Gearing up for the Spring Semester

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So you had a nice winter break and now it’s time to head back to college for Spring Semester.  I know, you were probably getting used to being home for the past month, and being catered to by your parents.  Those days are over, now is the time where you need work your tail off, so you can give back to your family when you become a millionaire (we all have dreams).

You must first prepare mentally for your return to college.  Some of these experiences will be adjusting to your new course schedule, meeting new professors, and creating new friendships.  You will have to start prioritizing things and knowing when not to go to that bar or party.  Figure you have at least 2-3 weeks to settle in before the exams, term papers, and essays start rolling in.

Once the work starts piling up, remember to keep your stress level low.  It may seem like it’s impossible to get all your work done in the time allotted, but we assure you it is not.  As long as you can handle a little pressure in crunch time, you will be good to go.

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To help calm your mind a little more, you have Spring break in less than two months, and the spring semester will be over in May.  These next 5 months will define your semester so make sure you prepare for the battle ahead.

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Complexity of Thinking

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Upon entering college, students are called upon to exhibit more complex levels of thinking and analysis in the papers they submit for grades. One helpful way of viewing this new challenge is through the lens of Bloom’s taxonomy of educational objectives. Bloom believed that there were successive levels of analysis when approaching any topic: gathering and presenting knowledge; understanding or comprehending the knowledge; applying the knowledge; analyzing the knowledge; synthesizing the information to form a new whole; and evaluating the knowledge (Scholastic, 2015).  Most college-level work demands that a student primarily use the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy. Students should not regurgitate facts from an encyclopedia article.

When reviewing an essay or research paper you are about to submit for credit, it is important to ask yourself if you are using higher-level skills. Are you analyzing the information and creating something new or simply showing that you read the material? A truly A-level paper will exhibit independent and innovative thought. Although a college professor wants to make sure you did the reading like a high school teacher might, this is only the first component of attaining a good grade in a college-level class. Simply doing the bare, required minimum is not enough.  Your professor wants to see that you can critically analyze an argument and demonstrate its strengths and weaknesses or come up with a theory of your own to explain a particular phenomenon.

Writing college-level papers can seem intimidating, even impossible, if you’re not used to it: don’t be afraid to seek guidance from PaperDue!  We can offer you help in the form of our professional writers to ensure that you have a better understanding of your professor’s requirements and expectations.

 References

Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (2015). Scholastic. Retrieved from:

http://www.scholastic.com/browse/subarticle.jsp?id=4423

 

 

 

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How to Write an Essay

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When writing an academic, college-level essay, the first and most important step—even before brainstorming topics—is to determine the audience. While the audience might seem obvious (the professor), this isn’t always necessarily the case. Sometimes the professor might want you to frame your paper as if you are addressing your fellow classmates; other times he or she may want you to write to a scholarly audience that already has knowledge of the subject matter. If you are unsure, ask first before you begin to brainstorm topics.

In fact, at any time during the process of prewriting, writing, and revising your essay, it’s always a good idea to contact your professor if you have any questions. If you’re not sure what the requirements are for the essay, it’s better to ask now than after you’ve put in a substantial amount of work on the project. Again, if the directions are unclear, ask! Your professor will be more sympathetic if you clear things up now, versus after you’ve turned in your paper. Also, if you are worried about conflicts with the due date, speak up as early as possible to alert your professor, not a few hours before your paper is due.

The length of the brainstorming stage will depend upon the level of direction your professor has given you about the essay. If the topic is already predetermined, this prewriting process may take less time than it would an open-ended assignment or an independent research project. But even if your topic is already established, you will likely still need to narrow it down to a specific thesis statement. Make sure you start brainstorming early, whether you are writing a five-paragraph essay or a major research paper.

Next, determine your sources. Once again, this will be determined by the nature of the assignment. You may have been given the required sources by your professor or you may be responsible for doing independent research for sources outside of the class syllabus. Regardless, have an idea of what sources you need and where to find them, even if they change somewhat over the course of writing the essay.

Now you can outline your essay. Sometimes a formal outline will be required as part of the assignment. But even if it is not, having a map of where you want to go is essential. Establish the points you will need to make over the course of your essay. For a five-paragraph essay this will include an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Different essay formats will require different approaches, however. For a persuasive essay, you will need to deal with the opposition’s arguments as well as your own in favor of the proposal.

When writing your first draft, you will still be exploring what you need to say. Some people find it helpful to write their introductory paragraph last, rather than first, because they still don’t have a clear idea of what they want and need to articulate.

Now it’s time to revise your essay. Make sure that your ideas flow together in a logical manner. Look for any errors in grammar and punctuation. This may be when you write your real introduction or substantially revise your initial thesis. Your conclusion may also need additional work. Make sure that it truly sums up your essay and you have said everything you want and need to say. After your second draft, revise what you have written again (if you have time). Have a friend proofread it or take it to your university’s writing center for a second pair of eyes to look over it.

Writing a good essay takes time and preparation. But with practice, anyone can become a good writer. Writing is a skill and just like anything, with practice you will improve. Trust in the process and don’t give up!

 

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Tips for beginning your college research paper

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Tips for beginning your college research paper

One of the most intimidating assignments for any new college student is the prospect of doing a long research paper requiring extensive outside research. Few high school students are faced with the daunting task of completing a 15-20 page paper requiring a unique thesis and independent thought. However, there are a number of helpful tips to keep in mind to make the task easier, if not easy. First, allocate enough time for the project. This is not an assignment that you can complete overnight fueled by a few extra cups of coffee. Second, take advantage of the library staff at your school and ask them questions about how to more effectively use an academic library and library databases to conduct research for peer-reviewed sources. Thirdly, have a working thesis and outline. Even if you change both over the course of your research (and you probably will), having a sense of focus can make the process less overwhelming.

Try to work a little bit on your major research paper every day: remember that you are likely to have several papers and tests due at the same time as your assignment, so it is important not to fall behind. Take notes as you read: make sure to note where you found your data and on what page because it might be almost impossible to find it again. Even if things are going well, go to your professor’s office hours to ask questions and make sure you are on the right track. Consult the style guide of the format your professor would like you to use so your bibliography and citations are in the proper format.

Although the research process for every term paper will be slightly different, following these basic guidelines are a great starting point for virtually every subject area from the humanities to the social sciences to the natural sciences.

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Know your Audience

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When writing or speaking to someone in real life outside of the classroom, most people naturally tailor their comments to suit the needs of a particular audience. You don’t write to your boss or your mother the way you write to your sister or best friend; you speak much more casually when you are hanging out with people at the mall versus speaking to people during a job interview. But some students still find the concept of writing an academic paper with a specific audience in mind very confusing. After all, aren’t you writing to your professor, since he is the person grading the paper?

While this might be true, many professors are more specific about how the paper should be framed. Some professors indicate that you should write to a layperson’s audience, explaining any key terms that are not a part of common knowledge. Also, even if your professor is very familiar with the sources you are using because they were covered in class, this does not necessarily mean that he wants you to make the assumption that the reader is equally familiar with those sources as well. On the other hand, some professors will explicitly state NOT to summarize the story or article the paper is about, and assume the reader is familiar with its content.

Analyzing the audience of an academic paper is a necessary part of the writing process and an important part of becoming a better writer. It is not enough to ask what the paper is about; you must also ask to whom it is directed. This will have a major impact on how the information is presented; the vocabulary used in the paper; and the extent to which the paper dwells on exposition versus analysis. Make sure to clarify with your professor who the audience is of the paper you are writing before you begin!

 

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