Honoring Confucius Day with free reading from Questia

Kong Fuzi (Latin: Confucius)

Kong Fuzi (Latin: Confucius)

Confucius (551–479 B.C.E.) was one of several intellectuals who started questioning the meaning of life and the role of the gods and the spirits, according to the Macmillan Encyclopedia. During the Warring States Period, Confucius developed a system of ethics and politics that stressed five virtues: charity, justice, propriety, wisdom, and loyalty. His teachings were recorded by his followers in a book called Analects, and formed the code of ethics called Confucianism that have been the cornerstone of Chinese thought for many centuries.

Confucius Day is celebrated every year on September 29th. At Questia, we’re celebrating Confucius Day by learning more about the philosopher and sharing relevant Questia content for free for a whole month. Enjoy! Read more

Going back to school: Top 10 ways to get ahead of the game fall semester

UCLA dorm room (of Hedrick Summit)

UCLA dorm room (of Hedrick Summit)

As the lazy days of summer come to a close, many of you find yourselves heading back to school for fall semester — some of you may actually be setting out for college for the first time! This year, whether it’s your first or your fifth, vow to make a few healthy changes early in the semester to get ahead of the game. Need to know where to start? Just follow these top 10 tips and lay the groundwork for your success.

Tip #1: Don’t procrastinate

Instead of waiting until after classes begin, grab your books early and begin to browse the content. Buying early also allows you to bargain shop, guaranteeing that you get the best prices on those costly textbooks. Read more

10 signs you are falling behind in a college course

A college student is looking for something.

Do you feel like you’re falling behind this semester?

Whether it is your first year at college or your last, it can be easy to get in over your head. Sometimes you simply pick too heavy a class load, or maybe you have been enjoying so-called “extracurricular” activities too often. Whatever the reason, you may have found yourself wondering if you are falling behind in a college course. So what are the signs that you have bitten off more than you can chew and it is time to call “uncle” before you do serious damage not only to your GPA, but to your psyche as well? Read on. Read more

Write with authority using Questia’s research tutorials

Research tutorials

Research tutorials

Have you checked out Questia’s Research Tutorials yet? The self-study research tutorials are designed to guide you through the steps of persuasive writing. Offering a virtual library of lesson plans, the tutorials provide tips and guidelines so you can write a more persuasive, researched and effective paper. You can access one or all of the tutorials, work at your own pace and stop and resume them later at a more convenient time. Read more

Citing sources: Tips and tools for citing APA style or MLA style with confidence

citation needed

citation needed (Photo credit: Dan4th)

Writing a research paper includes many detailed tasks. From choosing your topic to citing sources, there are skills and challenges to be mastered and demonstrated. Whether it’s APA style or MLA style, citing relevant sources in your paper is key to gaining the trust of your reader. Without good sources to buttress your case, your paper may not earn the grade that you desire. Read more

How to write many types of poetry: Top 5 creative writing tips


Poetry (Photo credit: V. H. Hammer)

Few assignments create the shudder of anxiety that seems to come with writing poetry. What should I write about? Does it have to rhyme? What, exactly, is iambic pentameter? How many different types of poetry are there, exactly? The good (and bad) news about poetry is that it can really be in any format and about any subject — the key is finding a way to express your feelings without coming off as cheesy, overly sentimental or sarcastic…unless, of course, that is what you are going for. If you need some help in this area, just follow these creative writing tips and learn how to write poetry that will impress even the harshest of critics (ahem, your professor).  Read more

Unleash your inner artist — Top creative writing tips

Creative writingLooking to unleash your inner artist? Putting pen to paper, or who are we kidding, fingers to keyboard, can be rewarding. But discovering the untapped poet or novelist inside of you can also be hard work. If you truly want to develop your talent with words, try these creative writing tips.

Start with the basics

If you are searching for a bit of creative fulfillment, writing can certainly fit the bill. But most professional wordsmiths will tell you that getting started can be the hardest part of the process. Read more

2013’s Most Valuable Professors Competition by Questia awards effective professors with scholarships in their names

Professors from California Lutheran University, Clarke University and The College of New Rochelle voted college students’ favorite instructors in the nation

This spring, college students from around the country were given the rare opportunity to nominate and vote for their Most Valuable Professor. Today, with a combined total of over 2,500 votes, the three winners are announced. Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Laurie Looker – California Lutheran University
  • Prof. George Towific – Clarke University
  • Dr. Veronie Lawrence-Wright – The College of New Rochelle Read more

Teachers’ domain: Career planning, teaching fellows, achievements and summer internships to set you apart

Professional development In the teachers’ domain, career planning includes the creation of a professional development plan that will set the teacher apart as a professional who moves beyond traditional training. Participation in summer internships, teaching fellows programs and other achievements are an integral part of preparing for the challenges of working in an education system that increasingly holds teachers accountable for the performance of their students. Read more

Is teaching for you? Finding your place and reaching your goals

Is teaching for you?Some college students feel the calling to become a teacher. It’s a noble profession, and in many times in history and in many cultures, the teacher is held in high regard. Luckily, there are many volunteer, internship and student teaching programs, such as Teach for America and AmeriCorps, for college students and graduates to get a taste of the teaching profession and to give back to the community. Read more