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  1. As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate. Efficiency has always been human's weakest point. Rise of technology have revolutionized the way people think about a particular task that required laborious thinking. Human's dependency on technology does not undermines their thinking ability, but instead it eases their efforts. It is evident that technology have developed the world to a great extent. Technologies like computers have been of great use that reduce the difficulty of the problem and makes it easier for humans. For example, a basic application like Microsoft Excel changed the way people used to keep financial records. Earlier keeping records was a tedious work.Once a data was entered it was difficult for a person to make changes without. And sometimes those changes made the work look dirty and untidy. Contrasting to that, Excel application has provided the options of Adding repetitive data, changing the values and easy categorization of data that reduced the difficulty of maintaining such hectic records. Such technologies have been implemented all over the world. Furthermore, technology is time saving. Calculations that required profound human thinking efforts that take several minutes can be solved within seconds using scientific calculators. Additionally, writing down used to be a lengthy process. For example, as a journalist writing each and every word of the interviewee used to be tedious and sometimes interviewer could forget or miss few points mentioned by the interviewee. But technologies such as audio or video recording have eased the work of remembering and writing down everything. Also, few applications like speech-to-text have narrowed down the effort. There are also many applications that is used to allocate a person's daily task according to the time and then remind of the task at allotted hour of the day. There are various technology that improves human thinking ability. Games such as puzzle games can improves human's problem solving and analytical abilities. Additionally few games improves brain's reflexes; games genre such as action polishes our brain's quickness to respond to a problem. Using such technologies makes a person's brain more efficient. Also some applications like Focus helps a person stay focused at the work he/she has to do. The information that once required hours and hours of searching through the books can be at your computer screen in seconds. Internet that is a pool of great knowledge only requires few seconds of typing a query and the information is fetched to you in no time. Although, sometimes humans rely too much on technologies that makes human brain lazy to think for itself. Calculations such as basic additions and subtract are better done in the mind instead of relying on a calculator. But every coin has two sides and the advantages of technology by far outweighs its disadvantages. Technology makes a human more efficient and smarter. Limited dependency on technology reduces human efforts and errors.
  2. Prompt: To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. I agree that the most important characteristics of a society come from its major cities. As you study the metropolitan area, there will be an abundance of factors that arise. For one, the city’s culture has a huge impact on the society as a whole. The prevalence of community plays another role. Lastly, society has much to do with the city’s economy. When we study a city’s culture, we can evaluate the various personalities, languages, and cuisines that are accepted within their society. Finding the most prevalent to the most limited tells us more about the society than we think. Learning how the city functions, for example how the majority of the population commute to the city, can determine a role of the society. Another way to learn about the society is to determine if there’s a well-built community. Community teaches us how society has progressed, more about the population making up the total society, and how to make it better. Lastly, the economy is usually built from major cities. How well the economy is doing plays a vital factor on how and why the society is the way it is. Learning the area that generates the most income tells us the future of the society. However, some societies are influenced by a group of rural areas. If the city doesn’t have a strong community, culture or economy, the outskirts could the be leading factor of one’s society. For example, the state of Georgia’s political standing has much to do with their society. The city of Atlanta has a difference viewpoint from the rest of the rural areas but the rural makes up the majority of the “society” in the state of Georgia. Furthermore, I would agree that in most places the city is where I’d start to dissect if I wanted to learn more about their society. There will be vast differences between major cities and the rural counterparts but the city is more likely to have fluctuations and progressive changes that shape the society.
  3. I originally took the GMAT and I was advised to try to take the GRE after failing the GMAT. I took the GRE and received the same score. I am now focused and ready to study with the Maggosh 3 month study guide. I need extreme help in writing, is there anyone out there that would be willing to grade/comment on my practice essay I did in 30 mins? Your help is greatly appreciated. Issue Essay - Practice 1 9-30-18.docx
  4. Hi there! I could really use some input on two practice essays I recently wrote, one for the argument and one for the issue prompts. If anyone has 20 minutes to spare, it would be a huge help! Feel free to be as critical as needed, any help is appreciated! Thanks! GRE Practice Essays.docx
  5. Prompt/Directions The most effective way to understand contemporary culture is to analyze the trends of its youth. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.
