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Ways to Manage Writer's Block When Working on Your Essays

Image Credit: It is typical for writers to be stuck in a limbo, where they can't find the perfect sentences to finish their essays.They call it writer's block because every writer reaches this phase. Yes, even famous authors like Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King , John Green, J.K Rowling and more, knows how perilous it is to let mental block affects their work. They have deadlines to meet and fans to satisfy, so it is not fitting to slack off and wait for muses to help write them again. Just like these famous writers, students have deadlines to meet and a teacher to satisfy. Submitting an essay late, won't give them anything good. So before your professor start yelling at you for not complying with his requirements, you better read through these tips, and learn how you can get a fighting chance against writer's block.

Is capital punishment justifiable? Discuss.

Image credit: Capital punishment is based upon the philosophy of “an eye for an eye”. As noted by one of the greatest political figure from India, Mahatma Gandhi “An eye for an eye ends up making the whole world blind”. Moreover, capital punishment is an inhumane act which is only meant to wreak vengeance. Killing a murderer is not a justice; in fact it is tantamount to committing a new crime. Although criminals cannot be forgiven for their heinous crimes, capital punishment is by no means justifiable.

Reasons Why Students Should Never Skip Writing Essays

When was the last time you actually did your essays and felt so excited about doing it? You can't remember, can you? Most likely you are one of the majority of students who hate writing essays and prefer to hire someone to write it for them. Photo courtesy: This contempt towards school writing projects is apparently normal for students. They hate writing because it steals a lot of their time, which they feel is for playing video games, watching movies, surfing the internet, or going out with friends. But writing is an important part of learning, that is why teachers always assign these projects no matter how much students complain about them.

Software for the best paper editing

Author A lot of your paper editing is rooted in how much you actually know about the written English language, and if you are fooling yourself into thinking that talking is the same as writing then you are very much mistaken. A good rapper such as Marshal Mathers (Eminem) can elicit emotion and send several messages within just a few sentences, but doing it with the written word is very different. You need to know how the written language works before being able to manipulate it correctly. If you do know a little bit about the rules of written English, then you may get a lot of use out of these paper editors.

Probable Questions for October/November 2014

Predictions are predictions! With this warning, I am here, continuing the tradition of predicting questions for this exam scheduled on Oct/Nov session. However, frankly speaking, I am not much informed about General Paper subject at present and therefore, guesswork is like throwing stone in the dark. I warn you beforehand that, in this game of hit or miss, the chances of miss are high.

Essay Ideas on Biodiversity

Photo Credit:  MarineBio What is biodiversity? Biodiversity refers to the components of the earth’s biosphere. Bio means ‘life’, and diversity means variation. Therefore, the variation in the type and nature of living organisms in any specific area can be termed as biodiversity of that area. According to Wikipedia , biodiversity is the degree of variation of life. This can refer to genetic variation, species variation, or ecosystem variation within an area, biome, or planet.

Essay Ideas on City vs Village Life

It is a matter of personal preference and convenience which determines whether people choose to live in city or village. However, both the lifestyle possesses some appeals and drawbacks, similarities and differences, and the like. In my opinion however, the town and country lives are becoming increasingly similar with the passage of time.

Cosmetic surgery is a mere vanity. Discuss

Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing people’s appearances through surgical and medical techniques. Even though, cosmetic surgery to some extent makes people feel better about themselves, it also makes people strive for physical perfection. Moreover, Cosmetic surgeries are not always reliable and people going through it have high risk of having different disorders.

Books are better than movies. Discuss

Books are written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers while movies are a recording of moving images that tells a story and that people watch on a screen or television. Books are better than movies not only because we can have in-depth understanding of the characters and the plot, but also because books provide different experience to different people. Additionally, reading boosts our confidence, and thus improve our personality. On the contrary, movies consume less time, are easier to understand and are suitable for wider range of audience.

Essay Ideas on Travelling: Present vs Future

Moving from one place to another, for various reasons like tourism, business deals, migrating for new settlement, knowing about culture of people, etc. is known as travelling. It is constantly in a state of change in respect to means, purpose and so on over a period of time. Therefore, travelling today and travelling in the future can be compared and contrasted.

