How to Crush Your Research Paper or Oral Presentation

It doesn’t matter what you’re studying—inevitably, you’re going to have to write a research paper or give an oral presentation this semester. I wrote papers in my Calculus I class! Requirements are going to depend on your professor, but it’s more than likely that as a college student, you’ve got at least one research paper looming, and one oral presentation on the syllabus. If you already have a few years of college under your belt, you more than likely have a few life hacks you’ve developed for handling these deadlines.

One of mine: start early! If you know you’re going to have a big paper due at the end of the semester, don’t wait until the last minute to get started. Read on for a few more life hacks I’ve gathered on research papers and oral presentations. Read more

4 research paper writing hacks that will change your life

Some professors like to give out research paper writing assignments like they’re candy. Writing a research paper really does help you to bring what you’ve learned into focus. Now if you could just start dealing with stress that comes from that short deadline. I’ve picked up a few pointers that could help you out.

Pointer number one is to narrow your list of research paper topics to just the right topic to cover. Here are a few more ideas to help you on your next assignment. Read more

How to get the most from online research sources

It’s not even Halloween yet but you’re probably swamped with research paper assignments. Am I right? Your professors may assume that you know how to use research databases and how to find scholarly education resources to use. But the truth is that many college students struggle with doing anything more than a simple Google search.

So let’s take a look at some tips, tricks, and strategies that will help you gather the research you need to ace that next term paper. Read more

4 tips to keep in mind when writing your grad school personal statement

Is grad school on your radar for after college? If so, there are some things you need to know about applying, particularly how to craft a killer personal statement.

What do you suggest including in your grad school personal statement? (Credit: Princeton Review)

What do you suggest including in your grad school personal statement? (Credit: Princeton Review)

The personal statement is your opportunity to persuade the selection committee why you belong in their program, as well as your best shot for explaining any blips on your academic record in terms of grades, etc. Read on for tips for writing a personal statement that will wow. Read more

9 best websites for college students

There’s so much information out there to help you with college life, dorm life and social life on your college campus. How do you know where to start? Although I always start with Facebook and Twitter, there are many websites and resources to help college students muddle through.

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Here are some tips about a few of the best websites that are useful in surviving college. Read more

What you need to know about plagiarism

Instead of writing a research paper, college students may be tempted to purchase one online. However, cheating and plagiarism hurts everyone. And don’t forget that professors can check for plagiarism with online plagiarism check services.

Have you or are you considering plagiarism? (Credit: Colin Purrington)

Have you or are you considering plagiarism? (Credit: Colin Purrington)

Punishment can be severe when students are caught purchasing a term paper. Read more

MS Word tips that are sure to help you ace your research papers

I don’t know about you, but I often fall behind in getting my work done! When a term paper deadline creeps up on you it’s time to get to business. That’s when knowing computer shortcuts and other work-arounds in MS Word can really help you save time.

What do you really know about your MS Word? (Credit: Create IT)

What do you really know about your MS Word? (Credit: Create IT)

I’m a big believer in letting the software do the heavy lifting. So I’ve put together some handy tips for speeding up my writing in MS Word, and here they are for you, too. Read more

You ask, we answer: Dude, where are my papers?!

Dear J,

It’s almost the end of the quarter and my professor has not given back ANY papers or assignments! Multiple classmates have emailed him and expressed the same concern but have received a response. How are we supposed to know how to improve on papers if we don’t get feedback?

Give me advice!

-Ariana M

Oh man!

This is a tough one. The important thing to remember is to remain calm and not put yourself on the professor’s bad side by being demanding. Read more

10 English grammar rules to live by

With term paper writing season just around the corner, here are 10 English grammar rules and style tips so your writing is up to snuff (that means good!).

This is why grammar is important, people. (Credit: Playbuzz)

This is why grammar is important, people. (Credit: Playbuzz)

You can also use these writing tips to make your blogs, Facebook and journals more professional. Read more

Where to find reliable sources in your own filter bubble [Hint: not Wikipedia!]

One of the great things about writing papers right now is how easy it is to type in your topic in a search engine and voila! Information, right at your fingertips! I love how quickly I can grab information on the go, just using my smart phone. But the tricky thing about all the information that’s available is sorting through the reliable sources and the not-so-reliable sources.

Can you tell what reliable sources look like? (Credit:

Can you tell what reliable sources look like? (Credit:

This is made even more difficult when you take into account something professors like Siva Vaidhyanathan calls Googlization, and writers like Eli Pariser call the Filter Bubble: helpful personalization of your search algorithm by your search engine ends up feeding you a search bias—your search results are more likely to show you information that supports your own ideas than contradicts them, which can be truly hazardous for a research paper. Here are some tips you need to know on sorting the good sources from the bad. Read more