Homework & Study Tips Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

Locker Organizer
Do you have trouble getting organized between classes? Does your locker look like a disaster area? Keep your locker organized and keep your act together with one of these items made to make your life a little easier. Keep books, small supplies, shoes, and coats in a designated spot and be ready for every class!

TI Graphing Calculator Model Differences
Students and parents are often confused about which calculator to buy. It's a good idea to read over the features of three popular graphing calculators to determine which one is right for you.

Planners for Girls - Top 5 Planners for Girly Girls
Girls just want to have fun while rocking the homework! Enjoy beautiful but sturdy designs with this selection of fashionable planners for girls.

Left Brain Right Brain Quiz
Are you left brain dominant or right brain dominant? This quiz will tell you something about your brain, your study habits, and where they may lead you.

What Is Political Science?
Are you preparing to enroll in a political science class? Political science refers to the study of government systems around the world and the political behavior of populations and individuals.

Make It Look Good!
Use color, sticky notes, and stickers to make your homework supplies fun and attractive. This will help you stay motivated.

Use One Big Binder with Sections
Organize your notebooks with color. Use one big binder with sections to avoid carrying five separate binders.

Stay Healthy and Energized
Be sure to eat well and drink lots of water throughout the day to maintain the energy you'll need for homework time.

Make Colorful Class Notes
Use color to highlight and mark any special trends, lists, or connections in your class notes. This will reinforce the information.

Establish a Routine
Establish a strong routine and you'll be less likely to procrastinate when it's time to study and write papers.

Invest In a Great Planner
It's not wise to improvise when it comes to a school planner. Invest in a planner that you love.

Teens Need Lots of Sleep!
Are you getting enough sleep? Many students lack the sleep they need to maintain a healthy, happy brain.

Take Advantage of Tutoring Services
If your school offers tutoring services, be sure to take full advantage! You'll feel so much better when you get home.

What Is Sociology
Are you curious about the topics that will be covered in your sociology class? This overview will help students understand the expectations they might encounter.

Sentence Fragment Exercise
This worksheet will help you identify and correct sentence fragments. By completing each fragment to create a complete sentence, you will understand the components of a clause and a sentence.

Common Contractions
Contractions are shortcuts we use in speaking and writing. We create contraction when we shorten phrases and use an apostrophe in place of letters we leave out.

Tips from Organized Students
What do organized people know that you don't know? How do some people keep it all together, when you seem to be playing catch-up all the time? Enjoy these 6 tips from organized students.

College Catalogs - College Catalogs for Ivy League Schools
Colleges offer courses that reflect the research interests of their faculty. These courses are listed in college catalogs. Browse this list of college catalogs for Ivy League schools and other popular colleges to discover the fascinating courses they have to offer.

Black History Resources - Most Interesting African-American Links
The most fascinating and interesting Black History links and resources are provided here, including links to primary source materials made available through government resources and grants. Learn about sit-ins, Negro League History, and North American slave narratives.

The First Week of School - A Student Guide for Success
The new school year brings a great opportunity for establishing great study habits. This is a great time to think about the things you already do well and the things you could change for the better.

How to Skim a Book
There a times when it's actually a good idea to skim a book. If you're working on a lengthy research paper or a long annotated bibliography, you'll need to skim some books to determine whether they're relevant or to get a full understanding of the argument.

Five Tips on Writing an Opinion Essay
You may be compelled or required to write an essay that is based on your own personal opinion about a controversial topic. Depending on your objective, your composition could be any length, from a short letter to the editor, to a medium-sized speech, or a long research paper. But every piece should contain some basic steps and elements.

What Is a Bibliography?
A bibliography is a list of books, articles, and other sources you use when researching a topic and writing a paper. The bibliography will appear at the end of your paper.

Chicago Style Paper Format Example and Guide
Find examples of the most commonly used elements of a paper written in Chicago Style. Discover how to prepare your research paper and format many complex features, such as footnotes and bibliography pages.

Chicago Style Footnotes and End Notes
When writing a Turabian Style or Chicago Style paper, you will need to cite quotations with footnotes or end notes. Discover how to format these elements in your paper.

Turabian Cheat Sheet
Many social science instructors prefer the Turban Style of writing for homework assignments and research papers. This guide will provide the basic facts for formatting your paper.

College Major Quiz
Which college majors match your personality? This quiz can help you decide.

Conducting an Interview - How to Interview a Source
A personal interview will enhance any research project. Follow these steps to interview a school official, local public official, or an expert in the field.

Beginning Researcher's Guide to Sources
Your first big research assignment can seem overwhelming at first. This guide to research sources will clear up your confusion about reliable print sources like books and journal articles.

Why Participate in Class Discussions?
Why should students participate in class discussions? Many teachers will use this time to generate ideas about a topic that has two or more valid points of view. This is no time to rest your pencils!

When Your Study Space Is Too Small - Study Without a Desk
It’s great to have a study space, and some houses have enough space that a special room can be set aside for homework. But many students live in apartments or small houses that make it tough to carve a special place just for homework.

Studying and Preparing for Final Exams
Wondering how to best prepare for your final exams? Finals week can be the most stressful time of the year for students. Remember to prepare physically and mentally for this challenging week.

Improve Your Writing
Do you understand the difference between a phrase and a clause? You can improve your writing skills if you learn to conquer these five common grammar problems.

How to Flunk a Class
There are a few things that every failing student has in common. If you really want to flunk out of a class, all you have to do is pick up a few of these bad habits.

How to Organize Your Desk
It doesn't have to cost a fortune to have a well-stocked and well-organized desk space. Many tools for organizing your space can be purchased for a dollar or two.

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Very artistic personality types may prefer to choose a college major in art, music, English, journalism, or drama. Fields that require repetitive tasks or restrictive environments are less desirable.

Right Brain Dominant Student Type
Right brain dominant students are very deep thinkers who can be very creative when they put their minds to it. These students may not be comfortable when called on out of the blue, but they thrive in settings where they are able to brainstorm and create.

Social Personality Type
Your score indicates that you are a social personality type. Discover the careers that are best for this personality trait.

Math Doesn't Suck Review
Math Doesn't Suck was written for a specific audience--that is, girls in middle school. But don’t let that stop you from reading it! In fact, this book has great tips for people for any age or gender.

What Is Conflict in Literature? - Definition
Are you working on a report for your English Literature class? Conflict is a topic you should talk about in any book report when writing about fiction. Conflict is a struggle between two forces, whether those forces are internal (feelings) or external (physical).

The Red Badge of Courage - Book Summary
The Red Badge of Courage is a short novel depicting the experience of a young man in a Union regiment. The brutality of the battlefront brings about a change in his views on war, courage, and life itself.

'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov - Book Review Tips
'Lolita' is the fictional memoir of Humbert Humbert, a man obsessed with an adolescent girl. Through the character's words, the reader can experience the nature of obsession and its tragic consequences.

Sample MLA Page with Figure
Many students learn best by example. These sample pages in MLA format will guide you as you write and edit your MLA high school paper. Page 5.

Sample MLA First Page
MLA style can be difficult to understand, but many students learn easily when they see an example. This sample first page shows you where to place the title and other information.

First Page of MLA Paper
Many students learn best by example. These sample pages in MLA format will guide you as you write and edit your MLA high school paper. Page 4.

Sample MLA Outline
MLA style can be difficult to understand, but many students learn easily when they see an example. This sample shows you how to format your outline, which follows the title page. Page 2.

Sample MLA Report
MLA style can be difficult to understand, but many students learn easily when they see an example. This sample first page shows you where to place the title and other information. Page 3.

Sample Page for Works Cited
Sample Works Cited: A standard MLA paper requires a works cited list. This is the list of sources you used in your research. It is similar to a bibliography. Page 6.

Sample Pages in MLA Format
Many students learn best by example. These sample pages in MLA format will guide you as you write and edit your MLA high school paper.

Overcoming Procrastination
Procrastination affects every student to some degree. You just sat down to study, when suddenly you realize you forgot to feed the dog. Or, you suddenly remember you love your mom a lot and you want to tell her. Are you looking for a way to avoid doing your homework?

5 Ways Study Groups Improve Grades
College professors often encourage students to study in groups. Why? Science shows that group study improves habits and expands students' perspectives.

25 Things to Do This Summer
Want to avoid the summer doldrums? Do something interesting this year! Exercise your brain with these 25 activities.

Study Skills Assessment - Organizing Your Homework Routine
Good study skills can make a big difference in your school performance. Even if you find a particular subject difficult to understand, you will find that being organized and knowing how to tap in to your natural strengths can add valuable points to your scores.

Weird Units of Measurement
How long is a fathom? How much is a gross? Find out more about these weird units of measurement and their word origins.

Algebra Concepts - Order
Sometimes order matters in math, and sometimes it doesn't. This very basic overview of order in algebra can help students understand why it is important to know about the order of certain operations.

How to Study Spanish
It's important to study Spanish language in a way that uses every learning style. This study guide will show you how to incorporate visual, tactile, and auditory techniques into your Spanish homework habits.

Spanish Pronunciation
It's important to study Spanish language in a way that uses every learning style. Visual learners will benefit from color coded flash cards.

Practice Speaking Spanish
Many students of a foreign language can benefit from recording their own voice and listening to the results.

