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Old 02-19-2013, 02:40 AM #1618
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I'm an old junior at a real college and yet only now am I seeing a lot of my profs put low page count limits on reports and essays. Last week, I drafted a contract that my marketing teammates and I would have to abide by. Limit: 3 pages, double spaced. Mine turned out to be over 6 pages before I realized that there was actually a limit and not just a minimum.

Tonight, I have a four page max paper to do. My intro is almost a page by itself. I can't help but think that my profs want short papers because most of my peers write like fifth graders. Either way, I mad.
Brevity is the soul of wit, brah.

Most of my professors say it's harder to write shorter papers. They do it on purpose so you have to choose every single one of your words carefully, since each of them uses valuable space.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:24 AM #1619
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I'm an old junior at a real college and yet only now am I seeing a lot of my profs put low page count limits on reports and essays. Last week, I drafted a contract that my marketing teammates and I would have to abide by. Limit: 3 pages, double spaced. Mine turned out to be over 6 pages before I realized that there was actually a limit and not just a minimum.

Tonight, I have a four page max paper to do. My intro is almost a page by itself. I can't help but think that my profs want short papers because most of my peers write like fifth graders. Either way, I mad.
we have that problem a lot. Write a lab report thats 5 pages but you find that the results of the lab take 5 pages on their own.
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Sounds like they're training you for the real world where you have to condense your life's work into a few pages when published.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:00 PM #1621
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Brevity is the soul of wit, brah.

Most of my professors say it's harder to write shorter papers. They do it on purpose so you have to choose every single one of your words carefully, since each of them uses valuable space.
True or not, these papers are not presented in that way. The profs want them short because they want to spend as little time as possible reading them.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:02 PM #1622
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True or not, these papers are not presented in that way. The profs want them short because they want to spend as little time as possible reading them.
Or because that's how professional papers are.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:14 PM #1623
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Not necessarily. Virtually nobody reads EULAs and contracts for a reason.
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Not necessarily. Virtually nobody reads EULAs and contracts for a reason.
Was talking about research publications and while you don't read them, the law departments certainly do.
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Professors want it short because it will still convey all the major points to show that you are understanding the material. All the while it takes less time for them to come to that conclusion.
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For what it's worth, my first example was a contract. It was limited to three pages. The other one that I was working on last night isn't a research paper, either. I can understand why the reader probably doesn't want a 50 page paper with 100 sources unless it's absolutely necessary, but the "light" content and low gravity of these assignments doesn't convince me that the short length is to make us better writers.
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Or because that's how professional papers are.
really? I had more than a few papers last semesters over some new research i was reading for a project that were easily 50+ pages.

I wrote a 20 page paper with over 50 pages of appendices on the topic
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in the "professional" world I don't think anyone cares whether your writeup is 5 or 10 pages as long as you convey what you need to convey. somehow I doubt jeff drones on and on with fluff, anyway
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really? I had more than a few papers last semesters over some new research i was reading for a project that were easily 50+ pages.

I wrote a 20 page paper with over 50 pages of appendices on the topic
Thesis?
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Thesis?
Mine wasn't a thesis. Mine was an end project that showed my logic family could implement better than standard CMOS. The articles I was using were IEEE articles from when the logic family was invented
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Mine wasn't a thesis. Mine was an end project that showed my logic family could implement better than standard CMOS. The articles I was using were IEEE articles from when the logic family was invented
I've never seen an IEEE article longer than 5 pages, even the ones from the early 60's. I'd be floored to see something 25+ pages long.
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in the "professional" world I don't think anyone cares whether your writeup is 5 or 10 pages as long as you convey what you need to convey. somehow I doubt jeff drones on and on with fluff, anyway
If it could be said in 5 pages, I don't want to read an extra 5 pages to get the same info.
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Just like your grammar?
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