  6. Hi everyone! I'm in the midst of prepping for the GRE through Magoosh and was just assigned 2 essays for my study plan today. In Magoosh's resources, it lists this website as a place where you can post essays and hopefully get feedback from others. That said, I'm posting the first essay I wrote today, an Issue essay. I'd love any feedback or review anyone is willing to give, as I don't have a writing tutor. Please feel free to butcher as needed, this is my first attempt at a GRE essay, so I'm sure it's a bit rough. The essay is pasted below. Thanks! Much appreciated! Cherokee Washington Prompt: "The well-being of a society is enhanced when many of its people question authority." Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Often Times throughout history, authority figures, people who hold positions of power, and governmental systems are questioned by the societies they rule. It is true that those in power are elected to rule and guide the public based on their merit, rhetoric, and intentions, however, there are cases in which authority figures seek to only benefit select groups within society, rather than every member of said society. That said, I believe that the well-being of a public can be enhanced when those in power are questioned. Essay: Often Times throughout history, authority figures, people who hold positions of power, and governmental systems are questioned by the societies they rule. It is true that those in power are elected to rule and guide the public based on their merit, rhetoric, and intentions, however, there are cases in which authority figures seek to only benefit select groups within society, rather than every member of said society. That said, I believe that the well-being of a public can be enhanced when those in power are questioned. Within American history, we see a pattern of questioning authoritative figures on countless occasions since the beginning of our nation’s establishment. Take the system of slavery for example. Perhaps one of the most detrimental financial and prejudiced decisions made by European slave traders, slavery in the United States has damaged our society in more ways than one. By capturing and enslaving people with dark skin that strayed from the ideals of whiteness, Europeans created a monster of a system that caused people to become indentured to their masters, become separated from their families, live and work in unfathomable conditions, and even lose their lives. More importantly, slavery and the concepts of racial hierarchy that stem from it have trickled down into today’s society, leaving current members of the American population to be mistreated or slain for being Black or brown. Clearly, Oppression has taken on various iterations (some which are more tolerable today than those practiced in during the civil rights era), however this transformation of ideology was only made possible by members of society who questioned authority. If individuals such as Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Muhammad Ali, and even Colin Kaepernick had not bravely challenged the powers that dictated their worth and privilege in this country, then many Black bodies could still be picking cotton for hours on end rather than owning companies and acting as CEO’s. Another example of beneficiary questioning of authority stems from the 2018 film, “Black Panther.” In the film, the superhero T’Challa (also known as Black Panther) is identified as the king of Wakanda, a thriving self-sufficient African country that has been untouched by the evils of colonialism. Although Wakanda is part of the greater whole of Africa, T’Challa and his Wakandan predecessors see the country’s success stemming from keeping out of international affairs. No other country (other than those in Africa) know that Wakanda exists, despite the many resources it poses to aid other societies in enhancing technology and other areas. With this initial unwillingness to keep Wakanda and its resources to itself in mind, T’Challa’s cousin Killmonger attempts to take over the throne, stating that Wakanda is wrong for not aiding its American brothers and sisters in their own struggle against colonial powers. Ultimately, though Killmonger approach is more damaging than beneficial to all Black and brown bodies throughout the world, T’Challa decides to extend those resources out to America and help minorities enhance their own cities, thus bettering society as a whole through the betterment of all lives, not just white lives. In all, through these two examples of questioning authority, we see both pros and cons to said questioning. Although systems can be well-run within a society and not need be enhanced, (e.g. acceptance of the first amendment) there are certain systems that benefit only one part of society while harming others. In order to fully benefit every member of a society, we must take into account those who may be at a detriment and make things fair.
  7. Can someone please grade this issue essay : Topic : A person who knowingly commits a crime has broken the social contract and should not retain any civil rights or the right to benefit from his or her own labor. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which that claim is based. Response : Should a person who knowingly commits a crime be deprived of his/her social rights and to benefit from their own labour ? This is the claim made in the statement. While I agree to the statement to some extent, I do not support it wholeheartedly. While I believe that a person knowingly commiting a crime does certainly violate a social protocol, taking unfair advantages of all the facilities the society provides him, depriving a person of one's civil rights seems a little far fetched. First of all, I would like to argue that the civil rights are granted by the constitution of a nation. These are some basic rights guarenteed to a free citizen of a country. The constitution or law also mentions appropriate punishments for respective crimes, but to revoke one's basic rights after one has served those punishments is too extreme. We get to hear stories how many criminals are reformed after serving their punishments and it would be very unjust to not give them a second chance. Also right to earn from one's own labour is a person's birthright and again taking it away from criminals after they return to their normal life is not right. By taking away these basic rights, we would be permanently closing a criminal's return to normal life. In amny cases it does happen that the society does benefit from people who were once convicted of a crime, but are now transformed into completely different responsible citizens. Keeping these points in mind, I believe that serving the penalty of a crime is all that is needed and we need not take any actions further. Second, I would also like to focus on the word "knowingly" used by the author. Who is to decide whether a crime was commited knowingly or unknowingly ? Of course, while crimes like theft, murders or acts of terrorism can be certainly classified as crimes as commited knowingly, in today's world, there are a lot of computer based crimes that many people unknowingly commit. It does happen many times that unknowingly clicking on a unsuspicious looking link or browsing a otherwise harmless looking website can lead us to unknowingly commiting a cyber crime. Who are the best judge of such situations ? It is for situations like this that I cannot agree completely with the claim. These "criminals" who in this case were victims themselvevs, undoubtedly deserve a second chance. This arguments apply equally aptly for crimes commited in fits of rage or those that happen very suddenly. Many times juveniles are involved in such cases. These individuals surely do need a second chance to set them in the correct path which shall help them and the society as a whole. However, I concede with the claim that some crimes are so heinous that the criminals deserve much harsher punishments. However, I think such cases should be dealt separately where the court of law may think about putting the claim into action. I oppose to the claim unfairly generalising its argument to all crimes commited. Maybe the criminal system and the law may be reformed in the above mentioned way. In conclusion, I would like to bloster my stand on the claim by reiterating the above claims made and their validity. While I agree with the claim to some extent in some cases, I believe it would be unfair and unjust to generalise the claim to all cases. Civil rights and the right to benefit from our own hard work is out birthrifght and I believe it should not be revoked in all cases for the criminals.