Spanish Words That Sound Alike
As in most languages, Spanish language contains words that look and sound similar, but have very different meanings.

A College Planning Timeline - It Pays to Plan Ahead!
Planning for college may seem overwhelming for many families. Every family is different and each student has different priorities. Use this list as a guide to set you on the right path.

Tips for Reading and Using the Newspaper for Research
The newspaper can be daunting for beginners. These terms and tips can help readers understand the parts of a newspaper and help them decide what information could be helpful when conducting research.

Tools Required to Make a Volcano
You can make a realistic looking volcano with items you have at home in your kitchen!

Create a Volcano Eruption
Create an erupting model volcano for your earth science class project.

6 Bad Excuses for Committing Plagiarism
Plagiarism can lead to disaster. Students who are tempted to take shortcuts when it comes to writing papers should know what constitutes plagiarism and what excuses just don't work.

How to Write a Speech: The Body (Parts of a Speech)
Just like essays, all speeches have three main sections: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. Unlike essays, speeches must be written to be heard, as opposed to read. You need to write a speech in a way that keeps the attention of an audience.

How to Write a Speech: The Conclusion
The conclusion of your speech should restate the main points you covered in your speech. Then it should end with a bang!

How to Write a Speech
Writing a speech is much like writing an essay. You will find that the language will differ somewhat, however, because speeches should paint mental images for the audience

Speech Writing Techniques - English Homework Tips
The introduction of the informative speech should contain an attention-grabber, followed by a statement about your topic. It should end with a strong transition into your body section. Page 2.

How Long Should My Paper Be?
You have to write a paper, but you're not sure how many pages you should write. Sound familiar? If you're stuck, you can consult these guidelines.

How to Write a History Paper
Discover the basic steps you will follow to craft a research paper for your history class, from middle school assignments to college research papers.

MLA Style and Parenthetical Citations
What is a parenthetical citation? This is a method of citing sources in MLA style that enables students to cite works within the text of the paper.

Confusing Words
Many people depend on spell checkers to do some of their proofreading, and that works some of the times. But spell checkers do not find many mistakes.

World War II Research Topics for Homework Essays
Do you find it difficult to narrow your research topic? If you're writing a research paper about World War II (or any other topic), you'll find this brainstorming list helpful.

Last Minute Paper Writing - Guide and Tips
Have you ever put off writing a paper until the day before it was due? You’ll be comforted to know that we all have. How did this happen? No matter how or why you get into this situation, it’s important to remain calm and clear-headed.

Can't Concentrate? 6 Non-Medical Causes
Does your mind wander in class? If you can't concentrate when your teacher is lecturing or when you're working on homework, you may need to determine what factors are affecting your concentration.

Time Management Activity
Time management can be difficult for students, and that can affect grades and school performance. This exercise is intended to provide students with a better grasp of the hours available in an average day.

How to Study for Any Test
There is no single method that works well for every type of test, but there is a best way to study for each individual type of test. For example, you must prepare for an algebra test and a history test using entirely different methods.

Definition and Types of Interjections
Interjections are words or phrases that express emotions. You might use an interjection to express surprise (Wow!), confusion (Huh?), or outrage (No!). This list of interjections will help you understand how and when to use them correctly.

Activity: Teamwork Skills
This is a fun but sneaky way to teach students about the importance of cooperation and participation in group projects. Nobody wants to be named as the saboteur!

Team Member Types
In school life (and later in business life), there will be many personality types that come together when you assemble a team for a project. If you are going to be in charge of a team, you should spend some time thinking about the types of personalities you will face. It is your job to tap into the strength of each member and minimize the negative traits.

Midterms and Finals - How to Prepare
Midterms and finals can be tough on your mind and your bodyespecially if you have two tests that take place back to back. Unfortunately, test schedules are normally out of your control, so you will end up with back to back exams at some point.[

Is College Harder than High School?
Is college really more difficult than high school? This is a tricky question, because the answer is not so much about the level of academic difficulty for most students. It's the challenge of managing priorities that affects many students when it comes to college success.

Time Management Tracking Chart - Track Your Time Management Habits
You can create charts to observe and track your progress in any endeavor. By tracking how much time you spend studying and doing other tasks, you will be able to determine how much time you’re wasting and how much time you spend on productive activities.

Have You Learned Or Memorized?
If you constantly draw a blank during exams, you're not really learning the class material. Instead, you're storing information in short term memory (and then losing it).

What Is Reactance?
When you do something that is forbidden, you may be demonstrating reactance as your motivation. Reactance is a drive to do something you’ve been told (threatened) not to do.

My Vacation Essay
Are you required to write an essay about your summer vacation or your holiday break? This can be a tough assignment to tackle. Read some tips about writing your vacation essay and find out how to put some spark into your assignment.

Using a Venn Diagram for a Compare and Contrast
The Venn diagram is a great tool for brainstorming and creating a comparison between two or more objects, events, or people. You can use a Venn diagram to create an outline for a compare and contrast essay.

Time Management Tools
Every student needs a little tool to help them stay on track. Some students use a planner well, while other students work best with an online tool or a cell phone.

Create a Hanging Indent
Each entry of your bibliography must be formatted in a style called the

Essay Organization and Structure
The best organization pattern for your essay may depend on the essay type. Is it an argument essay or a descriptive essay? There are best choices for each essay type.

Organization Patterns Essays
It is easier to read, understand, or write an essay or book if you understand the different types of organization patterns. Learn about the ways that writers can choose to organize their work so you can better understand a difficult book or passage.

6 Traits for Student Success: W.I.S.D.O.M.
If you think a bulky brain and a high IQ will lead to academic success, think again! There are 6 traits that really matter when it comes to academic success.

Internet Research - Reliable Sources
The Internet is a great tool for research, but it is also a public forum, where anyone can make a claim or an assertion. If you find an article that provides relevant information for your research topic, you should take care to investigate the source to make sure it is valid and reliable.

Writing: Avoid Overused and Tired Words
When writing an essay, term paper, or report, you should avoid words that are overused and boring. Always remember that your teacher reads hundreds of papers. Make yours stand out.

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Writing a Research Paper Using Color-Coded Index Cards
Research papers can seem like monumental tasks, but writing a strong paper is actually a rather straightforward procedure. By using color-coded index cards to organize your thoughts and your research, you might find the process is surprisingly enjoyable.

Subject Verb Agreement
Some sentences are pretty straightforward when it comes to subject-verb agreement. But there are many rules that confuse us when it come to using plural or singular verb forms.

Long and Short Vowel Sounds
Can you describe the difference between a vowel sound and a consonant sound? It makes perfect sense when you think about it! You can improve your spelling skills when you learn the rules for long and short vowel sounds in the English language.

How to Remember Dates for a Test - Memorization
Dates can be the most difficult things to recall for a test. They're often elusive because we don't have any way to link them to their meanings. We can borrow a practice from the London Cockneys to help us remember dates when it counts.

Study Tips for Math Homework and Math Tests
There are several ways to study math. Some students need to use as many practice questions as possible, while other students can benefit by listening to the math lecture over and over. Find out which math tips help you most.

Create a Study Space to Improve Study Skills
Your study environment is important to success. If you don't have a regular place to study, you might be able to improve your study skills by making one. Some students do well studying in their bedrooms, but some students need to be away from the place that's associated with the rest.

How to Find Statistics and Data for Your Report
Any type of report can be spiced up a little with some interesting facts or statistics. This list provides some good places to start.

How to Write a Letter to the Editor
Are you motivated to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper or magazine? Find instructions on writing your letter and getting it published!

Study for a Test - Shrinking Outline Method
It's not enough to create an outline of material as you prepare to take an essay exam. This method will help you remember and retain more information.

High School Math Expectations
Are you wondering what might be expected of you when you enter high school? This overview of high school expectations in math, history, English, and science will give you a head start.

American History - What to Expect in High School
If you're preparing to enter high school as a freshman, you may be wondering if you're really prepared for the coursework. Read over this list and determine if you are really ready for high school American history class.

Ready for High School English Class?
Have you retained the information that you learned in middle school? This list of expectations will tell you whether you're ready for high school English classes.

High School Science - Are You Prepared?
This list of science terms will help you determine if you're ready to tackle high school science. Can you describe these terms?

Placing Citations in Microsoft Word
Once you create a list of sources, you can use Microsoft Word's source management system to place citations in your paper.

Planning Your Research Paper
Once you have completed the research stage, you can begin planning your paper. Microsoft Word can make the formatting easy.

Microsoft Word 2013 Source Management System
You can use the source management system in Microsoft Word to insert properly formatted citations and to generate a bibliography or works cited list.

Encyclopedia Citation in Turabian
Should you list an encyclopedia in your bibliography? If you are formatting a paper in Turabian Style, you don't normally need to include the use of an encyclopedia.

Article Citation in Turabian
Turabian Style citation examples are helpful. Note how the information that you place in your footnote is formatted differently from the format in your bibliography.

Turabian Citations for Edited Collection
When creating a citation for a book that contains many articles or stories, be sure to include the names of editors.

Turabian Citation for a Book With Two Authors
This image shows how you would format your citation in Turabian Style for a book that has two authors.

Turabian Citation for a Book - History Paper
Turabian Style is used often for history papers. This images shows how to format a citation for a book.

When Do I Use a Footnote?
To write a paper in Turabian Style, students may use footnotes or endnotes in the text and a bibliography at the end of the paper.

Turabian Style Guide - How to Insert a Footnote
Footnotes can seem intimidating at first. But placing a footnote is as easy as two clicks in most word processing programs.

Turabian Paper Style Guide
Turabian Style was developed especially for students by Kate Turabian, the dissertation secretary at the University of Chicago for many years. This style is a sub-style of sorts that is based on the Chicago Style of writing.

Science Fair Project - Science Posters
Science fair projects and displays can be fun and rewarding. Discover the basic methods for conducting your research and designing your display.

Confusing Words
Many experienced writers have problems with confusing words, and most of us have to pause for a second and think when we are about to type certain words. Some words are so close to others in spelling or meaning that they cause confusion, time after time. If you study the most common problem words, you can avoid awkward mistakes in your papers.

How to Pass a Test
Want to know when you're ready to pass a test? The key to test readiness is knowing when you can apply the information you've learned. This final test review strategy will help you determine if you're really test-ready.

Speaking in Class
Does the thought of an oral report make you queasy? Follow these steps to calm down and gear up for a super performance.

Term Paper - Term Paper Tips
The first time you write a term paper you can be a little overwhelmed by the size of your project. These term paper tips can help you plan and stay on track of your project.

How to Listen - Active Listening Skills
Have you ever zoned out during a lecture? If so, you might need to work on your listening skills. Practice active listening to improve your retention.

Cramming - Chunking to Remember
Cramming isn't a good idea, it's true, but sometimes it's a necessity. There are times when life throws us curve balls, and we're left to do what we have to do. This articles shows students how to study for a test using a mnemonic method called chunking.

Common Comma Problems
Are you vexed by certain comma rules? You can improve your essay writing skills when you conquer some of the most common comma problems.

50 Practice Essay Prompts
Are you looking for thought-provoking questions for your essay or speech? This list provides inspiration and ideas for your next project.

Remember What You Read
How often have you read a book from start to finish, only to discover that you have not retained very much of the information it contained? Now you can use a simple method to reinforce what you read.

Questions to Ask When Lost in Math
Sometimes we can get so lost in a subject that we don’t even know what questions to ask the teacher. This is a demoralizing situation that occurs most often in a math class. Why? Because math skills are like building blocks. If you fail to grasp a concept or understand a skill and move on (which happens a lot in math class), you get lost.

5 Ways to Get Organized
Are you too impatient to organize your notes? This could be costly! Find out how you can use some habits of highly organized students to improve your grades.

Homonyms and Homophones
Homonyms are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings. Homonyms can also be words that sound the same when you pronounce them, but have different meanings.

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Motivation Tips For Students
Do you need motivation for doing your homework? Sometimes we all need a little prodding when it comes to getting our work done. If you ever feel like homework is pointless, you may find inspiration in the following tips. The problems below have been submitted by real students.

Microsoft Word Shortcuts and Commands
There are many shortcuts for common commands in Microsoft Word. These shortcuts or commands can come in handy when you're typing a report or term paper.

What Is an Essay? - Study Tips Definition
Have you ever stopped to wonder what makes an essay different from any other piece of writing? Essays are formal writing assignments that students encounter at all levels of classes.

Using Flashcards - Study Tips for Groups & Individuals
Flashcards remain one of the best tools for memorizing information. There are many ways to add variety to the process to enhance the learning process.

The Rules for Writing Numbers
Spell out numbers one through ten.Use numbers for dates,phone numbers,and time. Spell out numbers that begin sentences,but try to avoid long clunky ones.

What Is a Conservative Bias? - Definition
Do you know what conservatives believe? Do you need to recognize a bias? Finding a bias in a news report, magazine, article, or a speech can be difficult. Our notions of what is normal can vary by state, by region, by religion, and by gender. Opinions about bias might even vary from one individual to another in the same family! These tips are provided to help you determine whether you believe a work contains a political bias. Page 2.

What Is a Liberal - What Is Liberal Bias
Do you know what conservatives believe? Do you need to recognize a bias? Finding a bias in a news report, magazine, article, or a speech can be difficult. Our notions of what is normal can vary by state, by region, by religion, and by gender. Opinions about bias might even vary from one individual to another in the same family! These tips are provided to help you determine whether you believe a work contains a political bias. Page 3.

Persuasive Speech Topics
When trying to determine a good topic for a persuasive topic, you should base your choice on a subject that you can break down according to three or four positive points.

Writing the Thesis Statement Sentence
Did you ever wonder why there's so much fuss over the thesis sentence? If so, you're not alone. Find out why it is so important to make your thesis statement concise and direct.

Choosing a Strong Research Topic
It's important to find a research topic that you enjoy, but finding a strong topic isn't always that simple! You'll want to find a topic that is feasible, as well. Make sure you choose a thesis that you can back up with lots of strong research and a variety of sources, as well.

Social Studies Research Project Topics
Social studies topics include history, sociology, political science, psychology, economics, and geography. If you love these topics, you should approach a teacher about having a social studies fair in your school next year!

Characteristics of Left Brain Dominant Students
Left brain dominant students enjoy traditional classes with lectures and fact-based test questions. They don't like open-ended questions. Does this sound like you?

Right-Brain-Dominant Learning Styles
Right brain dominant students are accused of being dreamy sometimes, but they are probably deep in thought when that happens. They may have trouble answering questions in class, because they take a lot of time to mull over the possible answers. Does this sound familiar?

Writing a Stage Play - Parts of a Play Script
Are you thinking about writing a play? This brief introduction to writing a play provides an overview of the parts of a stage play.

Short Personal Essay Thesis Sentence
A good thesis sentence will sometimes resemble a famous quote--especially a thesis sentence for a personal essay. See how you can learn to make a concise thesis statement by emulating famous speakers.

A List of Causal Essay Topics to Write
The causal essay might address more complex topics, while the cause and effect essay may address smaller or more straightforward topics.

Journal Articles - Finding Scholarly Articles for Research
Your professor may tell you that you’re required to use journal articles for your research paper. You read articles all the time in magazines—but you know that’s not the sort of article your professor is looking for. So what is a journal article, and how do you find one?

Giving an Impromptu Speech - Speaking in Public
An impromptu speech is one of the most daunting things to tackle. Are you prepared to give an impromptu speech in fifteen minutes? Does the thought make your hands sweaty? There are tricks to preparing and delivering a successful impromptu speech.

Parts of a Short Story for Writing
The first question many students may ask when setting out to write a short story is how long is a short story supposed to be? Short stories have a fairly broad range of lengths, between 1,000 and 7,500 words.

Typing a Paper - Using a Computer for Homework Assignments
The teacher requires you to write your paper on the computer, but you've never used a word processor before. Find tips for Using Microsoft Word, advice for saving and finding your work again, and more.

Strategic Plan for Student Success (5 Tips)
If you really want to be successful in high school, you can use a strategy that is used by many organizations. You can develop a strategic plan including a mission statement, a list of goals, and several specific objectives.

Bad Report Card Grades (Telling the Parents)
You just found out that you're getting a bad report card grade or flunking a course. Now how do you tell your parents? How can you avoid this in the future?

How to Study for a Test or Final Exam
As big tests and final exams approach, the stress level goes up. It doesn't have to be that way! You can reduce stress and give yourself an edge this semester by starting early. Follow this simple plan and be amazed at you own test performance.

How to Write a Book Report in Ten Steps
Good book reports include the basics, of course. But great book reports answer questions and make assertions. They also involve an analysis of the themes and symbols. This 10-step guide will help you identify and incorporate themes and symbols into your report, to make a stronger, more successful final paper.

How to Understand a Difficult Book or Chapter
We all encounter textbook chapters or books that we just can't get into. There are many reasons, like difficult terms, bad writing, or boring material. If you try to read a chapter and realize you're not retaining any information, try these steps.

Pros and Cons of Various High School Diploma Tracks
What should you consider when choosing a high school diploma track? What are the hazards or benefits of choosing certain diploma tracks? Learn more about diploma types to avoid a costly mistake.

5 Ways to Enhance Learning
Are you struggling to recall information when you need it? Resist the temptation to memorize information the night before a test and commit to learning your material for the long haul. Check out these tips for enhancing your ability to learn as you study.

College Fair - Questions for a College Representative
Are you wondering how to start a conversation with a college rep? Here are some tips for conversing and getting answers to important questions. It's a good idea to make a list of things that are important to you before you go.

What Is a Debate - Facts About High School Debate Teams
High school debates were once populated by nerds in white-starched shirts and ties. Those days are over! In schools across the country, and especially in urban schools, debate teams are becoming quite popular again.

Choosing a Position - SAT Writing Test and Rhetoric
You will be required to argue a topic or take a stance many times in high school and college. But what if you don't really have a clear opinion? Sometimes you'll have to pick one side and explain why it is the best.

How to Compare Two Novels in Comparative Essay
At some point in your literature studies, probably just about the time you get adept at finding the theme of a novel and coming up with a sound analysis of a literary piece, you will be required to compare two novels.

Strategies for How to Organize Your Homework
Organize your homework with color coded supplies. With this method you will always know when a due date is looming.

What Is a Dangling Participle? Explanation & Examples
Everybody knows about dangling participles because of this funny-sounding name, but many people don't really understand the concept. Do you know a dangling participle when you write one?

How to Write a Biography - Outline for Fourth Grade
Every student will write a biography at some point, but the level of detail and sophistication will differ. A fourth grade biography will be much different from a middle school-level biography or a high school or college-level biography.

How to Start an Academic Club in School
If you share a strong interest with a group of students or friends at school, you may want to form an academic club. Your specific club rules and structure can be guided by your tastes. This article provides some organizational guidelines.

Four Studying Tips for an Essay Test
It's test day, and you're ready for anything--you think. You get the test and you find, gulp, a single, solitary, scary essay question. Now what do you do?

Brainstorming Methods - How to Brainstorm
Brainstorming is a great way to generate new ideas for a paper or project. Some students are uncomfortable with traditional brainstorming because it feels too chaotic. You can find a brainstorming technique that is most comfortable for your learning style.

Ethos, Logos, Pathos for Persuasion
You'd be surprised how much of your time you spend constructing arguments. You should become familiar with persuasion through pathos, logos, and ethos in order to become a better communicator, and so that others will take you seriously.

Math Anxiety - Overcoming a Fear of Math
Do you struggle with math anxiety? Do you feel a little flushed when you think about doing math homework? If you find yourself putting off your math work or dreading math tests, you may suffer from math anxiety.[

Character Traits - Definition of English Terms
Are you wondering how to identify the traits of a character in a book or film? Discover how to come up with adjectives that describe your characters.

Lecture Notes - Taking Class Notes That Make Sense Later
Anybody can take lecture notes. But it's not always easy taking lecture notes that make sense a month later, when you're studying for a midterm! As you progress from high school to college and into graduate school, you'll find that your lectures can get much more complex.

Political Bias - Reading for Bias
Finding a bias in a news report, magazine, article, or a speech can be difficult. Our notions of what is normal can vary by state, by region, by religion, and by gender. Opinions about bias might even vary from one individual to another in the same family! These tips are provided to help you determine whether you believe a work contains a political bias.

Cheating - When You Should Think About Cheating
Cheating is on the rise. In recent years, surveys have shown that high school students are cheating, and they don't feel bad about it. Maybe it's time you think about cheating.

How to Write a Limerick
You might need to write a limerick for an assignment, or you may want to learn the art just for fun or to impress a friend. Limericks are fun--and they can be a great way to express how clever and creative you can be!

Rhetoric - Definition and Examples of English Terms
Rhetoric has many definitions, and in today's society it can have negative connotations. That is why it may be confusing to you when you see that your English class is called

Definition of Instructional Words Used on Tests
Instruction words are very important, but they are often overlooked by students during exams and tests. It is important to know what is expected of you when you encounter words such as “analyze” or “discuss” on an exam. Valuable points can be earned or lost, depending on your understanding of common instructional words.

Do Grades Matter?
Have you ever wondered if your bad grades can really come back to haunt you? Find out why grades matter in high school and in college.

Rote Learning - Memorization by Repetition
Rote memorization is a term for fixing information to your memory through sheer repetition. Rote learning is often viewed as bad practice, although some would argue that rote memorization is a necessary first step in learning some subjects.

Calculating Reading Level With the Flesch-Kincaid Scale
Have you ever wondered how sophisticated your writing is? There are several scales and calculations used to determine the readability or grade level of a piece of writing. One of the most common scales is the Flesch-Kincaid scale.

Syllabus Definition - Homework/Study Tips
There are a few terms you should know as you prepare for your college experience. A syllabus is a document, written by a professor, that outlines a college course.

How to Make APA In-Text Citations and Examples
APA style is usually used for writing for psychology and the social sciences. It is similar to MLA, but often uses fewer abbreviations and may include dates.

Diligence Definition - Homework / Study Tips Glossary
Diligence is one of the key ingredients for success in school What is diligence?

What Are Objective Test Questions?
There are some types of test questions that have precise answers, and other types of questions that may have many answers. Objective questions have single, precise answers.

Time Management Tips
Good time management skills can help students increase their grades and overall school work performance. By learning to complete assignments on time every time, students will have a better classroom experience. Discover which tips are right for you.

Analytic and Sequential Learning
Among learning styles, analytical learners--also called sequential learners--like to take in information one piece at a time, although they can do it very quickly. If you are an analytic learner you can benefit from these study tips.

Speech Recognition Tools - Text to Speech
Speech tools on your computer? If your computer came equipped with Office XP, you can train it to type what you say and read back what you have typed! This is a great feature for auditory learning.

Study Habits for Middle School Students
Middle school is a challenging time for many students because it is a time of many changes in routine and new responsibilities. This is a time when students will establish habits that make a difference through high school and college.

