How long does it take you to write a 10 page research paper?

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#1 Posted by BossPerson (9177 posts) -

From the moment you read your sources to the time the final copy is printed?

I have one due Friday, I havent started yet, but Im thinking I need no more than 15 hours.

How about you OT?

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#2 Posted by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

I don't think I've ever written a 10 page paper.

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#3 Posted by BossPerson (9177 posts) -

I don't think I've ever written a 10 page paper.

Pirate700
Goddamn science majors...
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#4 Posted by entropyecho (22053 posts) -

I don't think I've ever written a 10 page paper.

Pirate700

You're missing out! :P

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#5 Posted by iloverikku11 (11039 posts) -

I have written two in the last two weeks, research takes the longest, actually writing is about 7-8 hours for me.

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#6 Posted by imaps3fanboy (11169 posts) -
Probably two days of work to write a halfway decent paper
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#7 Posted by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

I don't think I've ever written a 10 page paper.

entropyecho

You're missing out! :P

I'll take your word for it. Guess I was lucky and never had teacher or professors that needed essays in the form of a tome. :P

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#8 Posted by JasonDarksavior (9323 posts) -
It can be done in one day with some red bull but you can never get good marks. The content has to be good and that'll take 4-5 days with editing.
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#9 Posted by pie-junior (2866 posts) -
[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

I don't think I've ever written a 10 page paper.

BossPerson
Goddamn science majors...

I never did a 10 page paper, and I never came near being called a "Sceience major". I did seminars involving significant, well researched, papers that took me several months.
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#10 Posted by ZumaJones07 (16457 posts) -
haven't written an essay or research paper in ages, max was probably like 8 pages, even then it's filled with graphs and tables and such
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#11 Posted by dkdk999 (6760 posts) -
goddamn 10 pages ? That's alot man.
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#12 Posted by Huffanddoback (319 posts) -
Counting rereads, edits and such I would say about 15 hours. That's not counting the books read and notes and such prior to sitting down.
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#13 Posted by Smokescreened84 (2565 posts) -
I've never written a 10 page research paper, but I have written stories over ten pages in about six to eight hours, sometimes longer. My largest story written at this time is almost 80 Word pages long, and that's before adding the other parts which all comes to about 150 Word pages or more. Took me about two weeks.
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#14 Posted by gohan_3 (1084 posts) -

It actually doesnt take that long to writing it, about 45 min a page. The research and planning of the essay in the outline is what takes a lot of time. Id say for a decent one plan on taking about 20 hours of research and writing simply because of distractions. Oh do i love getting sidetracked with google when im trying to write XD

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#15 Posted by soulless4now (41388 posts) -

I haven't had to write one that was 10 pages, only 4 or 5 max. :P But I imagine it would take a few days since you need to do the whole MLA format, figure out a thesis and that good stuff.

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#16 Posted by iloverikku11 (11039 posts) -

^Never use MLA, Chicago is much easier.

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#17 Posted by Aquat1cF1sh (11095 posts) -
I'd say 15-20 hours, if you're always 100% focusing.
[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

I don't think I've ever written a 10 page paper.

BossPerson
Goddamn science majors...

I'm a Biology major and we write 10 page research papers in our classes. :P
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#18 Posted by TreasureNrenown (25 posts) -
15 hours seems about right
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#19 Posted by foxhound_fox (97459 posts) -
If I had all my sources ready, my best in university was about three hours. I can write like a madman when all the info is ready to go... which is why I start early and research a lot, because I think my ability to write comes from my ability to organize my thoughts while researching and I tend to abuse an outline, spending more time with it than the paper.
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#20 Posted by themajormayor (25728 posts) -

What the wifey said. But if I'd ever try it'd probably take years at least

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#21 Posted by Horgen (118548 posts) -

I don't think I've ever written a 10 page paper.

Pirate700
I've had one weekly now... For the last 9 weeks. With one exception, there was one which was only 6 pages. You lucky :x
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#22 Posted by theone86 (22241 posts) -

Depends on what it's on. I had a psych paper that I basically had to reference trade journals for and it took me a LONG time, part of the reason I might not minor in psych, the papers are so damn boring. However, I've done papers on other subjects like science and history that just required books or articles that are readily available and it took me far less time. Fifteen should be a good estimate, but if you want my advice do it sooner rather than later.

