Is it time to pursue a terminal degree?

After all the effort of earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, you might find yourself wondering why anyone would submit themselves to the rigors of earning a terminal degree or doctorate. Yet during the 2008-2009 academic year, U.S. academic institutions awarded 49,562 doctorate degrees; a 1.6 percent increase from the previous year. Read more

Time management tips for college success

College success is achieved with years of hard work and dedication. That work can be made a little easier by learning a few effective time management strategies and effective study skills, so here are some time management tips. Read more

Top 10 mistakes when writing a research paper

Avoid these common research paper blunders

Fall has arrived and that means writing a research paper is in season again. Don’t sell yourself short; you’ve got the potential to write an awesome research paper worthy of an “A.” However, it’s easy to make simple mistakes when you’re given such a large project.

Prevent some very common errors by avoiding these research paper writing blunders, and it will be smooth sailing this semester. Read more

Back to school tips: How to write a research paper

Classes are starting and it has been a while, hasn’t it? You’re now busy getting back into the swing of things, but while you’ve been away, you may have forgotten some vital information about how to write a research paper. There may also be some key components of writing papers with which you’ve always struggled. Here are some back to school tips to keep in mind while starting your first research paper this school year to help create your best work. Read more

How to land an interview with the best resume

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Stay concise, focus on accomplishments, and don’t hold back

Do you think the perfect resume is a subjective idea? The recipe for an outstanding resume is actually fairly universal in terms of look, length, and basic content. With the right approach, you can churn out a stellar resume that will appeal to potential employers and land an interview for your dream job. Here are some resume writing tips and a sample resume to get you started. Read more

When writers go bad

Ensuring what you mean is what you write.

Sometimes when writing, we may begin a sentence without knowing how it will end. If you’re not careful, it could come out with the entirely wrong meaning. Self-editing prior to handing in work can help avoid some serious writing disasters.

“When something is awful, why not say so?” asks Richard Palmer, author of Write In Style: A Guide to Good English(London: Spon Press, 1993, 3).  He says so in the chapter on Disasters, – using the following passages to explain what to do to avoid such mistakes: Read more

Who do you trust?

Which online resources are safe to use?

Search expert Barbara G. Friedman emphasizes the importance of knowing how to evaluate Web site reliability in her book Web Search Savvy: Strategies and Shortcuts for Online Research (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005, 158). In Credibility at a Glance, she notes that one “quick measure of a Web site’s credibility is to look at the domain.”

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Ace your exams with a healthy body and mind

With “a broad foundation of well-being,” says Eileen Tracy, “you’ll be in good condition for your exams.” In her book The Student’s Guide to Exam Success, she recommends building that foundation on the following Five Pillars of Health: Moderation, Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep, and Expression.   Read more

Online Answers for “People Questions”

“When you are in need of a short, comprehensive biography of a famous person, there are many online resources available for consideration,” says Joann M. Wleklinski. In her Online piece Get a Life Comparing Online Biography Resources.

Along with Wikipedia, which she calls “a decent resource for a quick, first-look overview of a subject,” she reviews Biography.com, noting that its “content is for the most part reliable, but hardly comprehensive. It seems that a certain amount of sizzle about a person doesn’t hurt the individual’s being represented, either.” See the article for her assessment of general web search engines Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. Read more

Subject vs. Topic

Too often students get papers back from professors with notes such as “Too broad” or “Try to narrow your focus” written on them. Narrowing your focus from a subject to a topic helps prevent you from using too much summary in your paper. Focusing on one topic allows you to fully develop and flush out new ideas of your own.

Narrowing down a subject, which is “broad and general” into a topic or “the specific issue being discussed”  makes it both manageable and arguable, says Laurie Rozakis. In Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Research Papers 2nd ed., (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007), 23, she suggests this approach for Shaping Your Ideas. Read more