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Are all capstones intense writing?
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Hi

I'm currently in LIB-495 capstone and all this writing is killing me (I'm not a strong writer and spend days writing one paper and with ADHD am unorganized and can't find the articles I want to quote because I don't remember which ones had what info). I'm really struggling with the writing piece.

I started looking at grad programs and am assuming they all have capstones (looking at competency based programs). Is that a safe assumption? And are they all writing like this??  

I don't know if I can do this again. Sad

Thanks for any input. It's been a tough day.
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(12-27-2019, 08:47 PM)suzycupcake Wrote: Hi

I'm currently in LIB-495 capstone and all this writing is killing me (I'm not a strong writer and spend days writing one paper and with ADHD am unorganized and can't find the articles I want to quote because I don't remember which ones had what info). I'm really struggling with the writing piece.

I started looking at grad programs and am assuming they all have capstones (looking at competency based programs). Is that a safe assumption? And are they all writing like this??  

I don't know if I can do this again. Sad

Thanks for any input. It's been a tough day.

To organize, use a APA generator, it was a life saver when I recently took Bus Capstone at TESU. My favorite choice. EasyBib, the pro version is $10/month and its so worth the price and it includes grammar checker. Add all the interesting articles to the APA generator with a brief internal note of why its being used. Remember to remove the un-cited articles from the APA generator before it creates the APA document.
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Thank you very much for this. I’m using MyBib now and it’s great but I can’t make notes which would be perfect! I’m going to look at this right now.

Really appreciate it.

Would you know anything about the grad school capstones?
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Study.com (24): Eng Comp I & II, Pres Skills in the Workplace, Prin of Supervision, Personal Finance, Here's to Your Health, Prin of Mgmt, Tech in the Classroom
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Sophia (10): Dev Effective Teams, Visual Comm, Conflict Resolution, Human Biology
SHU and GCU (26): Prin of Soc, Prin of Psych, Ethics, Logic, Prin of Econ, Mgmt Info Sys, Univ Success, 21st Century Comm, Info Lit
TEEX (6): Death Investigation (UL); Foundations of Fingerprint Comparison
Coopersmith UL (12): Drugs, Society and Human Behavior, Foundations of Stress Mgmt, Sport & Exercise Psychology, Substance Abuse Counseling Affiliate ID: 196
CSMLearn (3)
TESU (6): SOS-110, Capstone
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(12-27-2019, 08:47 PM)suzycupcake Wrote: I started looking at grad programs and am assuming they all have capstones (looking at competency based programs). Is that a safe assumption? And are they all writing like this??  

It varies based on the degree you're pursuing and whether you're at a research college or not, but in general, you will be doing a LOT more writing at the graduate level that you did in undergrad. The TESU capstone felt more like a graduate-level course in terms of the writing.

FYI, many master's degree programs require a thesis and most doctoral programs will require a dissertation. These are time and research intensive papers that require a ton of writing that takes place over months (or years for dissertations). This is in addition to the writing that is required for each course in the degree program.

Even if you're looking at professional degrees instead of research degrees, which tend to have capstones or projects rather than a thesis or dissertation, you'll still end up with quite a bit of writing along the way, particularly in the final project/capstone.

Most online degrees, particularly competency-based ones, are very writing intensive. The exception being WGU, which requires a mix of papers, projects, and presentations in addition to exams in their master's degree programs. Though many of the programs are changing, and WGU appears to be moving away from exams and more towards papers, projects, and presentations in the graduate courses.

That said, you shouldn't let academic writing scare you. The more papers you write the better and faster you get at it. I used to be much slower at writing but after going through my undergrad capstone and completing my MBA, I prefer writing over exams now. APA formatting is second nature now as well.

I'm looking at doctorate programs, and the way I see it, all the writing at the masters level is there to help prepare you for the writing at the doctoral level. So I'm not too worried other than the time requirements.
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