Essay ideas on Conserving Mountains

Mountains like Mt Everest, Mt. K2, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Fuji, etc are the natural resources and property of this whole world. Although, mountains geographically belong to one country, they are equally important for the people of other countries. People who love mountains can go anywhere, to view them. Therefore, for the sake of whole world conserving mountains is extremely important.

Essay Ideas on Elderly Citizens (Ageism)

Although it depends upon various factors, generally the people above 60 can be regarded as senior citizens. They usually take retirement from their work at this age; nevertheless, they still can contribute a lot to the society in different ways. They can provide guidance and mentoring to the younger people. Therefore, they should be respected and cared well.

Is sex education the responsibility of school or parents?

Key words: ‘Is …?’, ‘sex education’, ‘responsibility’, ‘school/parents’. Sex education is undoubtedly important. However, who can better impart this education to children, either school or parents, is not clear-cut. While parents are best suited to guide the children at home, the teachers take on hold of them at school. So, in true sense it is a responsibility of both teachers and parents. However, because of various reasons such as embarrassment, knowledge level and cultural differences, among other reasons, school is better suited to impart sex education.

How far is musical education vital to personal development?

Musical education refers to the education regarding music, playing musical instruments, and related knowledge. It is mainly targeted to develop music sensitivity and appreciation in children. The vitality and significant benefits of music have been confirmed by various researches, especially to refresh our mind, celebrate our success, and express our feelings. Thus, musical education is crucial for personal development of human beings.

Overview of GP in Thirty Minutes - A PowerPoint Presentation

This PowerPoint Presentation is designed to introduce General Paper and give its quick glimpse to the audience, mainly the students of GCE A Levels or H1 studying General Paper as one of their subjects. This presentation is useful for those who want to learn about GP in short time. The prospective students who are thinking to consider studying GP may also find this material interesting as it is very short, yet elaborate and to the point. In short, GP has been presented differently and concisely in this presentation.

Can abortion ever be justified?

Entrenched as an ubiquitous phenomenon throughout the world, abortion- the premature expulsion of a fetus in the womb is now mounting in our present era. In fact, with modernization, abortion is becoming a culture the new generation is bringing as this therapy is therapeutic to myriad of women. Yet, this medical advancement has generated controversy surrounding the moral and legal status of abortion. Is there any valid reason to expunge a pregnancy willingly? Can this remedy be morally permissible?

Assess the pros and cons of capital punishment.

Crime rate is mounting daily but the nature of punishment in comparison to those of the past is becoming less grisly. Capital punishment, although remains an unscrupulous sanction to many optimists, seems a promising solution to restore equilibrium in the society. Consequently, numerous countries are embarking on this rewarding concept. However, the doubt still remains: is death penalty really a solution to deliver justice, or is it just a way to demonstrate the erosion of our moral values?

Can mathematics be fun, interesting and worthwhile?

Mathematics is the discipline which is concerned with numbers, calculations and so on. Because it involves working with numbers, calculators and computers, people think it is boring and not worth the time and effort we invest in it. The calculations are good only to fulfill the necessities of our daily lives and for the smooth operation of the financial transactions we engage in our day to day life. Beyond that mathematics has no useful purpose, let alone the idea of it being fun and interesting. This is the perception of majority of people. However, can this be the whole truth? Can there be people who enjoy mathematics? The answer is a resounding yes.

To what extent do you agree that emigration is a curse or blessing to a country?

Note: This post is not a complete essay but will help you brainstorm to write one. Emigration means migration of people from their native country to settle in another country. It is a blessing in the regard that: Population pressure decreases in the native country. Thus, the smaller population becomes easier to manage for the government there. Because the population density decreases to some extent, the problem of overpopulation like over-exploitation of resources, congested housings, increasing pollution, and so on are reduced to some extent.

How would you account for student unrest?

There was once a time when teachers and leaders were looked upon as role models by students and students thought twice before speaking before them. And now, as the world progresses, there is a change everywhere, including students behaviour. News flashes showing student protests for a recheck of annual papers bring in a feeling of a lack of trust in teachers and authorities, and worse, a fear of an unsafe tomorrow. Who should we charge for all this?

