Thesis Statement for Research Paper Projects: 4 Easy Steps April 22nd, 2012
If you desperately need help writing a thesis statement for your research paper and start losing hope to find a solution, it is high time to look through this quick guide. If you wonder how to write a good thesis statement, you might want to follow the 4 easy steps described below and come up with a truly good thesis statement for your research paper.
A thesis statement for research paper projects: Step 1
A thesis statement is a very condensed summary of the main arguments you make in your project. It is a sentence or two long, usually placed at the end of your introductory paragraph. The first step to writing a winning thesis statement for research paper projects is to understand its main goals. The main goals in writing a thesis statement are:
- to create a road map for the paper and explain what readers can expect from it;
- to take a particular stance with respect to the discussed problem;
- to make a claim that might be disputed by some other people.
A thesis statement for research paper projects: Step 2
The second step in creating a worthy thesis statement for research paper projects is to clarify the type of your research paper. The type of your research paper affects the form of your thesis statement. There are two main types of research papers:
- Argumentative (you can and should take a particular stance). A thesis statement for this type of research papers should clearly state your stance. E.g. Although global warming is irreversible, the community should be educated on how their efforts can be valuable for reducing the negative effects of this phenomenon.
- Analytical (you do not have enough competence to take a particular stance, but you can analyze and synthesize the opinions of others). E.g. While a number of the world’s greatest poems and plays are traditionally attributed to William Shakespeare, under the influence of anti-Stratfordianism, the movement disputing Shakespeare’s authorship, Walt Whitman, Sigmund Freud and Mark Twain denied the relation between the historical Shakespeare and the works attributed to his name.
A thesis statement for research paper projects: Step 3
The third step to writing an effective thesis statement for research paper projects is to choose appropriate constructions and use them to finally formulate it. Here are some valuable phrases and hints:
- This paper will examine (discuss, argue, explore etc.)…
- State that one aspect contributes to another one, explaining how you are going to prove it.
- State that certain concepts or phenomena can be explained through the impact of other concepts or phenomena.
- State that certain issues or theories can have different interpretations.
A thesis statement for research paper projects: Step 4
If you still doubt whether you wrote an effective thesis statement, you can use these criteria to test it:
- ”So what” question. Will your readers say “so what” after they read your thesis statement? If they are likely to say that, you need to stress more in your thesis statement the importance of your research project.
- Captain Obvious test. Ask yourself whether your position is not obvious and whether others may want to challenge it.
- How and why test. Does your thesis statement briefly explain how you have arrived to your specific conclusions?
By the way, you should not be afraid of writing “working” thesis statements for research papers that might be later revised and changed if necessary. So, you are welcome to follow these 4 easy steps and make your thesis statements the strong point of your research papers.
Easy to Understand SAT Prep Books March 26th, 2012
A key part to a good SAT score is knowing how to study. Often this means finding books that make your job of studying as painless as possible. Frequently, this is easier said than done, as there are many inferior books on the market that are littered with problems. Taking the time out to make sure that you are actually using a quality test prep book is a smart move no matter whether you are taking the SAT or another similar test later in your academic career. Here are two books that do a fine job of getting to the point and helping readers understand the basics of what the SAT is and how they can improve their scores.
SAT test prep books come in many different styles and take a variety of approaches. On one hand, there are the ones that are very specialized that look to help you boost your math score, for example. Then there are the all-in-one books like SAT For Dummies. These all-in-one books vary in quality to a surprisingly degree. Fortunately, SAT For Dummies by Geraldine Woods stands as one of the good ones. Each section is loaded with good tips, lots of practice questions and even some insights.
This is not the only test prep book you will need if you are looking to get a great score, but it is a strong book. There are even tips of how to handle the SAT exam itself. One of the major problems with test preparation books in general is that they are often too light on the number of exams that they provide; however, this book does a good job in this category.
SAT For Dummies has five full tests and that is a very good thing. You should plan on taking numerous tests in the prep process, and this big book has plenty of test questions. If you can only buy one book for SAT prep, you could do far worse than this SAT For Dummies.
Want a great book on the SAT for both parents and students? Then look no further, as Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed by Ned Johnson and Emily Warner Eskelsen is a top notch pick. This book is about how to handle the test and covers topics and aspects of the testing that are virtually never explored or touched, such as nutrition.
Conquering the SAT also scores major points in that it should help parents realize the importance of the SAT without loading down their young students with so much pressure that they completely crack. The book is heavy on strategy. Often people think that this means that the advice isn’t practical, but this is not the situation with Conquering the SA,T as its strategies are both helpful and easy to understand and implement.
