A long post coming. I apologize in advance but I'm at my wits end. I don't think I can remember a time when I was ever this absolutely frustrated to the point that I'm making myself literally sick. I'm doing my Masters online and have finished six courses. I recently started the 7th and the trouble I am having with it coupled with my wholehearted belief that I'll never get through the capstone and graduate anyway is making me very tempted to ditch the whole thing and call it a day. The instructor for the course is nothing short of maniacal about formatting. Understandable, but I have been formatting my papers the same way for every course and never had a problem. This time, I received back my first assignment and it was literally a sea of red ink. At the top of the assignment was two pages of expectations for the course and a grade that was close to failing. I took it as a failure because I take my classes very seriously and this grade was in the toilet. A lot of the deductions could have been avoided had the instructor emailed the expectations before the course began, which in my opinion would have been the thing to do. In any case, I spent about 8 hours fixing the assignment and resubmitted it. The grade was increased to a much higher one, however, I was surprised (and frustrated) to find that questions that had no notations when I got the paper back initially were now doused with red ink as well. This instruction requires that every question be answered with citations from elsewhere. I'm at the point where I'm terrified to include a sentence that is actually mine because that will not be acceptable. I understand that casual writing is a no-no with regard to a research paper but every in every other course I have taken, including this one, the questions ask the student to "describe the relationship between x and y" or "explain what is meant by...." If I explain it using my words, points deducted. So I am spending hours searching web sites for someone else's explanation and including that instead. It seems pointless to me and shows that I can copy and paste someone else's take on the information and credit them but does not in any way demonstrate my understanding of the material. I could live with the above I suppose if the questions were actually addressed in the course textbook. The assignment I am working on now has a question something like this: "Explain the problems that Smith has with Jones's theory." The course textbook has one line about Smith: "Smith says that x is not necessarily the case in all situations." That is it. There's no information about Smith's problem with Jones or Smith's theories. Hours later I'm still searching the web, every library database I can find, the school's cybrary and have read paper after paper and cannot find anything remotely close to a writing that addresses Smith's dislike of Jones's ideas. The idea that I have six more modules after this one is making want to chuck the whole thing. It's becoming not worth it anymore. I've written to the instructor about my concerns even suggesting that perhaps I have the wrong textbook but the replies are vague and seem to not address the question posed. I just don't think I can take it anymore. I have spent the last six days of my vacation time working on this course and have very little to show for it. My other courses were enjoyable and interesting but this one has me so completely frustrated. I am way behind and will have to ask for an extension because I'm having so much trouble with it but they could give me a three month extension but I'm having an excruciatingly difficult time finding information to assist me in answering the module questions. Shouldn't the course textbook address all of the questions in some way? I can't even see straight anymore I'm so upset and frustrated. I'm sorry for venting in such a long post but I really am close to just dropping out and hoped that venting here might help me snap out of this incredible funk and I've found myself drowning in.