Essay Ideas on 'Sports and Money'

Sample essay questions which will be helped by this article: To what extent is sport being damaged by money? To what extent has drug-taking damaged the reputation of sport? (Drug taking is done to "win match at any cost" thus achieving monetary gain/prize and fame, which is again associated with earning more money. In sports and film line fame = money) Cases when sport is being damaged by money! True meaning of sports is being lost as it is now played for financial gain rather than for entertainment, physical fitness, or refreshing one’s mood. The players no longer play fairly. They try to win the match “by hook or by crook” (meaning win anyhow). All this is happening because of the greed of earning more money, and nothing else.

Do you agree that the primary purpose of the arts – whether painting, music, drama, or literature – is to entertain?

We come across, at least, some form of arts almost every day. We perceive them in different ways depending upon their types and basis for perception. We view paintings and sculptures, we listen to music, we watch drama, and we read literature. Why do we invest our time and effort, and thus engage ourselves, in such activities? When doing so, aren't we looking for some kind of ways to entertain ourselves? Indeed we are.

‘Violence is the only effective weapon available to the people who are oppressed.’ How far do you agree or disagree?

Violence refers to creating terror in people by using threats, weapons and so on in order to intimidate the people and thus force the government to fulfill certain demands. It is, thus, generally taken as the effective weapon, to make governments obey them, by the oppressed people. However, it is not the only alternative available to them. Peaceful revolutions, appeal to the international organizations and communities, garnering support from a powerful political party, or even forming one’s political party are among the effective alternatives at the disposal of the oppressed people.

How far should the state interfere with an individual’s right to smoke and drink alcohol?

Many states in the world try to control the smoking and drinking habits of their citizens. Citing various reasons like the health, waste of money, social welfare, and the like, they justify their interference. However, with the citizens becoming more educated and aware, shouldn't the state allow them to decide whether to smoke and drink? After all, if they are really conscious about their health, money and family they will practice self-discipline themselves. Therefore, I think the state should not interfere much with the people’s right to smoke and drink.

Probable Questions for May/June 2014

Owing to the pressing demand from students, I am giving continuity to the tradition of predicting questions for the GP exams this May/June session also. My predictions are in no way reliable. Many students have later complained that the predicted questions didn't appear in the GP exams. Hence, the disclaimer goes before anything else! These questions will not be asked at all in the CIE exams of GP this year. It will be a mere coincidence if any questions are asked from the list given below. Pun intended!

Can the world sustain our increasing dependence on electricity?

When you enter a departmental store the door opens automatically and once you are in, it closes automatically. When you get back to your home late at night, the bulb glows automatically. Water taps didn't require electricity to work until recently when the sensors replaced the manual job. Many physical tasks have been ascribed to electric machines. These kinds of automations are increasing along with the advancement of technology. The electricity, which powers these devices, has never been so much useful and demanding. However, can our world sustain this increasing dependence of ours on electricity?

Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of globalisation for your country.

The speed with which the world is shrinking nowadays in terms of communication of data and information is massive. The people now feel near to each other even if they are living far away in term of physical distance. This phenomenon, resulting mainly from the advancement in transportation and communication facilities, is known as globalization. However, its pros and cons are debatable, not least from the perspective of my country.

Newspapers are more concerned with profits than with the truth. Discuss this statement.

Newspaper is a print media concerned with publishing news events and important information. However, because newspapers are business organizations, majority of their decisions are directed by profit motive. Sometimes, this motive is so great that they prefer this motive to truth. Although unethical, majority of newspapers are driven by their concern for profits rather than exposing the truth in many of their decisions regarding, headlines, front page news, different sections and sub-sections and so on.

Assess the qualities to be found in a good advertisement.

Even though, it is difficult to assess the qualities necessary in a good advertisement, some qualities are better had than not. The advertisements differ based upon the media, such as textual and graphical advertisements used in newspaper and hoarding boards, and the audio/visual and animated advertisements used in radio, television and internet advertising. Even though different, they tend to have some qualities in common. Persuasive, aesthetic, interesting, and contemporary are some of the qualities that can be ascribed to the good advertisements.

Oct/Nov 2002 - Solution of Question #14

Q# 14 You are about to interview three applicants for the position of Assistant Curator at the National Art Gallery. One of these applicants must be appointed because the position needs to be filled immediately. Apart from the daily responsibility of taking groups of visitors of all ages and nationalities round the various collections of paintings and sculptures, the job also entails putting on displays and preparing promotional material, organising workshops in art appreciation for schools and societies and laying on programmes of lectures on specific topics for invited audiences.