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#23 Posted by dodgerblue13 (20846 posts) -
I have one due Friday and another due next Wednesday, with a four-pager in between, probably due Tuesday (but I haven't gotten the prompt or deadline yet). Once I finish reading all my sources, it'll probably take two hours for a coherent, detailed outline including my thesis statement, topic sentences for each body paragraph, bullet points of the points in each of my paragraphs, and transitions between paragraphs, so I know how the paper will flow. Then I just have to fill in the body paragraphs with the information from my sources more or less. The actual writing after the two hours of outlining can be from six to twenty hours, depending on how many re-reads I have. But having an outline first generally solves the problem of having to reorganize too much. Gonna be a long week and a half though. *sigh*
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#24 Posted by THE_DRUGGIE (25077 posts) -

About 3-ish hours if it's a subject I already know a little bit about and it's only 10 pages.

The ones I have to write are usually 20-30 pages.

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#25 Posted by Whiteblade999 (5847 posts) -

An 8 page paper I did a while back took about 7 or 8 hours due to the teacher being very picky on editing. I don't bother with creating an outline because the stuff I write flows just fine.

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#26 Posted by invisibletearsx (997 posts) -

I'd say about 20 minutes planning time before I start. About 7-9 hours of pure writing if I'm concentrating.

Not taking in account of the amount of time researching though. Which takes a long time.

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#27 Posted by DigitalExile (16046 posts) -

10 pages? F*ck that.

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#28 Posted by slamminjammin69 (1599 posts) -

I never ever did a freakin 10 page paper. Never in high school and never in college.

I can do a 5 or 6 page report though if I have the time and patience. But never a freakin 10 page paper. I would run out of stuff to write about for research

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#29 Posted by kuraimen (28078 posts) -
Depends GREATLY on the subject and the depth. A superficial one can be done in some hours or even a day and really in depth one with meaningful content can take months or even years.
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#30 Posted by Suzy_Q_Kazoo (9899 posts) -

I don't think I've ever written a 10 page paper.

Pirate700
Same. I've had to write very few papers in college, and none have been longer than a couple pages.
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#31 Posted by Dark_Knight6 (16619 posts) -

You can certainly get that done in a weekend. It's going to be a miserable weekend though and I doubt the paper will be anything more than mediocre. Typically, I'd like at least two weeks to write a research paper that long.

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#32 Posted by tocool340 (21264 posts) -

Depends entire on how much I understand the topic I'm writing about and how easy I can get information on what I'm researching. I did one overnight after procrastinating til the last second to do it though I slept through school that day...:P

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#33 Posted by leviathan91 (7763 posts) -

The maximum I wrote was six pages and it was double-spaced but it can be dreadful if you don't have a clear thesis and supporting evidence. In your case, you would need a lot of detail.

Truth be told, it's not as terrifying as everyone makes it out to be. A ten page essay can be easy if you put the time and effort in your essay which is true for almost everything out there. When I wrote my essay for my history class in high school, it was dreadful because it was somewhat last minute and the evidence was shaky when trying to support my thesis which the thesis itself was incredibly difficult to support. Luckily my history teacher went easy on me because of the difficulty of my topic.

Another essay I wrote was writing about I Am Legend which wasn't hard because I enjoyed the book, I understood the main theme, and I could back it up with evidence. It was the easiest six pages I ever wrote.

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#35 Posted by mindstorm (15254 posts) -
The most I have written in a single sitting was 14 pages double spaced. Usually speaking, however, the types of papers I have to write require a lot more research than can be done within a short span of time. For example, one 30 page paper written during my undergrad took a month for me to write as I read several books in entirity and about 15 books partially in order to comprehend the complexities of the subject.
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#36 Posted by jeremiah06 (7215 posts) -
I've written several... from conception to final print out... One single 6-8 hour sitting... The lowest score I got was a 94%...
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#37 Posted by Ghost_702 (7405 posts) -

A day. In high school I wrote one around that long about Michelangelo. In college I wrote a business report that long. Both took only one day. Although I don't particularly enjoy doing it in a day's time because it's exhausting and boring, it always winds up that way.

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#38 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58820 posts) -
I spend 2-3 weeks writing 3500 words.
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#39 Posted by gameguy6700 (12197 posts) -
[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

I don't think I've ever written a 10 page paper.

BossPerson
Goddamn science majors...

I was a neuroscience major and I had a neuro class that required a 15-20 page term paper (I wrote 18 pages IIRC). My honors thesis also clocked out at around 90 pages. While it's true that science majors don't write nearly as much as humanities majors, it takes a lot more time to write one page of a science paper than it does to write one page of a humanities paper.
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#40 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58820 posts) -
[QUOTE="BossPerson"][QUOTE="Pirate700"]

I don't think I've ever written a 10 page paper.

gameguy6700
Goddamn science majors...

I was a neuroscience major and I had a neuro class that required a 15-20 page term paper (I wrote 18 pages IIRC). My honors thesis also clocked out at around 90 pages. While it's true that science majors don't write nearly as much as humanities majors, it takes a lot more time to write one page of a science paper than it does to write one page of a humanities paper.