  8. Issue Essay Critical judgment of work in any given field has little value unless it comes from someone who is an expert in that field. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position. Experts spend time and effort studying a certain field to gain expertise, and to be able to understand a range of works that come out of their chosen field. The more familiar an expert is with the issues and specifics of their field, the better they can assess other works within their field of expertise. Due to their deep understanding of the details and nuances of a field, an expert is much better suited to give critical judgement on work in that field than someone not as familiar with that field. Someone who is considered an expert in their field has presumably spent a large amount of time learning about the details and nuances of their chosen field. Therefore, they have a deeper understanding of topics related to their field than someone who has not devoted as much of their time to expertise in that same field. In critiquing a work borne out of their chosen field, an expert has valuable experience to draw from in offering criticism or support of the work. Jane Goodall, a celebrated scientist of primate anthropology, would offer highly valued critical judgment on a paper by another scientist that examines the eating habits of a group of chimpanzees. In contrast, Stephen Hawking, while also a celebrated scientist, would not be able to offer the same level of judgment on that paper, as it is outside his area of expertise. Experts know the details and nuances of their work better than someone not in that specific field, and so they are better equipped than anyone to critique work in their own field. If someone is not an expert in a field yet is offering critical judgment on a work from that field, they likely would not be able to understand certain specifics of issues the work introduces. Therefore, their criticism may be misguided, or may focus on unimportant parts of the work. This kind of critique is not valuable, as it does not get at the root of what the work is based on. However, it could be said that someone who is not an expert in that field could give a valuable outside perspective on a piece of work since they are able to see the big picture. Although in some cases this outside perspective could be valuable, in general, it is still more valuable to have another expert’s opinion on a work in their own field. Due to a deep understanding of a field, an expert’s critical judgment on a work in that field is ultimately more insightful and valuable than someone outside this field. Argument Essay The following appeared as a letter to the editor of a national newspaper. "Your recent article on corporate downsizing* in Elthyria maintains that the majority of competent workers who have lost jobs as a result of downsizing face serious economic hardship, often for years, before finding other suitable employment. But this claim is undermined by a recent report on the Elthyrian economy, which found that since 1999 far more jobs have been created than have been eliminated, bringing the unemployment rate in Elthyria to its lowest level in decades. Moreover, two-thirds of these newly created jobs have been in industries that tend to pay above-average wages, and the vast majority of these jobs are full-time." *Downsizing is the process whereby corporations deliberately make themselves smaller, reducing the number of their employees. Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. This argument is flawed, mainly because it makes no connection between the ability of the majority of competent workers who have lost jobs as a result of downsizing to get these newly created jobs in Elthyria. Just because more jobs have been created than have been eliminated since 1999, does not mean that those workers who have lost jobs as a result of corporate downsizing will necessarily get these created jobs. The fact that more jobs have been created than have been eliminated does not affect the claim that the majority of victims of corporate downsizing face serious economic hardship before finding other suitable employment. The fact that two-thirds of these newly created jobs are in industries that tend to pay above-average wages and are full-time, also does not mean that those who have lost jobs as a result of downsizing will get these new jobs and consequently will not suffer economic hardship. There is no evidence that the victims of corporate downsizing have the skills necessary to obtain a job in the industries that tend to pay above-average wages and are full-time. Therefore, there is no guarantee that these high paying full-time jobs are accessible to workers looking for new jobs as a result of downsizing. In addition, the other third of these new jobs could be low-paying or part-time jobs, that would not be able to support workers that have lost their jobs as a result of corporate downsizing. Therefore, this fact provides no evidence to suggest that these workers will not face serious economic hardship. Further, the recent report on the Elthyrian economy does not necessarily undermine the article on corporate downsizing, because the findings of the report as detailed in the letter do not disprove the article’s claim. The fact that the unemployment rate in Elthyria is the lowest its been in decades, does not dictate the employment rate of workers who have lost their jobs due to downsizing. In order to strengthen this argument, evidence in the Elthyrian economy report needs to be brought forth providing that the majority of victims of downsizing in Elthyria are eligible for and able to secure these newly created jobs that pay above-average wages and are full-time.
  9. This is my first attempt on the issue essay. My particular concerns are whether my logic and examples are logical, well-developed, and persuasive enough. Any other critiques will be much appreciate though. Thanks in advance and I'll be happy to return the favour! Issue Prompt: “As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate.” In order to make the author’s claim, we also need to explore how we use technology to solve problems in the first place. The direct relationship between overreliance on technology and people’s ability to think for themselves that the author draws undermines how we use the technology. Considering the perspective that the efficiency of technologies will increase our use and reliance ironically ignores its benefits. The use of technology to solve problems is not only helpful for simple problems but argueably, enhances our ability to solve more complex problems. For example, the use of calculators are discouraged in elementary schools but often encouraged for university students. Why might that be the case? While both are developing, students attempting to solve problems in their level of education, the complexity of problems in post-secondary curriculum is obvious. The use of calculators in university tests eliminates simple calculations in order to tackle more complex problems. In line with this reasoning, then, reliance on technology increases our mental capacity to think about more complex problems. We can also combine and manipulate technology in order to approach and solve problems. If we consider technology as one of our many tools, rather than an ‘one-fits-all’ solution, than our ability to think will not deteriorate. For instance, medical diagnoses are deducted using different instruments to analyze different areas of our body. In addition, the combined use of technology can help us consolidate our previous findings. For example, microbiological testing for an infectious disease uses multiple skilled technology and diagnostic strategies to come to a sound analysis. In this way, scientists could come to an accurate and precise answer that would eliminate false positives or false negatives. Shifting to a more pragmatic perspective, we need to explore our relationship with technology itself. The author neglects the product-consumer relationship that increases the number and diversity of technologies that we use. The use of technology is not simply a linear process. Rather, information about how consumers use their technology will inform product engineers and developers to adapt to our increasing needs. As a result, engineers will continue to develop new ways of using our technology as we currently use them. Due to this cyclical relationship, our use of technology will continue to evolve along with us. Our relationship with technology is not a simple, linear process. Humans’ ability to think for themselves will not simply deteriorate with the use of technology due to the nature of our use. Our use and reliance on technology will inform engineers to develop innovative products to adapt to our problems.
  10. ISSUE ESSAY: Claim: In order to help small businesses to thrive, government should play a minimal role in private business matters Small businesses will flourish in an organic manner when government intervention is at a minimum possible level. This is due to many reasons on the part of the nature of the government in question, on the part of the banking structure and on the economies where these businesses are located. Government intervention often translates to red tape; something that bigger enterprises have the resources to deal with. Unfortunately, resources are limited when it comes to smaller businesses and red tape becomes a major obstacle to company growth. The free market system has allowed some of the greatest multi-national corporations to rise out of small stores. When the government does not meddle with the natural functioning of the market, small businesses too can have the chance to thrive by dealing with forces that they can counter with actions that are within their legal bounds. If the government involves itself through directives and orders, the common man might have to deal with crippling lawsuits or at least the limited economic maneuverability that is concomitant with government involvement. Minimal intervention is a good policy to have, especially in countries where the governments are known to be prone to corruption and whose bureaucracy is riddles with unnecessary and expensive procedures which greatly hamper the ease of doing business. A major concern for many of those who favor government involvement in small business matters is the fact that smaller businesses require greater financial and tax-related support from the government and government-backed banking institutions. While this fact holds true to a certain extent, fair banking regulations and sound business policies which make the ease of conducting business as high as possible are prerequisites for any government regardless of the level of involvement in business matters. If good business-related policies are in place in both the banking sector and in general government, a need for the government to create a 'safety net' should not arise. From almost every angle, minimal intervention by government is optimal in order to allow small-scale industries to not only survive but also thrive and grow into greater entities. Minimal government intervention can lead to greater economic prosperity not only for the individual businesses but also for the economy as a whole due to the stabilizing effect that they have on it.
  11. Hi all, In preparing for the GRE (ugh) I've been reading through potential issue essay topics on the ETS site (can be found here if interested). Many of these prompts stand out to me as particularly relevant in our (USA's) current political climate. For example: To be an effective leader, a public official must maintain the highest ethical and moral standards. Unfortunately, in contemporary society, creating an appealing image has become more important than the reality or truth behind that image. Claim: Any piece of information referred to as a fact should be mistrusted, since it may well be proven false in the future. Reason: Much of the information that people assume is factual actually turns out to be inaccurate. Here's my main concern/question: if the topic seems to be begging for a connection to current events (#fakenews), do you include it in the essay because it's (a) an easy point to make and the first thing that comes to mind and time is limited and (b) proof that you're aware of what's happening around you politically? OR, do you avoid it in case there is a risk that the human grader who receives your essay might have a different political orientation or might find it inappropriate for you to reveal your political affiliation in a standardized test format? Am I over-thinking this? Is there a chance one could receive a lowered score with effective writing that ultimately criticizes our current administration if the grader is sympathetic to that administration? Or would they recuse themselves from grading the essay? Thanks for your thoughts!!
  12. Hello! My name is Valeria and I am studying for the GRE. What do you think about this GRE ISSUE ESSAY? Claim: Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive. Reason: It is primarily in cities that a nation's cultural traditions are preserved and generated. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which that claim is based. The role of governments is delicate issue. Many claim that governments should ensure the financial support of their major cities in order to thrive and the reason why is that cities is where the nation’s cultural traditions are preserved and generated. Certainly, the flourish of a country is directly intertwined with the development of its cities; however, the fact that cities are the cultural tradition’s habitat is an argument that can easily be discussed. Nowadays, cities are the center of the economic growth of a country. A case in point could be Colombia, a country where more than 70% its economic development is handled in its three major cities: Bogotá, Medellin and Cali. Based on this point, it is fundamental that governments invest on their cities in order to improve and consolidate their economies. When cities are successful, they become generators of opportunities not only for its inhabitants but also for the entire country. In the case of Medellin, some statistics show that, ever since the government increased its support to the city’s growth, a phenomenon has occurred: the rate of new foreign business opened every year has permanently augmented. In that order, the financial support of cities is also a contribution to the country in general. Finally, cities are the major window of a country to the world; in other words, cities are the scenario where the cultural traditions of a society are shown to rest of the world. How can a city effectively assume that role? Regarding this, cities must be attractive, innovatory and challenging. In that way, it is very important that cities are underwritten by governments. However, is it true that cities are the birthplace of the cultural traditions of a country? Even though the cities are worldwide scenarios, as mentioned above, the cultural traditions of a country are nascent in the small towns and villages where the effects of globalization are scanty. In that way, to preserve and generate the mores of a society it is equally important to fund cities as to fund small villages. Given these points, in order to have a balanced nation where the ethics of its society are in symbiosis to the feat of its cities, it is very important to promote financially both the cities and the countryside.
