So I have a paper due tomorrow that is worth 25% of my grade in that class. Which means that its importance rivals (but does not supersede) this blog post.
Let me help you get a feeling for my situation. This paper is actually a rewrite. The original grade was a 'C' which, when you consider grade inflation, is quite a crappy grade. So of course the main question on my mind is "what can I do to improve it?" The obvious solution is to read the teacher's comments throughout the paper and follow them. Just one slight hang-up with that though. At the end of my paper, he writes, "Everything you said in this paper argues against thesis...you seem to have your whole argument backwards."
Wait, this might be really simple. Maybe I forgot to put the word "not" somewhere in my first paragraph. Let me check...Damn! No such luck. That means there is only one other explanation. My brain must be wired incorrectly, such that my whole process of logical thinking is the opposite of what it should be (or least the opposite of the professor's).
A quick fix: change my thesis to the opposite position. So I asked my professor if I could "alter my thesis slighty". His answer, "if it is only slightly, yes, but I want you to really try and stick to your original thesis."