Original question from Quora:

I wrote an 87 page essay when I was asked to write 20 pages. Will my professor be impressed?

My Answer:

Probably not. You created a lot of work for the professor. That isn’t particularly wise. Nobody likes to be handed extra work.

It would be more impressive if you could condense your essay to an effective single page. The best work is not often the most wordy, but the most concise.

Next time you should try to delight the professor with a concise paper that respects their time.

-Brian

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