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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

20th and 21st century philosophy: Good research paper topics

Philosophy studies the ideas of knowledge, truth and nature. (Credit: Studio5)

Philosophy studies the ideas of knowledge, truth and nature. (Credit: Studio5)

Here are some tips for college students looking for good research paper topics for a philosophy major. You can use effective search terms and keywords to search the Internet for primary and secondary sources such as a scholarly article, a university’s philosophy department website, philosophy databases or online books.

Approaching a philosophy paper

According to Harvard University’s Department of Philosophy: “Philosophy is the systematic and critical study of fundamental questions that arise both in everyday life and through the practice of other disciplines.” It encompasses a wide variety of subjects. Because it is not science, it doesn’t rely on provable facts or research.

For your research paper, you will need to have an opinion on an issue and argue your case in a clear and logical manner. Read more

Tips for student success: Dealing with difficult professors and classmates

Many stressful situations are presented during college, but don't let them get the best of you.

Many stressful situations are presented during college, but don’t let them get the best of you.

We’ve all encountered the stuffy professor who can’t understand why you need help before your final exam or the slacker student who disrupts your study habits or sabotages your group project. Here are some tips for college students on dealing with difficult professors and fellow students.

Dealing with difficult professors

The professor is there to teach you. That’s a given. He or she is the expert, and hence, knows more about the subject matter than you do. Read more

10 more common grammar mistakes to avoid

Student success is heavily dependent on the use of proper grammar.

Student success is heavily dependent on the use of proper grammar.

Fixing common mistakes in grammar and spelling in your writing isn’t just for the journalism major; it makes everyone’s writing for professors, potential employers and even peers look more professional, clean and accurate. Student success depends not just on the content of your writing but also its presentation. In business as in school, “Our conscious, rational mind tells us that spelling and grammar have nothing to do with the ability to provide [goods and services], yet we find those misspellings and grammar mistakes raising doubt and uncertainty in our mind,” said Tom Sant in the book Persuasive business proposals: Writing to win more customers, clients, and contracts, 2004 found on Questia.com. Following up on my earlier article “Avoid top 10 common grammar mistakes for student success,” here are a few more tips for college students to make their writing sparkle. Read more

Avoid top 10 common grammar mistakes for student success

Properly proofreading your paper can be the difference between an "A" and a "B".

Properly proofreading your paper can be the difference between an “A” and a “B”.

College students should avoid making common spelling and grammar mistakes when writing a research paper. A small mistake with an easy word will make your paper look unorganized, and your teachers will wonder how accurately you researched the rest of your paper. Follow these 10 simple tips for college research papers.

“We’re big advocates of conversational writing that’s engaging, persuasive, and fun.… On the other hand, making some grammatical errors just makes you look bad, and hurts your effectiveness. Read more