Aug 11, 2016
Any student knows how important it is to be able to properly manage time. With the ever-increasing amount of homework, academic assignments, projects, and other tasks routine for colleges and universities, 24 hours a day just isn’t enough for school and life. Besides, students aren’t robots, so huge workloads often lead to excessive stress. As a result, a typical student – a person most likely unable to manage stress (and even less likely to manage time) becomes a person with a chronic lack of time who’s constantly worried, disturbed, or stressed out.
Therefore, to make students’ lives less stressful, we’ve prepared a short guide on the most popular time and stress management techniques. Using these techniques, you’ll be able to conquer your workload without straining your nervous system.
Aug 5, 2016
A writing assignment rubric can be difficult to decipher. But getting acquainted with a writing rubric before you write an essay, paper, or any writing assignment is essential to getting good grades. If you don’t know what your teacher expects of you, and write something for your teacher regardless, you are willingly putting yourself in a sticky situation. So, what are the usual parts of a writing rubric and how to impress your teacher by following it?
There is usually a hierarchy of categories that are attended to. The following is a list of the important things to pay attention to in order to get the highest grade for your assignments:
Writing is still the most common form of evaluating students’ achievements. You must write term papers, coursework, theses, and dissertations to prove that the teachers’ effort did not go to waste, and that you can acquire knowledge on your own. But something did go to waste, as more and more teachers begin to realize that they spend more time fixing grammar mistakes than focusing on the information related to topic of the work. So, what happened?
If the problem keeps getting worse, maybe it’s high time to get to the bottom of it and find out the reasons for weak writing skills.
Statistics on Student Writing Skills
Numerous studies have been taken involving writing skills of grade-school to college age students.
Annual reports from the National Center for Education Statistics show that the SAT mean scores in writing have dropped from 497 to 484 in 9 years (2006 – 2015). It’s already bad that the score is decreasing, but it also never stayed the same two years in a row during this period. Therefore, we can assume that the SAT result in writing will continue to decrease at the same rate.
The same statistics show that SAT reading scores have also decreased in the same way. This also contributes to poor writing skills, particularly where analyzing and synthesizing sources is required.
Writing in the humanities can be challenging because of the diversity and vastness of the discipline. Humanities covers human culture, which is rather hard to pin down. It covers anthropology, history, languages, laws, politics, literature, performing arts, philosophy, religion, and much more. Despite the extensive nature of this discipline, there are several essentials that you should keep in mind while writing papers about humanities subjects:
Aug 2, 2016
If you search for “writing book review” in Google, you will undoubtedly find tons of materials on how to write a book review competently. However, do you know how to write one quickly, especially if you have a fast-approaching deadline? Most articles on book reviews don’t discuss this–and if they do, it is not in length.
Here are four ways to write book reviews speedily:
The Compass test is a computerized system for evaluating students’ incoming skill levels, used mostly by postsecondary institutions. It’s used to identify the courses that any given student should be placed in as well as academic areas that need more attention. One of these areas is writing skills.
Each test uses two parts: a Placement Test and a Diagnostics Test. As the name suggests, the Placement Test, in the end, shows what courses you should be taking. On the other hand, the Diagnostics Test shows your weaknesses and indicates areas that you should improve.
People who are unaware of what it is like to be an academic freelance writer might say it is a swell job: you can work in your pajamas at home, you have a flexible schedule, and drink vodka while you pound out essays and articles (though not advised). However, when one is writing papers for students, there are a bunch of messy details: usually, students provide any minimal instructions, you can have grueling periods of work, and your head can almost explode with the amount of information you have to take in.
Sometimes, students simply write “do my essay” in the instructions field of the order form. Or even worse, students provide instructions that make no sense. For example: “Write a compare and contrast essay that shows the cause and effect through a case study format.” Somehow, you are supposed to read the student’s mind and create a masterpiece. In the worse case scenario, they provide super vague instructions and won’t even message you back about giving more details – and then get mad at you for writing something that they didn’t want. You just feel like slamming your head against your desk.
Jul 14, 2016
Writing about euthanasia is important because it is a currently debated topic, one about which laws are being made. It is therefore essential to understand some history behind the issue, how it is relevant today.
If you are assigned with a 5 minute speech on this issue, then you can consider yourself quite lucky. Here you have 5 minute speech topics that are relevant and really interesting. After selecting one from the list, you need to define the purpose of your speech. The purpose might be to inform the readers or to persuade them. If you need help finding the topic you will use, consider the 20 examples below.
Remember too that these are meant as guiding examples, and you might find one you want to use as it is, or one you want to slightly edit before putting it into use:
If you are tasked with giving a presentation on modern architecture, you have the unique opportunity to introduce a not well known aspect of buildings and their history. While 2 minutes are not that long, it is still long enough to give your classmates an introduction to one aspect of architecture you might find fascinating.
If you are in need of 2 minute presentation topics on modern architecture then consider the list of 20 topics below:
- How Social Housing Architecture Is Changing
- Urban Redevelopment: Architectural Assessments and Change
- The Role Played by the Church of England in Maintaining National Architecture
- Preserving National Heritage: How Modern Architecture Must Remake Historic Buildings
- Global Cultural Spaces: How Architecture Reflects Identity
- Sustained Buildings: Combining Nature and Architecture
- University Architecture and Design: The Search for Modern Perfection
- The Rich Decoration of Venetian Style Architecture
- Victorian-Edwardian Styles of Modern Architecture
- What Changing Architectural Styles Tell about the Civic Pride in Modern Architecture
- The Political Aesthetic of Foster’s Dome
- The Americanization of British Urban Architecture
- Reinventing Civic Design with Modern Architecture
- Environmentally Friendly Architecture: How Modern Utilities Have Changed Architectural Standards
- Clean Lines Creating Challenges for Modern Maintenance
- The Influence of Islam on the Architecture of Turkey: How Changing Rulers Changed the Construction
- The Influence of Christianity on Architecture: The Incorporation of Religious Artwork on Public Buildings
- The Geometric Shapes Used in Islamic Construction: How Interior Designs Reflect Internal Beliefs
- The Decline of Modern Architecture
- How Architecture Expresses More than Structure: The Historical Lessons Hidden in Each Building
Jul 5, 2016
When you are tasked with creating a presentation for a class, having advanced presentation skills training can help you impress your audience and make your performance mind-blowing. There are tons of courses online that offer such training, but some of them are ineffective or expensive.
It is for this reason that learning these tips are a much better investment as far as improving your skill-set is concerned: