Ethnic and gender bias found in college mentorship requests

Student success in academics should not be based on race or gender. Yet in a recent study, researchers found ethnic and gender discrimination in professors’ responses to requests from doctoral students for counseling and mentorship. In scholarly articles on recent study findings, sociology researchers are offering ways to counter racial and gender bias.

A recent study shows the existence of ethnic and gender bias and can affect student success. (Credit: John Dawson)

A recent study shows the existence of ethnic and gender bias and can affect student success. (Credit: John Dawson)

Study: professors asked for mentorship

The study was conducted by Katherine Milkman, assistant professor of operations and information management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, with collaborators Modupe Akinola of Columbia University and Dolly Chugh of New York University. Read more

YES, having a LinkedIn profile gives you an advantage in the job market

There are many benefits to having LinkedIn.

There are many benefits to having LinkedIn.

You’ve probably heard of the social networking platform LinkedIn, where business professionals upload their experience and job requirements so they can connect with other professionals. You’ve also probably thought that you don’t need to worry about this until you’re a business professional. Think again.

A professional LinkedIn profile offers a student advantage to college students and recent grads. Use LinkedIn for the many opportunities to begin to get your name out there, gain contacts and establish yourself before the real hard work begins. Read more

Use common sense—What not to do during your internship

An example of what not to do during your internship.

An example of what not to do during your internship.

You’ve landed a college internship and are hoping that it will lead to a full-time job when you are done with school. Or maybe you are still looking for an internship? Be sure to stop by your college career office and do a little research. Consider getting involved with your school’s alumni network—the companies that former grads have landed at may have internship programs.

But the tricky part is turning that unpaid opportunity into paid employment. For that to happen, there are some common do’s and don’ts you should know. Read on for what not to do during college internships. Read more

How to stay calm during finals week

It’s down to your last week of the semester, but you still have a ton of work ahead of you. Even worse, the majority of your grades depend on your academic performance this week. Stressed yet? We can relate.

When feeling stressed during finals week, take breaks by doing relaxing activities, such as baking desserts. (Credit: Brittany Katz)

When feeling stressed during finals week, take breaks by doing relaxing activities, such as baking desserts. (Credit: Brittany Katz)

Despite these obstacles, there are ways to make it through finals week without suffering a meltdown or failing a class. Here are a few pointers on how to keep your cool and come out ahead. Read more

How to write a research paper: The step by step guide from Questia

We realize that writing a college research paper can be a difficult and daunting process–especially if it’s your first time! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. With the help of this step-by-step research paper guide, we hope to make the task of writing a research paper a little less nerve-wracking.

Feel free to share the step-by-step guide to writing a research paper below with classmates and friends OR even print the research paper guide and use it as a future reference!

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For more information on how we can help you solve your research paper problems and term paper troubles visit Questia, the Web’s premier online collection of copyrighted scholarly books, academic journals and research periodicals featuring integrated tools for note taking, organizing research, citing sources, creating footnotes and building bibliographies, helping students write better research papers faster!

You’re graduating college: Time to find your first job

Entry level jobs for college graduates may be at a premium. We’re seeing a slow economic recovery from the 2009 recession, but there is still a lot of competition for the best jobs. Without years of experience, this year’s flock of college graduates will have to be focused and agile in their job search strategy. Here are few ideas on how you can be successful in finding your first job after graduation.

It's vital to take it slow during the application process of finding your first job out of college.

It’s vital to take it slow during the application process of finding your first job out of college.

Rules to get hired

Take the skills that you honed writing research papers and use them to find and apply for your first job. A good place to start is at Questia. Read more

How to handle stress — Tips for college students

Handling stress is a common theme among college students. (Credit: Uniwink.com)

Handling stress is a common theme among college students. (Credit: Uniwink.com)

College is supposed to be some of the best four (or five, or six—just joking!) years of your life, right? Then how come sometimes you are just so stressed out? If you feel like your mental and emotional health is taking a beating, you are not alone. A lot of your peers could use some help balancing their newfound freedom and responsibility, while keeping the occasional smile on their faces. Read on for tips for college students on how to handle stress.

The facts about college students and stress

In case you thought maybe it was just you, have no fear—you aren’t the only one. Across the country, more and more college students say they are suffering from mental and emotional health issues. Read more

Stress affects college students differently

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

Stress among college students is growing, and different students cope with stress in campus life in many different ways. For proper student health, students and their counselors should learn to identify the cause of stress and devise appropriate stress relief techniques. (Hiding in dorm rooms to avoid stressful issues is not one of the recommended solutions.)

In “Healthy mind, healthy body: Student health centers are expanding their services to include mental health care” for Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 24, 2013, Vikki Conwell reported the findings of the spring 2012 American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Read more

Colleges use data mining to achieve student advantage

Algorithms support the data mining process. (Credit: Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Algorithms support the data mining process. (Credit: Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Spurred on by the problems of high student debt, colleges and universities in the past few years have resorted to data mining to improve academics and college GPA and to increase their graduation rates. Student advantage spikes after schools guide college students toward a degree program that will better help them graduate.

We all know we’re leaving a data trail, on our Facebook page, in our Google dealings, at Starbucks and through our credit card transactions. Now colleges and universities are using “big data” to decide what degree you should get. In an effort to derail failing students and put them on a path more conducive to passing and flourishing, colleges are employing data gathering systems to record freshmen’s Likes, clicks, scores and answers. Read more

Enter The Finals Countdown Blogging Contest for a chance to win $250!

The countdown to finals has begun! In order to help us count down the days until college finals we’re looking for college students to offer their best advice on homework help, research paper advice, tips and best practices for finals preparation. Enter our blogging contest and show us–and your fellow students–what your writing skills are made of for a chance at a published article and by-line on the Questia blog Citations, PLUS a $250 Visa gift card!

How to enter the blogging contest

  1. Submit your article via the submission form below anytime before April 25, 2014. One submission per person.
  2. Our editorial team will select 3 finalists to have their blog posts published live on the Questia blog – permanently.
  3. Next, it’s up to the public to vote on their favorite of the 3 finalists. Vote on your favorite blog post by commenting, “Vote!” as often as once per day before May 9, 2014.
  4. The writer of the post with the most votes will win a $250 Visa gift card!** We’ll announce the winner of the blogging contest on the Questia Facebook page on or after May 12, 2014.

These are the details… Read more