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How Algebra 2 Solver Makes Working Easy February 4th, 2012
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As mentioned before the objective of www.onlinemathtutor.org/help/algebrator is not to do the assignment for your child, the tutors at this site are only focused at taking your child through the steps of solving the algebra. It has designed lessons that will help your child understand the steps followed. If you hook up to algebratutors.org, you will be introduced to universal simplifier and algebra 2 solver which is a software that solves all those complex algebraic problems giving you the steps and the details of the solution. In the event of any question, there are standby tutors who will respond and help you in the best way possible. The software has the capability of solving equations and inequalities and even graphing them.
Also available at algebratutors.org are many learning resources which will help you master the most complicated part of algebra. Algebra 2 software is available to help in solving algebra 2 problems. These problems may consist of systems of equations which may demand to be solved using substitution, elimination and graphically. In some cases the equation may be three and this may be a challenge to you. In this case, you may be called upon to graph the equation to be able to figure out various solutions that are available.
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3 Cheap & Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Space for Spring Semester January 5th, 2012
Well, it’s 2012 already, and fall semester absolutely flew by! The Spring 2012 semester is definitely a lot closer to this side of the holidays, and with it comes the anxiety that goes along with a return to campus.
Of course, when I need a fresh outlook on life, the first thing I do is spruce up my bedroom! There’s no better way to revitalize and prepare yourself for whatever life throws at you, and it’s thankfully a relatively easy process for the low-budget college fashionista. Just waking up in a slightly (or dramatically) revamped room can completely change your attitude and get you out of bed with a smile.
In this article, we’ll talk about some inexpensive, simple, and creative ways to spruce up your room for spring semester, with tips that every college girl will find useful. Let’s get started!
1. Reorganize Your Closet
What better place to start revamping your room than your closet? By the end of fall semester, my tiny closet was nowhere near as organized as it was at the beginning of the year… and I’m sure many of you can relate!
Once you get back to campus, there’s plenty of time before the homework load starts getting heavy, so why not take an hour or two, shamelessly blast some Taylor Swift, and sing along while you spring clean your closet? It’ll streamline your getting-ready process in the morning and will freshen up your mood every time you look for that perfect outfit. Here are some tips for re-organizing your closet for the spring:
- Clean out everything — reach waayy back there for whatever might have fallen off the hanger! Once everything is out (and I mean everything!) and strewn in a huge pile on your bed, use a wet wipe or dust cloth to lightly clean off your shelves, the floor, the back wall, etc. Dust can settle everywhere, and you certainly don’t want it on your clothes.
- Re-color the sides and back of your closet interior with a bright hue, like yellow! Just opening the door will give you a wake-up jolt, and it’s a great way to add some fun to your day. Use colored paper with tape or sticky-tac to adhere, or paint it if you’re daring!
- Find a new clothing organization pattern. My clothes are currently organized by color, but I might try grouping them by type — button-down shirts together, dresses together, blazers together, etc. It would definitely be a fresh start, and it might even work better. Other closet organization patterns include by fabric, by sleeve length, or by outfit.
- Learn which clothes deserve to be in your closet. According to the 20/80 rule, we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time, while the other 80% includes impulse purchases, that almost-but-not-quite-your-size blouse that was on sale, and trendy pieces that aren’t in style anymore. Here’s a good way to figure out which clothes are which: Start by hanging all of the clothes with the hooks facing towards you, and, as you wear, wash, and re-hang them, make sure you hang them with the hook facing away (the way they normally would be). After a few months, re-evaluate: The clothes with wrong-facing hangers belong in a bottom drawer or somewhere less accessible.
- Scent your closet (and clothes!) with a sachet of a sweet-smelling plant, like lavender. The smell will be subtle enough not to overwhelm your perfume, but will add a hint of freshness to your outfits. Alternatively, use perfume samples from magazines taped in hidden corners to add a nice smell every time you open your closet.
- Check out more ways to re-organize your closet here and here!
2. Rearrange Your Furniture
Why not try moving your bed to a different location in your room? Waking up in a new spot makes me feel like I’m in a whole new room, and it’s completely free! Granted, this may be a struggle, considering the dimensions of your bedroom or dorm, but it’s definitely feasible — enlist the help of your strongest girlfriend or a cute guy if you like!
- Try placing your bed near or facing the window. The sun warming you awake every morning is better than an alarm clock any day.