"Frankenstein" Book Summary, Notes and Study Guide
This profile of Frankenstein provides information to help you read the book with a better understanding and create a better book report.

Are You Gifted? - Common Traits of a High IQ
There are certain traits that are common among students with very high intelligence quotients, or IQs. If you answer

What Is the Plural of Genus?
Some words are simple enough in singular form--but they get really tricky when we try to turn them into plurals. What is the plural of genus?

Choosing an Essay Topic
You've just received your essay assignment and you're staring at a blank sheet of paper. Where do you start? Try using the

How to Alphabetize a List of Words
You teacher may ask you to alphabetize a list of vocabulary words. Make sure you know the rules for alphabetizing before you begin!

Parts of a Book Report - Checklist
Use the book report checklist to create or evaluate work. Do you have all the elements necessary for a strong paper?

5 Ways to Stretch a Paper
Need a longer paper? For some students, writing a long paper is a breeze. For others, the thought of writing a ten-page paper is dreadful. Find out how to stretch a paper with these five tips.

Plagiarism Type Examples: Misattribution, Copying Words
Have you heard of accidental plagiarism? There are many ways to commit plagiarism without meaning to. Don't be careless!

Ellipsis - Rules for Using an Ellipsis
Those three little dots in a quote are called ellipsis points or an an ellipsis. Do how do you use them?

20 Page Paper Strategy
Homework/Study Tips.

How to Pick a Study Partner
A good study partnership can improve performance and grades for you and your partner. You should consider your partner carefully!

Changing From Single Space to Double Space
You can adjust the spacing and other formatting requirements with a few clicks in Microsoft Word 2010.

Word 2010 Tutorial
Microsoft Word 2010 has many student-friendly features that make paper assignments easy to write and format.

Inserting Page Numbers in Word 2010
This tutorial will show you how to insert page numbers in Word 2010.

Centering Text
Students will find that Microsoft Word 2010 can make writing assignments easier, once they understand the built-in features.

The Attitude Adjuster
Do you have the right attitude for reaching your acadmeic goals? This tool will help you do a quick assessment of your attitude when it comes to school and homework, and help you work on those areas that need a little work.

Test Taking Tips
It's test day! The alarm is ringing and your stomach is churning. You've studied until your head aches, so what can you do now? Proper test strategies can make all the difference between passing and failing a test.

How to Talk to Teachers
Do you spend enough time talking to your teacher? If you've been confused by a few assignments, or surprised by a grade you didn't expect, it is time to have a talk!

Preparing for the Freshman Year
If you are looking forward to your freshman year of high school, you're experiencing one of the most exciting times of your life. Sometimes it also feels like one of the most daunting times. These tips can help you prepare for a successful beginning to your high school career.

School Behavior - Tips for Students
Are you annoying your teacher and ruining your reputation as a good student? Discover the annoying habits that students should avoid in the classroom.

Methods in How to Take Notes in Class
Good class notes are essential to good study skills. If you study bad notes, it's pretty clear that you won't perform very well on tests. But what are good notes? Good notes capture the most important facts and enable you to understand how every fact fits into a larger puzzle.

High School Study Tips
Are you preparing for high school? Your study methods and practices should change to reflect this new stage in your educational experience.

External and Internal Motivation for Homework and Projects
Do you know what drives you to do your homework, or to go the extra mile when creating a science fair display? The force that compels us to complete a task is motivation.

Study Buddy Problems - Working With a Slacker
Trying to work with a slacker? If you are teamed up with a student who is notorious for slacking off, you can't let it get you down. Take some steps to encourage your partner to work.

Make your Paper Stand Out with Famous Last Words
Here's another homework tip to remember! Every time you recieve a writing assignment, you should think about ways to make your paper stand out from the others. When your topic is a person, you may want to consider starting off with last words.

The Difference Between Revising and Editing
There is a difference between revising your paper and editing your paper, but it's not always an easy distinction for students to understand.

School Morning Management - Hectic Mornings?
The number one challenge families face is the chaos that ensues when everyone has to get ready at the same time. You can stop the madness with this simple strategy.

Research Paper Procrastination
You just received a research paper assignment and you're tempted to think about it for a day or two before getting started. Find out why that might be a bad idea.

List of Adjectives for Your Writing
This list of adjectives may provide inspiration as you write your essay or story. Find adjectives for serious, dark, negative tones or cheery, happy, positive tones.

Spanish Letters in Microsoft Word
You can use the standard PC keyboard to create characters in Spanish. To create accented letters, simply press CONTROL and the accent key ( ' ), then the appropriate letter.

Spanish Letters and Symbols in WordPerfect
If you use WordPerfect for Windows, you can insert Spanish characters.