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Meta-cognition is thinking about thinking, and higher levels tend to be associated with intelligence and - in the parlance of the times - high income and job satisfaction. So, to keep things simple: if you think that you might struggle with learning concepts in statistics or research methods, then get in touch with a tutor early. It's important to establish some type of relationship so you can evaluate their style, methods, and how likely it is that you'll be successful within their approach. If you wait too long, or right before an assignment is upon you, you may be stuck with a limited number of tutors that you are forced to work with.    Prevention through establishing early contact will help you iron out details, assess a match in learning and tutoring styles, and prepare for mastering any difficult concept.   Don't wait - contact tutors before it's too late!

Beginning in high school but sometimes as late as college, you will be tasked by a teacher or professor with a topic for which you will need to write a research paper with secondary sources, secondary sources being other papers written by authorities in the field in which they are writing their respective papers. Research papers help demonstrate that you have the intelligence and discipline to pursue a topic and provide objective or scholarly information to support your topic. A research paper can be stressful, certainly if lack prior experience in how to research properly. Hopefully, this list of strategies below will be helpful in reducing stress and saving time.   1) Do NOT Wait until the Last Minute! Waiting until the last minute to WRITE your paper once you have your secondary sources is one thing, but waiting to BEGIN your secondary sources research at the last minute with the expectation of also WRITING at the last minute is another; neither of which is... read more

...is the greatest resource for young and old writers, who want to research a topic.  A good starting place is the reference librarian who is trained to assist in general research, and is a guide through the many references, for example the "guide to periodical literature."  In addition, there are always the traditional sources both on-line and in hard-copy, for example Britannica and World Book. 

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