- Enlist the help of the CF guide to dorm room layouts to sketch out a new floor plan.
- Consider your study and sleep needs, and re-organize the furniture based on that. Put your first semester knowledge to good use!
3. Update the Wall Decor
Blank walls are the quintessential empty canvas, but the same decorations after a whole semester can seem a little boring. You don’t need to go out and buy new posters, though! Even just re-arranging some photos or getting some prints of new ones will give your room a whole new feel. Try these tips for a simple wall decor revamp:
- Add a calendar to your wall. You can try this chalkboard wall decal calendar (that I’m absolutely in love with) or simply use colorful Post-its for a budget-friendly and chic monthly view. Alternatively, find a funny, gorgeous, or elegant 2012 calendar at your local mall kiosk (my friend got me one with shirtless Hawaiian men, haha) and hang it over your desk.
- Update the photos you have on display! Add some of new friends you’ve met, or dig through those endless baby albums for some childhood photographs to proudly show off. Prints are always cheap, and there are countless deals and sales at places like Snapfish and Shutterfly.
- Add another mirror or other reflective materials to make your room seem larger and to increase the amount of light. Try small mirrors in patterns on the wall, or put mirrors across from the window(s) to reflect sunlight.
What do you think?
How do you spruce up your room or dorm for a new semester? What did you think of these tips? Do you have any advice for CF readers trying to add a new twist to their room on a budget? Let us know with a comment!
4 Easy “Nail Hacks” That Really Work November 26th, 2011
I’m a not-so-secret nerd – I blame it on being brought up in the Silicon Valley – and, as such, one of my favorite websites is Lifehacker. Apart from computer and tech advice, it also gives ‘life hacks’ – basically, small things you can do that will improve your quality of life, whether it’s How to Tell if Something is Really a Deal on Black Friday to 10 Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won’t Die.
OK, so the website Lifehacker has nothing to do with nail polish, but I love the concept of ‘life hacks,’ and there are some that are directly applicable to nail care. Here are my four favorite ‘nail hacks’ that will make your life so much easier:
1. Use a White Coat for Bright, Opaque Polish
You know what I hate? Runny, thin nail polish. In my opinion, every nail polish should be 100% opaque by the third coat – hah, wouldn’t that be nice? Unfortunately, many of my beloved neon shades used to take 4-5+ coats to achieve this, which was a total pain.
Now, I can achieve an opaque look with three coats using any nail polish – as long as I use white underneath. Anytime you’re having issues with an un-pigmented formula, just use an opaque white (I like Essie’s Blanc, at Amazon) and then put one or two coats of your regular polish on top.
The white polish provides a blank canvas and really shows off even the most un-pigmented formulas. Best of all, you can’t even tell a white coat was used – all you’ll see is perfect coverage!
2. Use Cold Water to Speed Up Drying Time
image via Beauty Fool
I really did not believe this until I tried it – really, you’re going to tell me something as basic as running my nails under cold water will help me dry them? But it actually does work!
Once your nails are halfway dry (dry to the touch, at least) run them under cold water for about 30 seconds. I don’t know the science behind it, but somehow this makes nails dry so much faster! Try it yourself and you’ll see.
3. Restore Goopy Polish with Nail Polish Thinner
I’ve already written about how every girl needs some of this in her stash, but let me reiterate: nail polish thinner is a a godsend.
I notice, especially with base and top coats, that polish will get goopy halfway down the bottle. I know that I don’t want to throw away that goopy half, especially if I’ve spent on it! A drop or two of nail polish thinner (I use Seche Restore, .95 at Amazon) and your formula will be as good as new again.
4. Taking Off Glitter Polish with Cotton Balls & Foil
During the cold months, I love, love, love glitter polish. What I don’t love is removing it – it always used to take me forever.
But the video above shows you an easy way to do it, using nail polish remover (she uses pure acetone, but normal remover also works,) cotton balls (she uses felt, but cotton works just as well) and aluminum foil – start in at around 1:36 – which will save you so much time and energy when dealing with glitter polish!
What do you guys think?
Do you have any favorite nail hacks? What are they? Have you used any of these? Tell me everything and more in the comments section!
Cheap & Easy College Recipes: Slow Cooker Chicken Burritos June 19th, 2011
The crock pot is back with a vengeance today, this time whipping up some delicious burritos. Watch out–this recipe makes a TON and it is super cheap. Feed your friends or, if you have a freezer, portion it out for future meals for a quick defrostable feast.
