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.

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How to prepare for college finals—do’s and don’ts

Choose to be the hero in your final exams this semester.

Choose to be the hero in your final exams this semester.

Finals are fast approaching, and if you want to be the hero in your final college experience you had better start prepping now. If you are frozen in fear of your impending exams—either because this is your first go around or because your last batch of finals went, well … let’s just say your efforts could use some improvement—never fear. We’ve assembled a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts for how to prepare for college finals that will keep you from being the zero once your favorite pen takes the ready when the testing hour strikes. Take a look at these tips on how to study and succeed. Read more

The importance of college GPA in finding a job

Be proud to display your high GPA on your resume when job searching.

Be proud to display your high GPA on your resume when job searching.

Academics is one important part of student success in college and student advantage when looking for a job after graduation. When you graduate, your college transcript plays an important role in getting the job of your choice and your desired salary. But many say GPA is not the only consideration, citing job experience and internships as also important. 

GPA matters more than you think

A common misconception is that once you pass the grueling admissions process and finally get into a prominent or prestigious college or university, you can have your pick of jobs after you graduate, no matter what your grades are. Don’t count on it. Many employers want to see your GPA on your résumé, and they use GPA to screen out low achievers. Read more

How to self-edit your college term paper

With the right tools and preparation, self-editing can be a simple task.

With the right tools and preparation, self-editing can be a simple task.

Being your own editor is often difficult. You know what your paper is supposed to say, and you tend to skim over your own writing without a critical eye. You need to make a clear thesis, include pertinent supporting information, write clearly and cut extraneous material. For a student advantage in writing term papers, here are some tips for college students for editing your paper into a professional scholarly article.

The basics of editing

As explained in “How to Self Edit (to Improve Writing),” by Dianne Bates in Practically Primary, October 2011, found on Questia.com, there are four major components of editing: adding words, deleting words, changing words and moving words. Read more

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

Credit: Redmarkediting1

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