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I only used Google and searched for .gov and .edu sources. I don't think I used too many peer-reviewed sources. I don't think I was ever docked points for the quality of my sources. (Just once because I didn't have enough more recent ones - and my topic was a modern topic, not history so it made sense.)
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I got through three essays for SDC this month, all for psychology.  They each took me about 6-7 hours.  First I looked up some topics with a general Google search using one or two of the key phrases from the essay prompt.  I'd inevitably find an article or two from someplace like Harvard or an .edu or .gov site.  You only need to quote three sources, so it isn't too hard.  Using Wikipedia was super helpful too. As you read through, find a quote you like and then copy the quote from the references at the end of the article.  For formatting, follow the Purdue OWL guidlines and you'll be golden.  I always got a full 10 points for formatting by just following Purdue.
I found SDC's grading to be very easy/fair, but as has been mentioned already, you don't need a high score to pass (maybe a 50, depending on your final test grade).  Let that knowledge put your mind at ease and try to have fun with it! On one paper I strayed from the strict essay prompt to make the topic more interesting for myself, and got a decent score.
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(02-11-2019, 09:53 AM)natshar Wrote: Thanks, everyone. Yeah I know it's nothing to stress about, but getting started on assignments is nothing new it's something I've struggled with since I was a kid. And while I know I could find ways to get all UL credit I need without writing essays (through Davar and Coopersmith) I realized this would be good practice for the capstone course. If I didn't do these papers, I would so lost when I take the capstone.

Also, just wondering how long does it take to write a paper or do a project for study.com from start to finish for you?

Well, it took me a week an 1/2 to do research on my 1st one, and I only started writing it after I knew what I was talking about. As a result, the quality was actually okay and I was under the wordcount minimum (something which SHOCKED me because I tend to be wordy and superfluous in my writing...), so I had to add more content, which took another day, plus editing/revising. Made an 83 on it.

On my 2nd paper, I blasted through it (cuz I was sick of it taking forever  Tongue Wink ), researching as I wrote. Proved pretty effective time-wise, but was 500 words over Word Count (guess I threw my conciseness out the window in my rush), so it took all day yesterday to get it down to 1991 as opposed to the 2500 I had previously.

All in all took me 3 and 1/2 weeks (maybe a tad less).

(02-12-2019, 10:43 AM)runningtherace2 Wrote:
(02-11-2019, 09:53 AM)natshar Wrote: Thanks, everyone. Yeah I know it's nothing to stress about, but getting started on assignments is nothing new it's something I've struggled with since I was a kid. And while I know I could find ways to get all UL credit I need without writing essays (through Davar and Coopersmith) I realized this would be good practice for the capstone course. If I didn't do these papers, I would so lost when I take the capstone.

Also, just wondering how long does it take to write a paper or do a project for study.com from start to finish for you?

Well, it took me a week an 1/2 to do research on my 1st one, and I only started writing it after I knew what I was talking about. As a result, the quality was actually okay and I was under the wordcount minimum (something which SHOCKED me because I tend to be wordy and superfluous in my writing...), so I had to add more content, which took another day, plus editing/revising. Made an 83 on it.

On my 2nd paper, I blasted through it (cuz I was sick of it taking forever  Tongue Wink ), researching as I wrote. Took 3 days. Proved pretty effective time-wise, but was 500 words over Word Count (guess I threw my conciseness out the window in my rush), so it took all day yesterday to get it down to 1991 as opposed to the 2500 I had previously.

All in all took me 2 and 1/2 weeks (maybe a tad less).
Side-note: I was working a job 4 days straight through my 1st paper, so it did slow me down a good bit.
But I'm sure it'd be much quicker for people with more time on their hands and more focus Smile
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