Complementary and alternative medicine: Higher use among college students

Yoga is one form of complementary and alternative medicine therapy. (Credit: dapino-colada)

Yoga is one form of complementary and alternative medicine therapy. (Credit: dapino-colada)

College students use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) more than the general public, studies show. The most common therapies are acupuncture, homeopathy, vitamins and supplements, massage therapy, Reiki, and yoga. Good research paper topics for medical students in various disciplines might be to discuss the different forms of CAM, their efficacy, their acceptance in the young adult community, acceptance or reluctance by other groups (well educated, elderly, religious), or the expected growth of complementary medicine therapies in the future. A majority of young people believe that good student health includes some form of complementary and alternative therapy. Read more

How to develop research paper topics for public relations and marketing concepts

Credit: Fletcher Prince

Credit: Fletcher Prince

If your major is marketing concepts or public relations then you’ll have plenty of possible research paper topics to choose from. Especially now that so much marketing happens online. Add to that the long history of advertising and the sky’s the limit. Whether your interest is in the past, present or future of advertising you’ll find plenty to keep you busy when writing your research papers. Here is a look at just a few ideas and resources to get you started.

Advertising and public relations topics

If you’re interested in pursuing the study of advertising and public relations then let’s take a look at the many topics that you could research. Read more

Writing process tips: How to narrow your research paper ideas

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Credit: Redmarkediting1

After exploring any number of research paper topics you eventually settle on one idea for your paper. But you’re not finished yet. Now you have to narrow your research paper ideas and find a way to focus your topic. If you fail to do this then you’ll find that your writing process quickly goes out of control. Here are a few ideas to help you streamline your research project by narrowing your topic.

Narrow your topic

Part of the research paper writing process involves finding an angle or an approach that is interesting to both you and your readers. Read more

Most common mistakes in college research papers

Taking the time to perfect your research paper is well worth it to receive the grade you want.

Taking the time to perfect your research paper is well worth it to receive the grade you want.

Having good research paper topics is not the only thing that’s important when writing your college research paper. There are many other considerations, including narrowing your topic, meeting deadlines, citing sources correctly, using secondary sources badly, staying on topic, and avoiding plagiarism. Here are some common errors and how to avoid them.

The basics: Deadline, proofreading and presentation

Your ideas might be the best ever, but teachers also consider presentation, format and readability. Read more

The Changing Face of the College Student

Campus of St. Olaf College, at Northfield, Minnesota, United States. (Credit: Daniel Edwins)

Campus of St. Olaf College, at Northfield, Minnesota, United States. (Credit: Daniel Edwins)

Not long ago the typical college student was under age 25, single, and without children. The college years meant dorm living, new freedoms, and transitioning to life without the constant presence of parents. Getting a degree was possible in four years because students focused mainly on their coursework. Although many held part-time jobs and participated in social events, these took second place to getting a degree.

Today’s college student is more than likely to be over age 25, hold down a job, and have a family. Read more

Last call: Apply now for The MVP Scholarship by Questia!

While receiving a college degree will help provide numerous opportunities for your future in the workforce, it can be a costly item that doesn’t come easy. Sure, student loans can help alleviate the pain of college costs…for now. But down the road you’ll be required to pay back those loans, and the odds of you winning the Powerball and paying those loans off right away are few and slim.

In “What’s the Price Tag for a College Education?” a recent survey by the College Board reported that “a ‘moderate’ college budget for an in-state public college for the 2013-2014 academic year averaged $22,826.” Read more

Tips for student success: Dealing with difficult professors and classmates

Many stressful situations are presented during college, but don't let them get the best of you.

Many stressful situations are presented during college, but don’t let them get the best of you.

We’ve all encountered the stuffy professor who can’t understand why you need help before your final exam or the slacker student who disrupts your study habits or sabotages your group project. Here are some tips for college students on dealing with difficult professors and fellow students.

Dealing with difficult professors

The professor is there to teach you. That’s a given. He or she is the expert, and hence, knows more about the subject matter than you do. Read more

College student resume and cover letter tips: How to stand out in a field of candidates

Get creative with your resume and cover letter, and you're sure to be remembered at your next interview.

Get creative with your resume and cover letter, and you’re sure to be remembered at your next interview.

When you decide to go job hunting you’ll need a game plan. For the college student, resume and cover letter tips are essential to your success. You may not have the wealth of experience that other candidates have, but there are ways that you can craft your job application materials, and writing a cover letter that emphasizes a unique attribute in a creative way can help you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Keep reading for the best cover letter tips and advice for your college resume.

Resume and cover letter tips

By following these suggestions, you place yourself ahead of those who are too lazy or unskilled to go the extra mile. Read more

How to increase women in science careers

Argonne National Laboratory's "Science Careers in Search of Women" demonstrates why a career in science might be right for them. (Credit: George Joch)

Argonne National Laboratory’s “Science Careers in Search of Women” demonstrates why a career in science might be right for them. (Credit: George Joch)

Over the past 40 years, the number of women earning advanced degrees in the fields of science has quadrupled. Despite these gains, many in the academic world and beyond are still very concerned about how to increase the number of women in science careers. So why are women not sticking with science careers, and how can they be encouraged to continue on a scientific employment path after completing their education? And does it matter if the sciences aren’t diverse?

Trends and barriers

The most recent data indicates that women are earning more bachelor’s and master’s degrees, across all areas of study, in the United States. Read more

10 more common grammar mistakes to avoid

Student success is heavily dependent on the use of proper grammar.

Student success is heavily dependent on the use of proper grammar.

Fixing common mistakes in grammar and spelling in your writing isn’t just for the journalism major; it makes everyone’s writing for professors, potential employers and even peers look more professional, clean and accurate. Student success depends not just on the content of your writing but also its presentation. In business as in school, “Our conscious, rational mind tells us that spelling and grammar have nothing to do with the ability to provide [goods and services], yet we find those misspellings and grammar mistakes raising doubt and uncertainty in our mind,” said Tom Sant in the book Persuasive business proposals: Writing to win more customers, clients, and contracts, 2004 found on Questia.com. Following up on my earlier article “Avoid top 10 common grammar mistakes for student success,” here are a few more tips for college students to make their writing sparkle. Read more