kidding..that was my topic..until the nature of the term came
to rear it's ugly head. It seems...I couldn't use it after all. A few details I missed early on for rubric issues (grading specifics) and caught at
the last moment...err..yeah..last moment.. We won't even touch what got dumped for research and sourcing at that stage.
So..what does this have to do with NRE's find? Well.... (Close your eyes if your seeing this Zach..it's not for you..
) I found myself with a
1,500 word paper due, with academic journal AND book requirements for sourcing as a minimum..and less than 48 hours, then, to go from a cold start.
(Momma said there would be days like that, right?)
Having already spent some time with Spreeder..It triggered something for making a level of reading possible beyond what I'd done before....and I'm
one of those who read enough to seriously cuss the cost of paperback books as a weekly budget drain. Overnight..I managed not one, but TWO short (19th
century style writing) books and a lengthy academic journal article ..plus 5 web sources ..to make 2,000 words of report that scored an A.
NRE... Thank you... I would have made a paper which passed, given the catastrophic need to change the whole focus at the end ...but I never would have
made a paper worthy of an A..and DAMN sure, not read those 3 sources, start to finish, with a confidence I could brief back what I'd read if the
instructor asked me to show I had.
Few things we do or share on ATS ever really supply feedback, in my experience. Few of us who try, ever really know how much (if at all) our efforts
have ever helped anyone else. So, it's even more important for me to have come back and shared this. In this case, the effort literally changed how
this course turns out for semester grade...and likely changed how I do many things going forward.
Go NRE and Thanks to Spreeder!!