I'd say the writing is harder in humanities since we can't spend several sections talking about how we collected data, what data we collected etc. We read, and then we write.. and we have to be careful with every single word we use.
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#41 Posted by mindstorm (15254 posts) -
[QUOTE="gameguy6700"][QUOTE="BossPerson"]Goddamn science majors...SolidSnake35
I was a neuroscience major and I had a neuro class that required a 15-20 page term paper (I wrote 18 pages IIRC). My honors thesis also clocked out at around 90 pages. While it's true that science majors don't write nearly as much as humanities majors, it takes a lot more time to write one page of a science paper than it does to write one page of a humanities paper.

I'd say the writing is harder in humanities since we can't spend several sections talking about how we collected data, what data we collected etc. We read, and then we write.. and we have to be careful with every single word we use.

And in my case try to not speak of my subject in such a way as to cause my professor to think me a heretic. :P
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#42 Posted by blackacidevil96 (3855 posts) -

[QUOTE="gameguy6700"][QUOTE="BossPerson"]Goddamn science majors...SolidSnake35
I was a neuroscience major and I had a neuro class that required a 15-20 page term paper (I wrote 18 pages IIRC). My honors thesis also clocked out at around 90 pages. While it's true that science majors don't write nearly as much as humanities majors, it takes a lot more time to write one page of a science paper than it does to write one page of a humanities paper.

I'd say the writing is harder in humanities since we can't spend several sections talking about how we collected data, what data we collected etc. We read, and then we write.. and we have to be careful with every single word we use.

10 pages isnt a whole lot for a science paper what with figures and all that crap in there. but if its only taking 15 hours for you to write a RESEARCH paper im wondering what the hell kind of research was actually accomplished.

my senior design project outlined a manned mission to a near earth object. that clocked in around 60-70 pages. and was reviewed by a NASA board as part of a design competition. every single word of it was torn apart. so yes...even science majors have to be careful with every single word used.

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#43 Posted by Meinhard1 (6790 posts) -
Maybe 24 hours straight? It's difficult to tell because I'm not very focused when I work on this sort of thing.
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#44 Posted by gameguy6700 (12197 posts) -
[QUOTE="gameguy6700"][QUOTE="BossPerson"]Goddamn science majors...SolidSnake35
I was a neuroscience major and I had a neuro class that required a 15-20 page term paper (I wrote 18 pages IIRC). My honors thesis also clocked out at around 90 pages. While it's true that science majors don't write nearly as much as humanities majors, it takes a lot more time to write one page of a science paper than it does to write one page of a humanities paper.

I'd say the writing is harder in humanities since we can't spend several sections talking about how we collected data, what data we collected etc. We read, and then we write.. and we have to be careful with every single word we use.

The term paper I was talking about was purely a review type of paper. That is to say that it was just me going into depth about a very particular topic, surveying the literature on the subject, and then synthesizing it all together. The thesis was largely results and graphs, but about 20 pages of it were still dedicated to discussing background research and conclusions. You may write more in humanities, but like I said, it takes longer to write each page in a science paper because the material is so much more dense. Writing a paper on the symbolism used in Heart of Darkness is a lot different from writing a paper on the structure and function of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Also, wording is pretty important in science too. I went through god only knows how many different edits of my thesis, many of which were just subtle changes in phrasing because people actually will pick apart your papers over implications that you may have never even intended to make.
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#45 Posted by Meinhard1 (6790 posts) -

And in my case try to not speak of my subject in such a way as to cause my professor to think me a heretic. :Pmindstorm
Haha, with college it's pretty much the opposite. The religion department loveshermeneutics of suspicion, religious pluralism, etc.

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#46 Posted by GamerForca (7203 posts) -
For me, anywhere from 6-8 hours usually for a quality paper, but I was always damn good at writing so it would probably be more for most people.
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#47 Posted by darkengy (171 posts) -
I'm pretty slow and quite a procrastinator. It'll take me 1-2 weeks depending on the subject,
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#48 Posted by junglist101 (5517 posts) -

Never written a 10 pager and if I did it would take a while.

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#49 Posted by Planeforger (17757 posts) -

Beats me, but I've got 12 hours. Guess I'll report back when it's done.

Although this one is more than 10 pages - 5000 words?

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#50 Posted by Bikouchu35 (8276 posts) -

I dont think I had either.. yet. I wrote a last minute 6-7 pager the night before once and came to class that morning to sleep. The TA applauded me for having the ballz to sleep thru the entire lecture haha, though I was actually resting my head but still I was beat that.