I God to Write A Mid Term Paper Instead of Taking a Mid Term.
July 12th, 2010
I Always Disliked Mid Terms But I didn’t Mind Writing Mid Term Papers
I really hate mid terms. Sometime I just want to gouge my eyes out just thinking about it. I get so frustrated and angry. I have so much work to do and not only do my fingernails become nonexistence but so does my toe nails. Yes I know gross but it calms me down. I honestly have anxiety attacks when it comes to taking tests. I began complaining to my dad about how bad they got. I made it through freshman midterms but when sophomore year rolled around I honestly began breaking into hives. My dad finally decided to intervene. I guess he was a little tired of me complaining so much. He talked to the dean of students and all of my professors. My father is a pretty influential person and a nice contributor to the college. He got all of my professors to agree to let me write mid term papers instead of taking tests. The problem with that was I was never a good at writing term papers but I knew it would be better than the alternative. I follow the tips below to write the best paper possible
1.Consider writing a mid term paper outline. An outline is a sort of map of your paper. Each paragraph is clearly labeled. The main points you hope to make is plugged into each paragraph. You can also pre-pick out your citations to figure out where they will fit best in your paper. If your outline is done well your paper will pretty much write itself.
2.There are two main citation methods, APA and MLA. They pretty similar methods and professors usually pick between these two for research papers. It’s worth it to learn each one especially when writing a mid term paper.
For APA use this:
Last name, first name. (year published).Title of Book. City published. Publisher
For the in text citation use this method:
(Last name, year, pp. numbers of pages)
For MLA use this:
Last name of author, First name of Author. Title of Book. Place Published: Publisher. Year. Print.
MLA also uses footnotes instead of in text:
3.Mid term papers are usually have to encompass every single thing you have learned thus far in class. They are usually pretty long, at least twenty pages. In order to fill these pages make sure you do your research. This means sitting at the library and putting in some time reading. Not just skimming and pulling out quotes. Genuinely try and become an expert on the topic. You want to be knowledgeable. Focus on great books and journals. Stay away from websites. They are unpredictable and not very reliable.
I was really happy my dad convinced all of my professors to allow me to writer papers for the mid term. Of course it was hard and yes I literally lived in the library for over a week. But I got them all done and it really beat the anxiety of sitting in a class room and answering a bunch of questions. I did very well on my papers. Now what am I going to do to get out of my mid terms for junior year?