  13. Your feedback would be valuable. TIA Some people believe that corporations have a responsibility to promote the wellbeing of the societies and environments in which they operate. Others believe that the only responsibility of corporations, provided they operate within the law, is to make as much money as possible. Write a response in which you discuss which view more closely aligns with your own position and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should address both of the views presented. Response The cause to expand businesses, tap untapped markets and exploit natural resources has long been the driving factor that has led to the set-up of industries and corporations near settlements. Though they may seem innocuous at first but these infiltrations in the residential societies and environments have shown more harmful effects then positive. I strongly align with the fact that corporations have a hug role in Corporate social responsibility and capitalising on the profits should not be the only goal that they should achieve. When companies especially those that deal with harmful chemicals and substances are set up in or around residential localities, they need to keep the disposal of their waste proper. More often than not in a country like India, we see industries not fulfilling their duties and carrying out waste disposal with negligence. Take the example of the river Ganga, one of the most pious rivers for the Hindus which has seen marked with pollution and deteriorating water quality. The primary reason has been industries who let their chemicals run-off in the river waters untreated. Polluting this water makes in unfit for consumption by humans as well as animals that live around the river. Moreover, the aquatic life suffers and the consequences are often far reaching than meets the eye. This is just one instance of environmental damage that takes place due to negligence and ignorance of the companies. History is rampant with stories that show how lust for money has had far reaching consequences much beyond the scope of the industry, one that comes to mind immediately is the case of Japan where mercury from industries had polluted a river and was indirectly ingested by humans through fish living in the river water. This was perhaps the first time that the cry for Corporate social responsibility was underscored. Deforestation is another problem that has its roots related to industry. The uses of trees and forests are uncountable and though this may not seem much but the forest cover has now been decreasing at a rate faster than ever. The devastating consequences are exacerbated by global warming which again can be linked directly to ignorant industries and corporations that let fumes escape into the surroundings without treatment. These industries are also responsible for widespread diseases that mark many towns in 3rd world countries. Coming to the benefits that CSR has to promise, it is evident that the environmental conditions would improve drastically but CSR will benefit the companies themselves. When a new company enters a market, it wants to have a good public image, similarly existing corporations want to look good in the eyes of the people. With people becoming more knowledgeable about environmental concerns it is imperative that the companies in order to keep their reputation, carry out activities that benefit the environment and give back to the society. In cities like Bangalore, which is the IT hub of India, most of the big companies organise environmental clean-ups, society interactions or old-age home visits fortnightly. This helps them serve as well as gets them praise from the public. In the greed for money most the companies, neglect what comes as moral obligation, they seem to forget that it is their duty to give back to the society from which they take so much. Resources as well as Labour comes from the very societies that these companies neglect. The need for CSR is pressing and so is the requirement of policies from the government that make CSR mandatory.
  14. Please review. All suggestions are welcome. TIA The best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. Response The process of learning continues throughout our lives and in this lifetime there is good amount of time that we spend as subordinates to others and this is the time when someone guides and instructs us. I disagree in part to the mentioned issue that the best way to teach is to applaud positive actions and be ignorant towards the negative ones. As humans we yearn for praise. When we praise someone, there is flow of happy energy and the person being praised feels a sense of satisfaction that what he has done is good and that this behavior will fetch him continued praise. When Parents praise the actions of their young progeny it helps the child develop good sense and habits. In schools when teachers praise one student for a particular action in front of others, everyone else tries to achieve the same feat. This also promotes healthy competition among the students and helps them learn from varied aspects. Negative actions in my opinion need to be pointed out and not simply be ignored. If we don't point out wrong actions than how can presume that the entity committing those actions would on its own realise that the actions in the first place were wrong and try to take measures to correct them. How can then we as observers or relatives get irritated or annoyed when we let such habits get past the embryonic stages. Coming back to the parent argument, our parents or especially mine for that matter bring out my wrongdoings into daylight and instruct me to never repeat them. If Parents start ignoring the wrongdoings of their children, there is an extremely high probability that children would grow up and not realise what is actually good for them and what appears to be superficially good. I'd like to share an example, in my school there used to be intense groupism and people would pick fight with others on petty issues, confrontation results which ultimately concludes in one of the two parties getting injured. All of this used to happen outside the school gate and in full view of the teachers who would be leaving, but none of them cared enough to look into the matter. Fearless of the teachers, the students started taking them for granted and their mischief continued. One day of the stricter teachers called a few boys in private and reasoned with them and explained to them the harm their actions did to them as well as their peers and juniors. That day marked a sudden change in the attitude of those boys which was evident from a stark decrease in the amount of confrontations. This step on the part of the teacher was extremely commendable. What I am trying to convey should not be confused with curbing the freedom of an individual, but what I merely try to highlight and put forth is that just keep a check when someone crosses the line. The line may have different and varied definitions for each one of us but certain actions that warrant a strong response need not and should not be waved off nonchalantly or ignored. Shaping a person character is important more of this responsibility is on the Guide or the teacher and as someone with such a huge responsibility it is needed to be tender but strict at the same time. The statement by the author may have good intentions but leaves gaps and when followed to the point can create troubles.
  15. Taking the GRE is just a few days! I've been working really hard on the other sections, but am worrying a bit about the essays...Thanks in advance for looking at this,everything you need is below. Here is a scoring guide as well: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/analytical_writing/issue/scoring_guide The Issue: The best way for a society to prepare its young people for leadership in government, industry, or other fields is by instilling in them a sense of cooperation, not competition. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position. My response: In the before mentioned statement the author states that instilling a sense of cooperation, not competition, will better prepare the youth of a society for leadership roles. To the contrary, I myself agree that with a correct balance of the two qualities, competition will induce leadership for the next generation of leaders. First, one must recognize the fact that competition rears growth. This is what makes the capitalistic economy in America so great. For instance, businesses of all kinds are able to compete with each other to better appeal to their consumer. In order to maintain and increase productivity, they must continue trying and experimenting with the product so that consumer is more likely to buy from their company. This is advantageouss to the society, because -since these companies are allowed to compete- new and improved products are available to choose from. In addition, creativity will spark one's imagination to think critically and for oneself. If one is only taught to be exactly obedient in all things, then we could not grow as a society, thus hindering the creativity, as partly discussed in the above paragraph. In short, every member in the society would be nothing more than a robot, not able to think for themselves. At the same time, competition could easily be taken to the extreme. Someone that is too competitive can be a danger to society. For example, in presidential elections, some politicians will go as far as to lie and spread falsehoods about the opposing candidate in an effort to win the vote from the public. In this way, too much competition could damage a person's good caracter or create ill will for another person. One must remember to balance competition with a good dose of cooperation as to be fair to all parties in society. In the end, when preparing the next generation for taking on leadership roles in society, the older generation must not forget to teach friendly competition along with a fair dosage of cooperation. Forgetting to teach one without the other would mean shorthanding those young people, and suffering from inevitable future consequences.
