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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using A Free Essay


While it may seem like an absolute bargain, handing in a free essay as your own work has certain drawbacks, too. If you do want to use a free essay, have a look at this list of advantages and disadvantages before you make a final decision either way.

Advantage: You save money

Most people don’t have access to endless amounts of money. So obviously, the biggest benefit of using a free essay is that you don’t have to pay for it, so you save money. If money is an issue for you, this is an extremely important benefit.

Advantage: You save time

Let’s face it; students are busy people. There are always assignments, tests and exams to get through. Not to mention all the parties and other socialising to be done! This means that, as a student, your time is precious, and another major benefit of using a free essay is that it will save your precious time. If you don’t actually have to sit and write the paper yourself, you save time. Then, you can spend that time doing something else that is either more urgent or more important.

Advantage: You actually have a paper to submit

Everyone has left at least one assignment to the last moment when there’s just not enough time to do it at all. It may even have been an honest mistake, like getting the date wrong or just forgetting about it. If you do find yourself in this unfortunate situation, a gratis paper may be just what you need. At least you’ll have something to hand in, and you won’t get zero for the assignment.

Disadvantage: It may be poor quality

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. So, if you do use a free essay, you may find that it’s really terrible quality work. If it were an excellent piece of writing, someone would probably be selling it instead. If you submit a gratis paper as your own assignment, you should be prepared to get a very low grade for it. However, you can try to prevent this by spending a few minutes reading through the paper and editing it before you actually hand it in. At the very least, you can get rid of some of the glaringly obvious errors.

Disadvantage: You could face disciplinary action for using it

The biggest problem with using a free essay is that most schools consider it to be a form of cheating or plagiarism. If your teacher finds out that the work isn’t yours, you could face some negative consequences.

Now that you have a better idea of the advantages and disadvantages of using a free essay, you can weigh them up for yourself and make an informed decision.