Can the use of nuclear energy be justified?

Nuclear energy refers to the heat and electricity generated from the exothermic reaction known as the nuclear fission reaction. Its first successful use for energy generation dates back to 1950. However, since then there has been an ongoing debate about whether it is justifiable or not? The supporters of nuclear energy cite it as clean, reliable, renewable and alternative source of energy. However, opponents of nuclear energy generally cite safety issues and long term environmental concern mainly due to the radio-active nature of the elements used for nuclear power generation. The truth lies somewhere in between.

'Women rights violation is still on the rise.' How far do you agree?

Note: This post is not a complete essay but will help you brainstorm to write one. At a glance, it seems that the question is tilted towards the increasing women rights violation. But, you also have the option to not agree with this statement because the latter part, “how far do you agree?” gives you that flexibility. What you should understand is that there is no concrete answer in GP. If you say that ‘women rights violation is increasing’ with valid points to support your argument you are right. And again if you deny that statement and prove that women rights violation is not increasing, then also you are right.

Should a country allow all its citizens to possess guns?

For lowering the impact of crimes involving the guns, police officers respond to the situation as soon as possible. Although successful sometimes, more often they cannot prevent gun-aided murders. If we are being shot at, our first reaction would be to fire back and defend ourselves using weapons apropos to the situation, usually guns. Waiting for the cops to arrive and take control of the crime spot would be usually unfeasible. In the United States, every citizen has a constitutional right of self-defence. It is thus important for states of the US to pass concealed carry laws of owning guns by the citizens.

Oct/Nov 2003 - Solution of Question #14

General Paper 8001 Passage from the Exams in Oct/Nov 2003 Q#14 You have been asked to identify, from a group of four, the person with the best chance of succeeding in a television general knowledge quiz and have been provided with the information below. The Quiz: Participants compete on an individual basis rather than as members of a team. Participants may not consult anyone else during the course of the programme. There is a time limit on each question asked. The competition is broadcast live and takes place before a large audience. During the last five quiz programmes, questions have been asked on the following: current affairs (10%); geography, history & literature (20%); language (10%); the media (20%); science & technology (10%); sport (20%); miscellaneous (10%).

Assess the view that advertisements promise far more than they deliver.

In the current competitive world, we can see competition in everything and nowhere is this competition as fierce as in the field of business. To take edge in business, it is extremely essential to make compelling advertisements. They are the tools for business to communicate their product related information persuasively to the potential customers. Such commercials allure customers to purchase or consume more of a particular brand of product or service. Varieties of media like television, radio, cinema, magazine, newspapers, and the internet are used to deliver the advertisements. Advertising generally brings about positive response from the customers. However, the common question facing all advertisers is “will they be able to deliver what they have promised for in their advertisement?”

The debate on Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering is the technology which allows us to isolate, implant and modify the genes of living organisms. It has a widespread utility on agriculture, especially in the way we cultivate crops. With this technology we can, for instance, take the genes from apple that makes them resistant to cold and insert it into tomatoes that will then grow better in the cold climate. Similarly, we can remove the reproductive capacity of the seeds of certain plant after the first generation. That makes the harvested seeds incapable of germinating and growing into a new plant. So, there are various implications, both positive and negative from the genetic engineering.

How far are minority groups treated fairly in your society?

I live in a Nepalese society which encompasses the people of several caste, creed, culture and religion living peacefully. Yet, there are significant challenges lying ahead of us in addressing the issues of several minority groups. There are about 22 untouchable groups, 60 indigenous inhabitants, gender based minority like the single women, various religious minorities, and sexual minorities like lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) groups. Providing fair and just treatment to these minorities remains a genuine issue in my society.

"The ultimate goal of education is to earn money." Discuss.

Education is meant for the all round development of a person in terms of knowledge, skills and wisdom. In other words, it tries to make people capable and independent. Since being self-dependent requires, among other things, some sort of income to support our life, in a way, education prepares people to take a job in order to earn some money. However, education is also about being wise, ethical, moral and leading a better quality of life. Therefore, we cannot conclude that the ultimate goal of education is to earn money.