  16. Dear all, Thank you for reading this. I'd like to get comments about what I tried, I've just started the writing. Very short, the assertion would not be entrenched. Your comment helps me a lot! Thank you in advance. Sincerely, Issue: People's behavior is largely determined by forces not of their own making. Direction Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position. Essay: The statement asserts that people’s behavior is largely controlled by external forces. I strongly agree with this statement. Let’s define the usage of external force prior to discussion. Since we subliminally are controlled by our own specific culture, custom, law system, the external forces are referred as these forces. Opponents might argue that the most important force to determine our own behavior is their own free will which is from our inside. Even if it causes the behavior what one wants to, some behaviors can be severely not allowed in the society since it naturally is malevolent which breaches the society’s common sense. Furthermore, if one who hardly has their own free will rarely could make a decision about his or her behavior, largely the demeanor is determined by their surrounding circumstances or parents’ or society’s instruction. People generally develop their behaviors how they have been raised by the external forces. Even though one who has no his or her own free will, he or she can be leaded by the external forces. All though someone who feels the urge to do any violent behavior, their behavior should be abstain largely if he or she does not want to be either alleged or arrested. Though individual’s behavior would be determined by their own free will or their own making, it is largely determined by the external forces which can be learned through their entire life.
  17. Hi, I am currently preparing for the GRE on one month study schedule and planning to appear on the 24th of October for the test. I generally consult the official guides for solutions but in the case of AWA, I need someone to evaluate my work. So if someone would be kind enough to read the two issue essays provided below and give a score out of six. This way I can see where I am standing as far as the AWA is concerned. If possible, also point out the weak area where I should centralize my focus. The topics along with the response are provided below. I will be very grateful for a proper response Thanks, Abdullah Topic 1 As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Response Technology no doubt has taken mankind to heights never thought of before. It is safe to say that some of the wonders performed by the machines of today would not be possible for a human. A very good example could be the speed gun used in sports to determine the speed of the ball up to the nearest millisecond. Or another example could be a super computer gathering huge loads of data from the environment to forecast the weather. These examples clearly illustrate the fact that if humans try to ponder upon these problems, it could take a significant effort just in re-inventing the wheel let alone coming up with a solution similar or better than the latter. Artificial Intelligence is another aspect clearly overlooked in terms of finding solutions. It was always perceived that computers need to be instructed what to do rather than decide for themselves. But now computers can learn from their previous mistakes and come up with more refined solutions. Technically speaking, the human mind can err on even the most familiar tasks thus it would be senseless to compete with machine in giving answers to common problems. A very good example are the search engines on the Internet (such as Google) which basically answer all problems faced in life from petty household issues to the hurdles on the organizational or governmental level. Time is of utmost importance and one cannot sacrifice it merely for seeking understanding of a particular problem at hand if there are other more easily accessible solutions available. A very common example is of a university student who needs to solve a programming problem for an assignment. He has three choices, that is either he solves the problem himself through hit and trial, taking up unnecessary mental fatigue and stress which still would not guarantee a proper solution, or he consults a professor or a senior student taking up his time to find a slot for the discussion only to get a proper direction for the solution. The last and most suitable option would be to watch videos on the internet discussing the problem or post a question in a blog to get answers from experts all around the world. Clearly the third option stands out as for a student, time and the guarantee of a solution with proper understanding are of utmost importance. Lastly the ability to think, is to find logical reasoning behind the solution to a particular problem. Finding solutions through technology and then understanding them to further enhance the process would rather boost the problem solving skills of humans rather than deteriorating them. Topic 2 Some people believe that college students should consider only their own talents and interests when choosing a field of study. Others believe that college students should base their choice of a field of study on the availability of jobs in that field. Write a response in which you discuss which view more closely aligns with your own position and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should address both of the views presented. Response In order to excel in a particular field of study, the three essential ingredients for success are talent, determination and dedication. The interesting aspect to these three ingredients is that the second one comes as a result of the first one. A student must consider his/her interests and talent of utmost priority in choosing a field of study. A born to be programmer for example cannot become an exceptional economist in a couple of years. Not to say that the latter is impossible but it would be senseless to abandon a naturally-gifted talent to opt for another providing a secure financial future. Long-term goals are very important for gradual growth and success throughout life whereas short-term goals may get the person to a desired target or position, but after that he/she has no clue of which path to take after that. Interests can take students a long way in their life to possibly creating a solution to challenges on the national scale or opening a startup (for example a small company creating mobile emergency SOS apps for the betterment of the society) thus not only doing good for themselves but the whole community. A student targeting a field of study with more job availability may eventually succeed in the quest to secure a decent job but there is no guarantee of when an economic recession might hit the nation and deprive him/her unjustly of his/her job i.e. downsizing in organizations. Furthermore, to succeed in a particular job, one must have interest in what he/she is doing and plan for growth by learning new skills with dedication. Ironically this very dedication comes as a result of the determination to do the task at hand. Therefore in my opinion, college students should consider only their own talents and interests when choosing a field of study.
