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

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Questia is the perfect research tool for students, professors, and curious minds everywhere. You probably know that Questia offers subscribers full access to the world’s largest online library of books and journal articles as well as magazine and newspaper articles, but did you know that even non-subscribers can read books online free? 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

Overconfident and Underperforming

Does high self-esteem mean high test scores?

Natalie Monroe, a Philadelphia teacher, was recently disciplined when comments posted on her blog about her students came to light. Without using names, Monroe complained about her students’ laziness and lack of motivation. From the vitriol in her comments to the points she made, her postings have struck a chord and raised the question,”Does overconfidence amongst American students impact test scores?” Read more

College tuition and fees continue to rise

What does it cost to get a college degree?

The job market has always been competitive, and in the current strained economy, it is even more so today. A job seeker needs every edge possible to leap to the top of the resume pile, and a college degree might just be your ticket to rising above the competition.

Studies show that, even in today’s tough job market, college graduates consistently earn more than their non-degreed counterparts. However, the cost of getting a degree has risen steadily, making many potential college students wonder if going into debt is worth a better paying job. 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

Harvesting Creativity

Become an Idea Person

Being able to come up with good ideas on command is a valuable – and valued – skill. In Communication World’s “Be Inspired to Innovate”, Sam Harrison shares a five-step, idea-generating methodology he designed, which begins with exploring. “Exploring is being a sponge. You absorb data and information. But what you’re really after are insights that can help you generate ideas.” Read more