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Writing Research Papers: Part Two — Formatting Your Paper

Once you have decided on a topic for your paper and developed an outline and thesis statement (get tips in Part One of our guide to writing research papers), you are ready to begin writing the paper itself. Here are some tips on structure and format. Starting point: the introduction   Introductions should get the…

Writing Research Papers: Part One — Your Topic and Outline

Research papers can be intimidating for many college students. That’s understandable. Writing a research paper takes some work and may require skills that are new — or perhaps have gone rusty. Crafting a good research paper involves planning, organization, research, writing, and editing. Time management can also play a critical role, as these assignments often…

Writing Tips: Use Email in an Effective and Appropriate Way

For most of us, email is an essential staple of daily life. We use it to keep in touch and stay informed. Email is one of the top methods of communication for business, personal, and school purposes. There are some pitfalls and concerns you should keep in mind when communicating via email, however. Netiquette is…

Writing Tips: Preparing an Effective Discussion Post

Discussion posts are a staple of online courses. This important element of the course structure provides a venue where class members can exchange ideas, discuss their interpretations of specific course topics or materials, and brainstorm creative approaches to problem solving. People sometimes underestimate the value of discussion posts, but they can serve as a valuable…

Meet Tasha Rockey: Assistant Director of Transfer Credit Services

Nearly 90% of Penn State World Campus students transfer credits from another educational institution to help complete their degrees. We recently spoke with Tasha Rockey, the assistant director of transfer credit services, whose job is to help our students sort through which credits will transfer to Penn State and how they may be used toward…

How to Talk to Your Instructor About Challenges in Your Courses

While you are a Penn State World Campus student, you also share many other identities, like parent, child, employee or business owner, and many others. Personal or professional challenges you face may affect your work as a student. If you encounter challenges, it may be wise to communicate this to your instructor so they can…

A Guide for Using Tutor.com

Achieving success in your classes can take a lot of hard work, but the Academic Support Center is here to assist you! We provide many resources to help make the learning process go more smoothly, including Tutor.com, a service built into select Penn State World Campus courses to assist students in writing, math, and other…

Advice to New Students

It might seem hard to believe, but the summer is almost over and a new semester is right around the corner. A new semester might mean new courses, new professors, and new opportunities, but it also means a new group of students will be joining the Penn State World Campus community.   Learning online can be…