  18. This is my first go at this. Because I timed myself, it may be rough (and maybe easier for you to grade). I understand I may need more length to this, but I am more interested in critiques on having clearly addressed the instructions and the creativity in persuading the audience. Here is a scoring guide to help: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/analytical_writing/issue/scoring_guide Everything else is below. Thank you in advance! Prompt: The best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. My essay: Correct methods of teachings have been explored, experimeted, and evolved within the past few decades. To a great measure, the public at large is interested in how to better teach students, children, and their collegues. In the preceeding paragraph, the author states that the best method of teaching is to praise positive actions, and ignore the negative ones. In my view, the best way to teach is not so simple as to praise positive actions and ignore the negative ones, but to address why those negative actions are wrong. Everyone is probably familiar with the phrase, “we learn from our mistakes.” In reality, one may learn just as much learn from their mistakes as they learn from their successes. The light bulb, an essential appliance to the modern-day industry, was tried and experimented over a hundred times before the recipe was finally realized. Thus, clear differentiating between what is good and what is bad, what is helpful and what is not, is necessary to successful teaching. Consider, for example, a bulgary occurred today at the local bank. If the local police ignored the bulgary, that, of course, would not help prevent future bulgaries. Secondly, if a teacher only praises positive actions, the person acting may not be truly convinced to continue those good actions. A child, for example, may become accustomed to doing good deeds only if there is a reward involved. Therefore, good intentions may be absent from the child, and may only practice good actions when the reward is present. In conclusion, it is clear how simply praising positive acitons and ignoring negative ones is a lesser form of teaching. Successful teaching comes from adressing mistakes and correcting them so that positive actions can be practiced in more abundance.
  19. Hi All, Kindly requesting for evaluation of below issue essay for the prompt from Kaplan verbal workbook: Prompt:Some people believe that strong relationships can only develop after conflict and resolution have enabled the partners to speak openly and trust deeply. Others believe that each conflict creates rifts in a relationship that can never be repaired, weakening its foundation. Write a response in which you determine which view bears the closest resemblance to your own. In justifying your reasoning and supporting your position, be sure to include your reaction to both of the views presented. Relationship, which is built by mutual trust and perseverance, is believed by some people to break apart when a conflict arise. Whereas, others believe a relationship grows stronger when partners let their emotions out. A brief look into long lasting relationship reveals, partners who speak their mind out, work out on their difference in opinion tend to lead a harmonious life than those who keeps their preference private. Firstly, when partners open up they tend to understand each other better. Keeping our preference to ourselves would give no clue to the partner our state of mind. So they would continue indulging in same activity that once raised the conflict, unwittingly though. This would cause emotional build up which when not purged out might break the relationship. There are many relationships which are broken apart and either of the involved persons know what went wrong between them. Having an emphasis on transparency would eliminate such failures in relationships. Secondly, having one's feeling recognized provides for the additional benefit of keeping up one's mental health. When analyzed the motive behind an acquit's action, ill mental health would top the list. Suppressing one's feeling builds strong hatred and when it reaches its threshold instigates the individual to act in unjustified ways. Such an action affects not only the individual but also the society at large. To avoid such cases, an individual can opt out for the service of professional counsellor or a third person who could listen to their feeling and guide them in right path. While few could argue that there are few dispute in relationship which when discussed would exacerbate the situation, the way we inform our partner our feeling rules it for the most part. Our tone, our choice of words, and the way we express our mind would help our partner empathise with ourselves. With greater understanding seemingly precarious relationships can also be fixed. History is abundant with citations of partners who reconciled after years. In all, suppressing our feeling fearing that doing otherwise would create a fissure in the relation has the potential to tear apart a relationship. Such kind of nominal relationship lacks honesty; when there is no honesty, there would be no trust; with no trust, the foundation of relationship is so weak that it would collapse sooner or later. Partners should encourage their counterpart to speak their mind out, and work together in conflict resolution process. This correspondence outweighs those bogus relation where individuals imitate false satisfaction. Thanks in advance
  20. Hi, Could you please review my GRE essay? Its my first essay and looking at other essay's is realised its a bit short. But still would appreciate and love your valuable feedback Question: " An ailing patient should have easy access to is or her doctor's record of treating similarly afflicted patients. Through gaining such access, the ailing patient may better determine whether the doctor is competent to treat the medical condition." Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain the reason for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. Answer: Treatment for a patient is a very challenging task, not only for the doctors, but for the patients too. Having faith on a treatment done by a doctor which comes at an expensive cost is always a confusing decision to take. Though having access to the doctor's past records may ease the patient's trouble to some extent, there are alot of challenges that need to be tackled for it. Firstly, prior to any any treatment there is always a doctor-patient confidentiality that is observed for any treamtment. For example, some patient diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease would be uncomfortable in explaining to the doctor about his condition if he knows that this confidentiality is going to be violated. This may lead from minor to major lapses in the treatment. Thus either this may result in the patient suffering both in health and financially or the hospital suffereing due to unwillingness of paitents to take the treatment at that hospital. Apart from this, as technology evolves, new treatment methods are developed and thus a doctor's skill is not the only contributing factor to a successful treatment. For instance, tomorrow if technology gives us an easier and less painful remedy for treating cancer, a patient would be more concerned about the technologythan about the doctors skill. Thus it would be wrong to say that the doctors past records would help in taking a better judgement about the treatment for a patient. To summarize, though a sense of transparency could be seen if the patient has access to the past records of a doctor, the cons outweigh the pros and it would not be a wise decision to do so.
