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aknowledge said:
Well this won't be the first time I have had to address this issue and it won't be the last. As a company we have tried tirelessly to regulate the industry we are in, but no one was interested I'm afraid. As a UK based company we take what we do extremely seriously and our writing and research is provided with very clear terms of use. One of my colleagues in the researcher relations team has put this all far more eloquently then me :) http://www.academicknowledge.com/ethics.php

We have quite a few writers and researchers that make a good living from freelancing with us. Our rates of pay are some of the best in the industry and we have a team dedicated to looking after our writers.

The bidding system has changed recently so that now some assignments are a simple fixed fee and you can simply view the brief and apply for it. Some are done on a bidding system (not so many now, most are fixed fee) whereby you post the fee you would charge for the work and the work is assigned to the best fee/qualified researcher.

We offer a great way to work from home, at times that suit you and at good rates of pay. You can give our team a call before you apply, they are always happy to help and answer any questions you might have - http://www.academicknowledge.com/contactus.php
I'm sure that you are well used to dealing with our concerns.

As for model answers being a normal part of the system:

1. I always thought that it was very unfair when I was at school that the kids with rich parents were able to strut around with bundles of "cheat books" for all of their English Lit subjects etc.
2. The difference with the published "model answer" texts though is that the relevant academic staff members ought to know about their existence (and contents) and can police any blatant plagiarism. Unless you make it a term of your sales contracts that a copy of the work is sent to the student's college/university, your model is impossible to police in that manner.

I have no doubt that your rates of pay are very good, I just can't get my head around the legitimacy of a student using this sort of service.
How does it enhance their education or help them to learn to research and think for themselves?
 

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I must admit I had the same initial reaction as other Shedders to this.

I worked my butt off to get a First in Biomedical Science as a mature student, graduating (exhausted!) in 2010 at the age of 44. Our tutors were obsessed - quite rightly - with plagiarism, and could sniff it out from mile off. Anybody buying an essay or even parts of an essay would have been spotted straightaway, but maybe it depends on the institution? I studied at an ex-polytechnic type of university, but I wonder whether the likes of Oxford and Cambridge and the red bricks are a bit more relaxed about this type of thing?

We had to submit all our written work electronically through Turnitin. This was the bane of our lives as it was ultra-sensitive. I often plagiarised myself just by using the same phrasing - sometimes four words in a row was enough to alert the system, launching a long-winded appeals process.

acknowledge - can the "model answers" created by your writers be submitted routinely to plagiarism detection tools such as Turnitin so that any misuse by students can be flagged?
 

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We have clear terms of use for people using any of our services and instructions on how to correctly source our material. Any written assignments are also scanned through our plagiarism checker - We have tried to work with universities in the past, but were rebuffed I'm afraid.

In my own personal experience of working here (and yes, I had my doubts to start with), the vast majority of people hiring our researchers are foreign students that are struggling with written English. They use model answers to help them understand how to write and structure an assignment, essay etc. in English. A common comment is that the universities simply don't provide enough support for foreign students coping with writing in a second language. Universities are very happy to take the extra fees they pay, but the support when it comes to mentoring them to write assignments is lacking. These students find having a model answer tailored to their needs very helpful indeed.
 

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I have a BA in Sociology and 120 credits (out of 180, just need to turn something in) in an MA in TEFL... would I be able to get any work?
 

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alundra said:
I have a BA in Sociology and 120 credits (out of 180, just need to turn something in) in an MA in TEFL... would I be able to get any work?
Absolutely :)
If you apply here http://www.academicknowledge.com/writer-apply/ - you'll be accepted in a few days. We're entering our quieter period now, but we still have work. The work will really pick up at the end of September and particularly at the beginning of December. It's a good time to apply now as you can take on some assignments in this quieter period to build your experience and then you'll be all set for the busier periods :)
 

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