Slow Cooker Chicken Burritos
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Northern beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans corn, drained (frozen corn will work, too–no need to drain or defrost)
3 chicken breasts
1 cup salsa
Soft flour tortillas
1. Place corn and beans in crock pot; stir in salsa.
2. Place chicken breasts on their sides upright in the mixture.
3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
4. When ready to serve, shred the chicken breasts and stir them back into the mixture.
5. Serve on warm tortillas, adding cheese and any other toppings of your choice.
- Remember, don’t open the lid of the crock pot while your food is cooking! It is important to keep the moisture and temperature stable.
- I like to make this a little sweet, so I usually use a peach or pineapple salsa. The Newman’s Own brand is good and usually not a bad price at our local store.
- We use this tasty mix to make burritos–we grab 10 inch flour tortillas and top the mix with lime juice, cheese, and sour cream. You could top it with more salsa, hot sauce, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. to make a soft taco. It’s also good on top of salad or cooked into quesadillas.
Working 101: 4 Easy Ways to Get Job Experience June 3rd, 2011
A few weeks before graduation, I started looking frantically for a job. Most of the listings I found had specific qualifications–they wanted 1, 2, 3, or even more years of job experience, not to mention a clear knowledge of their field. Lucky for me, I had already logged several years of job time by that point, and if you’re gearing up to go get that dream job after school, one of the best things you can do now is build up your job experience. Here are a few ways to start.
If your primary objective is just to get some work experience under your belt, you don’t need to worry too much about choosing a career field–just putting in the hours is a great place to start. You can try:
Working On Campus. College campuses are usually a great place to find a job–they work hard to hire students, and you can do anything from driving a campus mail truck to doing security detail or just working part-time in the caf. Campus jobs don’t always pay well, but they are often relatively easy to get and usually very flexible about working with your school schedule.
Working for Mom and Dad. Or a relative, family friend, or other acquaintance–whoever you know who has a business that might be in need of your skills. Ask around, and be sure to flaunt (but not exaggerate) your technical prowess, typing speed, or any other talent that will help you stand out. (But p.s. — Even if you’re working for the ‘rents, you still need to take your job seriously!)
Volunteering. Most employers don’t care if your work experience is paid or unpaid, so if you can’t find (or aren’t interested it) an entry-level job, you can always start by doing some volunteer work. This will not only get you in the habit of fitting work into your schedule, but also gives you the opportunity to secure references for future job apps.
If you already know what your long-term goals are, you might be interested in getting some experience in the field you’re pursuing. If this sounds like you, try:
Getting an Internship. Talk to your professor or the faculty advisor for your major, or stop by your college’s career center and look for internships in your area of choice. Not only will this give you some familiarity with the subject, it is also a great way to gauge whether you really want to pursue a similar career.
Cheap & Easy College Recipes: BBQ Chicken Sliders May 3rd, 2011
So, my cooking life was just revolutionized. I mean, if you thought my recipes were easy before, wait until you check out the new stuff I’ve got going thanks to my fabulous (hold on to your knickers, I’m about to sound like your great grandma) crock pot!
I’m completely serious. No wonder moms have been going on about these things for years–they make cooking NO EFFORT. You literally just dump some ingredients in, turn it on, and walk away.
And you can pick one up for under at Target or Walmart.
Here’s your first recipe.
BBQ Chicken Sliders
2 chicken breasts (can be frozen)
1 bottle BBQ sauce
1. Fill crock pot about 1/2 way full with water and place chicken breasts inside. (You can even put them in frozen!)
2. Cook on high for 3 hours.
3. Dump out water and shred chicken.
4. Put shredded chicken back in crock pot with BBQ sauce (use a lot if you like a lot or a little if you’re just looking for some flavor) and heat on Low or Warm setting for 30 minutes to an hour.
5. Slice rolls and spoon BBQ chicken onto them. Yum!
Makes 9-12 sliders.
- Don’t open the lid of your crock pot during cook time; it will release steam. Moisture is one of the key parts of getting that yummy slow-cooked flavor.
- We spring for our favorite rolls, King’s Hawaiian Rolls. The roll quality will make a difference in how yummy (or not) your slider experience is.
- I usually do a super easy (& cheap) fruit salad with this: 2 bananas (sliced), 1 can of mandarin oranges (drained), and 1 can of pineapple (drained).
5 Easy (and free) Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint April 27th, 2011
It’s the 31st annual Earth Day! Show your terrestrial appreciation by doing these simple steps to reduce your negative impact on our planet. Best of all none of these tips will cost you a dime.
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