  21. Hey all, I Have been using Magoosh for a while now in preparation for my GRE in a couple weeks. I am pretty confident in both my quant & verbal performance so far, but feel less certain about my AWA skills. I am attatching my first practice essay if anyone could please review it for me. Thanks! Prompt: A nation should require all of its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. GRE Rubric: 6 - Insightful analysis and superior language 5 - Generally thoughtful analysis, focused and organized 4 - Competent analysis and reasonable clarity 3 - Limited analysis or weak organization 2 - Lack of analysis or organization and problems with language 1 - Confusing or irrelevant content Practice Issue Topic 1 National Curriculum.docx
  22. Claim: The emergence of the online "blogosphere" and social media has significantly weakened the quality of political discourse in the United States. Reason: When anyone can publish political options easily, standards for covering news and political topics will inevitably decline. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which that claims is based. Response: Over recent years, social media and blogging have become more common due to easy access to technology which has had a negative impact on the news and political issues in the United States. The affect bloggers have on social media is causing not only the news to decrease its reliable sources but also causing the people of America to not know what is true or not. People watch their daily newscasters religiously because they put their full trust in them. However lately the news have become more susceptible to gossip and social media issues than covering real facts. This is because the news has to now compete with social media and bloggers therefore diminishing the real topics in the world while increasing irrelevant topics. Although these topics may help get viewers to watch and focus on important topics, the majority of the topics are focused on smaller and non-important issues. People have become so used to gossip and entertainment that the news has to ultimately "dumb" their program down to issues such as what this political icon is wearing instead of what actions they are taking to help the community or people. The decrease in actual real news topics have made Americans confused in what is actually important or real and what is just fun or strictly opinionated. These non credited bloggers are making claims that are influencing the peoples opinions. The news networks have to follow up from these bloggers that so many people are following and continue their topics on the real news so they do not lose viewers. and continue to gain more. However, these topics the bloggers are refering to may not accredited or true, leaving Americans confused or with false information which the news viewers may be adding on to just so they can continue to make money. Although tis is causing a domino effect of dumbing down the news to further on dumbing down the American people. All in all, bloggers and social media people should control their opinions due to the affect it has on actual newscasters and their political topics they choose to discuss which have been declining in importance over the years. The American people should not have to guess if the news is reliable or if it is just another entertainment guide and the newscasters should not have to choose belittling topics just to keep viewers and compete with social media. There has to be middle ground.
  23. Hello, I am preparing for GRE test this coming September (15th September). Analytical writing is a daunting task, and I find myself hardly able to gauge my writing ability and know where to improve. Please, if you think you are good at analytical writing section, can you provide some comments on my writing? Comment on maybe: 1) score I can get 2) areas for improvement 3) strengths of the essay Thank you very much! Issue 1_13 June.docx
  24. Hi! I am preparing for GRE and below is an Issue essay that I could come up with in 30 minutes. I know that its not great and I need to work a lot on my word usage and sentence formation. I was hoping that you would be kind enough to read my essay and provide feedback. Thanks in advance!: Question: As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Response Essay: I disagree with the proposed statement. I believe that technology can help mankind when used for the betterment of mankind. Advancements in technology have helped mankind grow in all fields, may it be defence, science or commerce. The virtues of technology outdo its negatives. Technology can help man carry out mundane redundant tasks. Say there is a toothpaste production factory and one of the final tasks is to fix the cap on the head of the toothpaste tube. This task can be quite repetitive. If a human is allocated this work, then he will surely lose patience at some point of time. By replacing the human by a robot, this task can be achieved at a much faster rate. Similarly, complex machines can help carry out tasks which may not be possible by man such as manufacturing a car. On a similar vein, advanced computers can also help researchers solve complex algorithms with precision. Without the help of computers, this process would be time consuming which can be detrimental to a researcher’s work which tends to be time bound. However, there can be instances when technology can be a bane as well. Taking the context of today’s world, children tend to be tech-savvy at a very young age. Although the internet can be a vast source of knowledge, unrestricted access can also be detrimental. It can also lead to a redundant lifestyle. Some severe cases can also lead to physical and mental health issues such as poor vision, back and neck related problems. In conclusion, technology can be helpful to society when used it is used appropriately and with the right intentions.
  25. I need help with grading my essay. This is my first time writing an issue essay, so please give me some advice on how to improve my writing. Thank you in advance! Question statement:"Governments are justified in circumventing civil laws when doing so is vital to the protection of national security."Write an essay in which you take a position on the statement above. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true. _____ Government is a group of people who governs and protects a community. It sets laws for citizens and residents in the community to obey to keep the peace. In order for the government to do its job of protecting its community, some believed that the government should have the power to circumvent civil laws. On the other hand, some opposed that idea because they are afraid government would abuse this power. With the best interests in national security, the government should have the power in circumvent civil laws when national security is at high risk. All governments should take appropriate actions to keep the civilians safe. With that said, there should be an exception to obeying the civil laws when the national security is threatened by terrorists. That exception must be written out in details in how severe the threat level is and which group of people has the authority to make this decision before the government exercising it. This creates a guideline to prevent the government to abuse their rights. Any threats to the national security is an emergency situation where does not have room for mistakes or misuses. Terrorists use the fear of civilians to pursuit of political gains that’s beneficial to them. The government should have all the rights to identify these terrorists in the country to prevent future terrorist attacks. Some people are bothered that NSA (National Security Agency) is eavesdropping conversations, spying people’s activities through a camera on laptop or a mobile phone, and tracking people’s movement. What are the harms in a government agency to take these actions? If anyone has something to hide from the NSA such as planning to place a bomb threat, that one person needs to be arrested before the plan is executed. A government’s first priority is national security. Government officials should take terrorist threats seriously because civilians rely on them to provide a safe community. In order for the government to do its job, it needs to be able to have the rights to prevent or minimize tragedies including circumventing the laws. It is better to be safe than sorry later when unfortunately events can be avoided if the government could have done something about it.
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