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How to write a term paper for your target audience: Your professors and peers

Professor and peersLike the conversations you have with people, it’s not just the message that matters, it’s also the audience. Keep that same consideration in mind as you write your term paper and ask yourself “who’s reading this” and “what message do I want them to receive?” And remember, it’s a person that reads and grades your paper—not a robot, computer or answer key—so tailor your writing to your specific (human) audience. Read more

Improve academic relationships with your professor, TA and RA

Welcome to a new semester of school. A new semester means that you will have new courses and new academic relationships. As you meet friends through your time at school, you will also meet dozens of instructors and advisors that can have a positive impact on your education and even career. When you move to a new dorm, you should try to develop a healthy bond with your resident advisor to gain their respect and good word of mouth. When you begin new classes, work on good relationships with your teaching assistants and professors. Not only are they great resources and potential mentors, but they can be powerful references for when you apply to graduate schools, internships and jobs. Read more