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Philosophy 1A03

Old 11-13-2013 at 08:33 AM   #1
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Philosophy 1A03
I was just wondering what the going consensus is about the grading in philosophy 1A03... our TA will not release the average when it comes to the papers he has graded, and I am getting a little frustrated with the grades I am receiving. I cannot see to get past a 79. No matter how much I take his advice with the writing of the paper and what he is looking for and also by integrating my own ideas. I am so confused as to how some of my work has not been 80's potential.. Anyone else have thoughts on this?
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It's really hard to get an A on a philosophy essay because there is always something for the TA to rebuttal. My best advice when writing philosophy papers is to think of every possible opposing view, mention it, explain it, then state why your view is better/makes more sense.
Make sure your writing is also clear. There's no need to use big words all the time, sometimes they just make your essay sound more confusing than necessary. Stick to the page limit/word count, and make sure you have a very clear, and if possible, unique and original thesis. Don't forget to state a brief summary of your argument in the intro, or you'll lose marks.
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