10 months ago
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How many people on average view my essay before I get a review for it?

How exactly does the peer review service work? I used it like once or twice, expedited on both, and one got reviewed in like half an hour while the other one took like 8. The conclusion I came up with was that the one that took half an hour to review only one person reviewed it while the other one probably multiple people viewed it but decided not to review it. If that is the case, I would find that rather concerning since I would like the smallest amount of people to review my essay to minimize the chances of plagiarism. My essay is super personal so they prob can't use it anyway but the idea has been nagging at me for a really long time so I would just like some clarification on that.

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10 months ago[edited]

Your assumptions are incorrect. When a reviewer wants to see an essay to review CV gives him/her/they 2 choices, a or b.

They only reveal a partial 1 sentence of the what the writer wants to happen and perhaps a 3/4s of the first sentence. Sometimes you get add'l information like what school they are applying to (revealing just 1 school). So it looks something like this.

A. Second draft. I'm wondering if there's any way to be...

¿Cómo estás? When I visited Spain the summer before freshman year, I was amazed by the architecture of the Sagrada Família church, the local food s...

B. Final Draft! all notes welcomed! Don't hold back in ...

“What’s happening to me?” I asked myself. Sitting in my sophomore world history class, my mind was suddenly flooded with untraceable feelings of im...

Schools in common University of Pennsylvania | UPenn

So no one would plagiarize a partial essay. And more often if the first sentences seem tedious or complicated, most people will pass on them. Sometimes dozens and dozens of reviewers pass on an essay before someone bites. The reason for this is that if an essay looks difficult to review or the writer seems demanding or full of expectations, they'd rather pass because it will mean they will most likely not receive a 5-star review. Maybe get a 3 or 4. I have about 5 regrets for trying to help out essay writers that had a chip on their shoulder or just had such a jaded view of life or maybe just full of themselves. In the end, they couldn't accept any constructive criticism perhaps their ego was bruised, or felt that they were just know-it-alls. So even though I felt I deserved a 5-star rating I got a retaliatory rating. That is why many reviewers give up after about 50 reviews. It's just too much work and too little reward. You might be doing a great service for 9 out of 10 people, but there is always one cocky writer who just ruins if with a bad rating.

Sometimes I've even clicked on review this essay and then read it 2 or 3 times. In some cases the essays are so bad and poorly constructed, these writers need remedial English not my help, so I just let the 60 min clock time out and lose 10 or 20 Karma on purpose because I just can't get myself to work on something for an hour for a futile purpose.

There are a lot of good reviewers that look forward to reading a good essay and 99% of reviewers do this job as a community service peer thing no to steal ideas. It's like working for ZERO cents an hour, no one wants to work for free right?

10 months ago

Hi there! Thanks for using our Peer Essay Review tool. To answer your questions:

Generally, there's only 1 person who ever views a student's submission (whoever claimed the essay for review), but we do see essays that are viewed once before another student actually reads and reviews the essay occasionally. Very rarely it'll be read by more than 2+ users prior to a review.

In your case, only 1 of your submissions so far have been viewed by one other student prior to getting a review, out of 7 essays you've submitted since October.

We also have ways to mitigate users who purposefully set out to view without intending to review an essay. Some of these measures include locking the user out for 24 hours and prohibiting the users from participating in the process.

Hope this helps, and let us know if you have more questions!

10 months ago

So in my mind that result occurs because of the presumed difficulty of the essay (as Cameron pointed out) while also Collegevine as a site has peak periods. Because of that there may be a queue of essays that have been submitted as such the wait becomes longer. Collegevine adjusts the karma cost of submitting essays based on queue length so that's an accurate indicator of length. Also most CV users are American submitting something at 9 pm differed from submitting in the morning when more users are active. Also there is variance in site usage based on the day of the week as well. Cameron is correct regarding plagiarism with how rare it is.

Hope this helps and feel free to seek clarification.


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